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Robert McCann

Staged Revolt

April 15 — July 2, 2017 | Art League Gallery
Reception: May 5, 2017 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Gallery talk about his work beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Robert McCann, Whitefish Point Paradise, oil on panel, 72x48in, 2015

In my current series, popular wrestlers act as stand-ins for our transitory and ritual roles in society. I regard these densely populated works as singular visual contraptions, with tactile and optical elements having as much to do with painting’s abstract language as with representation and fiction. An analogy of being masked and exposed extends beyond the picture to the painting’s form. The process of constructing the large, time-consuming imaginative story paintings also lead to/ are complemented by smaller improvisational paintings and drawings that more directly reference footage of historical matches or play on other larger-than-life figures.

Robert McCann, Mystery Spot, oil on linen, 96x50in, 2017

Two overlapping interests define my current work: the intersection of role-playing, fiction, fantasy, and history; and the relationships between painting, time, and the body. History here includes interaction among characters portrayed in the ring over generations and in film by the likes of El Santo and Roddy Piper, as well as history accumulated in a process of layered, responsive making. Staging wrestlers in out-of-context relationships allows me to explore ideas like identity or stereotype while visually handling less nameable pursuits like the relation of bodies in space at a singular instance. The subject of pro wrestling presents a provocative tension between the real and unreal. Wrestling’s performers often portray characters based on their actual personalities, self-image, or heritage; and what is acknowledged to be artificial is acted out with real physical and psychological consequences, under a certain pall of inevitability. The wrestler’s position on the precarious edge of representation was articulated a half century ago by philosopher Roland Barthes in his essay The World of Wrestling. Barthes suggested that in the performance of popular wrestling gestures were “exploited to the limit of their meaning”. Wrestling’s story, for Barthes, was always portrayal of an insistently unfair societal system, and the occasional release into a mythic enactment of justice. In contemporary media culture that construct can be seen underlying how reality television is produced and edited and how news and politics are framed.

I’m interested in how ritual presentation of what the public wants and gets can be subverted in the visual terms of a painting, where collection of anecdotal information and its tactile production returns it to humane impurity. The reimagining process establishes a fundamental conflict in the painting’s status as a constructed, simultaneous moment made more implausible as its field of focus widens and as a meditation on the physicality of bodies that becomes more enduring at length.

I think of painting as a theatrical, time-based, and a sculptural media. I like art that rambles a bit.

–Robert McCann, 2017

Robert A. McCann is a Midwest-based artist and educator. Born and raised in the Ozarks of southwest Missouri, he received an MFA in Painting from Indiana University in 2001 and subsequently pursued creative practice in Germany as a Fulbright scholar. Since that time his paintings have frequently dealt with the potential for metaphors in our byzantine mass media culture, and with the overwriting of epic and intimate events in the particular artifice of painting. McCann’s recent venues of solo exhibition include the University of Arkansas Galleries in Little Rock, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the Ormond Memorial Art Museum in Florida. He currently shows his work with Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. McCann is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Design at Michigan State University, where he leads the Foundations Area and teaches in painting.

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Out of the Ashes:

Notre Dame Ceramic Art Symposium

April 1 — June 18, 2017 | Warner Gallery

Photo credit: Brandon Schwartz

For one week in October 2016 fourteen ceramic artists worked together in the Notre Dame ceramic studios.  In addition to making their own signature ceramic artworks, the artists interacted and collaborated with each other.

Sometimes collaboration occurs in the making of objects or through the sharing of glazes.  In the case of wood firing, there is no escaping collaboration.  Philosophically, the artists collaborate with the kiln, wood, and the ancient process.  Practically, they collaborate by putting their artworks within another artist’s kiln and by allowing others to fire their work.  Whether the artist wishes to acknowledge it or not, work realized through wood firing is never the product of one’s sole sensibility.

Photo credit: Brandon Schwartz

These artworks were fired within the Notre Dame anagama kiln, which is located at the Michigan studio of ND Professor of Art William Kremer.  In most situations, the preparation for a wood firing is more time consuming than the actual firing. This can require several days or weeks to cut, split, and prepare the wood for its use as fuel. The firing process lends itself to an amazing happening of sorts.  Aside from the tangible goals––accumulation of melting ash and temperatures reaching nearly 2400 degrees Fahrenheit––there is typically a rich range of creative interaction between the artists from firing strategies to aesthetic/conceptual discourse. The end result is a smattering of earthen tones and a ubiquitous patina over the work.

 Selected works created during the symposium and fired within the Notre Dame anagama kiln are the focus of this exhibition.

The fourteen participating artists are Bede Clarke; Keith Ekstam; Dale Huffman; Howard Koerth; Bill Kremer; Dick Lehman; Tony Marsh; Scott Meyer; Tom Meunick; Dan Molyneux; Lindsay Oesteritter; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson; Dennis Sipiorski; and Zach Tate. The artists generously lent their artworks to this exhibition and all artworks are stoneware, except where noted on the object label.

 The symposium was made possible in part by support from the Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame. The exhibition at the South Bend Museum of Art is an expanded installation of the work that was recently on view at the Snite Museum of Art, including additional works, documentation of the firing process, and educational materials.

 

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2016 Undergraduate Residency Exhibition

Chloe M Dukes, Untitled, Illustrator, mixed media, 2017

April 1 – May 7, 2017 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: Friday, April 7, 2017 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

In the summer of 2016, the SBMA hosted a program that gave artists the opportunity to experience teacher training, arts administration and community art projects.  This year, the program focused on two fellows who worked with our curatorial and education staff.  As part of this program, the artists each contributed 8-10 volunteer hours per week (over a twelve week period) and gained valuable experience through their work with the museum’s summer programming. This exhibition features the work of Chloe M Dukes and Guerwin Weekes.  The work in this exhibition is representative of both the fellowship and work created up to the exhibit.

Guerwin Weekes,Killjoy and Pretend wife, Archies Oil Paper, Watercolors, Pastels, 2016

The Summer Undergraduate Residency Program offers a unique opportunity of self-direction for fine arts majors enrolled in area Indiana university or college art programs. The program offers studio space, as well as a series of critiques, workshops, and volunteer opportunities to local college students. College residents work with members of our curatorial and educational staff. Additionally, a residency mentor provides focused conversation in a challenging environment. Residencies last during the summer months of June, July, and August. At the completion of the residency, participating students and residency mentor are awarded an exhibition in our Community Gallery the following February.

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2016 Undergraduate Resident: Chloe M. Dukes


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B.F.A. Candidate, Indiana University
South Bend (May 2017)

Chloe M Dukes, Clowns, clowns, clowns!! Illustrator. 2016

Artist Statement

Although most people find it “boring” or “difficult”, I love politics, and anything that deals with the topic of socioeconomics, because it effects and relates to everyone despite race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. I’m often inspired by the blatant but also underlying truths and realties of politics, the things that are seen or known but go unsaid. I enjoy the use of vibrant colors, something that stops people in their tracks and captures attention.

This year I decided to incorporate glitter and sequins to give the view something “pretty” to look at although the piece may have an ugly or dark subject matter or may conflict with personal values or beliefs. I also enjoy the use of sequins and glitter when working on pieces that feature celebrities like Kim Kardashian who is the inspiration for Untitled (Liberty) or Donald Trump shown in my Clowns, Clowns, Clowns. To me the over the top decorations signify the glitz and glam that typically distracts the American population from their everyday, dull lives.

Chloe M Dukes, Untitled, Illustrator, mixed media 2017

The pieces I’ve worked on are large, because the topics I decided to showcase I feel shouldn’t be ignored. I want people to not only think, but also feel something when they see my work whether it’s anger, humor, enjoyment or even confusion. Art is about evoking emotion, feeling something.

I am currently working towards a B.F.A. with a concentration in Graphic Design at Indiana University of South Bend. I want to thank my family, friends, friends of my family and teachers who pushed me to get to this point in my life; you’re the real inspiration. 

College Residency Statement

The South Bend Museum of Art Residency Program is an amazing opportunity for any college student to experience. It is time set aside in the to work with some truly talented local, professional artists to throw ideas around, receive feedback on work and develop ideas. As a resident, you have access to materials, studio space and pretty much all the museum has to offer. We had the opportunity to work the amazing museum faculty, to put together the type of show we wanted. Before this program I never really felt like an artist, I had never created anything I really loved, the South Bend Museum of Art College Residency Program changed that for me.

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2016 Undergraduate Resident: Guerwin Weekes

Guerwin Weekes, The Birth of Aubrey, Archies Oil Paper, Watercolors, Pastels, 2016

Guerwin Weekes
B.F.A. Candidate, Indiana University
South Bend (May 2017)

Artist Statement

My name is Guerwin Weekes and I am one of the participants in last summer’s 2016 College Residency Program. This is my last year at IU South Bend in the drawing and painting program where I will be receiving my BFA and a minor in printmaking and sculpture. The program was a valuable experience in that it allowed me to progress further in my knowledge of waking with watercolors and also combing other medias in the process. I can honestly say that because I was fortunate in having gone through this program I have grown as an artist and as a person with the help and time spent with Christyn Overstake.

Guerwin Weekes, Killjoy and Pretend wife, Archies Oil Paper, Watercolors, Pastels, 2016

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Summer Art Classes

Summer Art Classes for preschool through adult!

 


Summer Youth Camp Classes:

One Week sessions meet mornings (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) or afternoons (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.) $160 
or stay all day and create your own camp $320.  Includes t-shirt
June 12-16
June 19-23
July 10-14
July 17-21

Register Here

Art and Dance Camp:

July 10-14, 2017
Ages 3-5:  attend 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, $130
Ages 6-8:  attend 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, $145
Ages 9-11:  attend 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM, $160

Dance and visual art join forces in this unique collaboration between two of South Bend’s cultural gems: Southold Dance Theater and the South Bend Museum of Art. Join us as we investigate the connections between movement and art-making. Campers will learn the fundamentals of dance and action-art.  More details to come.  Registrations held through Southhold Dance Theater.  Stay tuned!

Summer Adult Classes begin week of June 5th:

June 5-July 30 Digital Photography (8 weeks), Plein Air Painting (8 weeks), Basic Drawing (4 or 8 weeks), Figure Drawing (Drop In Week to Week)

Workshops Available

For more information:  Summer Camps & Classes

 

 

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Festival of Banners

Festival of BannersThe SBMA in association with Downtown South Bend and the City of South Bend presents Festival of Banners 2017. Festival of Banners promotes are in the community by inviting artists of all ages (over age 8) and skill sets to design a (small scale, see entry form) banner illustrating your interpretation of the theme, Beautiful Bugs! Submit your design by April 24, 2017! If your entry is chosen, you will be invited to paint your full size banner in the SBMA studios before their display in August on South Bend’s downtown streets.

Learn More about Festival of Banners.

FOB17 entry brochure (pdf)

 

 

This community focused project is brought to you by the South Bend Museum of Art with support from patrons:

Jerry Thoma and Meg Auth
Jack and Yumiko Champaigne.  

Special thanks to the City of South Bend, Downtown South Bend, Inc., and The Art League for partnering and helping to facilitate this public art project.

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Instructor of the Month

James Goodkin

James Goodkin has been teaching at the South Bend Museum of Art for about 10 years.  He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in art and architecture from University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

As well as teach youth drawing classes at the museum he teaches private lessons.  He has spent some time in Italy doing line building/design for women’s shoes.  He has also had some experience doing clowning for charitable organizations.

Find Jim at the museum on Saturday mornings teaching our Discover Drawing class for ages 8-12 years old.  This is a great class to learn to basics of drawing.  To enroll in this class, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 Student/Faculty Exhibition

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December 3, 2016 – January 8, 2017 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Featuring artwork created by SBMA students and faculty from the past year, the annual Student/Faculty exhibition showcases the variety of class offerings at the museum and highlights the talents of its wonderful community.

Any faculty or student of museum classes from December 1, 2015 – December 1, 2016 is eligible.  Participants may submit one (1) work not previously shown at the museum.  All submitted work will be exhibited.  All media will be accepted.

Congratulations to our 2016 award winners!

Best in Show
Anastassia Cassady
Student, Watercolors
The Maine Coon in Gold, 2016, oil and gold leaf

 

Adult Merit Award Anthony GermanoStudent, PaintingCar Bomb- - Cizre, 2016Acrylic

Adult Merit Award
Anthony Germano
Student, Painting
Car Bomb- – Cizre, 2016
Acrylic

 

Adult Merit AwardMonique DeguaraStudent, WeavingScarf, 2016Cotton

Adult Merit Award
Monique Deguara
Student, Weaving
Scarf, 2016
Cotton

 

Adult Honorable MentionElizabeth HernlyStudent, WatercolorRecurring Dream, 2016ink

Adult Honorable Mention
Elizabeth Hernly
Student, Watercolor
Recurring Dream, 2016
Ink

 

Adult Honorable MentionLinda NelundStudent, CeramicsChocolate Waves, 2016Clay

Adult Honorable Mention
Linda Nelund
Student, Ceramics
Chocolate Waves, 2016
Clay

 

Adult Honorable MentionTami McNallyStudent, PastelsBuena Vista Lagoon, 2016Pastel

Adult Honorable Mention
Tami McNally
Student, Pastels
Buena Vista Lagoon, 2016
Pastel

 

Adult Honorable MentionAndy BozeStudent, WeavingScart - Traditional Whig Rose Pattern, 2016Wool and cotton

Adult Honorable Mention
Andy Boze
Student, Weaving
Scarf – Traditional Whig Rose Pattern, 2016
Wool and cotton

 

Adult Honorable MentionBrian KolbusStudent, Painter's ChoiceLindenwold, 2016Gouache

Adult Honorable Mention
Brian Kolbus
Student, Painter’s Choice
Lindenwold (detail), 2016
Gouache

 

Carol Lupa Memorial AwardReed TierneyStudent, Youth WatercolorsThe Dark Falcon, 2016Watercolor

Carol Lupa Memorial Award
Reed Tierney
Student, Youth Watercolors
The Dark Falcon, 2016
Watercolor

 

Youth Merit AwardAmeilia AlbarranStudent, Meet the Masters The Master's Violin, 2016Wood

Youth Merit Award
Ameilia Albarran
Student, Meet the Masters
The Master’s Violin, 2016
Wood

 

Youth Merit AwardSarah LopezStudent, Teen Sketch/DrawMajestic Nature From God, 2016Collage

Youth Merit Award
Sarah Lopez
Student, Teen Sketch/Draw
Majestic Nature From God, 2016
Collage

 

Youth Merit AwardNineth Kanieski KosoStudent, Teen CeramicsCoral Bowl, 2016

Youth Merit Award
Nineth Kanieski Koso
Student, Teen Ceramics
Coral Bowl, 2016
Clay

 

Youth Honorable MentionMiriam YormarkStudent, Art Under WaterDolfin, 2016Paper mache

Youth Honorable Mention
Miriam Yormark
Student, Art Under Water
Dolfin, 2016
Paper mache

 

Youth Honorable MentionYitzy YormarkStudent, Youth CeramicsGuitar, 2016Clay

Youth Honorable Mention
Yitzy Yormark
Student, Youth Ceramics
Guitar, 2016
Clay

 

Youth Merit AwardYankov YormarkStudent, Art Under WaterDeepsea, 2016Print on canvas

Youth Merit Award
Yankov Yormark
Student, Art Under Water
Deepsea, 2016
Print on canvas

 

Youth Merit AwardLily GouldingStudent, CeramicsLuna and the Thestral, 2016Clay

Youth Merit Award
Lily Goulding
Student, Ceramics
Luna and the Thestral, 2016
Clay

Youth Honorable MentionJohah DeMeesterStudent, Preschool ArtUntitles, 2016Tempera paint

Youth Honorable Mention
Jonah DeMeester
Student, Preschool Art
Untitled, 2016
Tempera paint

 

Youth Honorable MentionGinger JurisnicStudent, Surprising SculpturesCrazy Flower, 2016Plastic

Youth Honorable Mention
Ginger Jurisnic
Student, Surprising Sculptures
Crazy Flower, 2016
Plastic

 

Youth Honorable MentionMaren RospendaStudent, Youth CeramicsMy Kitty is All Orange, 2016Ceramic

Youth Honorable Mention
Maren Rospenda
Student, Youth Ceramics
My Kitty is All Orange, 2016
Ceramic

Download a prospectus with full details here.

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Ginger Owen-Murakami & Vicki VanAmeyden: Heritage Habitats

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October 1 – December 31, 2016 | Art League Gallery
Owen-Murakami and VanAmeyden will speak about their work beginning at 6:15 p.m. just outside of the Art League Gallery followed by an opportunity for questions and answers with visitors. Immediately following, Mark Pohlad, Associate Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University, will speak about the exhibition in the adjoining Warner Gallery, Through the Looking Glass, and the history of the daguerreotype.


Heritage Habitats is a series of physical spaces for contemplation and invocation of ancestry. Framed around nostalgia and memory Heartwood, Grove and Roots are large-scale, sculptural and experiential installations that engage in viewers’ unique memories and experiences. In essence, the work emphasizes commonalities that bind people and cultures and serve as an expression of humanism. The installations explore collective memories through vernacular photography and the act of pursuing one’s history as a universal human experience. They are concerned with imaging oneself in a genealogical lineage while contemplating basic life stages.

Ginger Owen-Murakami (b. 1971, Lake Wales, FL) is Associate Professor of Photography and Intermedia at the Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. She holds an M.F.A. in Photography from Louisiana State University and a B.F.A. in Photography from The University of Central Florida. Owen-Murakami’s artwork derives imagery from narratives and themes of family history, race, gender and culture. Her interdisciplinary practices include installation, sculpture, digital, traditional and non-silver photographic processes.

Vicki VanAmeyden (b. 1962, Battle Creek, MI) is an artist/printmaker whose interdisciplinary approach expresses the human condition with metaphor and non-traditional materials. She received her M.F.A. from Western Michigan University and is currently Head of Printmaking at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

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Made possible with the assistance of the Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative, a program of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo

 

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Discounted accommodations generously provided by The DoubleTree By Hilton, in downtown South Bend

 

 

Image: Ginger Owen-Murakami & Vicki VanAmeyden, Roots (detail), 2013, mixed media and lazertran, 44″ x 21′

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