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Chris Francis

Chris Francis, Maracas, 2015, Painted Wood, Painted Leather, Rubber

January 18 – April 5, 2020
Art League Gallery

Chris Francis is an artist and shoe designer who has built his practice upon stretching and bending the rules of art and fashion. Drawing from a range of different disciplines, from his punk roots to Dadaism and Bauhaus, his shoe designs reimagine the genre as sculptural, architectural, and brimming with creativity. Francis’s work encompasses motion machines, found objects, and international influences.

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Now Hiring Instructors

South Bend Museum of Art is currently looking for teaching artists to join our education department!

We are specifically looking for courses designed for youth or adults in fashion design, photography, ceramics, jewelry, various 2D & 3D methods, printmaking, fiber arts, and business for arts classes.

To apply, simply complete a course proposal at the link below. You will be asked to upload sample images, your resume, and complete a sample 4 or 8 week course outline. You may submit more than one proposal.
We will be accepting proposals on an ongoing basis. Please no phone calls. For consideration for our Winter session, please complete your proposals by November 20.

Submit Proposal Here

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Holiday in the Gallery


Friday, December 6, 2019 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Free Admission

Let the festivities begin! Join us for an evening of musical entertainment and refreshments while strolling through our galleries.

Sponsored by the Art League, which serves as an auxiliary body of the South Bend Museum of Art and as an advocate for the visual arts within the community. ArtLeagueTrio

#SHOPSMALL at SBMA’s Dot Shop 

Friday, December 6  | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 | 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 8 | 12:00 – 5:00 p.m

Support local artists and the SBMA! Enjoy hot cocoa, tea and cookies as you shop our selection of art for everyday living. New items just in time for the holidays!

DTSB’s Gingerbread Competition is back! Entry deadline is Monday, December 2nd. Click here to register for the competition.

Vote for your favorite December 6 – 20.
Judging will take place on December 21 at 2:00 p.m. with the award ceremony at 3:00 p.m.


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Downtown for the Holidays at SBMA!

Enjoy exhibitions, shopping, and time with family and friends this holiday season at SBMA! SBMA has partnered with Downtown South Bend, Inc. to bring free, family activities to the galleries December 7 through December 24, 2019.
  • Cookie decorating in SBMA’s Sculpture Corridor!
  • Draw holiday pictures at SBMA’s Mobile Art Stations!
  • Stop by our gift shop, The Dot Shop, and visit Santa’s Gingerbread Village to see the beautiful gingerbread creations by “kids” of all ages. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite!
Holiday Activity Hours
Friday, Dec. 6, 6:30 – 9:00
Saturday, Dec. 7, noon – 6:00
Sunday, Dec. 8, noon – 4:00
Friday, Dec. 13, 5:00 – 9:00
Saturday, Dec. 14, noon – 6:00
Sunday, Dec. 15, noon – 4:00
Friday, Dec. 20, 5:00 – 9:00
Saturday, Dec. 21, noon – 6:00
Sunday, Dec. 22, noon – 4:00
Monday, Dec. 23, noon – 4:00
Tuesday, Dec. 24, noon – 4:00
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TEENFORUM is the teen advisory board at South Bend Museum of Art and is a group of high school students from the South Bend/Mishawaka community who meet every month to plan and promote exciting teen programs at the South Bend Museum of Art. They are committed to encouraging collaborative teen activities centered around the museum, promoting exploratory creativity, and participating in community service projects through the museum. The South Bend Museum of Art is now taking applications for TEENFORUM 20 programming, with applications due November 12, 2019. 


TEENFORUM anchors itself in community leadership and aims to host, promote and/or attend numerous events throughout the year including Teen Crit Group, Study the Galleries, theme parties, SBMA’s TEENFORUM Art Review, community service and charity events, SBMA’s fall parade, various summer programs, and  more!


TEENFORUM meets at SBMA! Sometimes they meet in the galleries, sometimes they meet in the SBMA library, and sometimes they meet in the studios. It all depends on the agenda.


Are you looking for something to be involved in outside of your school and home? Are you an artist or a fan of art? Do you wish you had a say in the things that happen in your community? Do you have a great idea for a teen program? Would you like to recommend and review art exhibitions throughout the city? Do you like having a good time, gaining experience, and meeting new people? If you answered yes to any of those questions, join TEENFORUM today!

For more information, please call Casey Smallwood at 574.235.9252.


TEENFORUM Application | DUE NOVEMBER 12, 2019

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The Korshak Collection: Illustrations of Imaginative Literature

(Image: Frank R. Paul, (1884-1963) Life on Neptune, Gouache on illustration board, 14×11″)

November 2 – December 29, 2019
Warner Gallery
Save the Dates for our Parade Costume Workshops and Opening Week Events!

29 pioneering artists: 80 years of published science fiction!
These science fiction, adventure and fantasy illustrations appeared on the covers of timeless novels such as the Tarzan series by Edgar Rice Burroughs and classic pulp magazines from the 1930s through 1960s, such as Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Fantastic Adventures, and Wonder Stories. Cover artwork for hardcover and paperback books by Robert E. Howard, L. Ron Hubbard, and Robert Heinlein among other authors are also featured.

For the first time Roy Krenkel’s Land of Hidden Men and Franklin Booth’s Hymn on Christ’s Nativity will be on display!

November 2 - December 29, 2019
Warner Gallery<br>Opening events November 6 - 9
(Image Credits: Left: Roy Krenkel (1918-1983), Land of Hidden Men, 1963, 10×14″, A.12.2
Right: Franklin Booth (1874-1948), 1929, Pen and ink with watercolor, 8×11.5″, A.33.1)

The Korshak Collection: Illustrations of Imaginative Literature exhibition is organized by Stephen Korshak and Lauren Stump.

Stephen Korshak
As a young man I was fortunate enough to grow up with great art in my bedroom. My father, Erle Korshak, was the publisher of a pioneering science fiction book company, Shasta Publishers. Shasta ushered in the transition of important science fiction literature from magazines printed on cheap pulp paper to hardcover, library-quality books. Much of that art lived with us at our house and at the company office in Chicago.

In particular, the J. Allen St. John illustration for the 1941 Amazing Stories magazine cover of John Carter battling the Dead in “The City of Mummies” lured me into a fantastic world that I never knew existed. So began a lifelong love affair with illustration art. 

This collection is a vision of the fantastic. It is one of great illustrators, as well as illustrations that had a great influence on imaginative literature. We hope that you will, as much as we have, learn not only about a whole new field but also a lot about yourself.
– Stephen Korshak, Collector

Lauren Stump
I’ve worked with the Korshak family for over 5 years, managing the collections and facilitating their various exhibitions. I operate from a small restoration studio in Orlando, FL and am an accredited appraiser through the International Society of Appraisers. I enjoy everything about the collecting process, from consulting on acquisitions to the various behind-the-scenes roles that ensure the proper care and preservation of the artwork. 
– Lauren Stump, Curator

More information about The Korshak Collection: illustrations of Imaginative Literature at https://www.korshakcollection.com

Companion Exhibitions:

This small group exhibition will feature artists whose artwork has contributed to projects in publishing (Stephen King, Brandon Sanderson), gaming (Blizzard, Ubisoft, Wizards of the Coast), as well as their own personal and fantastic visions.
Artists Evan Mann and Julia Oldham utilize items at hand — pen and ink, q-tips, shaving cream, etc., to create works that imagine the beyond — showing us the power of art to take us on a journey beyond the edge of the map. Beyond the known. 

Sci-fi Parade and Costume Workshops:
SBMA is kicking off the official opening of The Korshak Collection: Illustrations of Imaginative Literature with a Sci Fi parade in downtown South Bend on Saturday, November 9, at 4 p.m. Don’t have a costume? No problem! We have three costume and prop making workshops for you to create your own unique designs! All materials will be provided and both workshops are free to the public.
Workshop Dates:
October 6
October 13
November 9
More details…

Special Events November 6 – 9!

November 6, 7:00 p.m., Vander Vennet Theater at St. Mary’s College: Screening of The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin by Arwen Curry
Location: Vander Vennet Theater, located in the basement of the Saint Mary’s College Student Center
Directions here…

November 7, 7:30 p.m.: Gallery walk and talk with Steven Korshak and Lauren Stump

November 8, 7:00 p.m.: Screening of a select portion of Eric Brammer’s in-progress documentary on Science Fiction/Fantasy fandom followed by Q&A. Immediatly following, a screening of John Carpenter’s The Thing.

November 9:
1:00 p.m.: Artist talk by Kirsten Zirngibl
2:00 p.m.: Panel discussion moderated by Eric Molinsky. Guests include Stephen Korshak, Erle Korshak, Lauren Stump, Michael Whelan, Kirsten Zirngibl and Eric Brammer
2:00 p.m.: Family Day: Super Sci-fi Fantasy Hero Capes Workshop
4:00 p.m.: SBMA’s Monsters & Mythical Creatures Parade!
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Exhibition Reception

The Korshak Collection 
Illustrations of Imaginative Literature

World Builder
Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Arts Everywhere Initiative
Electronics, Inc.
The John, Anna, & Martha Jane Fields Foundation
Robert C. Shields Memorial Fund
Visit South Bend/Mishawaka

The Art League

Courtyard by Marriott
Crowe Foundation
Nancy Saunders
Lynda B. Simon

Time Traveler
Anne Feferman
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library
Ally Powers
Dick & Mary Reineke
Mr. & Mrs. William J. Reinke
Brown & Mary Sanders
Susan Shields
Doreen Zisla

Dr.Kay Antonelli & Charles Loeser
Joe Griesinger
Tom Keller
David & Louise Leighton
Sharon & Patrick McManus
Northern Indiana Artists
Dr. Susan Ohmer & Dr. Donald Crafton
Laurence R. & Jeanette S. Taylor

Kari & Dan Black
Mary Jane Buzolich
Judith Chase
Claudia A. Maslowski
Lil Mauro
Donald Maylath
Gail Rebecca Miller
Charlene Plasschaert
Susan Visser

Operating Support Provided by:
Indiana Arts Commission
National Endowment for the Arts

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Recent Artwork by Jeff Miracola, Michael Whelan, Donglu Yu and Kirsten Zirngibl

Kirsten Zirngibl image

October 26, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Art League Gallery
Reception: Saturday, November 9, 2019  |  5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

As the popularity of science fiction and fantasy art has grown, so too has the number of artists creating it! This exhibition offers a small yet stunning sample of artworks by some of today’s most exciting artists. Jeff Miracola, Michael Whelan, Donglu Yu and Kirsten Zirngibl have contributed to projects in publishing (Stephen King, Brandon Sanderson), gaming (Blizzard, Ubisoft, Wizards of the Coast), as well as their own personal and fantastic visions. What unites them all is the depth, magic and wonder found within the extraordinary worlds they bring to life.

Worldbuilders will be on view while SBMA hosts The Korshak Collection in the adjoining Warner Gallery (November 2 – December 29, 2019).

Featured Artists:

Jeff Miracola | jeffmiracola.com
Jeff Miracola is an illustrator known for his work on numerous fantasy and science fiction publications and card games. Art became his means of escaping the violence and drugs that plagued the north side streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he grew up. At a young age, he was inspired by artists such as Frank Frazetta, Brom, Michael Whelan, and many more. Miracola attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design for two years before embarking on a freelance career. Over the years, he has has worked with the world famous company, Wizards of the Coast, creating artwork for numerous Dungeons and Dragons books as well as both the book and cards for Magic: the Gathering. He has worked on a myriad of renowned projects such as creating works for the famous White Wolf Game Studios, Upper Deck Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, Shadowrun, and E3. Today, Miracola has slowly shifted his style of art as he becomes more focused on children’s books, editorial work, and video game graphics.

Michael Whelan | michaelwhelan.com
Michael Whelan spent his childhood moving around California, Colorado, and New Mexico. His father worked for Lockheed Aerospace as a liaison with the government, and he moved the family almost every year. Michael was interested in drawing from an early age and after attending 11 schools in 13 years and seeing missile launches outside his bedroom window, it is not surprising that he loved comics and science fiction. But he also enjoyed science, and he was a Pre-Med Major at San Jose State University until he ended his parents’ advice of his becoming a doctor and graduated with a degree in painting. Michael then studied at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, but he dropped out when he received his first book cover assignment. This required him to to relocate to the New York City area, where he still lives.

The first Whelan book covers appeared in 1975 and since then he has worked for most of the major U.S. publishers, also branching out to do work for magazine, recording, and movie companies. Michael’s definitive work for the Pern books by Anne McCaffrey; the Elric series by Michael Moorcock; and the John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs brought him recognition in his twenties. Later, The Dark Tower by Stephen King, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, and covers for Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, MeatLoaf, and Michael Jackson furthered his reputation and earned him fans around the world.

Among his many honors are: 15 World Science Fiction Awards (Hugos), A Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, 3 World Fantasy Awards, 13 Chesleys, 3 Spectrum Awards, and a Solstice Life Achievement Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America (rare for an artist). He has also won the annual Locus Poll (the magazine for SF insiders) for Best Professional Artist 31 times. He is a Spectrum Grand Master and was the first living artist inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in Seattle, WA. 

Michael has had 5 art books published, including the recent BEYOND SCIENCE FICTION, which showcased the 50+ paintings in his retrospective show at the Riverside Art Museum in California. He would like to devote most of his time to his gallery work, but his love of illustration and his dedication to bringing an author’s words to life have not changed, and there is still an occasional bestselling fantasy novel or heavy metal album with a Whelan cover. 

Donglu Yu | artofdonglu.wixsite.com
Donglu Yu has worked within the video game industry for over a decade. Currently she is a Senior Concept Artist at Ubisoft Montreal, working on the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Some of her past projects include Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed Project Legacy, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. She has also assisted local video game studios in developing new IPs, and also teaches — sharing her knowledge of digital painting with younger artists.Yu holds a bachelor’s degree in Film Animation from Concordia University and a DEC in Illustration and Design from Dawson College. She received her professional start as a concept artist at Eidos Montreal, and lives and works in Montreal, Canada.

Kirsten Zirngibl | kirstenzirngibl.com
Kirsten Zirngibl grew up in Northeast Ohio. From a young age, she was drawn to creating and building in many forms, but with a special emphasis on artmaking. A career in engineering was considered before she discovered a passion for concept art in her late teens. She attended the Columbus College of Art And Design in 2007 on scholarship, and graduated with honors in 2010 with a B.F.A. in illustration. She went on to study entertainment design at The Art Department for two years while freelancing, prompting a move to San Diego. She has remained in San Diego as a contributor to a variety of industries, starting in the video game and tabletop game design/illustration world and branching into festival installation art, theme park design, apparel, and advertising. Clients include Wizards of the Coast, Google ATAP, Riot games, Monte Cook Games, Psyop, and the Xprize Foundation. Lately she has been focusing on creating images and worlds independently, developing artwork for her own intellectual property and reaching people directly with prints, licensing, with sights set on electronic interactive experiences. 

Images (Above): Kirsten Zirngibl, Ubuntu, digital. (Below): Michael Whelan, The Dark Tower: The Long Road, 2009, acrylic, 30.5 x 22 inches; Donglu Yu, Cyberpunk Street View, digital; Jeff Miracola, The Omen, oil on masonite, 24 x 36 inches.

Michael Whelan Long Road web image
Jeff Miracola The Omen web image
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Video and Animations by Evan Mann and Julia Oldham


October 26, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Project Room
Reception: Saturday, November 9, 2019  |  5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The word “beyond” implies a normal limit to which there is more. There is always more — more to know, more to see, more to explore. It’s the curiosity to go beyond that is an essential trait of what it is to be human. 

Whether it’s exploring the universe or life itself, the main characters in these two works reflect this urge to explore. Artists Evan Mann and Julia Oldham utilize items at hand — pen and ink, q-tips, shaving cream, etc., to create works that imagine the beyond — showing us the power of art to take us on a journey beyond the edge of the map. Beyond the known. 

Evan Mann is a filmmaker who owns and operates a Denver-based, mixed media, commercial video production company called Otherworldly Productions with his wife, Deborah. Through this company Mann produces digital advertising media, shoots music videos and makes short experimental films. His videos and short films have received numerous Vimeo “Staff Pick” recognitions and been screened at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, the Independent Film Festival Boston, and more. Mann graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 with a degree in printmaking. Mann is a father of three and a husband of one. He lives on a strict diet of peanut butter, sawdust, and birdseed. He believes that if business and art are hats, both need to be worn simultaneously. He believes you should never write a serious bio, because the world has enough already.

Find out more about Mann and his work at evanmann.com.

Julia Oldham’s work expresses moments of hope in a world on the edge of environmental collapse. Working in a range of media including video, animation and photography, she explores potential in places where human civilization and nature have collided uneasily. Selected exhibitions include Art in General in New York, NY; the Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; The Queens Museum of Art in Queens, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY; and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. She is currently an artist in residence at the New York City Urban Field Station, where she is working on a project about urban wilderness called “Undiscovered City.” Born in 1979 in Frederick, MD, Oldham currently lives and works in Eugene, OR and Queens, NY.  She received her MFA from the University of Chicago in 2005.

Find out more about Oldham and her work at juliaoldham.com.

Images (Above): Julia Oldham, still image from Laika’s Lullaby, 2015, animation, 6 minutes 30 seconds. (Below) Evan Mann, still image from Voyage of the Galactic Space Dangler, 2016, HD video with animation, 7 minutes 54 seconds.

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Biennial 30

Loraine Lynn, Assembly Language (Line 6), 2019, Line 6,​ 2019, Cotton yarn, monk’s cloth, 52 x 29 inches

July 27 – September 29, 2019 | Warner Gallery
Reception: Friday, September 6 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Now in its 30th incarnation, the South Bend Museum of Art’s all media Biennial 30 presents a diverse look into contemporary artwork made by artists living in the Midwest. Open to artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, this exhibition is an up-to-date dialogue of art happening in our own backyard. The pool of exhibiting artists is deliberately limited to allow for the showing of a greater body of work by each artist. From 337 submitting artists, twelve were selected by juror Sarah Rose Sharp, a Detroit-based writer, activist, photographer and multimedia artist.

Biennial 30 artists are:

Juror Sarah Rose Sharp writes about art and culture for Art in America, Hyperallergic, Flash Art, Sculpture Magazine, ArtSlant and others. She was named a 2015 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow for Art Criticism and is a 2018 recipient of the Rabkin Foundation Prize. She is a guest lecturer at several universities in Southeast Michigan and served as a mentor in the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentorship Program in 2018. Sarah has served as guest curator and juror for institutions including Penn State University (State College, PA), Scarab Club (Detroit, MI), The Terhune Gallery (Toledo, OH), and The Ann Arbor Art Center (Ann Arbor, MI). Sarah has shown her own work in New York, Seattle, Columbus & Toledo, OH, Covington, KY, and Detroit—including at the Detroit Institute of Arts—with solo shows at Simone De Sousa Gallery and Public Pool. She is primarily concerned with artist and viewer experiences of making and engaging with art, and conducts ongoing research into the state of contemporary art in redeveloping cities, with special focus and regard for Detroit.

Gina Costa, Night Stories No.3, 2018, Archival pigment print, 11 x 17 inches
Bryan Northup, Can’t Put It Back In The Box, 2018, Plastic and foam assemblage installation, dimensions variable
Nicole Havekost, Massed (installation detail), 2018, Mixed media including: sewing pattern paper, acrylic paint and medium, cotton thread, sewing hardware, 38 x 35 x 10 inches

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Sightlines | 2019–2021

August 3, 2019 – May 16, 2021
Reception at the South Bend Museum of Art: September 6, 2019 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Begun in 2013, Sightlines is an ongoing collaborative exhibition between Century Center and the South Bend Museum of Art featuring large installations of artwork by artists from both within and outside the region. A national call for entries is announced every two years from which new artists are selected. Selection is based on the quality of the proposals, the harmony among the artworks, and how the selection committee can envision the work activating various spaces within Century Center. All artworks in Sightlines are located in or outside of Century Center, highlighting not only the artworks themselves, but also the voluminous space and distant lines of sight that are available throughout the building and grounds.

Sightlines provides a unique experience for chance art encounters for visitors to the Century Center, engaging them in a moment of artistic appreciation or contemplation — or even perhaps to challenge their preconception of “what is art?”

Current artists:

Diana Baumbach  (Laramie, WY)

Lynn Cazabon  (Baltimore, MD)

Richard L. Dana  (Bethesda, MD)

Jessica Gondek  (Waubun, MN)

Sandy de Lissovoy  (Lexington, VA)

Mary M. Mazziotti  (Pittsburgh, PA)

James Perrin  (Nashville, TN)

Past artists:
Jeff Boshart (Charleston, IL); 2013–2017
Roger Boulay (Winona, MN); 2015–2017
Heather Brammeier (Peoria, IL); 2015–2018
Ioan Florea (Shelbyville, IL); 2013–2019
Lea Goldman (South Bend, IN); 2013–2019
Gina Herrera (Bakersfield, CA); 2017–2019
Sean Hottois (South Bend, IN); 2017–2019
Sasha de Koninck (Santa Monica, CA); 2017–2019
Maria Lux (Champaign, IL); 2013–2015
Mollie Oblinger (Ripon, WI); 2013–2015
Robert Patrick (White Bear, MN); 2015–2017
Gautam Rao (Indianapolis, IN); 2017–2019
Richard Shipps (Chicago, IL); 2015–2019
Jake Webster (Elkhart, IN); 2013–2015

Above image: Sandy de Lissovoy, Gerrymandered: Ohio, 2019, Aluminum, stainless steel, enamel paint, 106 x 34 x 18 inches
Images of 2019–2021 installations: Coming soon!

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