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SBMA Seeking Public’s Help


We are waiting for all of the details but we wanted to update everyone. Thank you WNDU, ABC 57, WSBT-TV and South Bend Tribune for reaching out to share our story to the community! And a huge thank you to the South Bend Police Department!

“We are thrilled that this work of art has been recovered! We are extremely grateful to all our friends and supporters who helped spread the word about the theft. Thanks, especially, to local media, who seized the story and disseminated it immediately. What an ending! The artist is delighted, as are we.” – Susan Visser, Executive Director, South Bend Museum of Art.

South Bend Museum of Art
 is seeking the public’s assistance in the return of a piece of artwork stolen from the museum on Saturday, February 15th, between the hours of 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. The museum is located at 120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in downtown South Bend (inside the Century Center).

The piece, titled Welcome Knives, is one shoe from a one of a kind pair of shoes, part of SBMA’s current exhibition Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art.

SBMA museum staff and South Bend Police are currently investigating the incident which includes the review of video surveillance from the Century Center during the time in question.
SBMA and Chris Francis would very much like to see it returned to his collection.

A statement from Chris Francis: “I’m extremely delighted that so many have enjoyed the Modern Bespoke Exhibition at South Bend Museum of Art. I am however saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition.The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores. Museums are institutions we all can visit, engage with art and learn from. When a piece is stolen from an exhibition it is stolen not just from the artist but from future audiences. It’s my hope that the shoe is returned, perhaps someone didn’t think about the seriousness of the crime committed and will find it within them to return the piece. South Bend Museum of Art and curator Mark Rospenda have put together a beautiful exhibition. It’s unfortunate that one piece has been stolen but many others remain on display for further enjoyment. Thousands have already visited and enjoyed this exhibition for all of the positivity it contributes to art. I look forward to sharing these positive aspects of the work throughout the exhibition’s duration.  Thank you!”

Said Susan Visser, SBMA Executive Director, “We thank Chris Francis for the opportunity to share these beautiful works of art with our community. The sculptural shoes are unique and exquisitely crafted. We encourage visitors to enjoy this beautiful exhibition while it is here, through April 5. Any information about this theft, or the return of the object to the museum, will be treated with anonymity. Our concern is the safe return of this irreplaceable work of art.”

We are asking that anyone with information about the whereabouts of this piece please contact the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or the South Bend Museum of Art directly via email at info@southbendart.org, or through SBMA’s social media accounts: Facebook: @SouthBendMuseumofArtTwitter: @southbendartInstagram: @southbendart
Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art is on exhibit through April 5, 2020 in South Bend Museum of Art’s Art League Gallery.
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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Matt Bollinger

Extended Present


April 18 – July 5, 2020
Project Room

An office. A cup of coffee. Morning light moving across a wall. These are but a few elements that can be seen within Matt Bollinger’s animations. But the core subject of his work is the experience of time. 

Bollinger’s animations are painted by hand in acrylic and flashe — an extremely time consuming process in and of itself. Fragmentary traces of images remain visible as he reworks surfaces to create the illusion of movement. These echoes remain present as time continues to pass within the animations. This slow, quiet, mesmerizing and intense focus heightens the experience of everyday moments. We become aware of the elasticity of time as we are carried along by his images, from room to room and day to day into a future where we can’t help but look back. 

Two of Bollinger’s most recent animations are included in this exhibition: Three Rooms (2018) and Between the Days (2017).

Matt Bollinger (American, born 1980) received his M.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and his B.F.A. in painting and creative writing from the Kansas City Art Institute. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, and elsewhere. Awards include first- and second-year fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center, a fellowship in painting from NYFA, and a residency at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. He is represented by Zürcher Gallery and lives and works in New York state.

Find out more about Bollinger and his work at mattbollinger.com.

Image: Matt Bollinger, still image from Between the Days, 2017, hand painted animation

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2019 Undergraduate Residency Exhibition

Images of work by Kelley Hershberger, Isabella Di Bono Becerra and Amanda Gargac

March 28 – May 3, 2020 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: Friday, April 3, 2020 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In the summer of 2019, 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 three 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 Isabella Di Bono Becerra, Amanda Gargac and Kelley Hershberger. The work in this exhibition is representative of both the fellowship and work created up to the exhibit.

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, engaging in a focused conversation within a challenging environment. Residencies last during the summer months of June, July, and August. At the completion of the residency, participating students are awarded an exhibition in our Community Gallery the following March.

Images (from left to right):

Kelley Hershberger, All That It Seems, 2019, woodcut on masonite, one side of a 19 x 19 x 19 inch cube

Isabella Di Bono Becerra, Untitled, 2019, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches

Amanda Gargac, Matriarch, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

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Guest Critic: Kolton Sizer
Thursday, January 20, 2020
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
SBMA Studio 2
, 2ND Floor

TEENFORUM presents Open Crit with guest critics for the teen community surrounding the South Bend Museum of Art monthly.


Please join us for SBMA’s TEENFORUM open critique evening! This event is free and open to the public, ages 13-19. Guests may bring art work to receive feedback from our guest critic and open crit attendees. The environment is welcoming and provides positive, yet critical feedback regarding teen art practices, by offering suggestions and feedback for growth. Please feel free to come and participate, either by sharing your work or participating from the audience. Time will divided evenly among attendees who bring work to share.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your work seen and discussed by art professionals! Space is limited, so sign up and reserve your free tickets now. Tickets:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teenforum-presents-open-crit-with-guest-kolton-sizer-february-tickets-90159422259.


Kolton Lucius Sizer is a midwestern artist that takes pride in painting imagery influenced by his environment. After spending his childhood living throughout middle America, Sizer began pursuing art after settling down in South Bend, IN with his lovely wife, Jordain.  In 2019, he received his BFA in drawing and painting and a minor in sculpture from Indiana University South Bend. When he is not in the studio or spending time with his wife and clan of animals, 2 dogs and 2 cats, he enjoys participating and engaging with his community. 

More About Kolton’s Community Work Here

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Chris Francis

Modern Bespoke: 21st Century Shoe Art

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

January 18 – April 5, 2020
Art League Gallery

Workshop and Artist Reception: Saturday April 4, 2020 (Details coming soon!)

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.

SBMA would like to thank its wonderful sponsor for generously supporting the exhibition and lecture.
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2020 Scholastic Art Awards

February 1 – March 7, 2020
Warner and Jerome J. Crowley Community Galleries
(Museum hours: Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 5:00 p.m.)

Meet Me in the Gallery Opening Reception: Friday, February 7, 2020 | 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Warner Gallery
Tickets: Adults $5, under age 12 free. (SBMA & WVPE members admitted free)

Awards Ceremony: Sunday, February 9, 2020
Century Center | Convention Hall A
1:30 p.m.: Junior High  |  2:30 p.m.: Senior High

Click here for a list (pdf) of the individual awards.

For more than 90 years, The Scholastic Art & Writing Award program has sought to encourage, foster, and reward creativity in our nation’s classrooms and to confer recognition on emerging talent. Our region, which covers 18 counties, has participated for decades, beginning in the Tea Room of the former Robertson’s Department Store in downtown South Bend. L.S. Ayres hosted the exhibition until the South Bend Museum of Art became involved.

The South Bend Museum of Art is now the affiliate for the Scholastic Art Awards’ Northwest Indiana and Southwest Lower Michigan Region. This region includes the following counties: INDIANA counties of Benton, Cass, Elkhart, Fulton, Jasper, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Stark, White; and MICHIGAN counties of Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph.

The Scholastic Art Awards represents the most comprehensive national annual assessment of the creative spirit among American teens. Three core values have not changed since The Awards inception: freedom of expression, a blind adjudication process, and work criteria based on originality, technical proficiency, and emergence of personal voice. Students in seventh through twelfth grade submit digital images of their work, which is juried by more than 50 jurors solicited from the local arts and education community. A process of “blind adjudication” is used, whereby judging is determined on a merit basis with only the art object under review, without any knowledge as to student identity (gender, race, background, etc.). Jurors are instructed to select artwork that excels in 1) Originality, 2) Technical Skill, and 3) Emergence of a personal vision or voice.

Regional awards are given in several categories:

• Gold Key: The highest level of achievement on the regional level.
Approximately 5 – 7% of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition.

• Silver Key: Approximately 7 – 10% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards.

• Honorable Mention: This Award recognizes students with artistic potential. Approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions receive Honorable Mention Awards.

• American Vision & Voice Nominees: Five works are selected out of all Gold Key works (across categories) as the “Best of Show” for each region.

Digital images of all of our GOLD KEY Awards are sent on to National Adjudication in New York City. Award recipients at the national level are invited to participate in the Awards Ceremony held in New York City at Carnegie Hall, have their work shown in noted galleries, attend workshops, be considered for scholarships, and have their names included in the New York Times article covering the Scholastic Art Awards.

The SAA competition has strong positive impact in our community, showcasing the vast talent in our region, not only the talent of the students, but of the teachers and mentors who work with them to assure their excellence. Many young artists who have gone on to highly productive careers in the arts have received their first encouragement and recognition through the SAA program, which bolstered their confidence to pursue their dreams.

SAA is also the most heavily attended exhibition in the SBMA annual schedule (about 5000 visitors annually) and is intrinsically connected to our mission of supporting arts education for youth. There is not a single arts program for high school and middle school students which has the broad reach or lifelong educational impact of the Scholastic Art Awards and SBMA is committed to working with the local SAA board to keep it alive and vibrant in our region.

Support the Scholastic Art Awards!

Donate today!

Scholastic Art Awards: South Bend Museum of Art
2019-20 Donors as of January 31, 2020:

Foundations & Major Contributors
Jack & Yumiko Champaigne
Katie Humphreys & Ralph Komasinski
Lucille Zilky Charitable Trust
South Bend Art Center Foundation
Teachers Credit Union
Walmart Portage Road, South Bend
Walmart Old U.S. 20, Elkhart
Walmart Indian Ridge Blvd., Mishawaka

Organizations, Corporations & Award Sponsors
Jim Cooke
Docent Group of SBMA & Snite Museum of Art
Indiana Women’s Caucus for Art
Inn at Saint Mary’s
Northern Indiana Pastel Society
Northern Indiana Artists
St. Joe Valley Watercolor Society
South Bend Hoosier Art Patrons

Visual Voices and Portfolio Award Sponsor
University of Notre Dame Dept. of Art, Art History & Design

Scholarship Sponsor
Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University South Bend

In-Kind Sponsor
Ivy Tech Community College

Don Arenz
Mr. & Mrs. Brent Banulis
Bob & Pam Beam
Mr. & Mrs. George Beamer
Mrs. William S. Benninghoff
Marsha Brook
Dayle Brown
Mark Carney
Judith Chase
Karla P. Davenport
Ron DeWinter
Sharon Donlon
Debbie Dulcet
Lucy Emery
John Falda
Anne Feferman
Mr. & Mrs. J.C. Frieden
Helen Geglio
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Germano
Leslie Gitlin
Dr. & Mrs. Walter Halloran
Abner Hershberger
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hickner
Janet Johnson
Douglas & Marjorie Kinsey
Dr. & Mrs. Jon Kintner
Drs. William & Julia Knight
Mr. & Mrs. Hubert Kuzmich
Michael Lampsa
Joan Laudeman
Charles F. Lehman
Mr. & Mrs. Tim Link
Dr. & Mrs. William Lopatin
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Mancini
Claudia A. Maslowski
Tami McNally
Charles & Sharon Nelson
Mr. & Mrs. John Phair
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Phelan
Charlene Plasschaert
Ally Powers
Sheila Przybysz
Dr. & Mrs. J.R. Reineke
Mr. & Mrs. William Reinke
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Rosenberg
Mr. & Ms. Doug Sakaguchi
Mr. & Mrs. L. Brown Sanders
Dr. & Mrs. William Sarnat
Philip H. Schatz
Darlene Scherer
Lynn Schram
Gail Schroeder
Barry Shein & Cari Groman Shein
Mrs. Charles S. Simon
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Sommese
William Spalding
Mr. & Mrs. Don Sporleder
Richard Q. Stifel
Joan Storey
Mr. & Mrs. Laurence Taylor
Ann Tideman
Maria Tomasula
Mr. & Mrs. Brad Toothaker
Linda & Erik Waelchli
Mary Watt-Strieder
Thomas Werge
Cyndy & Craig Wilson
Mark & Dawn Wobbe
Dr. Robert Wolosin
Doreen Zisla

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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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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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