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Meet Me in the Gallery!

Friday, February 1  |  5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Warner & Jerome J. Crowley Community Galleries

Presented by SBMA and 88.1 WVPE with support from Century Center


Come in from the cold and warm up with incredible art and live music by
Whole Tone!

Be inspired by the Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition,  showcasing the talent of the region’s award-winning middle and high school artists.

$5 at the door; children 12 and under, free. Members will receive tickets in the mail.

Food concessions and cash bar will be available.

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Family Day: Scholastic Art

Sunday, February 10, 2019
SBMA Warner Gallery, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Free admission 

Join us as we explore art made by area teens! Create your own personal art project based on artwork from the Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition.


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Mike Amato

Sounds Like Dancing

January 12 – April 7, 2019
Project Room
Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019  |  5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sounds Like Dancing will feature two video works by South Bend-born artist, Mike Amato. Both works flow from his personal perspective into larger concepts of identity, appropriation, movement and memory.

Artist Statement
In general, the works on paper I create reference questions of appropriation, authenticity, authorship, and identity. These works function through the process of removing components of an “original” object from its original context, manipulating and reassembling them into something of my own making. The identical process is at work in my film and video work, including Malevich Memories, and to a lesser extent, Homage to Taylor Mead, the videos on view here. The mostly random events I have used to construct these films are what anyone might experience on a day-to-day basis. I am conscious of the art-historical context in which I operate; I know the boundaries that are set in place against which I exert my transgressive view of the world.

Mike Amato works in video, digital imaging and mixed media. He has exhibited in solo and group shows in numerous venues, including The Spurious Fugitive, Gallery 805, South Bend Regional Museum of Art (South Bend, IN); Midwest Museum of American Art (Elkhart, IN); Berkeley, California Art Center; Gallery 114 (Portland, OR); Leslie Lohman Gallery (New York, NY); and the Arts Council of Indianapolis Gallery 924 (Indianapolis, IN), among others. Critical issues involving authorship, appropriation, and authenticity; originality, meaning and identity inform the bulk of his work. He currently lives and works in Indianapolis, IN.

Image: Mike Amato, still image from Homage to Taylor Mead, 2005, Super-8 film (Kodachrome) digital transfer, 6 minutes 47 seconds

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SBMA Class Gift Certificates


A wide range of artistic traditions are taught in our world-class art studios. The South Bend Museum of Art offers a variety of classes each session, with four sessions a year. Classes offered at the museum are suitable for beginners to advanced, and for ages 4 and up.  Typically, classes meet once a week for 8 weeks.  Youth Summer Sessions meet every day for one week.

Certificates can be used towards the tuition of any class through December of 2019. Certificates are virtual, and are redeemable on our website www.southbendart.org .  Each gift certificate recipient will receive an email with a unique voucher code.  To redeem, enter the voucher code in the “Apply Discount” box on the Art Cart checkout page.  Gift certificates have no cash value. No transfer or refund of balance will be issued.  Please call for a brochure of classes or visit us at: www.southbendart.org

Click HERE to order Gift Certificates




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Anita Dawson

July 13 – September 22, 2019
Art League Gallery
Reception: Friday, September 6, 2019  |  5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Gallery talk about his work beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Anita Dawson paints iconic still lifes and constructs assemblages and small sculptures. Her work has been exhibited in the Midwest and eastern United States: Chicago, Indianapolis, Lexington, Virginia and Winter Park, Florida. Research has taken her on numerous trips to Italy, Spain and France to study iconography. In recent years she has served as a visiting artist and art professor in Aix-en-Provence and Rome. She grew up in Florida, an influence on her present work, earning degrees at the University of South Florida and the University of Florida (M.F.A.).

Artist Statement Excerpt:

In my work my objective is to express the feeling of time and of place, pinning elusive moments that make up a life well-lived where beauty and mystery are primary. Often the table serves as a plain suggesting landscape or a proscenium on which certain objects interrelate. All these elements interweave various levels of illusion and reality to create a charged dramatic atmosphere. 

The web site for her work can be visited at anita-dawson.squarespace.com.

Image: Anita Dawson, Homecoming, 2018, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches

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Michael Dinges

A Scarecrow at the Crossroads of an Epoch

April 20 – June 30, 2019
Art League Gallery
Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019  |  5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Michael Dinges‘s drawings, sculpture and engraved objects utilize images of container ships, trade goods, and American iconic imagery and slogans to re-enforce, subvert and explore contemporary ideas of what it’s like to live in the whirlwind of globalization.

Dinges received his Bachelors degree from the Art Center College of Design in 1982 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 2005. He has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Chicago, Detroit, New York, Miami, as well as Vancouver B.C. and in Japan. He has received an Artists Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council as well as a residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program.

The web site for his work can be visited at michaeldinges.com.

Image: Michael Dinges, Pattern Recognition 4, Dead Laptop Series, (“Algorithms Are The Utensils We Use To Devour Each Other”) 2018, engraved plastic and acrylic paint, 10.75 x 12.75 x 10.75 inches (variable)

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2018 SBMA Student/Faculty Exhibition

December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: Friday, December 7, 2018 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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, 2017 – December 1, 2018 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.

Download a prospectus with full details here.

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A Romantic Suppression of the Industrial

Mike Slaski, Carvings

January 12 – April 7, 2019
Art League Gallery
Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019  |  5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Gallery talk about his work beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Mike Slaski began his studio practice in 1973, and his multidisciplinary approach includes drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Chicago in 1982. He has exhibited in Chicago, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Kalamazoo, MI; and Detroit, MI; among others. He and his wife Ruth Andrews live in Cassopolis, Michigan.

Artist Statement Excerpt:

I am committed to art, not as a life style or ideal, but for the fascination in making objects to incorporate history or systems or meaning, to expand my potential and acknowledge my limitations. The most satisfying aspect is to look at the object to see if it is finished. Some work requires an audience; the aesthetic is completed with some literary acumen. A “work of art” is a philosophical, as well as a material endeavor and points to a universe of intelligence.

The web site for his work can be visited at mikeslaskiartist.com.

Image: A view of Mike Slaski’s studio

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Destination: Latin America



Destination: Latin America
November 2 – December 30, 2018
Warner Gallery
Reception: Friday, November 2, 2018  |  5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Join Curator of the exhibition, Patrice Giasson, for a gallery talk beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Destination: Latin America offers a multifaceted, didactic journey through twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin American art. Drawn from the collection of the Neuberger Museum of Art, the exhibition is organized in five sections. The first includes work by artists affiliated with the artistic revolution that emerged after the Mexican Revolution; section two features sculpture and painting by key South American artists exploring color, form, space, and motion; section three features work by Caribbean and South American artists inspired by African art, Surrealism, and Magical Realism; section four addresses the challenges faced by artists living under the dictatorships of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, when most of South America was under military control; and section five concentra

tes on contemporary artists looking at themes of history, globalization, violence, and social criticism.

This exhibition includes the work of Manuel Álvarez Bravo, José Raúl Anguiano Valadez, Julio Antonio, Henry Bermudez, Leda Catunda, Carlos Cruz-Diez, José Luis Cuevas, Arturo Duclos, Lucio Fontana, Carlos Garaicoa, Florencio Gelabert, Ignacio Iturria, Alfred Jensen, Nicolás de Jesús, Wifredo Lam, Eduardo Mac Entyre, Teresa Margolles, María Martínez-Cañas, Roberto Matta, Almir Mavignier, José Clemente Orozco, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Dulce Pinzón, Betsabeé Romero, Jesús Rafael Soto, Gerardo Suter, Rufino Tamayo, Luis Tomasello, and Eugenia Vargas.


Destination: Latin America is curated by Patrice Giasson with the curatorial assistance of Marianelly Neumann, and the research assistance of Annabel Rhodeen, Cynthia Newman, and Elizabeth Orlandini. The exhibition is conceived, organized, and toured by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY. Generous support for this exhibition and catalogue has been provided by the Alex Gordon Estate, the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Purchase College Foundation.

Ancient Influences
Community Foundation of St. Joseph County: Arts Everywhere
Electronics, Inc.
National Endowment for the Arts:Arts Engagement in American Communities

Magical Realism
1st Source Foundation
The Art League
The John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation
Teachers Credit Union

Representational Traditions
Robert C. Shields Memorial Fund
Visit South Bend Mishawaka

Crowe, LLP
Stephen & Barbara Fredman
Lynda B. & Charles S. Simon

Kinetic Art
Indiana Trust Wealth Management
Kellogg Institute for International Studies University of Notre Dame

Thomas & Jann Brunner
Ann Dean
Mr. & Mrs. Ron Emanoil
Anne Feferman
Gurley Leep
Marcia Rickard & Dennis Doordan
Maria Tomasula
Doreen Zisla

Geometric Abstraction
Mary Jane Buzolich
Judith Chase
Helen Geglio
Lea Goldman
Dr. & Mrs. John Kintner
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick McManus
Dr & Mrs. Stephen McTigue
Dr. Christopher S. Norborg
Richard & Joyce Stifel

Sara Anne Anes
Kari & Dan Black
Greg Koso & Mary Ann Kanieski
Mr. & Mrs. Tim Link
Claudia A. Maslowski
MaryJo Morey & Daniel Tom
Darlene Scherer
Susan Visser
Craig & Cyndy Wilson

Images: (Top) Henry Bermúdez, Pájaro con pinta de Tigre (Bird with a Tiger’s Appearance), 1991, Oil on canvas, Gift of Edith L. Calzadilla and family in memory of Lius P. Calzadilla, 2009.02.04 © Henry Bermúdez. (Bottom) Nicolás de Jesús, En el tren (On the Subway), 1990 Etching and aquatint on amate paper 46 from an edition of 75; ed III. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art EL 01.2014.02 © Nicolás de Jesús.









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Michael Menchaca

Codex Animations

October 6 – December 30, 2018
Project Room

Michael Menchaca is a multidisciplinary artist who utilizes Meso-American art historical imagery to address contemporary issues. Codex Animations highlights two video works, including Enter the Border, a new animation incorporating footage from the level design process for an upcoming video game Menchaca is creating.

Artist Statement
Using the framework of an ancient Meso-American codex, I aim to preserve cultural events through invented mythology. I use animal archetypes to tell stories of class inequality, civil rights cases, and the distribution of privileges within the Americas. Narrative pattern designs influenced by multiple cultural histories set the stage for my compositions; while recurring motifs encourage multiple interpretations. I exhibit my work in immersive installations that apply a combination of printmaking, painting, and digital animation.

Michael Menchaca (San Antonio, TX) has a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (2015). He exhibits his work nationally and has participated in artist residencies including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine; Vermont Studio Center, Vermont; Segura Arts Studio, Indiana; and the Serie Project, Texas. His work has been featured at a number of museums and institutions including: The Contemporary, Austin, Texas; The Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; Gilcrease Museum; Tulsa, Oklahoma; RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island; and the International Print Center New York, New York. Fellowships include the Fine Arts Work Center (2015–2016), and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute (2018). He currently lives and works in San Antonio, TX.

Find out more about Menchaca and his work at michaelmenchaca.com.

Images: (above) Michael Menchaca, still image from Enter the Border, 2018, Digital animation, 3 minutes 13 seconds; (below) Michael Menchaca, still image from Codex Heterogeneous, 2013, Digital video, 8 minutes 8 seconds

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