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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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Kid Beat 2019

Saturday, August 17, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
East section of Century Center parking lot

The South Bend Museum of Art is bringing KID BEAT! to a special section of DTSB’s Art Beat! It will be located at the east section of the Century Center parking lot in downtown South Bend.

23 local businesses and non-profits will have youth art and activities.

Pottery Demonstrations

Art Demonstrations 

Floor Loom Weaving Demonstrations 

Free Art Activities (located throughout Kid Beat area) from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Include:

  • SBMA Mobile Art Stations – Where children will be able to paint their own masterpieces!
  • Big Bubbles
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Artistic Photo Boards – Take a picture of yourself within a famous painting!

SBMA Museum Galleries and Gift Shop will be open to the public as well.  Hours are 12 – 7 p.m.

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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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Adam Hurwitz

Time’s Marrow

July 13 – September 22, 2019
Project Room

Some memories stick with us — our minds replaying them over and over like the catchy portion of a song heard earlier in the day. Our oldest memories can also loop in this way. Often, the time surrounding the memory has eroded over the years, setting adrift what remains, out of context and without a clear beginning or end. This flotsam may not be of anything necessarily important, but we return to it again and again as it is all that remains of our earlier selves.

Like these drifting fragments of memory, Adam Hurwitz’s (New York, NY) video loops are of moments disconnected from any longer timeline. After many years as a painter, Hurwitz switched his primary medium to computer generated video. Employing software normally used to create bombastic special effects and slick advertising, his works are quiet, visual poems about memory and solitude. Included in this exhibition are five of his more recent works.

Statement Excerpt:
[My] videos are informed by my experience as a painter and exist in a world between painting and film. They represent an ongoing project entitled Reflective Nostalgia, after a term described in Svetlana Boym’s book The Future of Nostalgia: “Reflective nostalgia thrives in ‘algia’, the longing itself, and delays the homecoming — wistfully, ironically, desperately.” This body of work is about the moments between moments, the interstices of life when nothing seems to happen.

Adam Hurwitz received his M.F.A. in painting from Yale University and has exhibited in solo and group shows in New York City, Boston, San Diego, Maryland, and elsewhere. Grants include the Joan Mitchell Foundation and a 2014 NYFA grant in Digital/Electronic Arts. He is a recipient of MacDowell Colony Fellowships in 2015 and 2017, and Yaddo residencies in 2016, 2018 & 2019. His work has been reviewed in The New Yorker and he was the featured artist in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of the Tupelo Quarterly. Recent solo exhibitions include extraOrdinary, at STUDIO10 Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and Pause/Play at Lithium Gallery in Chicago, both 2018. Recent group shows include Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, NM, 2017 as well as the traveling exhibition, “Real-Fake” in 2017/2018.

Find out more about Hurwitz and his work at adamhurwitz.com.

Images: (above) Adam Hurwitz, still image from June Bug, 2017, Looped digital animation; (below) Adam Hurwitz, still image from Backstop, 2018, Looped digital animation

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Summer Survey & Focus Camp Instructors

Megan Archer  

Sessions 1-4, ages 6 and up, Pottery Camps

Meli Bandera

Sessions 1-4, ages 6 and up Painting, Fiber Arts

Robin Baker

Teen Session 2, Small Metals

Austin Brady

Sessions 1-4, Comics, Printmaking ages 9-12

Diane Dorn

Sessions 1, 2 Watercolor Teen Session 4, Encaustics

Kristen Elkington 

Session 1, Spinning Teen Session 2 Weaving

Kat Elliott

Sessions 1 & 4, Painting

Lisa Helmholdt

Session 1, 3   Teen Session 4, Printmaking

Aubrey Hittle

Sessions 1-4, Painting, Mixed Media and Fiber Arts

Lucas Korte

Session 4, ages 9-12 Drawing & Painting

Krista Kuskye

Sessions 1-4, Teen Session 2 & 4, Photography

Anne Napoli

Session 1,2 & 3, Mixed Media

Lyndsay Richards

Session 2, Painting, Drawing and more

Susan Ward

Sessions 1 & 4, Sculpture, Metals, Found object

Heather Zobrosky

Sessions 3 & 4, Painting, 2D, Drawing

Special Guests and/or Artists include: Justin Barfield, Jenn Kaplan, Steven Lemke, Susan Ward & Potawatomi Zoo Education team.

For details about camps and specific age groups, click here.  

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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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Dash Shaw

Wheel of Fortune

April 20 – June 30, 2019
Project Room

Wheel of Fortune (2011) is the result of a challenge artist Dash Shaw posed to himself. Created by pausing an episode of the television game show, Wheel of Fortune (1975–present) every 3 seconds and making a drawing, Shaw wanted to see how few drawings he could make and still have the sequence hold together as an animation. It was also a chance to explore the content of the show — branded as “America’s Game,” and introduced by hostess Vanna White as honoring “life, liberty, and the pursuit of cash and prizes.”

Dash Shaw is the cartoonist of many graphic novels, such as “Doctors”, “Bottomless Belly Button”, “BodyWorld”, “New School”, and “Cosplayers”. He also wrote and directed the animated feature “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea” (starring the voice talents of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph and Susan Sarandon) which premiered in the 2016 New York Film Festival main slate and the Toronto International Film Festival. It continued to play film festivals throughout the world, and had a U.S. theatrical release in 2017. It’s currently available on Netflix streaming in North America. It was one of ArtForum Amy Taubin’s “Best Films of the Year.”

He’s directed a music video for Sigur Rós and animated sections for documentaries and television. His comic short stories recently appeared in the Fantagraphics anthology series “Now”. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Image: Dash Shaw, still image from Wheel of Fortune, 2011, hand-drawn animation, 7 minutes 33 seconds

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Art.Write.Now.2018 National Exhibition

April 5 – June 30, 2019
Warner Gallery
(Museum hours: Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 5:00 p.m.)

Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2019 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Warner Gallery

Art.Write.Now.Tour 2018–19, a traveling exhibition showcasing more than 100 original pieces of art and writing from the talented teen award recipients of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, will make its fourth stop in South Bend, Indiana at South Bend Museum of Art beginning April 5, 2019. Works by local area students will be featured in this exhibit.

Produced and presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Tour showcases a selection of works from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards—the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. If you want to know what issues are on the minds of teenagers, the Art.Write.Now.Tour is sure to provide valuable insights through the lens of sophisticated and captivating artworks. All Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients walk in the footsteps of notable program Alumni including Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, and Sylvia Plath, all of whom received Scholastic Awards when they were teens. More recent Alumni include filmmaker Richard Linklater, fashion designer Zac Posen, and writer and director Lena Dunham.

In the 2018 program year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional level in the Awards’ 29 categories, which include poetry, painting, editorial cartoon, video game design, architecture, short story, photography, and more. These emerging artists’ and writers’ works were first adjudicated regionally, then again on the national level by leading creative professionals. 


The Art.Write.Now.Tour 2018–19 and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Tour is funded by the generous support of Scholastic Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts and Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies.  Now in its ninth year, the Tour will make its first stop at the New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester, NH) and will continue to travel across the country, making additional stops at Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA), Center for Creative Arts (St. Louis, MO) and South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, IN). For more information, about the Tour and about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit http://artandwriting.org.

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Light Bringer

Three Artists, Two Continents, One Human Story

The Light Bringer sculpture

August 3 – October 13, 2019 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: Friday, September 6, 2019 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Social Action Project is an action research project operating in the United States and South Africa. Initiatives use the arts — theater, dance, public art, spoken word poetry — to bring about social justice in our neighborhoods. Initiatives are shaped by the project’s relationships and respond to the day’s challenges on the local scene, on both sides of the ocean. “Light Bringer” is part of the project. Through the collaborative creation of a life-sized figurative sculpture, an opportunity for the sharing of perspectives from across an ocean is created. The installation of the Light Bringer sculpture at SBMA will include stories and interactive elements inviting visitors to engage in the dialogue.

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2018 Undergraduate Residency Exhibition

March 30 – May 5, 2019 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

In the summer of 2018, 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 Meli Bandera, Alex Coulter and Vanessa Steiner.  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. 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.

Image credit:

From left to right:

Meli Bandera, Still Life con Cans, 2018, pastel on paper
Alex Coulter 
Vanessa Steiner

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