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    April 20 - June 30, 2019
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2019 Student/Faculty Exhibition Reception

Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: Sunday, June 2, 2019 | 2:00 – 4:00 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.

Awards valued at $400 will be given to recipients selected by the juror Rachel Welling.

Enjoy free light appetizers and beverages.

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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.

Sponsored by The Art League

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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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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Youth Summer Art Camps

The South Bend Museum of Art provides exciting art camps through the summer to engage the young artists in our community.  Students work with local artists and art educators to explore media, develop technical abilities in the visual arts, and pursue their own curiosity and creativity in a supportive environment. Camps are offered by age group: age 5, ages 6-8 Survey camps, ages 9-12 survey and media focused camps and Specialty Teen Camps.

The museum hosts camps in their unique studio spaces, offering media exploration beyond the scope of the average art classroom.  During our survey weeks, children and youth engage with a variety of media across selected themes, meet professional artists in their own communities, and explore the museum’s permanent collection to gain an understanding of what contemporary art can be. Our focus camp weeks allow students to explore a specific medium or process to achieve deeper understanding and mastery of skill.

(If you are an SBMA member and are enrolling online, enter code “MBR20off” on the checkout page to receive your 20% discount)

Contact Julie Farmer at farmerj@southbendart.org if you have any questions.

Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Meet the Summer Camp Instructors

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Arts in Bloom Garden Walk

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
(rain or shine)
Artist Demonstrations
Complimentary refreshments

$15 Pre-sale (through July 9th, 5:00 p.m.) or $20 at the Door.
Tickets will be held at the check-in on the day of the walk. No tickets will be mailed.
(Purchase value of ticket is tax deductible)

To purchase tickets

Hospitality Center with Garden Maps, Tickets, Boutique, & Refreshments
Grace United Methodist Church
3012 S. Twyckenham Dr.
South Bend, IN 46614
Open 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Art League, with proceeds supporting ongoing projects at the SBMA.

Volunteers needed

For more information call 574.235.5968

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Holiday Hours

The SBMA offices are open 9:00 a.m. until Noon, Friday, April 19.

The SBMA Galleries and Dot Shop will be closed, Friday, April 19 and Sunday, April 21.  They will be open Saturday, April 20, Noon until 5:00 p.m.

Open Studio will be open 9:00  –  11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 19, 12:00 – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, and closed on Sunday, April 21.

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Meet Me on the Island



present  Meet Me on the Island

Friday, June 7 | 5:30 –10:00 p.m. | Island Park | Century Center
Featuring art on the island and music by Memphis Underground


Let’s kick off summer with art, music, refreshments and mingling on the island! And who better to get our engines revving than Memphis Underground! You’ll be dancing all night!

Admission $5 (kids under 12 get in free)
SBMA and WVPE members will receive tickets in the mail.

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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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