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Somewhere There | The Role of Place in the Work of Four Local Photographers

Susan Moore image

September 21, 2013–February 16, 2014
Art League Gallery

A sense of place locates us within the world and provides context to our experiences within it. We also identify with places as extensions of ourselves — garnering pride, nostalgia, or sometimes embarrassment in them. Without place, we feel dislocated and disjointed, afloat without an orientation.

The work of local photographers Susan Moore, Steve Moriarty, Fred Slaski and Steve Toepp highlights this importance. Whether exploring unique qualities of a ubiquitous subdivision (Moore), setting the stage for an epiphany (Moriarty), evoking a quiet sense of poetry (Slaski), or representing time through decay (Toepp), everything we see is affected by a sense of place. It provides a contact point for each image, adding meaning and reflecting the sometimes subtle yet always important role place plays in our lives.

This exhibition overlaps with Ansel Adams: Masterworks, on exhibit in the SBMA’s Warner Gallery (November 1, 2013–January 12, 2014), and offers a complement to Adams’s uncanny ability to present a place as a moment — ever changing and ephemeral.

Somewhere There: Moriarty, Slaski, Toepp


(Top of page)
Susan Moore, Wembley Drive 5.13, 2013, Archival ink jet print
(Above, from left to right)
Steve Moriarty, Paris, Rue de L’Université, 1976, Gelatin silver print
Fred Slaski, James Madison Elementary School, Rainy Night, 2012, Selenium tone gelatin silver print
Steve Toepp, Dead City: Church #756, Circa 2010, Dye sublimation into aluminum (archival)

Susan Moore (South Bend, IN) received an IAC Individual Artist Grant in 2010 and an IU South Bend Research Grant in 2012. Moore has a MFA from Washington University, St. Louis, MO; a MA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; and a BA from Columbia College, Chicago, IL. Her work has been exhibited at Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT; Santa Reparata Gallery of Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy; and the Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL.

Steve Moriarty (South Bend, IN) is an emeritus curator of photography at the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. He received a MFA in photography from the University of Notre Dame, and has photographed extensively in El Salvador since 1985.

Fred Slaski (South Bend, IN) received a BA and a Certificate of Film Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. His photographs have been exhibited at the South Bend Christian Reform Church Gallery, South Bend, IN; the Jewish Federation Mishawaka Gallery, Mishawaka, IN; and the South Bend Museum of Art, South bend, IN.

Steve Toepp (Mishawaka, IN) received a BA in photography from Columbia College, Chicago, IL; and is owner of Midwest Photographics, a still photography and video production studio located in Mishawaka, IN. Recent exhibitions of his photographs include the Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, IN; Spencer Gallery, Mishawaka, IN; and Studio Arts Center, South Bend, IN.

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Ansel Adams | Masterworks

American Series LogoSouth Bend Museum of Art 2013 American Series
November 1, 2013 – January 12, 2014 | Warner Gallery

Free Workshop Series! Learn more

Read this New York Times article about Ansel Adam’s Yosemite

Watch this clip: Steve Moriarty talks about Ansel Adams’ Moonrise over Hernandez, New Mexico

Visit the University of Notre Dame Snite Museum of Art to view four photographs by Ansel Adams from their collection, November 1, 2013 – January 12, 2014.

Ansel Adams, Mount Williamson, 1944

Known for his grand views of the American West, Ansel Adams (1902 – 1984) created extraordinary photographs that are among the most recognized and celebrated images of the twentieth century. This exhibition features a collection of forty-eight works, about two-thirds of a selection Adams made late in his life to serve as a succinct representation of his life’s work. He himself felt these photographs were his best. Called “The Museum Set,” these works reveal the importance Adams placed on the drama and splendor of natural environments that might not, to the ordinary passing hiker, have revealed their secrets. Included are many of Adams’ most famous and best-loved photographs which encompass the full scope of his work: elegant details of nature, architectural studies, portraits, and the breathtaking landscapes for which he is revered. The exhibition also includes this photo portrait of Ansel Adams by James Alinder.

Ansel Adams, by James Alinder

In a career that spanned more than five decades Ansel Adams became one of America’s most beloved landscape photographers and one of its more respected environmentalists. There are few artists whose name and works represent the extraordinary level of popular recognition and artistic achievement as that of Ansel Adams. Adams profoundly influenced the course of 20th century photography not only through the example of his sumptuous and technically precise images, but also by means of his personal energy and devotion to advancing the cause of photography as an art form. As an artist, educator, innovator, and writer, he helped establish many of the institutions that have come to represent the highest aspirations of the medium of photography.

Also on view will be a small selection of vintage cameras and equipment on loan from Craig Sheaks and Center For History, South Bend.

This exhibition was organized by the Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA.

Exhibition tour management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

image: top: Mount Williamson, The Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar, California by Ansel Adams ©2013 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

bottom: photograph by James Alinder

The South Bend Museum of Art’s 2012-2013 Exhibition Program is made possible, in part, with support from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s ArtsEverywhere Initiative.

With Support from:

Exhibition Sponsors


Electronics, Inc.
Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

Visit South Bend/Mishawaka
Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust Foundation

The Art League
Burkhart Advertising
Indiana Michigan Power
L. Brown and Mary L. Sanders

Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. Simon

Century Center

James & Betsy Cooke
George & Mary Coquillard
Anne Feferman
Drs. Harriet Hamer & Abram Bergen
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Mancini
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher J. Murphy III
Dr. Susan Ohmer & Dr. Donald Crafton
Dr. David M. & Mitzi B. Sabato
Jean Scheibelhut
Mrs. James Walton

John Axelberg
Faith Beaupre
Mrs. William S. Benninghoff
Marsha Brook
Dayle Brown & David Piser
Alan M. Bunner
Mary Jane Buzolich
Darlene Catello
Centier Bank
Judith Chase
Tom & Susan Fischbach
Mr. & Mrs. Steven Goldberg
Lea Goldman
Mr. & Mrs Bruce Greenberg
Walter Gunn
Leigh Hayden & Richard Pierce
Mr. & Mrs Harvey Hurst
Betty B. Johannesen
Jon & Edwina Kintner
Phyllis R. Kubale
Sue & Harold Lowe
Susan Lyke & Joe Bock
Jackie Mackenzie
Claudia Maslowski
Mary Ann Moran
Adele Paskin
Kathleen Petitjean
Charlene Plasschaert
Marcia Rickard & Dennis Doordan
Birgit Scott
Neil & Leah Silver
Marika & Thomas G. Smith
Robert & Myrna Wolosin


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Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

February 1 – March 1, 2014
Warner Gallery | Reception: Friday, February 7, 2014, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Presented by
The NW Indiana & Lower SW Michigan Region of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
South Bend Museum of Art and Friends of Scholastic Art Awards

Download (pdf) a list of the 2014 award winners.

Watch the WNDU video interviews!

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. Today, the Scholastic Art Awards exhibition has become one of the best-attended exhibitions at the museum. Hundreds of visitors will see this exhibit, including those who attended the popular event, “Meet Me in the Gallery” scheduled for February 7, 2014.

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 7 – 10% of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition.

• Silver Key: Approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards.

• Honorable Mention: This Award recognizes students with artistic potential. Approximately 15 – 20% 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.



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College Residency Exhibition

February 22 – May 11, 2014 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery

Grubbs, Harding

Shelby A. Grubbs and Michael Harding participated in the South Bend Museum of Art Summer Studio College Residency program in 2013.

Grubbs will graduate in May 2014 from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Studio Art and Design.

Harding  graduated from Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN with a B.A. in Studio Art in December 2013.

Laird: Carburetor-#3The Residents were mentored by Casey K. Lard, Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University – South Bend.

The Summer Studio College 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.

images: top, left: Marcel in the Trenches, detail, mixed media on panel by Shelby A. Grubbs;  top right: Landscape, by Michael Harding, graphite on paper
above: Carburetor#3, Casey Lard, 2014, oil on panel

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Conversations: Michiko Itatani and Jake Webster: Passages

March 22 – June 8, 2014 | Warner Gallery
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Itatani & Webster

images:  left: Michiko Itatani, Untitled, from Rain Maker RM-2, 2006, oil on canvas, 96 in. x 78 in.
right: Jake Webster, How to Catch a Hole, beechwood

The South Bend Museum of Art is proud to present, Michiko Itatani and Jake Webster: Passages, the first in a new exhibition series titled, Conversations.

The work of Michiko Itatani is expansive, both in size and scope. Her large scale paintings create vistas that envelop viewers and can practically be stepped in to. Theaters, libraries, and cosmic expanses compel exploration. Windows to other spaces and small canvases attached to the surface of larger canvases act like hyperlinks, propelling viewers to ever further reaches.

Itatani began her creative career with an interest in writing fiction and that narrative pull has continued in her artistic practice. Each of her paintings acts almost as a chapter within a larger narrative. However, Itatani does not paint her canvases with an overarching narrative in mind. She invites viewers to collaborate with her, inventing their own narratives as they explore the sights and spaces within her works. Itatani states:

“In my youth, I wanted to pursue writing fiction. I strongly believe in fiction’s ability to express the deepest truths. My conceptual process of painting is similar to writing a novel. After research and consideration, I make a series of paintings. Each painting could be compared to a chapter of a novel. I see my recent work as a series of fictions based on the human desire to reach out into the mental and physical space beyond our grasp–outward and inward. My fiction is incomplete, fragmented and under inquiry. Through this process, I am trying to come to terms with the complex reality of the 21st Century. And my vision stays pathetically optimistic.”

Jake Webster’s sculptures and collages develop symbiotically with his poetry. A master of the spoken word, each of Webster’s works contains a story. He views the act of making an artwork as a way to better understand himself and connect with others. Webster uses the tradition of direct carving and creates art to find those insights and explore them through sculptures, drawings and collages.

While often abstract, his work relates to the figure. It speaks about his community and the environment in which he lives. Webster states:

“I am so moved by the people that come into my life, our shared stories become the foundation and the synergy for making art in this BIG/SMALL world. No matter how simple the solution we will find a way to make it complicated. Art allows us to communicate with one another without becoming angry and upset or shouting and shaking our fist when the topics become difficult. When others around us are saying let’s be tolerant, Art says no, let us be respectful. Art helps us find that inner peace as we seek the tranquility in our physical world. Art allows us to dialogue when we feel good, and know it, within ourselves. Art builds the trust that feeds the soul so that one knows what is right.”

Michiko Itatani (b. Kobe, Japan, 1948)
Itatani has worked as a professor of painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1979. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally, and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Linda Warren Projects, Chicago IL; Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL; and Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL. Her work is included in internationally recognized public and private collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. She has received the Illinois Arts Council Artist’s Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Itatani received a BFA in 1974 and an MFA in 1976 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Jake Webster (b. Greenville, Mississippi, 1947)

Webster is a sculptor, mixed media artist, spoken-word performer and educator with decades-long involvement in the South Bend and Elkhart, Indiana arts community. He has exhibited throughout Indiana, as well as Chicago and New York City. Recent exhibitions include Kuaba Gallery, Indianapolis, IN; Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN; and Artpost Gallery, South Bend, IN. His work is included in public and private collections such as the Crispus Attucks Museum, Indiana State Museum, and Ancilla College. As an educator, he has worked with developmentally disabled, middle school and adults, recently teaching in prisons as an art instructor to help the incarcerated consider new directions and changes in their life through art. Webster maintains a studio in Elkhart, Indiana and is the co-owner of Artpost Gallery in South Bend.


The Conversations series of exhibitions will pair a regional established artist with an established artist from outside of the South Bend community. It sparks discussion between the work of the two artists – examining parallels and dissonances, and provides an opportunity to exhibit some of the strongest artists working, today, in the region and nation. Taking full advantage of the expansive Warner Gallery, Conversations also encourages artists to show larger, more ambitious work than might be possible in smaller gallery spaces.



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Spring 2014 Mid America Print Council Members Exhibition


March 22 – May 25, 2014
Read about it!

Beauvais Lyons

Beauvais Lyons, Ornithological Quadrupeds: Nordic Hare Falcon≤/em>, 2013, Lithograph

Printmakers have historically brought innovation to fine art through the use of new technologies and creative approaches. This exhibition showcases the emergence of new ideas and inspired voices, articulated in the 45 printworks created by 40 members of the MAPC. Printmaking—whereby the artist creates a composition on a matrix and transfers it to a sheet of paper—encompasses a broad range of processes (media) from the ancient technique of woodcut to the recent use of digital tools. Nearly all processes are represented here; many incorporate more than one technique in the finished print, along with hand colored portions, including altered book pages. Artists utilize print media to express their critical practice, and that practice can range from a one-color print to an installation covering an entire building.  In this exhibition printmakers make use of the expressive aspects of a print media and print one or more layer on top of another in order to create complex meanings. This exhibition was juried by the Segura Arts Studio, which includes Joe Segura, Tamarind Master Printer and Director, Douglas Franson, Associate Director, Jill Lerner, Master Printer, and Jes O’Hearn, Production Printer.  Segura Arts Studio is located at the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture on West Washington Street in South Bend. Formerly known as the Segura Publishing Company, the Studio has a 30-year history of collaborating with underrepresented artists—with a particular interest in Hispanic art—fostering relationships, producing original works of art and guiding artists into the mainstream art community.

“This was an important moment for those of us working in the Segura Arts Studio. The invitation to jury the 2014 Mid America Print Council exhibition gave us the opportunity to sit down and make decisions together about what works are significant.

Because this show does not have a theme, each individual artist was able to express themselves from their own conceptual foundation showing a diversity of ideas and techniques. The selection of work presented in this exhibition display intrigue, humor, and beauty.” – from the Jurors’ Statement


Ricardo Ruiz, Native Call; 2013; Multiple block relief print

The MAPC is a resource to educational and non-profit organizations, universities, and the public at large, providing for the exchange of technical and critical information on the art of printmaking. These goals are furthered through conferences and workshops; through the organization, display, and circulation of exhibitions of original prints, books, hand-made paper, and drawings; through newsletters, and journal articles; through awards given to those deserving special recognition for lifetime contribution to printmaking; and through research, study, and general enjoyment of the arts. MAPC membership is available to all, conference locations are limited to our conference states. The next conference will be in September 2014 in Detroit. Learn more about The MAPC at midamericaprintcouncil.org.

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Through An Artist’s Eye

Recent Acquisitions to the SBMA’s Permanent Collection
May 24 – August 10, 2014 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery

Phyllis BramsonThe South Bend Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection grows each year with the acquisition of artwork that is either donated or purchased, with a representation on display at any one time in the Carmichael Gallery. Through An Artst’s Eye invites the viewer into the intimate setting of the Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery to view several recent acquisitions to the SBMA’s Permanent Collection.
Ranging in size from Adrian Hatfield’s diminutive Disrupted Façade to Maxwell Stolkin’s enormous Night Sky With Spectra, the show also includes artworks by artists Phyllis Bramson, Sandra C. Fernandez, Cheonae Kim, Joe Matthews, Joseph Ruthrauff, and Guy Brown Wiser.

The artworks, primarily paintings, are of disparate styles, ideas, and mediums, but they all share one commonality: they are the artists’ representations of the world. The word “representation” suggests a likeness of something — in this case, an artist’s own translation of various ideas and concepts; some are familiar; others, surreal. Artists use their own lenses to show the viewer their own translations and perspectives of everyday and ethereal worlds.


image: Phyllis Bramson, Breathing Lessons, 2008, Oil, mixed media and collage on canvas, 60 x 60 inches, 2012.4, Gift of the artist in honor of Herman and Esther Halperin.

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David R. Harper: Plateau

June 7-August 31, 2014 | Art League Gallery

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David R. Harper examines the will to memorialize — to overlay meaning onto an object or image that is not inherent to that meaning. The form of Harper’s “memorials” often involve animal imagery or taxidermy. To Harper, the inclusion of the animal form in a domestic or museum setting acts as a reminder of our mastery over our animal instincts.

“My main fascination is for the ways in which people bring objects into domestic spaces in order to amplify their personal identification with them. Our relationships to our objects can ignite a new history – one that may not be inherent to it or directly relate to its initial designation. For me, the most interesting objects are the ones that have developed a subversive history. Objects that are carefully created, assembled, or positioned to inform the viewer not only of their physical appearance but how they came to be. In some way, through their evolving identity, they demonstrate a grappling with personal truths. Through this new life, formed by the subjective layering of meaning, the object starts to defy its original intent. I try to articulate that accretion of experience, that loss and those feelings of non-fulfillment with works that embody this rebellion or destabilizing of identity. For me, the most prevalent examples of this type of object would be something that infers or suggests a sense of loss or the absence of something, like a memorial.

To frame these elements, I use materials and ways of making that require physical handling. Manipulating clay, repetitiously embroidering, intricate weaving, woodworking or taxidermy. I select materials that, at first, might seem familiar but upon closer inspection, give off a sense of alienation or the uncanny. I hope that this sensitivity to materiality and elaborate craftsmanship remind the viewer that history can be tactile and felt rather than just read.

I often use the natural history museum as a reference point because it grapples with ideas that I find myself struggling with. Control of the uncontrollable, indexing your surroundings, imperfectly re-creating what was once un-touched. These eccentric fusions of nature and culture are the uneasy disguises of pathos and pride that allow us to recognize and even celebrate an “other’s” mortality while deferring our own. In my work, I am attempting to re-create moments in order to be reminded of them, knowing that the replication is the ritual.”

–David R. Harper

 Harper received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. His work has exhibited widely throughout Canada as well as the U.S. Recently his work has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON; MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; and Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto, ON. His work is included in numerous collections, including the Kohler Arts Center, Kohler, WI; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON; and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.

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ND Alumni: Sculptors and Professors

Chad Hartwig

June 28 – September 28, 2014 | Warner Gallery

This exhibition is made possible in part by the support of the Charles S. Hayes Family.

Reception/Symposium: September 19-20, 2014

Friday, September 19  | Reception South Bend Museum of Art
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.with artists speaking at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 20 | Snite Museum of Art, Annenberg Auditorium
11:00 a.m.: Judith Collins keynote address
12:30p.m.: Tour the new Sculpture Park at Notre Dame; box lunches available for purchase.  
2:00 p.m.:  Tony Cragg keynote address, Annenberg Auditorium
3:30 p.m.: panel discussion 
4:30- 6:30 p.m.: Reception O’Shaughnessy galleries with artists speaking at 5:30 p.m.

Read an article about the exhibition.

The most often asked question to the University of Notre Dame studio faculty is, “What do graduates of your program do for a living?”

ND Alumni: Sculptors and Professors features the work of 21 sculptors— all alumni of the University of Notre Dame—who are both practicing professional artists and faculty members of institutions of higher education.

The South Bend Museum of Art; the University of Notre Dame Department of Art, Art History and Design; and the Snite Museum of Art have jointly organized this exhibition, which is installed in the galleries of both the SBMA and Snite Museum.

An exciting variety of sculptural forms are featured, including figuration, abstraction, installation art, photography, painting and earth works. Materials are far-reaching, ranging from the traditional (bronze, steel and ceramics) to the unexpected (paper, bird feathers and drywall). This variety showcases contemporary sculptural practices and the exciting strategies that sculptors are utilizing to address themes and issues through three-dimensional forms.

ND Alumni: Sculptors and Professors will be supplemented with a full day symposium on Saturday, September 20, 2014 featuring panel discussions and presentations by participating artists, as well as keynote addresses by art historian and author, Judith Collins and acclaimed international sculptor Tony Cragg.

Join us at the SBMA the evening of Friday, September 19, 2014 for a reception and gallery talks by many of the artists whose work in on view in our galleries.

A printed catalog for the exhibition as well as a dedicated web site will extend the life of the exhibition well past its closing date.

Image, above: Chad Hartwig, inconsequentially SPECTACULAR; 2012; ceramic nested on fired & painted clay; dimensions variable; This work was made possible in part by support from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.

Exhibition Featured Artists: (* indicates those exhibiting in the Warner Gallery)

Leticia R. Bajuyo
Hanover College, Hanover, IN

Neal Bociek
University of California, San Diego, CA

Derek Chalfant*
Elmira College, Elmira, NY

Cambid J. Choy
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, WI

Jay Dougan*
Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

Isaac Duncan III*
Chattanooga State College, Chattanooga, TN

Benjamin Funke*
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

Steven Hansen*
Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI

Chad Hartwig*
South Bend, IN

John W. Hooker
Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA

Chido Johnson
College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

Brian Kakas
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

Irina Koukhanova*
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

Lori Miles*
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN

Molly Morin*
Weber State University, Ogden, UT

Daniel Julian Norton
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

Tomás Rivas*
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Nick Roudebush*
Indiana Wesleyan University

Katelyn Seprish*
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Phillip Shore*
University of Dallas, Irving, TX

Miklos Simon
Columbia College, Chicago, IL


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Totems in the Garden


TotemsThis summer, SBMA Youth Clay Students (7-12 years old) created a unique garden totem which has been installed in the museum garden bed at the north end of the campus along St. Joseph Street.

This project was directed by Kathy Fodness, long-time SBMA ceramic student turned instructor. During SBMA’s Youth Clay classes, each group of students carved their own ceramic cylinder as part of a whole totem, culminating in four totems for the garden. Kathy encouraged interaction and class discussion by allowing each group to choose their own theme for the totem.

Each cylinder is a unique expression of the students’ ability with clay, and each totem its own piece of art, following a theme of Nature, Aquatic, Outer Space, or Seasons.As a set, the four diverse totems are viewable from both inside the Carmichael Gallery as well as outside on St. Joseph Street.

“I wanted them [the students] to experience the excitement and the pride of being part of a collaborative art installation that projects happy vibes out into our community.”


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