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Save the Dates for Summer 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. Camps are on the link below.


Frequently asked questions about summer camps

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2019 Scholastic Art Awards

February 1 – March 9, 2019
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 1, 2019 | 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Warner Gallery

Awards Ceremony: Sunday, February 3, 2019
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.

Presented by

Scholastic Art Awards: South Bend Museum of Art
2018-19 Donors as of January 24, 2019:

Foundations & Major Contributors
Jack & Yumiko Champaigne
The Harvey R. & Doris Klockow Foundation
The Lucille C. Zilky Charitable Trust
Walmart Supercenter, Portage Avenue
Wells Fargo Bank

Organizations, Corporations & Award Sponsors
Jim Cooke
Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts: Indiana University South Bend
Gurley Leep Automotive Family
Indiana Women’s Caucus for Art
Ivy Tech Community College
Northern Indiana Artists
Northern Indiana Pastel Society
St. Joe Valley Watercolor Society
South Bend Hoosier Art Patrons
University of Notre Dame Dept. of Art, Art History & Design

Visual Voices and Portfolio Award Sponsor
Department of Art, Art History and Design, University of Notre Dame

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

In-Kind Sponsor
Ivy Tech Community College North Central

Contributions in Memory of June H. Edwards
Art League
Suzanne Cole
Phoebe Lykowski
Claudia Maslowski
Dr. & Mrs. J.R. Reineke
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Q. Stifel
Mr. & Mrs. Laurence Taylor
Susan Visser

Contributions in Honor of Lynda & Chuck Simon
Natalie & Paul Klein

Dr. Kay Antonelli & Mr. Charles Loeser
Don Arenz
Melinda Aven
Bob & Pam Beam
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Beatty
John & Mary Ann Butkovich
Mary Jane Buzolich
Mark Carney
Judith Chase
Alice F. Crowley
Sharon Donlon
Debbie Dulcet
Georges Enderle
Anne Feferman
Dr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Felger
Kimberly Ferlic
Helen Geglio
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Germano
Dr. Bill & Leslie Gitlin
Lea Goldman
Holly Goodson & Michael Hildreth
Richard Gray & Liz Garver
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Green
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Guentert
Dr. & Mrs. Walter Halloran
Rich Kelley
Douglas & Marjorie Kinsey
Drs. William & Julia Knight
Michael Lampsa
Joan Laudeman
Charles F. Lehman
Tim Link
Dr. & Mrs. William Lopatin
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Mancini
Gail & Dan Mandell
Claudia A. Maslowski
Raymond McLein
Mr. & Mrs. Pat McMahon
Gail Rebecca Miller
Elizabeth Overmyer
Kathleen Petitjean
Cheryl & Timothy Phelan
Charlene Plasschaert
Dick & Mary Reineke
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Rosenberg
Philip H. Schatz
Lynn Schram
Gail Schroeder
Jan Seabaugh
Donna Shoberg
Lynda B. & Charles S. Simon
Mr. & Mrs. Don Sporleder
Joan Storey
Charlene Swoveland
Ann Tideman & Wayne Falda
Maria Tomasula
Mr. & Mrs. James VanderKam
Linda & Erik Waelchli
Thomas Werge
Dr. Martyn & Kathleen Wills
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Wobbe
Dr. Robert Wolosin
Doreen Zisla
Anonymous Donors

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is generously supported by Scholastic Inc., the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, The New York Times, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Command Web Offset Co., the AMD Foundation, Blick Art Materials, the National Endowment for the Arts, 3D Systems, New York Life, Bloomberg L.P., Ovation, Amazon.com, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, the Bernstein Family Foundation, Duck Tape®, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and contributions from numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders.

Congratulations to the 2019 Scholastic Art Award Recipients!

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Biennial 30 | Call for Entries


Installation image from Biennial 29 (2017), juried by Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

Deadline for entry: April 14, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EST

Exhibition Dates: July 27 – September 29, 2019

For full details and to apply securely online,
please visit southbendart.submittable.com.

The South Bend Museum of Art’s all media Biennial 30 will present a diverse look into contemporary artwork in the Midwest and is open to all artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The number of exhibiting artists is deliberately limited to allow for the showing of a greater body of work by each artist. $1,500 in awards will be selected by the juror and $1,500 in purchase awards will be chosen by the South Bend Museum of Art’s Collections Committee. A color brochure of exhibiting artists will also be produced. There is a $15 entry fee to apply.

Sarah Rose Sharp

This year’s exhibition will be juried by Sarah Rose Sharp. Sarah is a Detroit-based writer, activist,
photographer and multimedia artist. She writes about art and culture for Art in America, Hyperallergic, Flash Art, Sculpture Magazine, ArtSlant and others.

Sarah 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.


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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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