November 2 – December 29, 2019
Save the Dates for our Parade Costume Workshops and Opening Week Events!
29 pioneering artists: 80 years of published science fiction!
These science fiction, adventure and fantasy illustrations appeared on the covers of timeless novels such as the Tarzan series by Edgar Rice Burroughs and classic pulp magazines from the 1930s through 1960s, such as Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Fantastic Adventures, and Wonder Stories. Cover artwork for hardcover and paperback books by Robert E. Howard, L. Ron Hubbard, and Robert Heinlein among other authors are also featured.
For the first time Roy Krenkel’s Land of Hidden Men and Franklin Booth’s Hymn on Christ’s Nativity will be on display!
The Korshak Collection: Illustrations of Imaginative Literature exhibition is organized by Stephen Korshak and Lauren Stump.
As a young man I was fortunate enough to grow up with great art in my bedroom. My father, Erle Korshak, was the publisher of a pioneering science fiction book company, Shasta Publishers. Shasta ushered in the transition of important science fiction literature from magazines printed on cheap pulp paper to hardcover, library-quality books. Much of that art lived with us at our house and at the company office in Chicago.
In particular, the J. Allen St. John illustration for the 1941 Amazing Stories magazine cover of John Carter battling the Dead in “The City of Mummies” lured me into a fantastic world that I never knew existed. So began a lifelong love affair with illustration art.
This collection is a vision of the fantastic. It is one of great illustrators, as well as illustrations that had a great influence on imaginative literature. We hope that you will, as much as we have, learn not only about a whole new field but also a lot about yourself.
– Stephen Korshak, Collector
I’ve worked with the Korshak family for over 5 years, managing the collections and facilitating their various exhibitions. I operate from a small restoration studio in Orlando, FL and am an accredited appraiser through the International Society of Appraisers. I enjoy everything about the collecting process, from consulting on acquisitions to the various behind-the-scenes roles that ensure the proper care and preservation of the artwork.
– Lauren Stump, Curator
More information about The Korshak Collection: illustrations of Imaginative Literature at https://www.korshakcollection.com
Sci-fi Parade and Costume Workshops:
COSPLAYERS OF THE BEND UNITE!
SBMA is kicking off the official opening of The Korshak Collection: Illustrations of Imaginative Literature with a Sci Fi parade in downtown South Bend on Saturday, November 9, at 4 p.m. Don’t have a costume? No problem! We have three costume and prop making workshops for you to create your own unique designs! All materials will be provided and both workshops are free to the public.
Special Events November 6 – 9!
November 6, 7:00 p.m., Vander Vennet Theater at St. Mary’s College: Screening of The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin by Arwen Curry
Location: Vander Vennet Theater, located in the basement of the Saint Mary’s College Student Center
November 8, 7:00 p.m.: Screening of a select portion of Eric Brammer’s in-progress documentary on Science Fiction/Fantasy fandom followed by Q&A. Immediatly following, a screening of John Carpenter’s The Thing.
1:00 p.m.: Artist talk by Kirsten Zirngibl
2:00 p.m.: Panel discussion moderated by Eric Molinsky. Guests include Stephen Korshak, Erle Korshak, Lauren Stump, Michael Whelan, Kirsten Zirngibl and Eric Brammer
2:00 p.m.: Family Day: Super Sci-fi Fantasy Hero Capes Workshop
4:00 p.m.: SBMA’s Monsters & Mythical Creatures Parade!
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Exhibition Reception
The Korshak Collection
Illustrations of Imaginative Literature
Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Arts Everywhere Initiative
The John, Anna, & Martha Jane Fields Foundation
Robert C. Shields Memorial Fund
Visit South Bend/Mishawaka
The Art League
Courtyard by Marriott
Lynda B. Simon
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library
Dick & Mary Reineke
Mr. & Mrs. William J. Reinke
Brown & Mary Sanders
Dr.Kay Antonelli & Charles Loeser
David & Louise Leighton
Sharon & Patrick McManus
Northern Indiana Artists
Dr. Susan Ohmer & Dr. Donald Crafton
Laurence R. & Jeanette S. Taylor
Kari & Dan Black
Mary Jane Buzolich
Claudia A. Maslowski
Gail Rebecca Miller
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