Charles Swedlund, Michelle Hamilton, & Cory Sellers now on exhibition

October 16 – November 6, 2014

Charles Swedlund: Diary/84
Photographs taken every hour on the hour of the artist’s awakened day for an entire year.

Michelle Hamilton: Equanimity
Glass sculptural vessels that explore depth and negative space reminiscent of the symmetry found in botanicals and sea forms.

Cory Sellers: Familiar Figures
Thickly-applied oil paintings that investigate composition and the human figure to create intense pictorial drama.

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Internview…See what I did there?

I’ve realized that I’ve been doing little interviews with the artists that are exhibiting without properly introducing myself. What better way to do that than to interview myself?

I’m sure there are quite a few ways, but this is what we’ve got, kids.



1) How long have you been working at the Schmidt?

Almost four months, but it seems like I’ve been here forever. In a good way, I promise.

2) What is the strangest question you’ve been asked while working at the Schmidt?

A woman came up and asked where we’d bought the soap dispensers. She didn’t care about the exhibition, but she loved those soap dispensers.

3) What is your go-to media?

Photography. I’m not a huge commitment person, but I’ve stuck with photography for a while now and I’m still happy with it.

4) You’re put in charge for a week, who do you hire and why?

Bob Ross. Hands down. I realize he’s dead, but that’s a minor detail.

I feel like he would fit perfectly in the Schmidt atmosphere. Totally chill and adorable. My love for Bob Ross is uninhibited.

5) What has been your favorite show?

Our current exhibition. I’ve only been here for two, though, so my opinion probably shouldn’t count.

6) What’s your favorite media to exhibit?

I prefer 2D art. My obligatory answer would be photography, but I find myself more entranced with paintings than any other 2D artwork.

7) If you could demand to have one artist show at the Schmidt, who would it be and why?

I really love stuff from Chloe Rice. All of the art she makes is adorable and she makes me wish I possessed half the abilities she does.

That, and I think she and Alex Pardee are the cutest couple to ever grace this fine earth.

or David Carr .

8) Where do you hope to go with your art?

Honestly, I don’t know. I want to get better, so that the images in my head match, or at least vaguely resemble, what I produce. I want to travel and experience more through my art.

I also really want to be able to get to the point where I can do whatever I want and have people excuse my behaviors because I’m an ‘artist’.

9) Possibly the most important question: What music do you listen to when you’re working on your art?

I can’t set a certain music type for when I work. I have a tendency to get a little antsy when I’m out shooting, so anything that has a beat that I can dance to while setting up a shot has my heart.

Usually my fall back album is Kitty Hawk by KI Theory.

We’ll be doing interviews with everyone who works at the Schmidt, so stay tuned to see what these weirdos have to say!

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley.

Interview With Tammie Rubin

  The ceramicist behind the whimsical and colorful pieces currently on display at the Schmidt , Tammie Rubin, answered our questions on what fuels her, her art, and everything in between.

A piece from “Silence! Magical Thinking In Progress” by Tammie Rubin

1. When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
Tammie: After I graduated from undergrad, I got a job and a studio. I wanted to know if I was self-directed to make work and I could do so without the structure of an academic institution. Those couple of years before graduate school were vital for me and at the end of that time, I was committed to being an artist.
2. What inspires you the most?
T: Time in the studio and out of it.
3. What is your current favorite medium?
T: Porcelain casting slip, underglaze, and resin.

“Viaticum” by Tammie Rubin

4. When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
T: My practice is process heavy, meaning there is a lot of preparation before I enter the mode of making. I listen to different things for different tasks. I’m a podcast junky, and lately my favorites are the following:
Wham Bam Pow
WTF with Marc Maron
The Read
Stuff You Should Know
I also listen to audiobooks and music, the latest audiobook  “Wildseed” by Octavia Butler
and the albums on rotation “Lese Majesty” Shabazz Palaces and “After the Disco” by Broken Bells.
5. What piece are you most proud of? 
T: That’s like asking a parent to choose between their favorite child. Over time I look back over the bodies of work I’ve made, and each body becomes a time capsule of a certain period of my life. Each body has its place.
6. Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
T: I don’t think about “after”, we have such a short time on this planet I concentrate on living.
7. Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
T: No. I’m prolific in the studio and if sculptures don’t make the cut they meet the hammer.

“Confess and Unburden II” by Tammie Rubin

8. a)What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
T: I’ve had a few people literally be speechless, that was the best.
b) The worst?
T: What if these were hats?
9. What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
T: I’d like to move away from the individual sculptures into more installation work. I’ve also starting exploring new technologies like 3D Printing and CNC Routers. I’m not sure how these processes can fit but I like the experimenting.
10. What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
T: Yogurt covered pretzels, both sweet and savory, tasty.
11. If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.)
T: A better version of myself.

Many thanks to Tammie Rubin for taking the time for this interview! 

Come see her clay assemblages on display at the Schmidt now through October 3rd!

Posted by student intern Kailey Kirkley.

Interview with Dan Rule

  One of our current exhibiting artists, Dan Rule, lets us in on a few fun facts and secrets about his work and himself.

A still from Dan Rule’s video “Upwards”

1. When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
Dan: Undergrad, after I moved out of engineering, thought I’d give it a go and see what could happen. I was always drawing but everyone tells you you can’t make a living in art so I started in a more ‘practical’ field first. It’s important to note people are making a living in the arts and that it is a worthwhile pursuit as long as you have talent, work hard and make connections (like any other forms of success)
2. What inspires you the most?
D: All the other interesting things people have made…but then also thinking of all the great things that have not been made, or got lost or never were found out. And the basic wonders of the universe, physics, etc. Stuff on radiolab but without the human-interest angles.
3. What is your current favorite medium?
D: Drawing, in all its forms
4. When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
D: Wide variety but a lot of that instrumental-crystal castles-dj shadow-ambient genre.
5. What piece are you most proud of?
D: Not something I’ve ever really considered or thought about, I like making bad pieces too.

A still from Dan Rule’s “Chimney”

6. Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
D: Hmm, to be honest as I’ll be dead then I don’t care! It’s hard to imagine that life still moves on after you pass on…
7. Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
D: Oh, all the time.
8. a) What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
    b) The worst?
D: I like all honest comments, whether praise or critical
9. What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
D: I think it’s really important for artists of all ages to actually write down their responses to this to focus on getting there. However, mine are secret.

“Float” by Dan Rule

10. What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
D: I’ve got a major sweet tooth. Tonight, I just took a spoon of frosting from a can
11. If you could be anyone, who would it be? (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.)
D:  You mean to meet? Anyone from the past and the future, like normal guys who laid bricks in Philadelphia…doesn’t matter. I don’t know, just talk to them and hear their story, interests, etc. It blows my mind to think all my ancestors were once my age with their own interests, desires, shortcomings and stories


Big thanks to Dan for taking the time to answer these questions!

See his exhibition, “Object Lesson” at the Schmidt, now through October 3rd.

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley

Interview with Terri Shay

Take a peek into what it means to be Terri Shay as we were able to catch up with the artist behind “Color and Organic Form” over a few serious and silly questions.

“Summer Sun” Terry Shay

1. When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
Terri: I’m not sure if there was a defining moment when I knew that the arts were what I was going to do long-term.  It seems to be how I have spent my time and where my motivation stayed since my discovery of a blackboard and chalk in preschool.
2. What inspires you the most?
T: What inspires me most is nature. This happens in many different ways and is constantly changing. Sometimes it is imitating a landscape or looking at the shapes and repeated patterns in plants or  flowers, but I continually enjoy being in natural surroundings and enjoying what it has to give.
3. What is your current favorite medium?
T:  I think my favorite medium at this time continues to be oil.  I like to visit other mediums like charcoal and sometimes watercolor, but I return to oil for its texture, versatility, and color.
4. When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
T: Mostly I listen to things that are put together on Pandora radio, I like Jack Johnson and Coldplay, but every once in a while I listen to yoga music.
5. What piece are you most proud of? 
T: I think that would have to be a piece named Carnival Daisy, I think so far it is one of the more unique pieces I have done for its personality, its seemed to have a musical quality. It sold to a Dentist in Texas.
Carnival Daisy-small2

“Carnival Daisy” Terri Shay

6. Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
T: I would hope that I have inspired good in what every form it shows up
7. Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
T: Not really, I might have wished that I had had more time to produce a greater volume of work before a given deadline.
8.  a)What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
T: I had a respectable teacher and artist, tell me I was the most talented student they had ever had. I was incredulous, but very honored.
  b) The worst?
T: Women made poor Illustrators, their work is weak (can’t hardly believe that one either) I guess the comment was not just to me but directed at all females.

“Storm” Terri Shay

9. What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
T: I would like to expand the area that I show any art, like a larger area in the Midwest region or more and I would like to start making larger works.
10. What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
T: Mostly coffee, but sometimes peanuts and dried fruit
11. If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.)
T: I would like to be either Wonder Woman or Xena the Warrior Princess. Flying around in an invisible plane and kicking a$$ is my cup of chai tea, so to speak. Love that question.
Big thanks to Terri Shay for taking the time for this interview!
Posted by Kailey Kirkley, Schmidt Intern.


Belleville Bicentennial: 200 & Andrea Hoelscher’s Photographs Now Open

Marsh Gallery

Belleville Bicentennial Exhibition: 200

Belleville Bicentennial Exhibition: 200
July 3 – August 15, 2014

An exhibition of items on loan from Belleville area residents and organizations that tell the story of Belleville’s 200 years.

Presented by the Belleville Bicentennial History and Archives Committee, including the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, St. Clair County Historical Society, the Labor and Industry Museum, Belleville Historical Society, Gustave Koerner House Committee and St. Clair County Genealogical Society.

For more information on Belleville’s Bicentennial, visit


Andrea Hoelscher’s “Okra”

Andrea Hoelscher: Photographs
July 3 – August 14, 2014

Photographs of arranged fruits and vegetables that suggest symbolism, beauty, and character.

Closing reception will be held on August 14, from 6 – 8 p.m.

Artist Statement

Fruits and vegetables are classical subjects for the still-life genre, rich in visual beauty and meaning. I pay close attention to the interplay of the formal qualities for each arrangement, such as the shapes created by the subjects, the lighting, the contrast of textures, and the color interactions. Enlarged greater than life size, each ordinary vegetable or fruit in the photographs is offered as a feast for the eyes and for the mind.

Like the fruits and vegetables in master paintings my subjects are freighted with human associations and symbolism. Instead of inert objects, these fruits practically become characters posing for a portrait. Their wrinkles, scars, and bumps make each fruit or vegetable unique. My arrangements suggest human relationships, attributes, or desires. A group of okra seems to assemble as if for a family portrait,, and an elderly banana is held aloft on the shoulders of its younger kin. Though these are objects of nature, as food they are also very much of culture.

Once a fruit or vegetable is gathered from its plant, it takes on the status of food. As food they are not only a source of nutrients and sustenance, but also a part of cultural traditions involved with food. A few of my subjects come from my backyard garden, but most come from supermarkets, travelling from far-off places to my table. In my photographs I ask the viewer to consider these extraordinary, yet so ordinary subjects anew. These images reflect my interest and fascination with the meaning of what we eat.

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