Now Open: 2014 SWIC Student Show


Nathan Lowe’s “Organism”

The annual SWIC Student Show is now open through May 15th. Come see artwork done by the talented art students of Southwestern Illinois College.

Images of the award winners may be viewed here.


Current Exhibitions: Ken Konchel & Alison Ouellette-Kirby

Ken Konchel: Architecture: Out of Context


Photographs that raise awareness of architecture as fine art.

Alison Ouellette-Kirby: Home from Work to Find Your Spaniel Turned into a Wolf


Sculptures of Monopoly houses that challenge what constitutes a home.

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Exhibitions now open through February 27th.

Student Worker Post – Sherwin Rivera Tibayan

Sherwin Rivera Tibayan: American Rephotographs

American histogram

Sherwin Rivera Tibayan’s “The Histograms”

Whoever said that art had to be your typical paint and paint brush? With the Schmidt Art Center’s new exhibition, we have completely defined what it is not to be your typical artist, but to encourage your imagination of what art means to you. Sherwin Tibayan is a great example.

 With the opening of the exhibition today, you may see a few art pieces that might make you think, “What does this really mean?”

 Believe me, I’ve asked myself the same question.

 One of the main art pieces that really puzzled me was The Histograms; Mr. Sherwin Tibayan really put me in a brain fart with this one. Once actually being told what it meant, I automatically saw what he was trying to convey.

histogram of histograms

An example of what “The Histograms” are about.

 As you can see, many have their own way of expressing the arts and Sherwin Tibayan did a great job. I consider this piece, The Histograms, to be my favorite. With that being said, I can now take a photo and understand the message of the histogram of the photo.

Sherwin’s works, including The Histograms, are on view at the Schmidt Art Center October 24 – December 12, 2013. For more information, visit

This post was written by Schmidt Art Center student worker Markysha Marks.

Upcoming Exhibitions – August 22nd


“Thoughts” (detail) by Jane Willoughby Scott, SAQA

SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates): Sightlines

 Sightlines, an invitational exhibition from 14 world-renowned international artists, showcases a diversity of styles, methods, and processes. Large-scale art quilts demonstrate an intriguing interaction of time, personal history, and memory, with the connection of a continuous line that runs through each piece.

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“memoria 01″ (detail) by Carl Stewart

 Carl Stewart: belated

belated is a series of textile work portraits, based on a family photo, intended as a 40th birthday present for Stewart’s brother who was struck by a car and killed when he was three years old. belated attempts to reconcile a legacy of loss and the fragility and fallibility of memory.

This is Carl’s first exhibition in the United States.

Carl Stewart is grateful to the Ontario Arts Council for its financial support of this work; photo courtesy to Lawrence Cook.


Molas: A Colorful Tradition

Molas: A Colorful Tradition

 Handmade, reverse appliqué textiles of the Kuna women of Panama. The molas are a new addition to the college’s permanent collection, made possible by a generous gift from Reverend Jerry Bennet and Annie Siebrands Bennett.

New Exhibitions: Zeuxis, Erin Vigneau Dimick, & Mark Travers

Zeuxis: Still, Blue

Ying Li_Rose Petals from Alhambra

An association of 25 diverse still life painters responds to the challenge of incorporating the color electric blue into contemporary still life paintings.

Mark Travers: Zen Garden

Travers_Farther Upstream

A series of paintings focusing on the shape, color, texture, and illusion of water bubbles on the surface of lily pads. Travers’ work focuses on the importance of our planet’s water and the implications of man-made environmental problems.

Erin Vigneau Dimick: Proof


Mixed media collages that incorporate embroidery, vintage textiles, and mathematical texts. Vigneau Dimick’s blending of materials and imagery promotes an inquiry into identity and social construction.

Exhibitions open July 5 – August 9, 2013. Opening reception July 12, 6-8pm.

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Laura Strand, Jack Decoteau, & Mary C. Nasser Exhibitions Now Open

May 24 – June 21 Exhibitions

Laura Strand – Material Alchemy

Laura Strand’s woven textiles foster cross-disciplinary discussions among craft, art history, and cultural geography. We are waiting on Laura’s artist statement, so I may be sending a new description in the next day.

Mary C. Nasser – Navigate

Mary C. Nasser’s nature-inspired mixed media paintings, layered with maps and scientific illustrations, parallel both individuals and their relationships.

Jack Decoteau – Portraits and Self Portraits

Jack Decoteau’s portraits provide a unique viewpoint of people’s lives and societal rules, finding an ever-expanding message in the everyday.

To view pictures of the exhibitions, please visit our Facebook album here.


2013 SWIC Student Show Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the students exhibited in the show! Below, see the award winners of the 2013 SWIC Student Show.