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

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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.

Summer Camps, Classes, & Workshops at the Schmidt!


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Classes include K-8th grade kids camps, teen intensives, adult workshops, and more!

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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