Scholarship Student Interview: Sam


On the easel today, Sam Haynes, one of our fantastic scholarship students.

How long have you been working at the Schmidt?
Well, I’ve just started working here, but I’ve been bugging Jes & Nicole for a while now. I’ve been to openings for as many exhibits as I could attend, and when I remembered to, so I’ve been coming in and out (even when I wasn’t supposed to be) since the spring of last year.

What is the strangest question you’ve been asked while working at the Schmidt?
I don’t get asked questions because I don’t speak so good and also, I’m super new so there are other people they want to ask first.

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What is your go-to media?
Right now, it’d have to be anything I can get my poor hands on. I’m still exploring mediums of E X P R E S S I O N, so I’d be happy to work with anything, as long as it isn’t a fat piece of charcoal. More recently I’ve begun to get more serious about sculptural clay pieces, so maybe a better answer is clay.

You’re put in charge for a week, who do you hire and why?
Nature Nick. For those of you who don’t know, Nature Nick is Long Island’s ONLY Traveling Animal Show Featuring Wildlife From All Corners Of The Globe. I’d hire him so I could teach him good design principles for displaying a showcase of exotic fauna instead of the mess he sometimes ends up displaying on the road. Like, yeah, that owl’s cool, but why is it so far above and detached from the rest of the exhibit, Nicholas?

What has been your favorite exhibition?
Last Spring’s student show was pretty great. But so was the faculty show. And I loved Albert’s pieces this year. I never knew fluorescent pink could look so good in any space.

What’s your favorite media to exhibit?
Anything you can just lay on the ground because that means ladders aren’t necessary.

If you could demand to have one artist show at the Schmidt, who would it be and why?
If we could get a Sophie Taeuber-Arp retrospective here, that would make my dreams come true. Not only do I love her work (and I love every single piece in every medium she made), but I think that people don’t really know who she was, even though she was the most prevalent and important female Dadaist artist there was. It’s a shame that she’s been kind of forgotten and to have her works here would bring some light on who she was, why she was important, and just how great of an artist she was, even compared to her husband.

What are your hopes for the Schmidt in the future?
Well, I hope that we get more donors, are able to amass an even larger collection, and that the Schmidt will grow to be the most recognized gallery attached to a two-year university.

Possibly the most important question: What music do you listen to when you’re working on your art?
“Sussudio” by Phil Collins. That song and that song alone can get me through ten straight hours of work if need be.
Unless I’m by myself, and then the song is too spooky and I have to listen to something by Harry Belafonte or Madonna.

Schmidt Student Interview 2


This week, we’re featuring our student worker Layne Dexheimer.

How long have you been working at the Schmidt?
Since the beginning of Spring 2017

What is the strangest question you’ve been asked while working at the Schmidt?
Am I allowed to look around?

What is your go-to media when creating your own work?
I am still experimenting with as many mediums as I can.

You’re put in charge for a week. Who do you hire and why?
Nicole and Jessica.

What has been your favorite exhibition so far?
I love the [SWIC] Faculty Show because it showcases the abilities of those I am learning from.

What’s your favorite media to exhibit?
I would love to work on an installation piece.

Layne Dexheimer

Layne Dexheimer

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

What are your hopes for the Schmidt in the future?
[That they] are able to collect even more art.

Possibly the most important question: What music do you listen to when you’re working on your art?
I listen to anything and everything.

Where are you going after this?
I am transferring to Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Student Worker Interview: Nicole Marianovich


Next on the easel, Nicole Marianovich, our student worker.

How long have you been working at the Schmidt?
I have been a Schmidter for about 7 months-ish.

What is the strangest question you’ve been asked while working here?
I don’t recall.

What is your go-to media as an art student?
My go-to media is pencil/charcoal, but lately it has been oil paint.

You’re put in charge for a week. Who do you hire and why?
If I was put in charge for a week I would hire my roommate, Xero, (aka Sean), and my manager, Shawn, because they both are very creative artists with an eye for detail. Xero is also an engineer major so I’m sure he would come up with some awesome ideas.

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Student Worker Nicole Marianovich

What has been your favorite exhibition so far?
My favorite exhibition so far while working here has been both the Faculty Art Show and the Senior Show. The High School and SWIC [Student] Show are also on my fave list! Though, I’m sure that list will grow and grow!

What’s your favorite media to exhibit?
My favorite media to exhibit is framed pencil/charcoal drawings, however, this semester I’m taking a sculpture class so I’m excited to see what my 3D art looks like displayed on a pedestal.

If you could demand to have one artist show at the Schmidt, who would it be and why?
If I could demand to have one artist show at the Schmidt it would be such a difficult decision that I would have to flips coins and draw straws. Lately, I have been really into the whimsical side of the art world, exploring content such as fairies and moon phases, that I wouldn’t mind being surrounded by the works of Brian Froud and feeling like I’m in the World of Faerie!

What are your hopes for the Schmidt in the future?
My hopes for the Schmidt in the future are that it continues to display art from all over the world and locally, and that maybe one day I will be a Senior Schmidter!! ( Nicole Junior Senior has a nice ring to it!)
[To distinguish Nicole from curator Nicole, we affectionately refer to them as Nicole Junior and Nicole Senior, respectively.]

Possibly the most important question: What music do you listen to when you’re working on your art?
The music I listen to while working on my art varies depending on what I’m working on and the mood I’m in. Here lately, I have been turning my Pandora on Halsey radio and just letting it play out. I’ve also tuned into The Glass Animals and Portishead on YouTube and letting that take me down its own unique rabbit hole.

 

Life Experienced: A Senior Art Competition


Michael Anderson's "Kujaku Koi" (detail)

Michael Anderson’s “Kujaku Koi” (detail)

March 2 – 6, 2017

An exhibition of artwork by area residents and members of the Gateway East Artists Guild who are age 60 or over. Sponsored in conjunction with the St. Clair County Office on Aging.

Opening reception is March 2, 6-7:30 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Special exhibition dates and times:
Friday, March 3 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 • noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 5 • noon to 4 p.m.
Monday, March 6 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Susan Wiemerslage's "Clever Women of Uzbekistan" (detail)

Susan Wiemerslage’s “Clever Women of Uzbekistan” (detail)

Our Student Worker Interviews are Back!


It’s a new semester, and we have new students workers/interns/scholarship students at the Schmidt. It’s that time again to introduce you to them.

First on the easel: Gretchen Engelbrecht, one of our scholarship students.

How long have you been working at the Schmidt?
This is my second semester of working at the Schmidt.

What is the strangest question you’ve been asked while working here?
Once someone asked if the cup of pencils on the desk were an art piece. They were not.

What is your go-to media as an art student?
Oil paint or ink

You’re put in charge for a week. Who do you hire and why?
I would hire someone organized and able to work delicately, with an appreciation for the art coming in and out.

Gretchen Engelbrecht

Gretchen Engelbrecht

What has been your favorite exhibition so far?
My favorite exhibition was Timothy Norton’s: BOOKSINMYLIFE.

What’s your favorite media to exhibit?
My favorite media is whichever is easiest to install, though I’m sure I’d be love to work with an installation piece if given the chance.

If you could demand to have one artist show at the Schmidt, who would it be and why?
I would want Ai Wei Wei because I enjoy his work and think it pushes buttons that need to be pushed.

What are your hopes for the Schmidt in the future?
I hope that eventually the building will be expanded so there are more classrooms and gallery spaces available for art to be displayed.

Possibly the most important question: What music do you listen to when you’re working on your art?
The music I listen to is usually trip-hop or smooth jazz, nothing to ambient or too loud.

Where are you going after this?
I’m transferring to Ohio State.

Artist Spotlight: Emily Dunlap


SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition
January 19 – February 23, 2017

Each Monday and Wednesday during the SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition, we will feature one of the exhibiting art instructors, including their artist statement and images of their works.

Statement
Obedience is a representation of a standard poodle ornamented by discarded bridal gowns.  The poodle is an iconic, domesticated breed with the reputation of high class and manicured grooming, usually assumed as feminine. I use lace and satin as the surface and texture of the poodle to make a connection with female ornamentation and domesticity. Here the relationship of dog and wife are interchangeable, but the addition of the training course emphasizes behavioral training. The dog show is a prime example of obedience, where man exerts dominance over dog and dog is trained to behave in certain ways. In this absurd collaboration of animal and bride I challenge this antiquated ideal of femininity, ownership, dominance, and property relations. I find the use of the poodle to be a humorous element to make these interpretations visual yet still playful.

Mama Says He’s the Best in Town plays on similar metaphors. An ATV is a utility vehicle used to get around in rural and undeveloped areas. This is a vehicle for transportation across all forms of terrain, yet mobility is still limited to property lines. I use the ATV to parallel the restrictions I see in the tradition of the “white wedding” where gender roles are voluntarily assumed and unquestioned. The elaborate ornamentation creates a spectacle to be displayed and admired where women are valued for their beauty and roles as wife and caregiver. To claim these roles is to claim power but to acknowledge the consequence of their boundaries. We perform in gender roles taught from childhood and often times are unaware of the roles that confine us. As women we are much more than our appearance and certainly more than an ornament but traditional roles are restrictive.

My work makes an honest commentary on the roles I continue to see in rural locations rooted in tradition. The awareness of inequalities that still exists is a powerful force in the way I think about myself and my place in the world. My work is delicate, feminine, and sometimes soft spoken, but the ideas behind them are enflamed with injustices. This work is a push for younger audiences of women and men to reject these gender associations, or at least question the norms so easily accepted.

Works
Obedience, 2014
66” x 97 ½” x 15”
bridal gown and mixed media

Mama Says He’s the Best in Town, 2014
49” x 37” x 74”
bridal gown and mixed media

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Dunlap’s “Mama Says He’s the Best in Town” (foreground)

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Dunlap’s “Obedience”

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Dunlap’s “Obedience” (right)

Artist Spotlight: Albert Yowshien Kuo


SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition
January 19 – February 23, 2017

Each Monday and Wednesday during the SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition, we will feature one of the exhibiting art instructors, including their artist statement and images of their works.

Statement
As an Asian American I was caught between being the right Chinese and the right American. Growing up, the word discrimination was a common term in the household and carried two very different definitions.  For that reason I feel akin to the major minority groups’ experience as Americans and this is where these pieces come from. The work is about dualities, for without us, there is no “them.”

The pieces in the show presents brightly-colored forms in varied chroma. The forms have an intentionally undefined nomenclature. This is a rejection of formalism. Without the ability to label these forms they become free from prejudice. The bright colors come from a distinctly American history, particularly the energetic palettes used by various African American painters during the great migration through to the civil rights movement; a legacy of color and context that carries its weight today. The surrounding layers evoke the contradiction between natural symmetry and order and the human imposed barriers and exclusionary infrastructure it inspires.

Works
The Dividing Line but an Attempt to Close the Gap (After Michelangelo’s Sistine), 2016
66” x 72”
acrylic and Flashe on canvas, fibers

Body Gardens in a Democratic State, 2016
66” x 72”
acrylic and Flashe on canvas, fibers

City Dwellers, 2016
47” x 48”
oil and mixed media on canvas

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Kuo’s “The Dividing Line but an Attempt to Close the Gap (After Michelangelo’s Sistine)”

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Kuo’s “City Dwellers” (left)

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Detail of “The Dividing Line but an Attempt to Close the Gap (After Michelangelo’s Sistine)”