Category Archives: Around Campus

Now Open: The SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition


January 19 – February 23, 2017

The SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition is now open. Stay tuned for posts featuring each of our exhibiting instructors!

Paula Haniszewski & Todd May

Paula Haniszewski & Todd May

Advertisements

New Exhibitions Opening Next Week


Please join us next Thursday, November 5th, for the opening reception of exhibitions by Guy Weible and David Weinberg.

David Weinberg's "Adrift, Plate 19" (detail)

David Weinberg’s “Adrift, Plate 19” (detail)

Chicago artist David Weinberg‘s dreamy, black and white photography reflects on the dissolution of boundaries and a delineation of space and time.

Guy Weible's "Platter 1"

Guy Weible’s “Platter 1”

Retiring SWIC art instructor Guy Weible’s show is a career bookend exhibition, featuring a look at a prolific series of dynamic ceramics.

Artist talk by Guy Weible: November 5th, 5pm
Opening reception: November 5th, 6-8pm

Artist talk by David Weinberg: November 12, 6pm
Perseid String Quartet Concert: November 12, 7pm

Exhibitions are open through December 19th.

letting go, to seed


Keep up-to-date on time-lapse shots of Jessica Witte’s outdoor installation by following her blog: http://www.jessicawitte.com/.

Jessica Witte's outdoor installation, "letting go, to seed," on the Schmidt Family Garden Patio

Jessica Witte’s outdoor installation, “letting go, to seed,” on the Schmidt Family Garden Patio

Fall Arts Classes are Returning!


6th-8t_Thumb

Have a child or teen who loves art? The Schmidt offers affordable, engaging classes for ages kindergarten through high school.

Our popular High School Student Series, 6th-8th Grade After-School Series, and Creative Kids classes are all returning this fall! For a full list of classes and topics, visit our Education Page.

Teen_Thumb

2015 SWIC Art Faculty Show – Interview #7


Our exhibition of artwork by the art faculty of Southwestern Illinois College is now open through February 26th. Sculpture, painting, ceramics, drawing, digital images, photography, and mixed media all show the diversity and talent of the faculty artists. 

The faculty is not spared from our intern Kailey’s interviews. Below, Don Bevirt answers her questions.

Don Bevirt's "Technological Singularity", digital drawing

Don Bevirt’s “Technological Singularity”, digital drawing

When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
I have always wanted to create images, even as a very young man I made photographs.

What inspires you the most?
I really enjoy the act of photography that is the capture of the image and the translation to paper. I try very hard to “see” with different eyes.

What is your current favorite medium?
I have been using my iPhone and really am intrigued by the spontaneity!

When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
Usually Classic Rock or Cool Jazz

What piece are you most proud of?
I am not finished yet, so I like various aspects of most of my images.

Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
Being the best I can be. Artist, husband, father, friend…

Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
No! If I show it I like it!

Don Bevirt's "Clearing Storm, Lake Carlyle,"  photographic digital print

Don Bevirt’s
“Clearing Storm, Lake Carlyle,”
photographic digital print

What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
That some appreciate my art!

The worst?
For someone to make no comment at all.

What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
Extend my vision and grow as an artist!

What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
Coffee!

If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be and why?
Edward Weston! He had a singular purpose to his life and work.

Thanks again to Don for answering our questions!

Posted by Jessica Mannisi, assistant curator

2015 SWIC Art Faculty Show – Interview #6


Our exhibition of artwork by the art faculty of Southwestern Illinois College is now open through February 26th. Sculpture, painting, ceramics, drawing, digital images, photography, and mixed media all show the diversity and talent of the faculty artists. 

The faculty is not spared from our intern Kailey’s interviews. Below, Shawn Niebruegge answers her questions.

Shawn Niebruegge's "Cup of Water", pastel

Shawn Niebruegge’s “Cup of Water”, pastel

When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
I started falling in love with art in high school.  In college, I was pursuing psychology for the first couple years before I decided to dive completely into art.

What inspires you the most?
Fear.

What is your current favorite medium?
Oil paint with copal medium.

When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
I have a huge collection of music; I put on what suits my mood. Often it is something that makes me move: grunge, thrash, punk, techno, etc. My all time favorite for the darkroom is Aphex Twin’s “Selected Ambient Works, Volume II”, and for painting/drawing it’s Mystery Machine’s “Glazed”.

What piece are you most proud of? 
My graduate thesis work remains a strong body of work after all these years. It was shown originally in 2000.

Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
I have no idea. Most of the time I prefer not to be noticed.

Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
All the time. I experiment a lot; what seems good at the moment has more to do with the experience of making it than does it mean the work is actually good.  I prefer to live with a piece for a bit before I show it; it gives me time to figure out if it’s worth showing.  I don’t always get that opportunity.

What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
“People are going to want to kill you for what you do.”

The worst?
Silence.

Shawn Niebruegge's "Pillar of Fire", colored pencil

Shawn Niebruegge’s “Pillar of Fire”, colored pencil

What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
Mainly, more art works.  I have recently been revisiting the work that made up my graduate thesis show and hope to show an expanded version of it.  There was a lot of work that was made in the run up to it, and a lot that was made in the years after.  So little of it has ever been seen.  It is a body of work that spans 20+ years.

What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
Does tea count? There’s always tea!

If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be and why?
A better version of myself. I don’t know who else to be.  I like who I am, but I’ve certainly done many things I wish I hadn’t.

Thanks again to Shawn for answering our questions!

2015 SWIC Art Faculty Show – Interview #5


Our exhibition of artwork by the art faculty of Southwestern Illinois College is now open through February 26th. Sculpture, painting, ceramics, drawing, digital images, photography, and mixed media all show the diversity and talent of the faculty artists. 

The faculty is not spared from our intern Kailey’s interviews. Below, Paula McAteer answers her questions.

Paula McAteer's "Untitled", clay, paint, skull, pearl, ribbon

Paula McAteer’s “Untitled ” (detail), clay, paint, skull, pearl, ribbon

When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
I think I always knew.  Some of my earliest memories are of making things.  I used to go around the house and find things that interested me and set them up in a pleasing way.  I had no idea at the time that I was creating a still life.

What inspires you the most?
I find the figure to be the most inspiring and as corny as it sounds, the human condition.  I’m drawn to people’s stories and what transforms them.  I’m also drawn to nonfiction, documentaries, high fashion, medieval sculpture, nature, and fantasy.

What is your current favorite medium?
Clay

When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
I don’t have a favorite artist; it just has to have a certain atmospheric sound. Occasionally I have Netflix on, but it just turns into background noise.

What piece are you most proud of?
I don’t think I have one. That’s why I keep doing it.

Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for? Tenacity

Paula McAteer's "Gloves", oil on board

Paula McAteer’s “Gloves”, oil on board

Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
Yes.

What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
Any comment that is genuine, constructive criticism.  I really value it.

The worst?
Any comment about my physical appearance.  I find the topic boring.

What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
I’m really looking forward to exploring sculpture and drawing. I also have a solo show in the works at McKendree University, which is exciting.

What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
I drink a copious amount of coffee and hot tea. I used to snack on pretzels and red vines but I gave it up.

If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be and why?
The President of the United States.  (seriously)

Thanks again to Paula for answering our questions!

Posted by Jessica Mannisi, assistant curator