Category Archives: Scholarship Students

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.

 

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.

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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.

SWIC mourns friend of art and education, donor Peg Schmidt


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Memorials may be made to the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center

Southwestern Illinois College, the SWIC Foundation, and the William and Florence E. Schmidt Art Center staffs mourn the loss of dear friend Margaret “Peg” Schmidt, who passed away January 27.

“As John shares at every opportunity, Peg was the driving force in creating the magnificent Schmidt Art Center on our Belleville Campus,” said SWIC President Georgia Costello, Ph.D.  “The adjacent sculpture and the Schmidt Family Gardens were also part of her grand vision and dear to her heart.”

In addition to the couple’s support of the Schmidt Art Center through the William E. Schmidt Charitable Foundation, they also established two endowed SWIC Foundation scholarships in 1994: the William E. & Florence Schmidt Memorial – Art and the William E. & Florence Schmidt Memorial – Business. Thanks to these scholarships more than 200 students studying art, business or computer information systems have been able to pursue their academic dreams.

Peg knew the benefit of a community college education, having earned her AA degree from Monticello College in Godfrey, IL in 1949. She attended the University of Kansas, but ultimately earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in studio art from then McKendree College in 1975.

She was known for her original art, as well as the eclectic collection of art that she and John so loved to collect. She was also known as a tireless volunteer for organizations like the Shelter Shop in Belleville and the Golden Goose in Catalina, Arizona. She was active in the Evanston Art Center and garden club while the family resided there. From Evanston, Peg and John moved to Belleville where they lived for 27 years before retiring to Tucson, Arizona in 1998.

Peg and the love of her life, John, were married 65 years. They had two children, Susie Hilkemeyer and Tom Schmidt, and four grandchildren. She adored her sweet step-grand family including Kelly, Scott, Summer and Jackson Taylor of Newport Beach, California. The family’s newest addition – great granddaughter Stephanie Hilkemeyer – made her appearance January 26.

Schmidt Art Center Student Workers Interview #2


Hannah Bernardini, one of the Schmidt’s current student workers and all-around cool cat, was kind enough to answer my questions. See her award-winning piece up now at the SWIC Student Art Show.

Hannah in front of her award-winning piece, "A Tasty Treat"

Hannah in front of her award-winning piece, “A Tasty Treat”

1) How long have you been working at the Schmidt?
HB: A little over two years – simultaneously too long to be a student worker at a two year college and not nearly long enough.

2) What is the strangest question you’ve been asked while working at the Schmidt?
HB: Someone once came into the Schmidt for the sole purpose of having his friend record him singing a cappella (we have great acoustics). Then, he asked me if I knew how to play simple chords on the piano so he could have musical accompaniment. I do, but I politely declined, promising to play music with him in the future. It never happened.

3) What is your go-to media?
HB: Soft pastel.

4) You’re put in charge for a week, who do you hire and why?
HB: I’d hire Neil Gaiman because he could tell us stories and, frankly, him being obligated to be in the same room as me would be awesome. But, in all seriousness, I would assemble a team of everyone who’s ever been a part of the Schmidt family, because they are the greatest people I’ve ever worked with, and probably ever will.

5) What has been your favorite exhibition?
HB: Dan Rule, Tammie Rubin, and Terri Shay. No competition.

6) What’s your favorite media to exhibit?
HB: I like installing anything that’s unconventional. Installing a bunch of 2-D work on the walls can get tedious after a while.

7) If you could demand to have one artist show at the Schmidt, who would it be and why?
HB: Can the artist be dead? Because I would choose to have an exhibition of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s artwork just so I could stare at it for weeks. I think “The Swing” would look quite nice in the Marsh Gallery.

8) Where do you hope to go with your art?
HB: For myself, I just want to keep making it. I want to keep growing as an artist and keep being inspired no matter where I am or what I’m doing. But, even more than that, I want to constantly facilitate other people’s art making in whatever way I can.

9) Possibly the most important question: What music do you listen to when you’re working on your art?
HB: Oh, lord. It depends. Most of the time I prefer music that’s soft, melodic, and a little unpredictable. When I’m making work, though, I prefer to listen to something upbeat that I can dance and/or sing along to. Most of my artwork is born out of snappy, jazzy tunes with smoky female vocals. I don’t read too much into that, though.

Schmidt Art Center Student Workers Interview #1


The SWIC Student Show is currently up at the Schmidt, so  what better way to celebrate than to force our student interns into answering our interview questions?

We start out with Lorraine Cange.

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Lorraine in front of her award-winning photograph triptych, “Human Rituals,” now on view in the SWIC Student Show.

1) How long have you been working at the Schmidt?
LC: Since fall 2014.

2) What is the strangest question you’ve been asked while working at the Schmidt?
LC:  Where’s the bathroom?

3) What is your go-to media?
LC: PHOTOGRAPHY…3D ART…decisions…decisions!!!

4) You’re put in charge for a week, who do you hire and why?
LC: My Drawing II classmates!!!

5) What has been your favorite exhibition?
LC: The SWIC Student Show!

6) What’s your favorite media to exhibit?
LC: That’s a tough call!  I enjoy exhibiting anything I can produce successfully!

7) If you could demand to have one artist show at the Schmidt, who would it be and why?
LC: WOW!  Good question.  Wassily Kandinsky would have to be close to the top of my list.  The incorporation of hard and soft imagery in his work is inspirational to me.

8) Where do you hope to go with your art?
LC:  I hope to be a successful working artist.  But [I] may also like to teach at the high school or university level.

9) Possibly the most important question: What music do you listen
to when you’re working on your art?
LC: I have close to 10,000 songs in my iTunes collection.  Somedays it’s Motown.  Other days it’s Radiohead.