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)”

Artist Spotlight: Cory Sellers


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
December Paintings 2016
My work deals a lot with the investigation of space. I am greatly interested in pictorial drama and illusionism within that space. Not always real, this is a contradiction which adds to the complexity of the painting. The space that the forms live in have a certain feel of solitude, which I believe goes along with the mystery. I am also interested in the decision process of the composition and why each mark is next to another as well as the speed, slow or fast, of the other mark-making that is taking place. There are several things I use to create depth in the paintings, color and contrasting values, but the variety of mark-making and placement has been my recent interest. My December Paintings have been a refinement in my work as I have eliminated the figure with ambitions to improve my abstractions.

Works
Farewell, 2016
12” x 9”
acrylic on canvas

 

Easy Does It, 2016
12” x 9”
acrylic on canvas

Painting, December 6th 2016, 2016
20” x 15”
acrylic, spray paint on canvas

Refine, 2016
20” x 15”
acrylic on canvas

Icebreaker, 2016
14” x 11”
acrylic on canvas

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Sellers’ “Icebreaker,” “Farewell,” and “Easy Does It” (left to right)

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Sellers’ “December 6th 2016”

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Sellers’ “December 6th 2016” (left) and “Refine” (right)

Artist Spotlight: Nancy Friederich


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
The Pathway series of paintings that I am presently working on includes some of my favorite places and countries that I have had the pleasure to visit.

The botanical garden painting is from the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of my favorite places. This lovely lady allowed me to take her picture in another location in the garden. I placed her on this path.

The cemetery scene is from my grandfather’s birthplace in southern Hungary. We were there looking for our family name on tombstones. We didn’t find any family members, but my mother had an interesting conversation (in Hungarian) with the lovely women caring for the graves of their loved ones. It was a special Saturday evening for all of us.

The painting I have just begun will also be part of the Pathway series, and is based on a visit I took to a small mountain village in Peru. I am anxious to paint this one.

Works
Sunday Stroll at the Botanical Garden, 2015
50” x 37”
oil on paper

Roses, 2015
37” x 50”
oil on paper

The Gathering, Barcs, Hungary, 2016
37” x 50”
oil on paper

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Friederich’s “Roses”

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Friederich’s “The Gathering, Barcs, Hungary”