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Summer Exhibitions Now Open!

June 8 – August 3, 2017

The Wax Collective: Contemporary Artists Creating with Wax
 A group of artists who use wax as a key element to create unique, layered effects in engaging encaustic paintings

Julie Snidle’s “The Golden Hour” of the Wax Collective

Deborah Douglas: Alternative Facts (1965 – 2017)
Mixed media works of various imagery that address issues of gender, feminism, and empowerment

Deborah Doulgas’ “1980”



Peg Fetter: Minimal Frivolities
A juxtaposition of materials in fine art jewelry distilled to the bare necessities

Peg Fetter’s “Ridge Ring”


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)

Sneak Peek: June 4 – July 30 Exhibitions

Please join us for the opening reception of exhibitions by Brian D. Smith, Leandra Spangler, and Adam West on June 4th, 6 – 8pm. Shows are open through July 30th.

Brian D. Smith: Passage and Occurrence
Paintings that process memory through the metaphorical arrangement of color, texture, and shape

Brian D. Smith's "Evora" (detail)

Brian D. Smith’s “Evora” (detail)

The act of painting is a vital experience. I create from an intuitive base to develop a particular logic that will make a painting whole.

I see my paintings as a document of memory and the painting process that produces a view into an imagined space. Their meaning is derived from specific feelings I have about nature as well as my reactions to the art that inspires me.

The resulting arrangements of colors, marks, textures, and shapes are fundamental characteristics of my art that should be understood metaphorically. They are integrated to convey a dazzling optical effect and a spirited emotional quality. The sensuous qualities of paint make these aspects conspicuous and the images themselves abstract.

To learn more about Brian and his work, visit briandavidsmith.com.

Leandra Spangler: Voyage
Paper sculptural forms inspired by the rich tones, textures, and forms of the natural world

Leandra Spangler's "Tanit" (detail)

Leandra Spangler’s “Tanit” (detail)

Deeply rooted in the Midwest, my world is rolling hills, woodlands, creeks, and fields where beauty is found, not in grand vistas but within arm’s reach. My inspiration comes from the rich tones, textures, and forms of the natural world.  Although I admire and appreciate the garden in its entirety, I treasure the seed pod and pebble found on the path. Observing at arm’s length or even closer, I focus on detail, connections, striations, patterns, and the play of light and shadow.

In the same way, I enjoy creating sculptural forms, but find creating the tactile surface with highly textured handmade paper most gratifying. Enhancing the play of light and shadow of the surface with layers of color is magical.

My earliest art work using handmade paper explored textured papers and their edges, investigating with the way light and shadow identifies the raised, indented, and wrinkled surface. Twenty-five years later, I am still creating surfaces, which allow light to dance over impressed textures creating highlights and shadows.  Recognizing a subtle shift in my thinking – from “sculptural basketry” to “sculptural forms with openings”— this change in approach opened new opportunities, as the forms were no longer “required” to have an opening at the top or to stand up straight.

To learn more about Leandra and her work, visit bearcreekpaperworks.com.

Adam West: Fauxtographs
Photographs of fabricated scenes that create a playful conversation about reality and imagination

Adam West's "Lunar Fog" (detail)

Adam West’s “Lunar Fog” (detail)

This body of work is made up of two halves. The imagery consists of small fabricated scenes using toys, found objects, and things I build. I complement those images with landscapes that are photographed in a way so they appear miniature to create a playful conversation about reality and the imagination.

To learn more about Adam and his artwork, visit awestcreative.com.

Interview with Albert Kuo


Not only is Albert Kuo an impeccable artist who is currently showing here at the Schmidt, we’re also lucky enough to call him our good friend and arts-in-education resident. Get to know Albert in this week’s artist interview, and see why we like him so much. 

1. When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
Albert Kuo: Since I was a child, the arts were encouraged by my parents.

2. What inspires you the most?
AK: People.

3. What is your current favorite medium?
AK: Experimenting is always exciting to me. Oil seems to remain my favorite due to the alchemy associated with it.


“Uncertainty” (detail) oil & mixed media on birch by Albert Yowshien Kuo

4. When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
AK:  For this show I listened to Blood Orange, Modular Synthesizer Artists, and NPR

5. What piece are you most proud of?
AK: 1985. It feels like the 80’s design and cinema.

6. Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?AK: A person who worked hard for what was important to them.


Watchers oil & mixed media on birch by Albert Yowshien Kuo

7. Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
AK: No. It’s always great to see the work outside of the studio. I keep the bad work in my bedroom.

8a.What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
AK:  “The show looks great Albert.”

8b. The worst?
AK: “Barbara, look, this painting is terribly ugly.”

9. What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
AK: Higher quality and deeper understanding of what matters to me.


Bauhaus for Gropius oil & mixed media on birch by Albert Yowshien Kuo

10.What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
AK: Green Apples

11. If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be and why?
AK: David Bowie

Thanks to Albert for being super cool and participating in this interview!

Stop by and see his work here at the Schmidt, but hurry because the last day of the exhibition is this Thursday, December 18!

Also, stay tuned for another special interview with Albert next year when he sits down for another round of questions with the staff interview!

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley.


Four new artists at the Schmidt!

It’s Thanksgiving week, and it seems to be all the rage to say what you’re thankful for. Here at the Schmidt, we’re jumping on that bandwagon and letting the world know a few things that we’re thankful for.

In no certain order, here are four of the Schmidt’s current blessings.

1) Albert Yowshien Kuo

As if he weren’t already cool (Albert is the Schmidt’s arts-in-education resident). If you work at the Schmidt, you’re just automatically cool), he’s also an amazing artist. I don’t say that just because I have to make the Schmidt look good, he is honestly a captivating and enthralling artist.


From left to right; “Sister Summer”, “Watchers”, and “North Signal Hills,” all oil and mixed media on birch by Albert Yowshien Kuo.

How could we not be thankful for this to look at all day?


“Uncertainty” (detail) oil and mixed media on birch by Albert Yowshien Kuo.

2) Mark Pease


Left background: “Untitled (Red 35)” Acrylic on nylon. Right foreground: “Disk Variations II – Orange 3b” Screen print on paper by Mark Pease.

These screen prints and acrylics are so trippy. I realize I sound like I just got back from Woodstock, but I can’t think of a better way to put it. If you stare at the perfectly executed lines and spaces, you find yourself in a sort of daze. A good daze.

I’m not 100% convinced yet that Mark Pease isn’t some sort of wizard.


“Untitled (Purple25)” (Detail) acrylic on nylon by Mark Pease.

3) Dale Threlkeld

The Schmidt has a few pieces of Threlkeld’s work in its collection, so I’ve seen his work on my gallivants around campus, but seeing this many, this close is mind-boggling.


“Tempest Dei” (Detail) Oil on canvas by Dale Threlkeld.

How he creates these pieces, we don’t know, but we’re thankful that he can and continues to do so.


“Far Mystic” Oil on canvas by Dale Threlkeld

4) Michael Dunbar

Currently, the only 3D pieces in the Schmidt’s galleries, Michael Dunbar’s sculptures compliment Threlkeld’s paintings beautifully. They’re industrial and sturdy, but still maintain a grace that can only be explained by seeing them.


“Twenty-One Twenty” cast and machined bronze by Michael Dunbar


We have 8 of Dunbar’s bronze pieces in the Marsh Gallery right now that are just waiting for you to come see them.


“Entity/Twelve” Cast and machined bronze by Michael Dunbar

These four artists will be exhibiting in the Schmidt’s galleries until December 18th, so come check them out!

Also, stay tuned for interviews from each of these artists!

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley

Charles Swedlund, Michelle Hamilton, & Cory Sellers now on exhibition

October 16 – November 6, 2014

Charles Swedlund: Diary/84
Photographs taken every hour on the hour of the artist’s awakened day for an entire year.

Michelle Hamilton: Equanimity
Glass sculptural vessels that explore depth and negative space reminiscent of the symmetry found in botanicals and sea forms.

Cory Sellers: Familiar Figures
Thickly-applied oil paintings that investigate composition and the human figure to create intense pictorial drama.

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