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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”


2017 SWIC Student Show Opens Thursday

April 27 – May 11, 2017

Our annual exhibition of featured work by Southwestern Illinois College art students

Opening Reception: April 27, 6-8 p.m.; award ceremony 7 p.m. Exhibition open through May 11th.

Nicole Marianovich’s “Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil” (detail)

2017 High School Show Now Open

March 23 – April 6, 2017

Our annual exhibition of area high school art, along with Congressman Bost’s Congressional Art Competition.

Seth Martin’s “Squints!”

Participating High Schools:

Althoff Catholic High School
Belleville Township High School East
Belleville Township High School West
Carbondale Community High School
Collinsville High School
Dongola High School
DuQuoin High School
Elverado High School
Frankfort Community High School
Freeburg Community High School
Gibault Catholic High School
Highland High School
Johnston City High School
Lebanon High School
Marion High School
Marissa High School
Mascoutah High School
O’Fallon Township High School
Okawville High School
Steeleville High School
Triad High School
Valmeyer High School

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.


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)

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.

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.

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


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


Dunlap’s “Obedience”


Dunlap’s “Obedience” (right)