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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.

 

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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.

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.

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 #1


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, Todd May is the first to answer her questions.

Todd May's "Red Hot Copper", stoneware

Todd May’s “Red Hot Copper”, stoneware

When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
In high school I began to consider that art was important to me and the possible careers as an artist. 

What inspires you the most?
Ancient Greece/ The Golden Age/ 450 BC

What is your current favorite medium?
Clay and all aspects of ceramics as an art medium.

When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
Mostly classic rock and roll

What piece are you most proud of?
My recent work that has been about copper red glazes in cone ten natural gas firings.

Todd May's "Mamo Monolithic", porcelain

Todd May’s “Mamo Monolithic”, porcelain

Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
My years of mentoring students toward success in the visual arts as an instructor.

Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
No, I am very selective when it comes to show entries.

What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
That I care about my students

The worst?
That I go into to much detail about art and art history

What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
To help build life-long learning in my students through art and design and to never stop learning about art/life myself.

What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
Green tea and cookies.

If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be and why?
Jimmy Hendrix because who wouldn’t love to play the guitar like he did.

Thanks again to Todd for answering our questions!

Posted by Jessica Mannisi, assistant curator

Interview with Albert Kuo


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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.