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New Exhibitions Open This Thursday

New exhibitions featuring the works of Timothy Norton, Heather Haymart, and Carol Zeman open this Thursday, with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Casual artist talks will also be held from 6-8 p.m. that evening.


Timothy Norton’s from “NOWHEN”

Cerebral concepts interpreted through paintings and illustrated books


Carol Zeman’s “Riding the Tiger”

Carol Zeman: Spirit Wings
Ethereal sculptures of natural materials that communicate contemporary issues, mysteries, and spiritual topics


Heather Haymart’s “Releasing Control”

Heather Haymart: Far from Colorless:  A look beneath the surface
Tranquil paintings of thickly applied texture revealing a meditative and connective process

Exhibitions open October 27 – December 15. For more information on programs and exhibitions, please visit our website at swic.edu/TheSchmidt .



Internview…See what I did there?

I’ve realized that I’ve been doing little interviews with the artists that are exhibiting without properly introducing myself. What better way to do that than to interview myself?

I’m sure there are quite a few ways, but this is what we’ve got, kids.



1) How long have you been working at the Schmidt?

Almost four months, but it seems like I’ve been here forever. In a good way, I promise.

2) What is the strangest question you’ve been asked while working at the Schmidt?

A woman came up and asked where we’d bought the soap dispensers. She didn’t care about the exhibition, but she loved those soap dispensers.

3) What is your go-to media?

Photography. I’m not a huge commitment person, but I’ve stuck with photography for a while now and I’m still happy with it.

4) You’re put in charge for a week, who do you hire and why?

Bob Ross. Hands down. I realize he’s dead, but that’s a minor detail.

I feel like he would fit perfectly in the Schmidt atmosphere. Totally chill and adorable. My love for Bob Ross is uninhibited.

5) What has been your favorite show?

Our current exhibition. I’ve only been here for two, though, so my opinion probably shouldn’t count.

6) What’s your favorite media to exhibit?

I prefer 2D art. My obligatory answer would be photography, but I find myself more entranced with paintings than any other 2D artwork.

7) If you could demand to have one artist show at the Schmidt, who would it be and why?

I really love stuff from Chloe Rice. All of the art she makes is adorable and she makes me wish I possessed half the abilities she does.

That, and I think she and Alex Pardee are the cutest couple to ever grace this fine earth.

or David Carr .

8) Where do you hope to go with your art?

Honestly, I don’t know. I want to get better, so that the images in my head match, or at least vaguely resemble, what I produce. I want to travel and experience more through my art.

I also really want to be able to get to the point where I can do whatever I want and have people excuse my behaviors because I’m an ‘artist’.

9) Possibly the most important question: What music do you listen to when you’re working on your art?

I can’t set a certain music type for when I work. I have a tendency to get a little antsy when I’m out shooting, so anything that has a beat that I can dance to while setting up a shot has my heart.

Usually my fall back album is Kitty Hawk by KI Theory.

We’ll be doing interviews with everyone who works at the Schmidt, so stay tuned to see what these weirdos have to say!

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley.

Interview With Tammie Rubin

  The ceramicist behind the whimsical and colorful pieces currently on display at the Schmidt , Tammie Rubin, answered our questions on what fuels her, her art, and everything in between.

A piece from “Silence! Magical Thinking In Progress” by Tammie Rubin

1. When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
Tammie: After I graduated from undergrad, I got a job and a studio. I wanted to know if I was self-directed to make work and I could do so without the structure of an academic institution. Those couple of years before graduate school were vital for me and at the end of that time, I was committed to being an artist.
2. What inspires you the most?
T: Time in the studio and out of it.
3. What is your current favorite medium?
T: Porcelain casting slip, underglaze, and resin.

“Viaticum” by Tammie Rubin

4. When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
T: My practice is process heavy, meaning there is a lot of preparation before I enter the mode of making. I listen to different things for different tasks. I’m a podcast junky, and lately my favorites are the following:
Wham Bam Pow
WTF with Marc Maron
The Read
Stuff You Should Know
I also listen to audiobooks and music, the latest audiobook  “Wildseed” by Octavia Butler
and the albums on rotation “Lese Majesty” Shabazz Palaces and “After the Disco” by Broken Bells.
5. What piece are you most proud of? 
T: That’s like asking a parent to choose between their favorite child. Over time I look back over the bodies of work I’ve made, and each body becomes a time capsule of a certain period of my life. Each body has its place.
6. Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
T: I don’t think about “after”, we have such a short time on this planet I concentrate on living.
7. Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
T: No. I’m prolific in the studio and if sculptures don’t make the cut they meet the hammer.

“Confess and Unburden II” by Tammie Rubin

8. a)What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
T: I’ve had a few people literally be speechless, that was the best.
b) The worst?
T: What if these were hats?
9. What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
T: I’d like to move away from the individual sculptures into more installation work. I’ve also starting exploring new technologies like 3D Printing and CNC Routers. I’m not sure how these processes can fit but I like the experimenting.
10. What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
T: Yogurt covered pretzels, both sweet and savory, tasty.
11. If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.)
T: A better version of myself.

Many thanks to Tammie Rubin for taking the time for this interview! 

Come see her clay assemblages on display at the Schmidt now through October 3rd!

Posted by student intern Kailey Kirkley.

Interview with Terri Shay

Take a peek into what it means to be Terri Shay as we were able to catch up with the artist behind “Color and Organic Form” over a few serious and silly questions.

“Summer Sun” Terry Shay

1. When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
Terri: I’m not sure if there was a defining moment when I knew that the arts were what I was going to do long-term.  It seems to be how I have spent my time and where my motivation stayed since my discovery of a blackboard and chalk in preschool.
2. What inspires you the most?
T: What inspires me most is nature. This happens in many different ways and is constantly changing. Sometimes it is imitating a landscape or looking at the shapes and repeated patterns in plants or  flowers, but I continually enjoy being in natural surroundings and enjoying what it has to give.
3. What is your current favorite medium?
T:  I think my favorite medium at this time continues to be oil.  I like to visit other mediums like charcoal and sometimes watercolor, but I return to oil for its texture, versatility, and color.
4. When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
T: Mostly I listen to things that are put together on Pandora radio, I like Jack Johnson and Coldplay, but every once in a while I listen to yoga music.
5. What piece are you most proud of? 
T: I think that would have to be a piece named Carnival Daisy, I think so far it is one of the more unique pieces I have done for its personality, its seemed to have a musical quality. It sold to a Dentist in Texas.
Carnival Daisy-small2

“Carnival Daisy” Terri Shay

6. Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
T: I would hope that I have inspired good in what every form it shows up
7. Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
T: Not really, I might have wished that I had had more time to produce a greater volume of work before a given deadline.
8.  a)What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
T: I had a respectable teacher and artist, tell me I was the most talented student they had ever had. I was incredulous, but very honored.
  b) The worst?
T: Women made poor Illustrators, their work is weak (can’t hardly believe that one either) I guess the comment was not just to me but directed at all females.

“Storm” Terri Shay

9. What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
T: I would like to expand the area that I show any art, like a larger area in the Midwest region or more and I would like to start making larger works.
10. What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
T: Mostly coffee, but sometimes peanuts and dried fruit
11. If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.)
T: I would like to be either Wonder Woman or Xena the Warrior Princess. Flying around in an invisible plane and kicking a$$ is my cup of chai tea, so to speak. Love that question.
Big thanks to Terri Shay for taking the time for this interview!
Posted by Kailey Kirkley, Schmidt Intern.


Up Close: Jane Birdsall-Lander & Joanne Kluba

Jane Birdsall-Lander Lyrical Objects

In her recent sculptural wall pieces, St.Louis-based artist Jane Birdsall-Lander reconfigures found objects and then binds them together with pigment stained waxed linen thread to build a group of primal alphabet forms. Made from cast offs such as salvaged wooden canes and scythe handles these pieces have the prehensile tension of primitive objects while at the same time they are elegant and seamlessly crafted. Conceptually the sculptures are inspired by the artist’s interest in the evolution of pictographs and ideographs into the modern alphabet as well as her desire to incorporate recycled artifacts into the sculptures. Her object/signs project a hands width from the wall cast shadows on the wall above and below. In this work Birdsall-Lander draws upon the alphabet as a source evoking a primitive communicative sense somewhere between music and poetry. These forms which are at the same time ideas and primordial shapes, sometimes assume a symbolic stance referring to the instinctive positions the animal and human body can assume at moments of deep emotion. Victor Hugo writes that “human society, the world the whole of mankind is in the alphabet” and so it is with Birdsall-Lander’s “Bound Alphabet.”

Jane Birdsall-Lander’s “Bundle” 2011

Joanne Kluba

St. Louis-based book artist Joanne Kluba’s intention is to involve the viewer intimately in the process of discovery, from the outside through the inside, hoping that the closing of the last page has touched the viewer with appealing thoughts, words, and images.
Most of the books in the BOOC exhibition are deconstructed journals; there are volumes for free-verse poetry, Haiku, memories, and collected treasures. Manuscript books and more unconventional folding techniques are also included, most of which are hand-painted and hand-lettered.

Joanne Kluba's "Garden of Earthly Delights, Revisited"

Schmidt visitors will have a chance to meet and hear the readings of Jane and Joanne at our Reading Rooms on September 22 and 29th from 6-8 p.m. Exhibting artists will read their poetry while visitors can handle many of the works in the exhibit.
Joanne will be reading her own poetry on both nights; Jane will be reading on September 22nd.

Now Showing: Evermore

Evermore, featuring Karen Bondarchuk, Joshua Rowan, & Teresa Wang, opened last night with an amazing turnout! Josh and Karen were in attendance and gave guests interesting insight into their works.

Here are a few pics of the galleries:

Some information on the artists’ work:

Karen Bondarchuk – (Michigan) Karen’s scavenged tire rubber sculptures and drawings explore the artificiality that often defines our relationship with the wild, and the reality that most close encounters with wildlife are by human design (zoos, roadsides, galleries, natural history museums, etc.). Her work has common thematic elements of animals and language for the past several years, examining linguistic and physiological connections between animals and humans, and most recently has centered on crows and ravens.

Joshua Rowan – (St. Louis) Josh’s photographs catch the beauty in the mundane and attempts to find the sometimes small and fleeting perfect alignments of time, angle, and color. The locations of his photographs include Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado; Jalisco, Mexico; Brooklyn, New york; Cherokee, North Carolina; and St. George, South Carolina.

Teresa Wang – (St. Louis) Teresa’s oil paintings, based on modern Chinese poetry, bridge    Eastern and Western artistic traditions. While her Chinese background heavily influences the formation of her ideas, the education she received in the States guides the way toward expressing her ideas and presenting her imagination through her work.


-Posted by Jessica.


Sneak Peek: Evermore

Here is a sneak peek of our upcoming show, Evermore, featuring artists Karen Bondarchuk, Josh Rowan, & Teresa Wang. Show opens January 27th with a public reception from 6 – 8 p.m. The show is open until February 26th.

Karen Bondarchuk's "Autogenesis," 2008, scavenged tire rubber with tire and automotive head lamp

Karen Bondarchuk's "Corvus Osiris," 2010, scavenged tire rubber

Teresa Wang's "Melodies in a Hidden Valley II"


Teresa Wang's "Charm I"

Josh Rowan's "Wonder Tower"

Josh Rowan's "Junipers, Colorado," 2010