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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)

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Artist Spotlight: William Todd May


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

Clay and the history of clay objects dates back to the beginning of the Paleolithic Era. My life and work then as a studio ceramics artist connects me with a long tradition of making objects to be admired for their process to record mark-making through these ceramic objects. By firing these artistic expressions and formulation of the glazes, I become extremely connected to these ceramic forms. Like nature, I am recording each change through earth, water, wind, and fire. I become a recorder of the ceramic process and seek truth through universal beauty. This, after hours and decades of experience, becomes nature and is recorded in the process of studio ceramics.

I am a potter and very proud of my life’s work in the medium of clay.

Works

Bowl & Cup, 2016
6” x 6” x 3”
clay

Bowl & Cup, 2016
3” x 6” x 6”
clay

Guardian of the Vessel, 2016
13” x 6” x 6”
clay

Copper Red Vase, 2016
12” x 6” x 6”
clay

Guardian Urn, 2016
9” x 6” x 6”
clay

Copper Red Bowl, 2016
5” x 10” x 10”
clay

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May’s “Bowl and Cup” with “Guardian of the Vessel” in the background

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May’s “Bowl and Cup”

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May’s “Guardian of the Vessel”

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May’s “Copper Red Vase”

New Exhibitions Opening This Evening


Please join us this evening for the opening reception of exhibitions by Karen Rips & Paula Chung, Heather Woodson, and Prints from the Permanent Collection.

Exhibitions run August 11 – October 6, 2016

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Karen Rips & Paula Chung’s “Lynn’s Spine I” from their exhibition “A View Within”

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Christo’s “Wrapped Statues (Project for Der Glyptotek in Munich Aegean Temple)” from the Schmidt’s Permanent Collection

Heather Woodson's "Shame" from her exhibition "Boredom: Problem or Prvilege"

Heather Woodson’s “Shame” from her exhibition “Boredom: Problem or Prvilege”

New Exhibitions Opening Next Week


Please join us next Thursday, November 5th, for the opening reception of exhibitions by Guy Weible and David Weinberg.

David Weinberg's "Adrift, Plate 19" (detail)

David Weinberg’s “Adrift, Plate 19” (detail)

Chicago artist David Weinberg‘s dreamy, black and white photography reflects on the dissolution of boundaries and a delineation of space and time.

Guy Weible's "Platter 1"

Guy Weible’s “Platter 1”

Retiring SWIC art instructor Guy Weible’s show is a career bookend exhibition, featuring a look at a prolific series of dynamic ceramics.

Artist talk by Guy Weible: November 5th, 5pm
Opening reception: November 5th, 6-8pm

Artist talk by David Weinberg: November 12, 6pm
Perseid String Quartet Concert: November 12, 7pm

Exhibitions are open through December 19th.

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 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.
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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.
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“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.
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“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.

Annual 2012 SWIC Student Art Show


Please join us this evening, April 19th, from 6 – 8 p.m., for the opening reception of our annual SWIC Student Art Show. An award ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. the same evening.

Come check out the amazing talent we have at SWIC!