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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)


Artist Spotlight: Shawn Niebruegge

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.

Fairs, festivals, homecomings, and other local events represent some of the last places where neighbors gather for nothing more than the sake of celebrating togetherness. In a world enamored with digital socialization, these gatherings may seem to be relics of a bygone era; the increasingly isolated and insular conclaves of niche communities hardly allow for such mingling of diverse peoples. The raw and primal truth to this desire to be around each other – that is what I am interested in capturing.

I make snapshots for references to the moments I want to remember in better detail than my recall will supply. The circumstances of the events make it a rare occurrence that the photograph itself will be a successful final work. On very rare occasion it is true that to do any more would only diminish the statement. The intent, however, is to translate these experiences into the language and histories of painting and drawing.

Tree of Life, 2016
22” x 30”

The Queen, Persephone, 2017
22” x 30”

The Chase, 2016
20” x 26”
colored pencil

Candy Alarm, 2014
10” x 15”

As American, 2016
10” x 15”

When I was younger…I’ve believed…impossible things… ,  2016
10” x 15”


Niebruegge’s “The Chase”

Niebruegge's "Tree of Life" and "The Queen, Persephone" on far right

Niebruegge’s “Tree of Life” and “The Queen, Persephone” on far right


Niebruegge’s “Tree of Life”


Niebruegge’s “Candy Alarm”

Registration Open for Arts Ed Classes

Registration is now open for our popular fall semester classes. For every grade level, from kindergarten through high school, there’s something for every child and young adult!

For information and to register, visit http://www.swic.edu/sac/education/.Chalk_Slider

Summer Intensives – Registration Now Open!


Our Summer Intensives are back!

Looking for something for your middle school or high school student this summer? Registration is now open for our 3D, painting, drawing, and illustration classes.

Visit http://www.swic.edu/sac/education/ for more details.

On View in the Main Campus

O’Fallon artist Edmund Bazan, who creates reproductions of famous paintings in colored pencil, has recently loaned his latest work, Raphael’s Holy Family of Francis I, to the Schmidt Art Center. This breathtaking work is on exhibit in the Belleville Main Campus building, first floor.

Artist Statement:

On the artist Raphael Sanzio called “Raphael”

Urbino, Italy 1483 – 1520

In his brief life of 37 years, Raphael became the most venerated artisan of the Italian High Renaissance. To give some idea of his status, after Raphael’s death one of his contemporaries wrote,

“With the death of this admirable artist, painting might well have died also. For when he closed his eyes, she was left all but blind. It is indeed to him that the arts, coloring and invention have all been brought to such perfection that further progress can hardly be expected and it is unlikely that anyone will ever surpass him.”

If that eulogy were not enough evidence of his status, we know from history

that Raphael’s influence continued throughout Europe for centuries after his passing. Ingres, Bouguereau, and Picasso were just a few of his ardent admirers.

My color rendition of Raphael’s Holy Family of Francis l (so named because it was commissioned by the ruler) required about 8 months of 10- to 14- hour days to complete. It is approximately the size of Raphael’s original now in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. The framing is my own design and handiwork.

Probably in no other manner can a person gain as much appreciation for another artist’s work as by taking the initiative to reproduce the work.  It is my hope that in this project I have paid a worthy tribute to this important artist and brought some level of interest and enjoyment to whomever views it.  This is not an attempt to promote a specific religious viewpoint, but to offer an image of universal appeal regardless of faith.  Underlying the portrayal of the Holy Family is the direct human sentiment expressing warm family unity.

A work of art isn’t truly finished until it is on display.  Enjoy!

Edmund Bazan

O Fallon, Illinois

June 2011

Thanks to the Schmidt Art Center for their assistance in this exhibit.

You may remember Ed Bazan from our Colored Pencil exhibit in fall 2009.

Artist Talk & Student Series Launch

Please join us Thursday, September 23rd to hear our exhibiting artist, Brooke White, speak about her work.

Photographer Brooke White investigates the ways in which landscape and place are created and altered by travel, tourism, and agriculture. Border Crossing looks at the ways in which the act of travel alters our view of the landscape, as interpreted through the eyes of a white female traveler in East Africa, South America, Canada, and the United States.

Brooke uses paired images of animals and landscapes from her travels to investigate the role that interrupting borders (and the constant horizon) play in the lives of humans and animals. White received a 2009 Mississippi  Arts Commission Award for this work, and her videos have been exhibited internationally.

At her artist talk on September 23rd, we’ll hear about her current, ongoing work, Above and Below, which looks at the Southern Louisiana coastline following the BP oil spill.

Meet Brooke and discuss her work on September 23rd, 7 – 8 p.m.

And before the artist talk…

Our first session of the high school Student Series will be held on September 23rd from 4 – 5:30 p.m. This first session will be “Drawing from Observation” and headed by guest instructor Bill Evans. For more information on attending the Student Series, please give us a call, email us, or check out the Student Series Page.