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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”

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The Schmidt is Taking Flight!


Function & Ceremony: The Art of Melanesia

The Schmidt Art Center has partnered with St. Louis Lambert International Airport’s Art & Culture Program to exhibit works from our Melanesian Collection.

Function & Ceremony: The Art of Melanesia features many of our objects from Papua New Guinea, including our wave splitter, spirit board, sago and feast bowls, and a canoe prow. This exhibition was first displayed at the Schmidt in its entirety in January 2016, and reflects on the sacred and functional purposes of these objects.

Function & Ceremony: The Art of Melanesia is on exhibition at the airport’s Lambert Gallery now through September 17th.

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)

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.

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Timothy Norton’s from “NOWHEN”

Timothy Norton: BOOKSINMYLIFE
Cerebral concepts interpreted through paintings and illustrated books

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Carol Zeman’s “Riding the Tiger”

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

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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 .

 

2015 High School Student Show & Congressional Competition


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Lauren Simoneaux’s “A Mother’s Love” (detail)

The Schmidt Art Center’s 13th annual High School Student Show and Congressional Competition is now open, March 26 – April 9.

Over 140 works of art are featured by talented area high school students.

Participating High Schools:

Althoff Catholic High School
Belleville Township High School East
Belleville Township High School West
Carbondale Community High School
Carterville High School
Cobden High School
Collinsville High School
Columbia High School
Dongola Unit School
Gibault Catholic High School
Highland High School
Lebanon High School
Marion High School
Marissa High School
Mascoutah High School
O’Fallon Township High School
Steeleville High School
Triad High School
Valmeyer High School

 

 

Interview With Michael Dunbar


The amazing sculptor, Michael Dunbar, shines a light on what it is that inspires his meticulously engineered artwork.

1. When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
Michael Dunbar: I have known since I was a small child that I wanted to be an artist.

2. What inspires you the most?
MD: Highly precise mechanical devices relating to charting a course into the unknown

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“Entity/Twelve” (cast and machined bronze) by Michael Dunbar

3. What is your current favorite medium?
MD: Bronze Sculpture

4. When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
MD: Carlos Santana

5. What piece are you most proud of?
MD: The 21 ft tall, 12 ton bronze sculpture, Euclid’s Cross

6. Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?MD: A successful American Sculptor

7. Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
MD: No.

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Michael Dunbar’s “Bucks Embarkation”

8a.What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
MD: “This exhilarating exhibition presents six large-scale bronze sculptures made since 2006 that reference time, outer space, and navigation—installed around the museum’s grounds and in an open-air courtyard.” Stephanie Rieke Miller, review in the ARTnews Summer Issue 2013 of the sculpture exhibition “Explorations in Space,” At the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan.

8b. The worst?
MD: If you were serious about your sculpture you would sell your car and buy a truck. (A comment made by an art professor to me when I was an undergraduate in College.)

9. What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?MD: Create five new major outdoor sculptures in bronze

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“Twenty-one Twenty” cast and machined bronze sculpture by Michael Dunbar

10. What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
MD: Coffee and a chocolate chip cookie

11. If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be and why?

MD: Michael Dunbar, because he is a happy, generous person who is making the best art of his career.

A big thank you to Michael Dunbar for a great interview!

If you’d like to see his work, stop by the Schmidt today through December 18!

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley

Interview with Dale Threlkeld


 Always a delight, Dale Threlkeld answered the serious and kooky questions for this week’s artist interview.

 1) When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
Dale Threlkeld: I always had art in my life but I didn’t really think about making a living with it. I started working when I was 16 and always survived on my own, paid for college on my own, then drafted and served in Vietnam, then had GI Bill and went on to get a master’s and taught art….just never really thought about doing anything else because I didn’t have to do anything else.

2) What inspires you the most?
DT: I am moved by “world class” anything….the best of the best….that which inspires…and the last painting I did that makes me want to make another.

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Dale Threlkeld’s “Tempest Dei” (Detail)

3) What is your current favorite medium?
DT: I prefer to work with oil on canvas or linen.

 4) When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
DT: I sometimes listen to music when I start a painting but I block everything out when I am in the “heat” of it. I work very, very fast and block it all out…just total focus on what is in front of me….

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“Rue Lux” by Dale Threlkeld behind “Tenderness” by Georgina Faria de Arellano

5) What piece are you most proud of?
DT: I don’t have a favorite painting; that is like picking a favorite child. What the viewer thinks is far more important to me.

6) Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
DT: I feel I have had a magical life, not easy, but one that has not been boring. I feel it is a “sin” to bore and though I have been bored, I avoid it. I am most inspired by the last painting I did that I thought moved me…made me aware and created within me a sense of wonder.

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(Left) “Max Moment” (Right) “Far Mystic”

7) Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
DT: I prefer not to deal with regrets….life goes on.

8) What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
DT: “I guess I better go get my checkbook!”  I have had so many best comments….but what is better than having someone tell you how much they love your work….?

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9) What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?DT: In the next 5 years I hope to reach a much larger audience, paint some of the best paintings of my life, be WAY more experimental, but more than anything try to enjoy those I love more.

10) What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
DT: Sometimes in the heat of a painting I will stop and drink something but I do not think about food when I am working. To get what I want I have to work very fast and so there is little time to even think about food or drink.

11) If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be?
DT:  I have never thought about being anyone but me.

Thanks so much to Dale for taking the time out for this interview!

Come check out his work at the Schmidt now through December 18!

Posted by student intern, Kailey Kirkley.