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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.


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.

Up Close: William Harroff & Marcus Griffen

William Harroff’s The Willys

Hailing from Edwardsville, Illinois, Bill Harroff creates digital artwork that is both an homage to comic book artists and writers of the 1950s and a stinging criticism of the culture wars critic of the time, Dr. Frederic Wertham. Wertham, the author of Seduction of the Innocent, claimed that reading comic books cause juvenile delinquency.

Harroff’s work plays off of Wertham’s assumptions about what people “saw” in comic books – and what comic books led to – by digitally manipulating small sections of comic book images.

Here are a few of the tiles you can see at the Schmidt. Remember: Bill informs us that perversity is in the eye of the beholder!


Marcus Griffen’s Movable Type #2: Perception

Marcus Griffen, another Edwardsville artist and graphic designer, works with the idea of taking graphic design back as an art form, as well as adding an interactive element.

Griffen makes mutoscopes, which were early motion picture devices invented in the late 1800s and worked on the same principle as the flip book. Mutoscopes were popular in Penny Arcades, in which patrons viewed the coin-operated animations or movies through a single lens enclosed by a hood.

Movable Type #2: Perception features letter forms that create the animation. Visitors to the Schmidt are encouraged to play with the mutoscope.

A video of the animation is available here.

Movable Type #2: Perception