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2017 High School Show Now Open

March 23 – April 6, 2017

Our annual exhibition of area high school art, along with Congressman Bost’s Congressional Art Competition.

Seth Martin’s “Squints!”

Participating High Schools:

Althoff Catholic High School
Belleville Township High School East
Belleville Township High School West
Carbondale Community High School
Collinsville High School
Dongola High School
DuQuoin High School
Elverado High School
Frankfort Community High School
Freeburg Community High School
Gibault Catholic High School
Highland High School
Johnston City High School
Lebanon High School
Marion High School
Marissa High School
Mascoutah High School
O’Fallon Township High School
Okawville High School
Steeleville High School
Triad High School
Valmeyer High School


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.


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 .


Sneak Peek: June 4 – July 30 Exhibitions

Please join us for the opening reception of exhibitions by Brian D. Smith, Leandra Spangler, and Adam West on June 4th, 6 – 8pm. Shows are open through July 30th.

Brian D. Smith: Passage and Occurrence
Paintings that process memory through the metaphorical arrangement of color, texture, and shape

Brian D. Smith's "Evora" (detail)

Brian D. Smith’s “Evora” (detail)

The act of painting is a vital experience. I create from an intuitive base to develop a particular logic that will make a painting whole.

I see my paintings as a document of memory and the painting process that produces a view into an imagined space. Their meaning is derived from specific feelings I have about nature as well as my reactions to the art that inspires me.

The resulting arrangements of colors, marks, textures, and shapes are fundamental characteristics of my art that should be understood metaphorically. They are integrated to convey a dazzling optical effect and a spirited emotional quality. The sensuous qualities of paint make these aspects conspicuous and the images themselves abstract.

To learn more about Brian and his work, visit briandavidsmith.com.

Leandra Spangler: Voyage
Paper sculptural forms inspired by the rich tones, textures, and forms of the natural world

Leandra Spangler's "Tanit" (detail)

Leandra Spangler’s “Tanit” (detail)

Deeply rooted in the Midwest, my world is rolling hills, woodlands, creeks, and fields where beauty is found, not in grand vistas but within arm’s reach. My inspiration comes from the rich tones, textures, and forms of the natural world.  Although I admire and appreciate the garden in its entirety, I treasure the seed pod and pebble found on the path. Observing at arm’s length or even closer, I focus on detail, connections, striations, patterns, and the play of light and shadow.

In the same way, I enjoy creating sculptural forms, but find creating the tactile surface with highly textured handmade paper most gratifying. Enhancing the play of light and shadow of the surface with layers of color is magical.

My earliest art work using handmade paper explored textured papers and their edges, investigating with the way light and shadow identifies the raised, indented, and wrinkled surface. Twenty-five years later, I am still creating surfaces, which allow light to dance over impressed textures creating highlights and shadows.  Recognizing a subtle shift in my thinking – from “sculptural basketry” to “sculptural forms with openings”— this change in approach opened new opportunities, as the forms were no longer “required” to have an opening at the top or to stand up straight.

To learn more about Leandra and her work, visit bearcreekpaperworks.com.

Adam West: Fauxtographs
Photographs of fabricated scenes that create a playful conversation about reality and imagination

Adam West's "Lunar Fog" (detail)

Adam West’s “Lunar Fog” (detail)

This body of work is made up of two halves. The imagery consists of small fabricated scenes using toys, found objects, and things I build. I complement those images with landscapes that are photographed in a way so they appear miniature to create a playful conversation about reality and the imagination.

To learn more about Adam and his artwork, visit awestcreative.com.

Student Worker Post – Sherwin Rivera Tibayan

Sherwin Rivera Tibayan: American Rephotographs

American histogram

Sherwin Rivera Tibayan’s “The Histograms”

Whoever said that art had to be your typical paint and paint brush? With the Schmidt Art Center’s new exhibition, we have completely defined what it is not to be your typical artist, but to encourage your imagination of what art means to you. Sherwin Tibayan is a great example.

 With the opening of the exhibition today, you may see a few art pieces that might make you think, “What does this really mean?”

 Believe me, I’ve asked myself the same question.

 One of the main art pieces that really puzzled me was The Histograms; Mr. Sherwin Tibayan really put me in a brain fart with this one. Once actually being told what it meant, I automatically saw what he was trying to convey.

histogram of histograms

An example of what “The Histograms” are about.

 As you can see, many have their own way of expressing the arts and Sherwin Tibayan did a great job. I consider this piece, The Histograms, to be my favorite. With that being said, I can now take a photo and understand the message of the histogram of the photo.

Sherwin’s works, including The Histograms, are on view at the Schmidt Art Center October 24 – December 12, 2013. For more information, visit swic.edu/SAC.

This post was written by Schmidt Art Center student worker Markysha Marks.

New Exhibitions: Zeuxis, Erin Vigneau Dimick, & Mark Travers

Zeuxis: Still, Blue

Ying Li_Rose Petals from Alhambra

An association of 25 diverse still life painters responds to the challenge of incorporating the color electric blue into contemporary still life paintings.

Mark Travers: Zen Garden

Travers_Farther Upstream

A series of paintings focusing on the shape, color, texture, and illusion of water bubbles on the surface of lily pads. Travers’ work focuses on the importance of our planet’s water and the implications of man-made environmental problems.

Erin Vigneau Dimick: Proof


Mixed media collages that incorporate embroidery, vintage textiles, and mathematical texts. Vigneau Dimick’s blending of materials and imagery promotes an inquiry into identity and social construction.

Exhibitions open July 5 – August 9, 2013. Opening reception July 12, 6-8pm.

For more information: swic.edu/SAC

2013 SWIC Student Show Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the students exhibited in the show! Below, see the award winners of the 2013 SWIC Student Show.