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Summer Art Intensives

We still have two more summer intensives available this summer. Register now before classes fill up!

6th – 8th Grade Art Intensive: Sculpture
Monday – Thursday, July 10 – 13 from 1-4 p.m.

Through the use of traditional and contemporary materials, students will learn to create non-functional sculpture. Compositional design, along with the formal elements such as positive and negative space, form, and line will be explored.  Fee: $95

Teen Intensive: Sculpture
Monday – Thursday, July 17 – 20 from 1-4 p.m.

This intensive will challenge students to investigate a myriad of sculptural design principles with close examination of form and composition. Students will work with a variety of traditional and non-traditional media, while also learning about art history and art critique.  Fee:  $95

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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

This Saturday – A Day of ‘Play’

It’s time again for our annual Day of ‘Play’!

This Saturday, June 9th, from noon – 4 p.m.,  students of Illinois music teachers will perform mini concerts, while hands-on art activities will be provided free of charge.

Come enjoy some music by student performers and make some art!

Art Making!

Mini Concerts!

Up Close: Jane Birdsall-Lander & Joanne Kluba

Jane Birdsall-Lander Lyrical Objects

In her recent sculptural wall pieces, St.Louis-based artist Jane Birdsall-Lander reconfigures found objects and then binds them together with pigment stained waxed linen thread to build a group of primal alphabet forms. Made from cast offs such as salvaged wooden canes and scythe handles these pieces have the prehensile tension of primitive objects while at the same time they are elegant and seamlessly crafted. Conceptually the sculptures are inspired by the artist’s interest in the evolution of pictographs and ideographs into the modern alphabet as well as her desire to incorporate recycled artifacts into the sculptures. Her object/signs project a hands width from the wall cast shadows on the wall above and below. In this work Birdsall-Lander draws upon the alphabet as a source evoking a primitive communicative sense somewhere between music and poetry. These forms which are at the same time ideas and primordial shapes, sometimes assume a symbolic stance referring to the instinctive positions the animal and human body can assume at moments of deep emotion. Victor Hugo writes that “human society, the world the whole of mankind is in the alphabet” and so it is with Birdsall-Lander’s “Bound Alphabet.”

Jane Birdsall-Lander’s “Bundle” 2011

Joanne Kluba

St. Louis-based book artist Joanne Kluba’s intention is to involve the viewer intimately in the process of discovery, from the outside through the inside, hoping that the closing of the last page has touched the viewer with appealing thoughts, words, and images.
Most of the books in the BOOC exhibition are deconstructed journals; there are volumes for free-verse poetry, Haiku, memories, and collected treasures. Manuscript books and more unconventional folding techniques are also included, most of which are hand-painted and hand-lettered.

Joanne Kluba's "Garden of Earthly Delights, Revisited"

Schmidt visitors will have a chance to meet and hear the readings of Jane and Joanne at our Reading Rooms on September 22 and 29th from 6-8 p.m. Exhibting artists will read their poetry while visitors can handle many of the works in the exhibit.
Joanne will be reading her own poetry on both nights; Jane will be reading on September 22nd.

Dog Day – Doggie Ice Cream Social

After a bummer of a rain out, we’ve rescheduled Dog Day for Saturday, July 30th, 11am-2pm!!
Bring your dog for a play date around the Schmidt! Visitors are invited to bring their dogs (on a leash) for outdoor activities and to enjoy the Art Center’s special extended hours of the Dog Days of Summer exhibit. On the patio and lawn behind the Schmidt, visitors can help their dogs maneuver a dog playground, enjoy ice cream, and paint portraits of their dogs.

Representatives from Lashley Animal Hospital will have a booth for nail trimming, giveaways, and a basket raffle.

Inside the Art Center, human patrons can view the exhibit, participate in a scavenger hunt, and create their own dog sculptures.

A donation of $5 per dog is suggested to benefit Gateway Pet Guardians and the Schmidt’s children’s programming.

For more information, contact jessica.mannisi@swic.edu or visit SchmidtArt.swic.edu. Hope to see you there with your pooch!

Dog Day at the Schmidt

 The Schmidt is going to the dogs!

Blue Afghan Hound sculpture by DeDe LaRue

The Schmidt is hosting Dog Day from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, in connection with the exhibit Dog Days of Summer (June 2 – July 29) which features 26 sculptures of dogs from the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog and encaustic paintings of trees by Raymond Yeager of Jacksonville, Illinois.

In past years we have held a Family Fun Day with indoor and outdoor hands-on art activities in connection with the summer exhibit.  Because of the theme of this exhibit, we have invited the Gateway Pet Guardians, a non-profit organization that takes care of stray dogs in East St. Louis, to join us in presenting outdoor activities as a fundraiser for both the GPG and the Schmidt’s children’s programming.

Planned outdoor activities include:

  • Dog walk on the Amlung Nature Trail
  • Dog agility course with stations at each of the outdoor sculptures around the Schmidt
  • Vendor tables offered to pet-related businesses including vets, groomers, kennels, etc.
  • Doggie and people ice cream
  • Hot dogs and soda
  • Musical entertainment
  • Dog-related art activities
  • Demonstrations
  • Pet supplies donation drive for stray rescue

Adoptable dogs from Gateway Pet Guardians will be in attendance to help us celebrate as they look for their “forever homes.”

For an additional fee, people can enter their dogs in a talent show or have its portrait drawn.


Saturday, June 18, 9:30am – 1pm

$10/adult, $5/dog, children 12 and under free. Owners & visitors can purchase an entrance wristband (good for admission and 2 food tickets) at registration booth.

Visitors with dogs must sign a release indicating they will keep their dogs on a leash and the animal is up-to-date on all shots.

Activities will be located in and around the Art Center

Come out to the Schmidt with your pooch and have some fun!

For questions or more information, please contact Jessica.Mannisi@swic.edu or call 618.222.5278.

High School Series Spring Semester 2011

Our spring semester of our Student Series kicked off in February. Students have been busy with their ongoing projects, creating an environment in a box based on the themes of death, water, & figure .

We’ve also had our first movie night, featuring Exit Through the Gift Shop, the Banksy documentary. It was quite a hit after students learned about the history of graffiti and street art.

Here are some pictures:

Movie Night - February 24, 2011

Movie Night

Student Nathan having some fun with Karen Bondarchuk's "Autogenesis"

Students interested in graphic design and animation met with graphic designer Marcus Griffen.

Students discussing animation and graphic design.

Student Evan having some fun with spray paint as he works on his semester project.