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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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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)

Schmidt Art Center Student Workers Interview #1

The SWIC Student Show is currently up at the Schmidt, so  what better way to celebrate than to force our student interns into answering our interview questions?

We start out with Lorraine Cange.

Lorraine Cange_Human Rituals

Lorraine in front of her award-winning photograph triptych, “Human Rituals,” now on view in the SWIC Student Show.

1) How long have you been working at the Schmidt?
LC: Since fall 2014.

2) What is the strangest question you’ve been asked while working at the Schmidt?
LC:  Where’s the bathroom?

3) What is your go-to media?
LC: PHOTOGRAPHY…3D ART…decisions…decisions!!!

4) You’re put in charge for a week, who do you hire and why?
LC: My Drawing II classmates!!!

5) What has been your favorite exhibition?
LC: The SWIC Student Show!

6) What’s your favorite media to exhibit?
LC: That’s a tough call!  I enjoy exhibiting anything I can produce successfully!

7) If you could demand to have one artist show at the Schmidt, who would it be and why?
LC: WOW!  Good question.  Wassily Kandinsky would have to be close to the top of my list.  The incorporation of hard and soft imagery in his work is inspirational to me.

8) Where do you hope to go with your art?
LC:  I hope to be a successful working artist.  But [I] may also like to teach at the high school or university level.

9) Possibly the most important question: What music do you listen
to when you’re working on your art?
LC: I have close to 10,000 songs in my iTunes collection.  Somedays it’s Motown.  Other days it’s Radiohead.

Upcoming Events at the Schmidt

Please join us for the following events happening next week at the Schmidt as part of SWIC’s Fine Arts Festival:

St. Louis Symphony Concert, Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m.

The St. Louis Symphony performs in the Marsh Gallery.

Eugene Redmond Poetry Reading, Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m.

St. Louis-born poet and academic Eugene Redmond will read his poetry in the Marsh Gallery as a highlight of SWIC’s Fine Arts Festival.

Music From France, Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.

A flute and piano duet concert featuring SWIC’s music professor Diana Umali.

Creative Kids Art Class

Every Saturday, unless noted otherwise
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

After a brief tour of the exhibition, children and their adults will create art related to the current exhibits. $1 per person. Ages 5 and up. Please call to register by the Wednesday before the session you would like to attend. See our calendar page for specific dates and class topics.

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!

Raymond Yeager & Dog Days of Summer Exhibit

Raymond Yeager & Dog Days of Summer Exhibition

Our summer exhibitions, Raymond Yeager & Dog Days of Summer, open tomorrow with a public reception 6-8 pm. What you’ll see when you visit us:

Raymond Yeager

"Janus V", 2009, 72" x 72", encaustic on wood panel

Raymond Yeager’s natural, yet abstract encaustic and oil paintings explore the moment between seeing and comprehending. His imagery is derived by using a process-oriented form of abstraction, focusing on elements from nature or complex patterns and designs. Yeager manipulates sketches and photographs in Photoshop to dissolve the subject into abstract forms suggestive of a variety of visual phenomena. The image is then printed and used as a guide for his paintings, creating an overall effect which renders an image that is abstract, yet grounded in reality. Yeager’s goal is to turn the ordinary into the strange or ambiguous – turning the familiar into the unfamiliar.

Dog Days of Summer

DeDe LaRue's 'Blue Afghan Hound', c.2004, mixed media

The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, located in Queeny Park, West St. Louis County, Missouri, is home to the world’s finest collection of art devoted to the dog. Their mission “is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the art, artifacts and literature of the dog for the purposes of education, historical perspective, aesthetic enjoyment and in order to enhance the appreciation for and knowledge of the significance of the dog and the human/canine relationship.”

The AKC Museum of the Dog has loaned the Schmidt Art Center 26 of its canine sculptures, which include nineteenth century bronzes, ceramics, and porcelains.

Show open June 2 – July 29.

In conjunction with our show, please check out Dog Day on June 18th, a dog-filled, fun fundraiser to benefit the Gateway Pet Guardians & the Schmidt’s children’s art programming. (See our blog entry or visit our events page for more details.)