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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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.
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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
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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)
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SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition
January 19 – February 23, 2017
Each Monday and Wednesday during the SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition, we will feature one of the exhibiting art instructors, including their artist statement and images of their works.
Obedience is a representation of a standard poodle ornamented by discarded bridal gowns. The poodle is an iconic, domesticated breed with the reputation of high class and manicured grooming, usually assumed as feminine. I use lace and satin as the surface and texture of the poodle to make a connection with female ornamentation and domesticity. Here the relationship of dog and wife are interchangeable, but the addition of the training course emphasizes behavioral training. The dog show is a prime example of obedience, where man exerts dominance over dog and dog is trained to behave in certain ways. In this absurd collaboration of animal and bride I challenge this antiquated ideal of femininity, ownership, dominance, and property relations. I find the use of the poodle to be a humorous element to make these interpretations visual yet still playful.
Mama Says He’s the Best in Town plays on similar metaphors. An ATV is a utility vehicle used to get around in rural and undeveloped areas. This is a vehicle for transportation across all forms of terrain, yet mobility is still limited to property lines. I use the ATV to parallel the restrictions I see in the tradition of the “white wedding” where gender roles are voluntarily assumed and unquestioned. The elaborate ornamentation creates a spectacle to be displayed and admired where women are valued for their beauty and roles as wife and caregiver. To claim these roles is to claim power but to acknowledge the consequence of their boundaries. We perform in gender roles taught from childhood and often times are unaware of the roles that confine us. As women we are much more than our appearance and certainly more than an ornament but traditional roles are restrictive.
My work makes an honest commentary on the roles I continue to see in rural locations rooted in tradition. The awareness of inequalities that still exists is a powerful force in the way I think about myself and my place in the world. My work is delicate, feminine, and sometimes soft spoken, but the ideas behind them are enflamed with injustices. This work is a push for younger audiences of women and men to reject these gender associations, or at least question the norms so easily accepted.
66” x 97 ½” x 15”
bridal gown and mixed media
Mama Says He’s the Best in Town, 2014
49” x 37” x 74”
bridal gown and mixed media
Dunlap’s “Mama Says He’s the Best in Town” (foreground)
Dunlap’s “Obedience” (right)
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”
Timothy Norton: BOOKSINMYLIFE
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 .
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