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Archive for September, 2011

Skate Art Master Coming to SBMA for SKATE DAY!

Don Pendleton and his iconic graphic art

If you’re a skater, you probably already know Don Pendleton.  Maybe not by name, but definitely by his iconic skate art, which has been displayed on thousands of skate decks in the past decade.  Pendleton, a true graphic master who has been the visual force behind Alien Workshop and Element Skateboards, was also a sponsored skater himself by the time he graduated high school.   On October 16, Pendleton comes to SBMA for Skate Day to lead a hands-on workshop in skate deck design as well as skate demonstrations.

The first 50 participants who register (pre-registration is required!! email: will have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from and design with Don.  If you can’t make it to the Design-A-Deck workshop from 12-2, there will be plenty of other Skate Day events throughout the afternoon that you won’t want to miss:

From 2-4 p.m.: Skate Demos/Tricks – Don, along with another pro skater area, will lead all skaters through a very hands-on workshop in which he’ll teach them some cool tricks with their skateboards. This will take place in our front circle, and kids are encouraged to bring their boards and skate.

ALL DAY: We are creating a MONSTER deck; a skate deck so monumental it will blow everyone’s mind. This activity is going to perfect for all ages, and everyone is welcome. Here, kids/families/friends/etc can add their own personal touch to our deck via paint//markers/stickers/whatever we have on hand. This is a community-wide art project, and we want all hands on deck!!!

Noon -5 p.m.: SBMA’s American Series exhibit, “Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art” will also be open for viewing from noon until 5 p.m. that day.

Don Pendleton, skateboard artist


Sculptural Vessels by Bill Kremer

Bill Kremer’s ceramic sculpture is a bit of an oxymoron.  His sculptural vessels are meant to evoke and draw out ideas, rather than to contain or confine them.  As Kremer explains it, “the best work…reveals new possibilities for greater experience.”  He develops and takes his art work through a creative process including drawing, casting with large-scale molds, and finally painting, putting forth a thoughtful and “harmonic” contrast between shape or structure and linear brush marks.   The gestural vessels made from this process are salt fired in a 30′ wood firing kiln located at his home studio in Cassopolis, Michigan.

Kremer’s ceramic art, entitled Out Side from Within, will be on display in the South Bend Museum of Art’s Art League Gallery starting Saturday, September 17 through December 4, 2011.  A reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, October 7, from 5 – 7:30 pm, with Bill Kremer speaking about his work at 6:15 pm.

Kremer is the Chair of the Ceramics department at the University of Notre Dame.  His work has been shown in more than 150 exhibitions and he has conducted more than thirty workshops and lectures.

To read Kremer’s entire artist’s statement, click here.

Do You Know a Young Artist Who Deserves Recognition?

Oscar Joyo, one of our 2010-11 Young Artists, with his artwork

Every winter, when SBMA hosts the Scholastic Art exhibit showcasing the artwork of local 7th – 12th graders, we are blown away by the artistic talent that is developing right here in our own backyards.  As we contemplate the art they create, we continuously find ourselves asking, “Who exactly are these young people, and where do they find their inspiration? What is it in their young lives that shapes their artistic philosophy?”

We believe it’s time to get to know these amazing young artists a little better; to honor and thank them, and to do our part to make sure they can continue to grow in their creativity.  We have therefore committed to carving out space every month right here on our blog to feature a young artist and his/her work.  In addition, SBMA will award featured students with a free studio art class here at the Museum.

Teachers, we know that as the mentors and guides for these young artists, you can help lead us to these talented young people.  We ask that as you watch them work and grow this year, you bring them to our attention.  The form provided here can be downloaded and used at any time to nominate an artist that you think is deserving.  There is no deadline for submission – we will accept nominations on a rolling basis. Thanks for doing your part to unveil these hidden gems in our community!

Young Artist Nomination Form

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