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Best of SBMA 2011

1. The Dot Shop Opens!

Housed in our Dot Wiekamp Gallery, our new retail space opened in August 2011.  Offering an amazing variety of handmade works of art from scarves to pottery to watercolor paintings, you’ll find something special for your home or to give as a gift in 2012 at The Dot Shop!

2. Skate Day

In celebration of our Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art exhibit, we hosted a day of skate art and skateboarding.  Skateboard artist Don Pendleton led a hands-on workshop for young artists, visitors painted an enormous skate deck, and we opened up our front circle to skaters for the afternoon.

3. Partnership with IUSB

2011 brought a great collaboration between SBMA and the Indiana University-South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future.  Local artists converted  rain barrels into amazing works of art, and at our May First Friday event, we auctioned them off.

 4. Reaccreditation of SBMA

We proudly received reaccreditation from the AAM in March of 2011.  The milestone was marked by a skyped press conference with AAM President Ford Bell, and our official letter arrived on March 30, 2011.

5. New Summer 2011 Classes

Hundreds of students enrolled in our Summer 2011 classes, which for the first time included a Lunch Care option for children who wanted to come for full day classes.  SBMA also enjoyed a new partnership with Southold Dance to offer summer activities for children.

6. Beaux Arts Ball

November 2011 was marked by our masquerade event, the Beaux Arts Ball.  This fun and festive benefit honored former South Bend Mayor, Steve Luecke (who did attend in costume!) and sculptor Tuck Langland.

7. New Acquisitions

The SBMA acquired 14 pieces in 2011 both contemporary and historical, comprised of 3 sculptures, 8 paintings, one photograph, one drawing, and one film DVD. Most were gifts of collectors and artists. Four of the works are by historically significant  South Bend painter Guy Brown Wiser. Others include works by long time area artists Robert Kuntz, and Dean Porter, and works acquired from the museum’s Biennial 26 exhibition, with funds provided by the Art League.

8. Kids’ Night Out

Our First Friday event in November 2011 was held in conjunction with Downtown South Bend’s Kids’ Night Out.  We were thrilled that hundreds of children and their families came to see us for soap sculpting, face painting and mask making.  The creativity in our galleries was staggering!

9. Collaboration with the City of South Bend and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center

The Weed N’ Seed Alliance of South Bend provided SBMA an opportunity to engage in art making with an amazing group of children, specifically on the creation of scenery for a May production of “The Ugly Duckling.”  

10. Ultimate Garage Exhibit

Charles S. Hayes’ collection of art and artifacts of American industry and industriousness with the creativity and beauty of American Industrial Design. From huge Chrysler design renderings of the cars of the future to short-wave radio receivers, this exhibition celebrating the 50’s and 60’s when America was driving big sleek cars, listening to the radio, and working in hot and dirty steel mills, was a definite highlight of the past year!


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