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Why You Should Meet Us on the Island

Here at SBMA, we pride ourselves on lots of things. From our quality exhibitions to our excellent educational programs to our stellar staff, we have a lot to be proud of. Did we mention our ability to throw a rocking summer party? On Friday June 29th, we invite you to join us at one of our signature summer events, “Meet Me on the Island”. In collaboration with WVPE, we are pleased to present you an ART-ful evening filled with live music, cool drinks, and local art and artists along a beautiful river front location. Still undecided? Keep reading as we share with you our top reasons why you should “Meet Us on the Island” June 29th.


Rain Candy

Our Sculpture Corridor is radiant with the color and beauty of the Michiana Rain Barrels.

There are already a fair number of reasons to hope for rain in the forecast: You’ve planted a new garden that needs a jumpstart; there’s a Nora Ephron movie marathon on tv; or, you’re the coach of a 5-and-under tee ball team that has a scheduled practice.  But now there are fifteen even better and more beautiful reasons to pray for precipitation…the arrival and auction of this year’s Michiana Rain Barrels.

As partners with the Indiana University-South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future, SBMA is proud to display the rain barrels painted by local artists and artist groups.  They can be seen in our sculpture corridor from now until May 4, when they’ll be auctioned to those smart and savvy citizens who know that these rain barrels are garden-, budget- and earth-friendly ways to support art right here in our own backyard.


Happy Valentine’s Day from SBMA!

From our permanent collection, "The Love Letter" by Luigi Gregori

Love is in the air and on the walls of our galleries at SBMA!  We’d like to share that love with you today on our blog with some of our loveliest works and to remind you that a date at SBMA is a sure way to add romance to that special relationship in your life! To LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR VALENTINE ART, CLICK HERE.

Setting Up for Scholastics

When we arrived at work on Monday, this is how we found our Warner Gallery:

Kind of a mess.  But the truth is, it’s the first sign it’s time for one of our favorite exhibits: Scholastics.

The artwork you see strewn about the gallery is actually a collection of hundreds of pieces of art that have been submitted by our region’s 7th-12th graders for this years Scholastics Art Awards competition.  Jurors for the program were here all day last Saturday to judge the work which covers a wide array of media—ceramics and pottery, photography, jewelry, and painting to name a few, and in the coming days the Warner Gallery will be transformed into a breathtaking exhibit of creativity and energy, revealed at our “Meet Me in the Gallery” event on Friday, February 3.

Be sure to come out next Friday for this amazing celebration of youth and art!


The Best of SBMA 2011

Skateboards, shopping and Rain barrels…just a few of the things that represent the highlights of the past year here at SBMA. As we cross over from 2011 to 2012, we want to thank all of our members, visitors, students and instructors for all they have done to help make the past year such a successful one here at SBMA.  When the “all call” went out to our staff asking for their favorite memories of 2011, the number of events and accomplishments that were recalled and shared was overwhelming!  We have every reason to look back with gratitude and pride and ahead with excitement.  LEARN MORE about the YEAR’s BEST AT SBMA by CLICKING HERE.

Teaching with a “Full Deck”

"Full Deck" in SBMA's Warner Gallery

For those of you just joining us, here at SBMA we’re all ramped up about Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art, which opened in our Warner Gallery two weeks ago.  This electrifying exhibit of skateboard art is especially appealing to children and young artists, and we would love to host any school or other groups who would like to see it.

There are many ways in which a viewing “Full Deck” can serve as a platform for learning and meeting curricular standards in nearly all subject areas.   This week we would like to offer an engaging science lesson plan that focuses on the physics of skateboarding and would make a fantastic follow-up to a “Full Deck” field trip, hint hint.

If there’s one thing that a skateboard will help you remember (four times over), it’s that the wheel is a beautiful thing. Therefore, we’re not even going to try to reinvent it.  Instead, we offer you this link from “Teach Engineering,” an outreach of the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Entitled “Skateboard Disaster,” it promises to be a great success among the middle school crowd. Enjoy!

Ramp Up Your Teaching With “Full Deck”

"Full Deck" in SBMA's Warner Gallery

“Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art” is now open at SBMA, and we are certain that children and young adults throughout Michiana will want to see it.  Before all of you classroom teachers cry out in protest, “No!  I don’t have the time to leave my classroom and squander precious time-on-task minutes!” we would like you to know that the possibilities for integrating “Full Deck” into academic goals and standards are endless.  In fact, we are so certain that a field trip to SBMA would be a highlight of the 2011-12 school year for both students and teachers, we are going to be posting a series of activities and lessons that correspond with this exhibit.

This week’s lesson was developed by Melissa Green, a junior high language arts teacher, and offers a way to spin off the skate ramp and into poetry.  For those of you who try this lesson with your students, we would love for you to share with us the poems that your students create.

Click here to download the POETRY in MOTION lesson.

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