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Why you should win a marathon

Ceramics artist Kathy Fodness is a prolific, inspiring presence in our SBMA studios.

For the great majority of us, some SBMA staff members included, it’s nearly impossible to imagine running a marathon, let alone winning one.  If you’ve ever watched a marathon in person and seen the leaders at mile 20 or so, you know those people have got something that you just don’t.  And when this year’s Sunburst Marathon winners sprint across that finish line on June 2, they’ll get something else you wish you had: artwork by Kathy Fodness.

Native American ceramic artist Kathy Fodness has been a friend of SBMA for many years, volunteering with youth classes and events, and frequenting our studios to perfect her artistic techniques.  So when the Sunburst Races asked us to commission a local artist to create the first place awards for the 2012 races, Kathy came to mind instantly.  Given the way these awards are turning out, we know we made the right choice.  We’ll give you a sneak peek at what Kathy has been creating, but we have to warn you – this click may cause the sudden dusting off of running shoes!

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT KATHY FODNESS AND HER HANDMADE SUNBURST RACES ART, CLICK HERE.

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Faux Faux Faux! Merry Sculpting!

If you sit in the SBMA offices on a Friday morning, you’re bound to hear the sound of 5th grade voices echoing off the walls of our sculpture corridor.   As guests in our Sculpture Quest program, the 5th grade students of our neighboring Penn Harris Madison school district join us every week to explore sculpture with our docents and make 3-dimensional art with our instructor, Miss Candie.  This year’s project is this fabulous and colorful wire faux glass sculpture.

Lovely and inspiring, these sculptures are the work of our 5th grade visitors!

With just a few simple materials and some basic directions, students are able to create these intriguing pieces that add color and beauty to any desk, shelf or display space at home.  To LEARN MORE about this project, CLICK HERE.

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.

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