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Mom (and kids) go Pop! for F.O.B.

Coming soon…a banner featuring South Bend’s Mayor Pete – pop style!

A little while back we told you that Festival of Banners was coming, and now it’s here!  Submitted designs for this year’s theme – “Pop on Parade” – were judged, and winning designs were chosen.  But it’s right about now that the action is really underway as the selected artists are beginning to work on their original, hand-painted banners in the SBMA studios.  With only two months to go until the banners are on display in downtown South Bend, our Festival of Banners participants are busy bringing their pop art visions to life.

From now until August, we’ll be checking in with not one, but three of our Festival of Banners participants, to see what it’s like to take transform  their 4″ x 6″ submissions into banners.  The  dynamic, creative members of the Kanczuzewski family have agreed to let us look over their shoulders as we bring you an inside experience of this great community-based program.

To LEARN MORE about Cindy, Maddie and Cameron, and their BANNER DESIGNS, 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!


Our Favorite Art Books for Young Artists

Everyone deserves an art book for Christmas!

Even if a Kindle is on your wish list this holiday season, we’d like to put in a plug for good old fashioned books – the kinds that come with covers and pages and pictures and look lovely on shelves.  And while browsing the art section of a bookstore sounds like a perfect way to spend an afternoon in December, we realize that a go-to list might also be handy in expediting your gift-giving mission.  If there are children or teens to shop for this year, we’d like to recommend just a few art books that we think are especially fun.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR LIST.

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

Student Artist of the Month

Oscar Joyo

Senior @ Clay High School

By Jennifer Talvensaari

Congratulations to Oscar Joyo! He is our first STUDENT ARTIST OF THE MONTH for the South Bend Museum of Art. He will receive a gift certificate to attend any of the SBMA’s studio art classes valued at $150. It’s wonderful to see quality talent in our youth. Keep up the  Oscar!

Click RIGHT-CLICK HERE to fill out a nomination form for your student! Learn More…

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