2018–2019 Art Gallery Schedule
The Art Gallery is located in Room 108 of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. The gallery, receptions and lectures are open to visitors at no cost.
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Exhibition: Aug. 29-Sept. 27
Reception: Sept. 13, 12:30 p.m.
This project explores how a college art collection develops and what a program of institutional curation entails. The exhibition examines selected works from our permanent collection in dialogue with anonymous gifts, stowaways, leftovers and dubious acquisitions. How does an art collection reflect a transforming community?
"Fun Squad: The Kids’ Table"
Exhibition: Oct. 1-Nov. 1
Receptions: Oct. 10, 12:30 p.m. and Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m.
The Kids' Table is a multi-media art exhibition by Fun Squad, an artist collective based in Benton Harbor, MI. There is an interactive component to every Fun Squad exhibition, ranging from indoor swings to free haircuts. For The Kids' Table, visitors are encouraged to "unleash their inner child" by coloring, exploring and creating at a large collaborative table in the middle of the galleries.
"All Faculty Invited" Faculty Exhibition
Exhibition: Nov. 7-Dec. 6
Reception: Nov. 15, 12:30 p.m.
An open call to all faculty members across the college encourages an expanded and inclusive format and approach to this annual exhibition.
Exhibition: Dec. 10-13
Reception: Dec. 12, 12:30 p.m.
Students in the SMC Honors Program present the product of their semester-long individual research projects in a conversational, public forum. Join us to celebrate their achievements.
"Fischer Dance: HOLDING SPACE"
Exhibition: Jan. 7-31
Reception: Jan. 17, 12:30 p.m.
Lecture with the Artist: Jan. 17, 2 p.m. | Theatre in the Lyons Building
HOLDING SPACE is a nine-part dance film series produced by Fischer Dance, directed by Hannah Fischer. Featuring over 30 community performers alongside the dance company, this cohesive body of work captures complexities, textures and relationships in less than five minutes each. HOLDING SPACE examines seeing and being seen, revisioning the spaces of South Bend, Indiana. Film scenes include an early morning rooftop, several industrial warehouses, dreamy sand dunes and hazy cornfields. The series was created in collaboration with Alyssa Neece of Corlanthum, director of photography, and Patrick Quigley of Sailbear, composer. HOLDING SPACE premiered March 2018 at the LaSalle Body Shop in South Bend, Indiana.
KIA Library Pop-up
Exhibition: Feb. 4-28
Reception: Feb. 14, 12:30 p.m.
A pop-up satellite library featuring a selection of curated titles from the Mary and Edwin Meader Fine Art Library at Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts.
Designed in collaboration with Ellyssa Seager, Librarian at KIA, with generous support from the library staff at the Fred L. Mathews Library at Southwestern Michigan College.
During the entire run of this project, many of the exhibited titles will be available for checkout directly from the gallery. Librarians will also be present intermittently throughout the exhibition.
Ekin Aytac and Josh Davids (Design by Degree Glass, Kalamazoo, MI)
Exhibition: March 4-April 4
Reception: March 14, 12:30 p.m.
Note: The gallery will be open by appointment only during Spring Break, April 1-5.
New blown glass objects and installations by Kalamazoo-based artists who are artists in residence at Glass Art Kalamazoo. This is their first exhibition at Southwestern Michigan College.
Exhibition: April 15-24
Reception and Awards Ceremony: April 24, 12:30 p.m.
Our annual juried spring exhibition in which works created by our students over the past two semesters fill the gallery spaces. Works from painting, ceramics, drawing, graphic design and photography courses are all represented.
Sophomore Scholarship Exhibit
Exhibition: April 29-30
Students declaring their concentration in art who are returning for 2019-20 will exhibit portfolios of work created in art courses over the past year.