The South Bend Museum of Art features a full spectrum of historical and contemporary art featured in five galleries. A wide range of artistic traditions are taught in our world-class art studios. Located inside the Century Center in downtown South Bend, Indiana, the SBMA is an architectural delight. Designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, the museum occupies three levels in the northern wing of the building.

The South Bend Museum of Art affirms the enduring power of the visual arts to reflect and create community, engage minds, and nurture growth through exhibitions, collections and educational programs.

Since its founding in 1947, the SBMA has provided insight into the art, history and culture of the region and nation. Since 1987, SBMA has been recognized as achieving the highest level of professional standards in the field, awarded accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. Accreditation status must be renewed every 10 years and, in March of 2011, SBMA was awarded ongoing accreditation. Accreditation inspires museums to achieve a higher standard. It strengthens the field as a whole, as well as the museums that receive accreditation. The rigorous process leads to sustained organizational improvement and a clearer sense of purpose. Of the estimated 17,500 museums in the U.S., only 750 are accredited.
Ends on May 12, 2019$10.00

EXHIBITION DATES:  August 3, 2019 ‒ May 16, 2021

DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES:  May 12, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EST

The South Bend Museum of Art (SBMA) is seeking large-scale 2D and 3D artwork for long-term display in Sightlines, a collaborative project between the SBMA and Century Center. The two year exhibition will highlight the work of six new artists. Indoor and outdoor sites throughout Century Center are available and will be considered for accepted work.


Since its founding in 1947, the SBMA has provided insight into the art, history and culture of the region and nation. Its classroom and exhibition spaces are located inside Century Center, which is an architectural delight. Designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, the museum occupies three levels in the northern wing of the building.

Century Center Convention Center hosts hundreds of events per year. With thousands of annual visitors, the Center hosts meetings, conventions, consumer shows, banquets, weddings, trade shows and entertainment.

Images from current and previous Sightlines installations are available here. More information on the SBMA and Century Center is available at southbendart.org and centurycenter.org.


Artist submission review and selection will be done by representatives from the SBMA and Century Center.


  • Sightlines is open to any artist.
  •  Any large-scale 2D and 3D artwork will be considered.


  • Up to 15 images of your work (5 minimum). These can include proposal drawings or sketches.
  • Title, media, year and scale for each image
  • A description of the proposed work(s) for exhibition. Please note your preference for the proposed work(s) to be on indoor or outdoor display. Specific locations can also be requested.
  • Artist resume
  • Artist statement
  • $10 entry fee


  • South Bend Museum of Art curatorial staff is responsible for the design and layout of the exhibition. Artists should contact the curator as soon as possible after they have been notified of their inclusion in order to discuss and coordinate installation details.
  • Indoor sculptures and 2D artwork (paintings, framed photographs, etc.) will be mounted high on interior walls for security purposes (via anchors in grout). Indoor work can be of any media.
  • All artwork (indoor and outdoor) will need to withstand exposure to sunlight over the 2-year period.
  • Artists will receive a $1000 stipend for a selection of 1-3 artworks ($500 on delivery/ $500 on pick up) and be featured in a modest printed piece documenting the project (printed in 2020).
  • SBMA curatorial staff will document the installation and share images with the artists.
  • Outdoor sculptures will be freestanding and installed on grass or cement. Works can be steel, bronze, wood, stone or synthetic materials, and should be substantial enough to stand up to the elements and limited public interaction for the 2-year period. 


Artists are responsible for the delivery and return of work, including all costs.


SBMA will insure the objects on loan while in custody of SBMA. Artists are responsible for insuring their artwork while in transit to and from the SBMA.


  • May 12, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EST: Deadline for entry
  • May 13–24, 2019: Jurying of entries
  • May 27, 2019: e-mailed notification sent (no later than)
  • June 23–July 26, 2019: Delivery of work and installation. Exact timing to be determined, coordinating with SBMA staff (there is flexibility).
  • August 3, 2019: Exhibition opens
  • September 6, 2019: Artists reception (5:00–9:00 p.m. EST)
  • May 16, 2021: Exhibition closes
  • May 17, 2021: Pick-up of work begins

Mark Rospenda, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
South Bend Museum of Art

South Bend Museum of Art