About
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.

Mission
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.

History
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 April 1, 2017$20.00
$20.00
EXHIBITION DATES:
July 8 ‒ October 1, 2017

DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES:
April 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST

The South Bend Museum of Art’s all media Biennial 29 will present a diverse look into contemporary artwork in the Midwest and is open to all artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, 
Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The number of exhibiting artists is deliberately limited to allow for the showing of a greater body of work by each artist. $1,500.00 in prizes will be awarded by the juror and up to $1,500.00 in purchase awards will be awarded by the South Bend Museum of Art's Collections Committee. A color brochure of exhibiting artists will also be produced.

JUROR:

This year's exhibition will be juried by Miranda Lash. Lash is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum. At the Speed Lash oversees the contemporary department’s exhibitions, programming, collection, and acquisitions, as well as commissions for the Elizabeth P. and Frederick K. Cressman Art Park. Prior to the Speed, Lash was the founding curator of modern and contemporary art at the New Orleans Museum of Art from 2008 to 2014. At NOMA she organized over twenty exhibitions, including the traveling retrospective exhibition Mel Chin: Rematch; Swoon: Thalassa; Camille Henrot: Cities of Ys; and Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live at City Park. Her essays have been published in the Harvard journal Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, the anthology Baroque Tendencies in Contemporary Art, New American Painting, and Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Lash has been a Clark Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, a consultant for Creative Capital, a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and a member of the Curator's Council for U.S. Biennial Prospect.4. Her upcoming exhibition at the Speed, Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, an inquiry into Southern identity, is co-organized with Trevor Schoonmaker, chief curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and is accompanied by an extensive catalog published by Duke University Press. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Williams College.

ELIGIBILITY:
Biennial 29 is open to all artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. All media are accepted. Artists exhibiting and/or affiliated with current or scheduled programming at the Speed Art Museum are not eligible for application. All artwork must have been completed in the past 2 years (2015‒present) and cannot have been previously exhibited at the South Bend Museum of Art.

TO APPLY, YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING:
  • 5-10 images of your work
  • Title, year, media and scale for each image
  • Artist resume
  • Artist statement
  • $20 entry fee (used to support the exhibition, the printed publication and related programming)

CONDITIONS OF ACCEPTANCE:
  • The juror will select artists for inclusion in the exhibition and each artist will receive approximately 24 feet of running wall space (or the floor space equivalent). Depending on the scale of the work, each artist is usually able to exhibit about 7‒12 works. Exhibited work does not necessarily need to be the same as the work submitted for jurying, but should be consistent with the submission.
  • SBMA curatorial staff is responsible for the design and layout of the exhibition. Installation artists are responsible for their own installation and should coordinate with the curator as soon as possible after they’ve been notified of their inclusion.
  • SBMA has a limited number of pedestals for use by artists; time based artists need to provide their own equipment and should ensure that their work requires minimal maintenance (i.e. video files set to loop, start of day/end of day procedures clearly written out, spare bulbs provided, etc.) on the part of museum staff.
  • The SBMA’s Collections Committee uses the pool of accepted artists to acquire new works into its permanent collection with up to $1,500.00 in purchase awards. 
  • Five merit awards totaling $1,500.00 will be awarded by the juror.
  • SBMA's curatorial staff will document the exhibition and share installation images with exhibiting artists.
  • A color brochure of exhibiting artists will be produced.

SHIPPING:

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

INSURANCE:
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.

IMPORTANT DATES:
  • April 1, 11:59 p.m. EST: Deadline for entry
  • April 2‒23: Jurying of entries
  • April 25: e-mailed notification sent (no later than)
  • June 23: Deadline for the delivery of shipped work
  • June 23, 26‒30: Hand delivery of work and installation
  • July 8: Exhibition opens
  • September 1: Artists reception
  • October 1: Exhibition closes
  • October 2-6: Pick-up of work

QUESTIONS MAY BE DIRECTED TO:

Mark Rospenda, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
South Bend Museum of Art
southbendart.org
rospendam@southbendart.org
574-235-9102
Ends on April 1, 2017$10.00
$10.00
EXHIBITION DATES:
June 17, 2017 ‒ May 19, 2019

DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES:
April 1, 2017, 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 3 new artists alongside 3 current artists. Indoor and outdoor sites for the work are available and will be considered for accepted work.

ABOUT THE SBMA & CENTURY CENTER:
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.


JURYING:

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


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

TO APPLY, YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING:
  • 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.
  • Artist resume
  • Artist statement
  • $10 entry fee

CONDITIONS OF ACCEPTANCE:
  • 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 2018).
  • 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. 

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


INSURANCE:
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.


IMPORTANT DATES:

  • April 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST: Deadline for entry
  • April 2‒28, 2017: Jurying of entries
  • May 1, 2017: e-mailed notification sent (no later than)
  • June 59, 2017: Delivery of work and installation
  • June 17, 2017: Exhibition opens
  • TBD: Artists reception
  • May 19, 2019: Exhibition closes
  • May 20, 2019: Pick-up of work begins

QUESTIONS MAY BE DIRECTED TO:

Mark Rospenda, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
South Bend Museum of Art
southbendart.org
rospendam@southbendart.org
574-235-9102