Current Exhibitions

Paula Haniszewski: Smile Like You Mean It

Paula Haniszewski's "Punk Ass for President" (detail)
Paula Haniszewski's "Punk Ass for President" (detail)

 

January 14 - February 25, 2016

Paintings that explore the ideas of personal, professional and political transformation in the Contemporary American Landscape

Artist Statement:
My recent work involves drawing, collage, sculpture, and painting inspired by American artists Grant Wood, Mike Kelley, Walt Kuhn, John Singer Sargent, Wayne White, and Walt Disney.  

Playful, satirical, and imaginative, these new works are a salute to the American psyche from my own milieu. The neurosis surrounding success and failure, right and wrong, and the past and present are themes that inspire me.  

Learn more about Paula and her work at: paulamcateer.com

 

Typewriter Tim: Zen and the Art of Typewriter Tim

Typewriter Tim's "Untitled" (detail)
Typewriter Tim's "Untitled" (detail)

 

January 14 - February 25, 2016

Free-formed, glass-infused typewriters and typewriter parts that epitomize duality, process and spontaneity 

Artist Statement:
I started playing the typewriter as a percussive instrument while studying painting at The University of Kansas in 1993. Soon after, I started blowtorching typewriters after someone told me I couldn't. I "accidentally" jammed some glass dips I had upside down into a torched typewriter. I then became obsessed with recreating that effect without glue.

For the next 10 years I asked every glassblower in the region I was in to help me pour glass through typewriters and they all said the same thing, "Glass doesn't mix with metal. It won't work."

I moved back to St. Louis from Los Angeles and got a random phone call from someone at The Third Degree Glass Factory after he heard what I wanted to do. I couldn't believe it because I had already given up my quest to find a glassblower by then. So we started burning, filling, ladling, dripping, flipping, pouring, wrapping, and playing with glass and typewriters and their parts, having the greatest time doing it.

My bands play the most beautiful improvisational funk music with a typewriter player for 3-4 hours nonstop just like how we throw 2200° glass on interesting metal machines.

Zen and the Art of Typewriter Tim is a retrospective of process, duality, setting the stage, letting go, and the work creates itself with the help of my friends. I like the idea of things that don't mix, and are extremely different, getting along and being cool. People think it's funny that I hate to type. My smug answer is that typewriters don't type. We just sit there, waiting for a muse. That part is you.

 

Function & Ceremony: The Art of Melanesia

Trobriand Islands Wave Splitter (detail)
Trobriand Islands Wave Splitter (detail)

 

January 14 - February 25, 2016

An in-depth look at the Schmidt Art Center's permanent collection of objects from Papua New Guinea

For the first time in the Schmidt's 15-year history, our collection of art from Melanesia is exhibited together. Included in the exhibition are spirit boards, canoe prows, Kaima costumes, feast bowls, a Mwai mask, and more.