July 2022 - Southwestern Illinois College

SWIC to Celebrate 21st Anniversary of Schmidt Art Center with ‘21 Years: 21 Artists’ Exhibition

In honor of the William & Florence Schmidt Art Center’s 21st Anniversary and grand reopening, 21 artists will showcase their own artwork alongside a selection from the college’s permanent collection.

The “21 Years: 21 Artists” exhibition will be on display at the Schmidt, located at the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., from Aug. 19 to Oct. 7. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Aug. 18, from 5-8 p.m.

The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public.

“Since the Schmidt Art Center was closed due to the pandemic for our 20th anniversary, we wanted the upcoming reopening to commemorate that milestone,” said Schmidt Art Center Curator Sean FitzGibbons. “This year we are celebrating the Schmidt’s 21st anniversary. Within those 21 years, there has been a strong tradition of collaborating with local and regional artists.”

Metro East and St. Louis area artists who will showcase their paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and multimedia pieces at the event will include:  

  • Dawn Marie Blum
  • Andrea Coates
  • Nicole Cooper
  • J.T. Felix
  • Jessica Forys-Cameron
  • Charlie Houska
  • Tom Hück
  • Noah Kirby
  • Andrew Koester
  • Marianne Laury
  • Todd May
  • Metra Mitchell
  • Shawn Niebruegge
  • Allison Ouellette-Kirby
  • Libby Reuter
  • Bryce Robinson
  • Cory Sellers
  • Daniel Stumeier
  • Sarah Swist
  • Sopearb Touch
  • Deborah Wheeler

Featured art from the college’s collection will include works by Ernest Trova, Robert Rauschenberg, Alice Neel, Dorothea Lange, Jill Downen, and many more.

“I really enjoyed putting this exhibition together. I wanted to highlight that history of connecting directly to our community,” FitzGibbons said. “The “21 Years: 21 Artists” exhibition not only showcases the amazing talent right here in our area, it is an opportunity to highlight the Schmidt’s fantastic collection.”

For more information about the exhibition or about the Schmidt Art Center, call 618-222-5ART (5278), or visit swic.edu/theschmidt.

SWIC to offer Sonography program starting fall 2022

You could be part of the challenging and well-paying field of Medical Diagnostic Sonography with only one year of training from Southwestern Illinois College.

Medical Diagnostic Sonography was named the top Healthcare Support Job, on U.S. News & World Report list of Best Jobs for 2022.

To help meet job market demands, Southwestern Illinois College is offering a three-semester, 42 credit hour, certification program in Sonography starting in the Fall 2022 Semester.

“The ultrasound career field is in such high demand with competitive pay in multiple healthcare settings,” said SWIC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Coordinator Jacqueline Owens. “There is so much more than meets the eye and being a sonographer allows you to see what’s happening with your patients up close and in real-time.”

Sonographers are trained professionals who specialize in operating non-invasive, ultrasonic imaging equipment. Such devices are used to produce diagnostic images, scans, and videos to assist healthcare professionals in making an accurate diagnosis.

SWIC’s Sonography program will provide foundational knowledge on the skills necessary to become a successful, registered sonographer. Not only does the program include classroom education, but laboratory, simulation, and clinical experience in a sonography setting as well.

The hands-on training allows students to have access to the latest equipment and technologies available within the field.

If you have already earned an Associate in Applied Science in a related healthcare field, such as Nursing Education or Radiologic Technology, you could qualify to enter this program.

Sonographers work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, and outpatient imaging centers. The field is expected to grow 12 percent by year 2029. According to ZipRecruiter, the average salary range within the St. Louis area for a sonographer is $47,629 – $111,134.

Registration is under way for the fall semester. Classes start Monday, Aug. 22. For additional information about this program, visit swic.edu/dms; or contact SWIC’s Coordinator of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Jacqueline Owens, at jacqueline.owens@swic.edu.

Lake of Peace – Eric Miller

Talent Statement:

“The idea for my art just came to me one day. I have always liked to draw, even when I was a kid. The thing I like most about SWIC is that you can take classes online. I’m looking forward to getting my certificate.

Submission Information

Title: Lake of Peace

Talent Name: Eric Miller

Category: ART

Fails – Trenity Daugherty

Note: The original video submission contained copyrighted content. YouTube has muted/cut all copyrighted material.

Talent Statement:

My only talent is gymnastics and since I showed some of my skills last year I decided to change it up a bit and show some of my fails I’ve had. Sadly the best ones were never recorded but there are still some good ones.

Submission Information

Title: Fails

Talent Name: Trenity Daugherty