FAQ - Southwestern Illinois College

What are the Schmidt’s hours?

To view our current hours of operation, please see our Visitor Information page.

Does the Schmidt appraise works of art?

Schmidt Art Center staff is prohibited from appraising or authenticating works of art. Appraisals and authentication should be carried out by a certified appraiser or a reputable auction house.

You may wish to find an appraiser to determine the value of your artwork. Appraisers are trained specialists who work for a fee. They evaluate your piece and give you a written statement of its value. Please refer to one of the following organizations to seek an appraiser for your work:

American Society of Appraisers: appraisers.org
Appraisers Association of America: appraisersassociaton.org
International Society of Appraisers: isa-appraisers.org

If you’re interested in researching on your own, the St. Louis Art Museum’s Richardson Memorial Library has many resources to get you started: slam.org/education/library

Please do not bring in artwork for review.

I would like to exhibit my artwork at the Schmidt. What do I need to do?

To have your work considered for an exhibition, please visit our Submit page for instructions and guidelines. Please do not bring in artwork for review, as we do not accept walk-in submissions.

Note that our exhibition calendar is often planned one to two years in advance.

I would like to donate artwork to the Schmidt’s Permanent Collection. What do I need to do?

If you are interested in donating a work of art, it is advised that you first contact the Director, Paula Hanizewski at paula.hanizewski@swic.edu or the Curator, Dawn Blum at dawn.blum@swic.edu.

Please do not bring in artwork, as we do not accept walk-in donations.

What’s going on at the Schmidt this month?

Please visit our Calendar page for upcoming events.

Is the Schmidt Art Center the Art Department?

While we work very closely with the art department at Southwestern Illinois College, we are a separate department. For questions or information regarding the Art Program, please contact the art department at swic.edu/art/.

Does the Schmidt have visitor parking?

Free visitor parking is available in front of the Art Center. For more information on our location and driving directions, please visit our Visitor Information page.