The Colfax Cultural Center is one of four buildings on the Colfax Campus. It is a former elementary school that was built in 1898. In the early 1980s, it was purchased and renovated by South Bend Heritage, a community development corporation serving the surrounding urban area. The building has three exhibition spaces that are managed by a gallery committee of area artists and art educators. Many diverse groups hold their meetings in these same spaces. As a result, new and fresh audiences, along with seasoned gallery patrons, respond to the changing exhibitions.
Once called the Genesis Gallery, the Robert Seifert Gallery is in a room that used to be a class room. It was renamed to honor the first gallery preparator who hung the exhibitions over 18 years. Many meetings are held in this room.
The Court Gallery is the main hall of the building and now is used as a waiting area for the tenants of the building. The wood sculpture of an alligator stands prominently in this gallery and delights the children.
The Paper Room is a space that is one half of a former classroom in size. The exhibitions here are more intimate. It doubles as a conference room.
The Gallery Coordinator, together with the Colfax Campus Gallery Committee organizes six exhibitions a year:
1. Community Arts Organization. There are a number of community arts organizations in the South Bend area which are always looking for exhibition space for its members. The Colfax Campus Gallery offers its space to one of these organizations each year.
2. Annual Intermediate School Exhibition. Once called the Annual Middle School Exhibition (grades 7 & 8), it was renamed when the South Bend Community School Corporation reorganized itself into Primary Centers (grades 1 – 4), Intermediate School Centers (grades 5 – 8) and High School (grades 9 – 12). Students from all 10 Intermediate Schools participate in this exhibition.
3. Annual Art & Social Justice, a juried exhibition. “Art and Social Justice” was the title of a joint exhibition of work by local artists Jake Webster and Douglas Kinsey. The theme, a socially just world, is particularly reflective of South Bend Heritage Foundation’s mission – it inspired this annual juried exhibition. It calls artists from 4 states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
4. “On Exhibit” Series. This series of exhibitions represent the current work by area artists who live and/or work within a 50-mile radius of South Bend. There are usually 3 “On Exhibit” exhibitions each gallery season. Each exhibition shows the work of three individual artists.
“Art and Social Justice” was the title of a joint exhibition of work by artists Jake Webster and Douglas Kinsey. The theme, a socially just world, is particularly reflective of South Bend Heritage Foundation’s mission and therefore inspired this annual juried exhibition. In its twenty-eighth year, the annual Art and Social Justice has become a significant and anticipated Colfax Campus Gallery event.
45 works of art from 22 artists representing Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio are on display. Images include work from the following artists.
Katherine Elliott: Skulls of Genocide-Armenians & Yazidis (see above)
Francesco Avila: Shout of Freedom and Venezuela in Pain
Gary Cialdella: A People United
Jeanne Fields: Deathe Uncalled For-Chicago
Teddy Lepley: To a Chicken a Vegan is a Saint
Marcia Rickard: Cry Havoc
On Display: June 30 – August 11, 2017
RECEPTION: Friday, July 14, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Discussion:”The Truth: how do we make sure artists’ representation of challenging topics are accurate? Or does it matter?” led by Artist Mary King at 8:00 p.m.
The gallery hours are weekdays 9 am to 7 pm and Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm.
CALL FOR ARTISTS