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Colfax Campus Gallery

Colfax Campus Gallery

Showcasing Neighborhood Artists!

Oil on Canvas by  Harry Ahn


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 Exhibition Season

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.

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.

“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.

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.

The Current Exhibition

Event Description: Celebrate the young artists in our community! The 2019 Intermediate School Art Exhibition will feature work from 250 area students in grades 5-8. All their joy, energy, imagination and introspection explodes on the walls of the gallery. This non-competitive exhibition reflects the remarkable talent to be found in our public schools and honors these young artists.

Exhibition Dates: March 18 – April 26, 2019

Reception: Friday, April 12, 2019, 5-7 PM. This is the 30th year of the Intermediate School Exhibit. Students are encouraged to attend with their families and friends, and the public is invited to attend to support our local schools and young artists.

Colfax Campus Gallery
Mon – Fri, 9-1 PM &  Sat 9-1 PM
914 Lincolnway West South Bend, IN 46616

Elizabeth Leachman
Director of Marketing & Strategic Initiatives
574-289-1066 ext. 1215

Call for Artists!


June 21 to August 2, 2019

Although this exhibition will be juried with the same standards as other art exhibitions – originality, formal interest, strength and clarity of visual statement – it is a specialized exhibition and has additional criteria.


South Bend Heritage Foundation (SBHF), a local community development corporation in South Bend, Indiana, developed the Colfax Campus as part of its strategy for energizing a previously neglected urban neighborhood.  The Colfax Campus Gallery is located in the Colfax Cultural Center, a former 1898 elementary school building.  The gallery spaces are also used as rooms where many diverse groups meet.  As a result, new and fresh audiences are continually introduced to the arts.                       

“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-ninth year, the annual Art and Social Justice Exhibition has become a significant and anticipated Colfax Campus Gallery event.

Application Procedure

1. Download and complete this form. Submit with images of up to 3 pieces on a CD/Thumb drive/Slides/Link to photos. Please remember to SIGN the application.  Include a jury fee of $20 per artist. Make checks or money orders payable to South Bend Heritage Foundation.  Do not send cash.

2. This exhibition is judged by  CD/Thumb drive/Slide/Online images only unless the Gallery Coordinator gives approval for another image format. Submit no more than two images of each piece entered. Clearly mark on each CD/Thumb drive/Slide: artist name, title of piece, date and media. Indicate the top of the image. Digital images should be JPEG file format (6″x 8″, 300 dpi). Use the best quality image possible. (The Colfax Campus Gallery reserves the right to reject any piece that is not clearly represented by its image.)

 3. A self addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for the return of CD/Thumb drive/Slide should accompany your entry.

 4. Send (or deliver) entry packet to:

Colfax Campus Gallery Committee

Colfax Cultural Center

914 Lincoln Way West

South Bend, Indiana 46616


To send photos of artwork via email, send a link of photos to:

Elizabeth Leachman

Director of Marketing & Strategic Initiatives

Gallery Coordinator

Note: You may also submit your a signed application via e-mail. Please make sure to send your $20 jury fee via check to South Bend Heritage Foundation.