Visitors Guide to the
William and Florence
Schmidt Art Center

2700 Carlyle Avenue
Belleville, Illinois

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A great number of community colleges have art collections but only a few have separate facilities for exhibiting the visual arts. Southwestern Illinois College is fortunate to be one of those few. Located on the campus of this Belleville institution is the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center. A lead gift from the William E. Schmidt Charitable Foundation was the impetus behind this 6,800 sq. ft. privately funded art center that opened in 2002 and has over 400 permanent works of art. The permanent collection includes Pre-Columbian Pottery, Greek Stoneware, "Ogoni" Marionettes, photographs, paintings and sculptures by artists including Picasso, Dali, Manet, Delacroix, Cunningham, Adams, Oldenburg, Motherwell, Cristo, Damier, and Close. Open to the public during normal hours are three galleries which feature rotating exhibits that feature themed and individual exhibits (photo right) as well as pieces of the permanent collection. Many pieces of the permanent collection are displayed in buildings throughout the campus.
The Schmidt Art Center also features a collection of outdoor sculpture consisting of nine works such as Archie Held’s bronze and stainless steel Reach waterfall (photo right) and Michael Dunbar’s painted steel Astro Treillage. All nine pieces can be viewed on an easy half hour walk using the self-guided SclupTour that takes visitors meandering through the campus. Landscape architect Robert Goetz of St. Louis designed the accompanying garden and many of the natural backdrops of shrubs and greenery for the individual pieces. Details about the SculpTour including a map and additional information can be obtained at the desk inside the Art Center. The Art Center requests that you respect the “Do Not Touch” signs. In addition to exhibiting works of art, the Art Center provides educational programming for students and traveling exhibits. The Schmidt Art Center offers free events on Thursday evening that include lectures, receptions, and movies. A low cost Kids Rule! program is offered on many Saturdays.

Visiting the Schmidt Art Center

     Visiting Hours
          Monday - Tuesday: 9 am - 3 pm
          Wednesday: 9 am - 5 pm
          Thursdays: 9 am - 8 pm
          Friday - Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm
          Closed Sunday and school holidays
There is no charge to visit the Schmidt Art Center.

  August 22 - October 10, 2019
The Schmidt Art Center is hosting three art exhibits: Nanette Boileau - American Dreamers: Unalienable Rights is a large scale installation that investigates the varied and non-conformist paths of Americans fighting for their dreams. Todd May - Reflections: Enlighted Clay is an exhibition that reflects on the timeless exploration of wheel-thrown ceramic forms using natural gas reduction. Daniel Stumeier - Twang features drawings and prints that examine Midwest American popular culture in light of current attitudes toward race and class.
or more information visit the venue's website

Directions: The Schmidt Art Center is located in the northeast corner of the campus of Southwestern Illinois College. The College is located approximately 4 ½ miles east of downtown Belleville and 4 ½ miles south of I-64 at the intersection of Carlyle Road (IL-161) and Green Mount Road (Exit 16 on I-64.) The Center’s website contains detailed driving directions from a number of different locations. Southwestern Illinois College is also a stop (College Station) on the St. Louis Metrolink system providing easy access by mass transportation from a number of locations in the St. Louis area.

GPS Coordinates
N  38  31.028
W 89  55.302

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