Outstanding Midwest Artist Series
Curated by John Cain & Bridget Earnshaw
February 12 – April 12, 2017
Reception for the Artist: Sunday, March 12, 1-3pm

South Shore Arts is pleased to present the sixth in its Outstanding Midwest Artist Series, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris: The Lady Is Not for Burning. Trees, birds, poisonous plants, mythological symbols, the female form, and, especially, water gather to make up a symbolic stew of expressive elements in Spiess-Ferris' work.

The artist states, “My work reflects a deep involvement with my native New Mexico—not as much visually as spiritually. My childhood was a melting pot of surreal attitudes surrounded by such diversities as the Spanish Penitentes, early Catholic retablos, and American Indian artifacts. All were woven among family tales and myths. My ancestors were among the first Spanish settlers of Northern New Mexico.

“I spent most of my time as a child in a wild apple/plum orchard that grew on our small farm. It was there that I discovered an imaginary world beyond the real. I enjoy juxtaposing the frightening with the beautiful, the comic with the tragic, the real with the unreal. My adult self, my schooled self, my Chicago self have embraced such western artists as Hieronymus Bosch, James Ensor, Paul Delvaux and, certainly not least, the Mexican masters as well. These two worlds have informed my art and given voice to my vision.”

Top image:
Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, Hair Pins, 2009, Gouache, Collection of Audrey Niffeneggar

Bottom: Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, The Lady Is Not For Burning, 1991, Gouache, Collection of DePaul Art Museum

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South Shore Arts and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra are proud to offer a variety of high-quality arts opportunities for your students! For instance, you might like to arrange a field trip to attend a performance by internationally-acclaimed
puppeteer Jim West, a children’s concert performed by the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra or visit a South Shore Arts exhibit.

Or we’ll come to you! We’re
happy to bring a program right into your classroom.

South Shore Arts and the Symphony work closely to create quality programs that meet Indiana academic standards.

Download our 2016-17 Teacher Handbook for all the details.

2016-17 Teacher Handbook (1.6MB pdf)

For further information contact Jillian Van Volkenburg, Director of Education.


Join us for this free art appreciation program founded by Rita M. Ray. The 2016-17 season showcases a variety of arts and culture as a celebration of our 20th anniversary. There will be book signings, films, master classes and more. Additionally, several lectures will coincide with upcoming and current Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra concerts and South Shore Arts exhibits. These too will be included in the series.

Download the 2016-17 Art in Focus brochure for a full schedule.

2016-17 Art in Focus brochure (266KB pdf)

For further information contact Jillian Van Volkenburg, Director of Education.


Arts Trust license plates are available at any branch office of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and can also be ordered online at http://www.in.gov/bmv/2793.htm. Every purchased or renewed license plate generates $25 for the Indiana Cultural Trust Fund, which helps provide additional support for arts education programs in Indiana. Visit the Indiana Arts Commission’s Arts Trust License plate page at http://www.in.gov/arts/artstrustplate.htm for more info.




everykid Program

South Shore Arts presents Dinosaurs!, featuring internationally-acclaimed puppeteers Jim West & Ian Antal!

Get ready to hang out with a Stegosaurus and hobnob with a Tyrannosaurus Rex when Jim and Ian bring the age of the dinosaurs colorfully back to life! Enjoy prehistory as the puppeteers mix storytelling with the latest dino discoveries and puppet-making ideas, all set to a rich musical score by Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky and Prokofiev. A paper bag, umbrella and sticks are transformed into a pink Apatosaurus, the dinosaur formerly known as the Brontosaurus. A cardboard box becomes a T-rex, and posterboard is used to build a Brachiosaurus rod puppet.

Learn the true story of the Oviraptor, or “Egg Thief,” who turns out not to have been a thief but a nurturer. Hosted by Jim and Fossil, a bright blue dinosaur detective, the production mixes scientific facts, classical music and Puppet Man, a fun action hero whose antics keep everything lively!

March 14-17, 2017
Two performances daily at 9:30 & 11am

In the theater at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts

Grades pre-K through 4; Admission: $6 for students and adults

Continue the creativity in your classroom! South Shore Arts offers a one-hour follow-up puppet workshop at no additional cost in your classroom.

Make your reservations today! Call 219/836-1839, ext. 103.



As the IAC Regional Arts Partner for Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties, South Shore Arts will present three grant application workshops in January for arts organization support and art project support for programs to be conducted between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. Arts funding is available to nonprofit Indiana arts organizations, as well as non-arts organizations providing arts programming in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.

Workshops will be held at the following locations:

Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. 2nd Street, Michigan City, IN, January 5, 2017, 4pm
South Shore Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, IN, January 10, 2017, 5pm
Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center, 1420 Munson Road, Porter, IN, January 11, 2017, 11am

Grantee applicants have the option to apply for Arts Organization Support II (AOSII) for arts organizations with operating income over $250,000 and Arts Organization Support I (AOSI) for arts organizations with operating income from $50,000 to $249,999. Non-arts and arts organizations with income budgets below $50,000 can apply for Arts Project Support (APS). Grant applications are completed online and all applicants, whether new or returning, are encouraged to attend one of the training sessions.

For AOS applicants, a Letter of Intent (LOI) must be submitted by January 18, 2017, 4:30pm (EST).
For all applicants, completed proposals are due no later than March 1, 2017, 5pm (EST).

1. Click to access the new online system. (http://tinyurl.com/iacgrantsystem)
2. If accessing the system for the first time, create a profile.
3. Select your region's arts organization support program (in the search bar, type in your region number). 4. Click apply.
5. Complete the LOI form and submit by January 18, 2017, 4:30pm ET. NOTE: Eligibility notifications will be sent through the system on or before January 27, 2017. Once approved, eligible applicants can view and edit the application.

For additional information, please call or e-mail Special Projects Director Donna Catalano at 219/836-1839, ext. 104.


everykid Program

Since the inception of its everykid program in 1995, South Shore Arts has developed many successful partnerships with schools and organizations in an effort to provide creative opportunities to over 28,000 students and their families annually. Find out more about the everykid program.


South Shore Arts is always seeking qualified art instructors to teach classes for children and adults. Please complete the instructor application form and contact 219/836-1839, x103.

South Shore Arts is also accepting applications for instructors to teach classes in the visual arts, such as drawing, painting and more for its Youth Outreach Program.

Instructor Application Form (61K pdf)

For further information visit our Educational Outreach and Art Classes pages.

South Shore Arts is designated as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

South Shore Arts programs are provided with support from the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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