Midwest Living Review
Located along the St. Joseph River in the heart of South Bend, the museum overlooks South Bend's skyline. But we were a little underwhelmed by the permanent collection, which is rather small and static. Located in the Carmichael Gallery, the collection has a small section of imaginative works by Midwestern artists, including the Hoosier Impressionists. The remaining six galleries feature traveling exhibitions. On our visit, the "Surface Tension" exhibit was engaging (parts of the exhibit were suspended from the ceiling and connected to lighted displays) and the large sculptures in the Art League Gallery were inspiring, but you may want to investigate what's scheduled during your visit. Other galleries focus on works by local artists and art groups, students and children. One of the most intriguing parts of the museum is the studio where professionals offer instruction for would-be artists. Classes typically meet weekly and cover a range of topics. Check out the online offerings for drawing, ceramics, weaving, knitting, jewelry and more. Galleries are open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free, with a suggested $5 donation for nonmembers.