The Birdsell Art Installation Project

Revitalizing Once Abandoned Spaces

At the corner of 511 W. Colfax, South Bend Indiana, the Birdsell Art Installation Project opened a 12,000 square foot mansion to be repurposed by local artists.

 Constructed in the 1890’s, The Birdsell Mansion has sat vacant for several decades. In October of 2014 it was reopened to the community. The mansion contains 3 floors, and the work of 20 artists and 10 photographers from both South Bend and Notre Dame, Indiana. These artists, through incorporating their work inside of the Birdsell Mansion’s turn of the 20th century architecture, invokes a uniquely intimate, and often haunting experience for those adventurous enough to visit.


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Birdsell Project Opening Reception

The Commerce Center
401 E Colfax, Ave
South Bend, IN 46601

August 15, 2015

The Birdsell Project is pleased to invite you to the opening of our summer 2015 show, which presents new site-specific installations in the basement of the Commerce Center in South Bend, Indiana. Eleven artists-in-residence– Matthew Batty, Liam Cawley, Hunter Foster, Leah Gallant, Margaret Halquist, Sohee Kim, Allison Polgar, Bryce Robinson, Andrew Strong, Nalani Stolz, Nayeon Yang–have used a diverse range of mediums to transform these abandoned spaces into new environments. Working with projection, paintings, sculptures, and found objects, their work raises issues of religion, gender, local history, and decay.


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Call for Artists

Interested in participating in the Birdsell Project’s upcoming spring art installations?

Winter 2014 Installations

  • Mary Fashbaugh
  • Sarah Edmands Martin
  • Rachel Suzanne Smith
  • Zachary Tate
  • Katelyn Seprish
  • Justin Barfield
  • Emily Scott Beck
  • Charles Jevremovic
  • Nalani Stolz
  • Jack O'Hearn
  • Laura Thompson
  • Allison Polgar
  • Andrew Strong
  • Chris Dant
  • Lauren Stratton
  • Nathan Smith
  • William Newman-Wise
  • The Art Collective