History

The Birdsell Project was founded in August 2014 in South Bend, IN.

Nalani Stolz and Myles Robertson, co-founders of The Birdsell Project, began the project because of their combined interest in finding unique ways of repurposing under-used spaces in South Bend and their interest in developing the art community and creating new opportunities for installation artists in the area.

The Birdsell Project has collaborated with numerous artists, dancers, musicians, directors, actors, teachers, and students, as well as, individuals and groups in the community to put on events and exhibitions.

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A couple of the Birdsell Project’s recent endeavors…

In the fall of 2014, The Birdsell Project put on its first large-scale installation show in the historic Birdsell Mansion. The show included 20 artists and collective groups and spanned the entire 12,000 ft. mansion. The work was on display for 2 months and saw over 3000 visitors.

In the spring of 2015, The Birdsell Project collaborated with Fischer Dance on a production of “When We Were There” which utilizes modern dance, theater, live sound and video projection to evoke lost memories

In the summer of 2015, The Birdsell Project held its first summer residency program. Eleven artists from around the country lived in South Bend, IN and spent two months creating installations in South Bend’s former power-plant.

In 2015 The Birdsell Project collaborated with artist Jack O’Hearn to convert an unused 1974 Dodge Frontier motorhome into a mobile art installation entitled The Camper. This installation traveled to Grand Rapids, MI for Artprize 2015 and will continue to travel throughout the region as the weather gets warmer.

In the winter of 2015, The Birdsell Project collaborated with classes from The University of Notre Dame to expose drawing students to contemporary art practices and to give them the opportunity to create site-responsive work in a former health club and power-plant.

Along with the many events and collaborations above, The Birdsell Project has hosted classes, workshops, concerts, theatre productions, exhibits, and more.