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H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art

2007-08 Season

September 12-October 13, 2007

Perfectly Natural: Charles Munch, Randall Berndt, Carol Pylant, Ann Worthing and Matthew Hagemann

The five artists in this show, consciously or not, each follow Ralph Waldo Emerson’s suggestion, defining their relationship in nature in unique way. Three fit in to the Romantic outlook of Emerson that also informed the Hudson River School landscapes that began appearing in his own time, in which human consciousness and nature were seen as interpenetrating, as evocations of each other, while the other two rather pointedly stake out different terrain.

View the catalog for “Perfectly Natural”

October 19-November 17, 2007

Beyond Boundaries: The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

Featuring the original prints by the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, this exhibition offered a variety of images from the realistic to the abstract that incorporate many printmaking techniques. Also on display was a one-of-a-kind collaborative piece titled, “Beyond Boundaries” in which each artist created a drawing, painting, collage or print linked to another piece in the set. Viewed as a whole, it demonstrated how art can bring diverse individuals together.

Featured artists: Carrie Iverson, Deborah Maris Lader, Michael Goro, Steve Mueller

November 27-December 8, 2007; January 10-26, 2008

Sweet Joy: International Nativity Creches from the Marggraf, Potente and Unglaube Collections

This unique exhibition will highlight more than 40 nativity creches from the collections of Betty and Bruce Marggraf,  Gene and Joan Potente, and James and LaRue Unglaube. Crafted by many world renowned artists in wood, plaster, clay, metal, hand-blown glass and other media, these nativity creches represent many ethnic traditions depicting the Holy Family. From an elaborate and realistic creche from Germany to a Mayan Indian Nacimiento from Guatemala City, the universal theme of this much adored Christmas tableau will enchant all who visit this exhibit.


February 12-March 15, 2008

Three Contemporary Polish-American Artists: Robert Kameczura, Jadwiga Jarosiewicz, and Adam Rupniewski

Robert Kameczura is a Chicago-based artist of Polish descent. His paintings and drawings are colorful and theatrical images that narrate Shakespearian and other literary scenes. His love of music has a large influence on his highly romantic visions. Jadwiga Jarosiewicz is a Toronto-based artist, originally from Poland. Her paintings are elegant, painterly abstractions that include a poetic interweaving of words and text. Adam Rupniewski is a painter and installation artist based in Portland, Oregon, and originally from Poland. His paintings are passionate, semi-abstract, semi-figurative images that are highly evocative of musical and dance-like rhythms. This exhibition promises to be a very unique glimpse into the international art world.

April 1-May 10, 2008

Connections: Paintings by Joyce Owens

Joyce Owens, a professor of art at Chicago State University, has exhibited her work at Yale University, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Martin Luther King Complex in Columbus, Ohio, The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and The Chicago Cultural Center. Owens’ work was included in the book “African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond.” She is a figurative artist “who wants people to look beyond the outer layers of skin, and search the many levels of humanity and personality within. To look beyond masks — the many faces we all wear.” She creates images “that will inspire the viewer to re-evaluate limited perceptions of African Americans … to expand our senses, aesthetics and perspectives so that we might see how beautiful African Americans are; that we might understand and appreciate their everyday heroic acts; and we will come to see that they have been the pillars of our nation, our history, our culture.