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H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art

2011-12 Season

Dave Whamond, "Reality Check"Dave Whamond, "Reality Check"

Sept. 13-Nov. 5, 2011

One Fine Sunday in the Funny Pages

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

View the catalog for “One Fine Sunday in the Funny Pages”

This show will be a unique, one-of-a-kind collection of today’s comics, from the oldest, The Katzenjammer Kids and Gasoline Alley, to the newest, Dustin, and will be “a celebration of a quintessentially American Sunday pleasure.” One Fine Sunday in the Funny Pages will feature the original art of 140 different comic strips and panels that were published in newspapers on the same Sunday (April 11, 2010). Among the participating cartoonists in the exhibit are Fernando Ruiz’ Archie, Bill Amend’s FoxTrot, Carole & Jack Bender’s Alley Oop, Jan Eliot’s Stone Soup, Jerry Scott & Jim Borgamn’s Zits, John Hambrock’s Edison Lee, Dean Young & John Marshall’s Blondie, Patrick McDonnell’s Mutts, Leigh Ruben’s Rubes, Terri Libenson’s Pajama Diaries, Tom Batiuk & Funky Winkerbean’s Crankshaft, Paul Gilligan’s Pooch Cafe, Sandra Bell Lundy’s Between Friends, Norm Feuti’s Retail, and Scott Stantis’ Prickly City.

There will be a schedule of events related to this exhibit from Sept. 14-16.

Nov. 29, 2011-Dec. 16, 2011; Jan. 3-21, 2012

The International Nativity Creche Exhibition

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2012

The third International Nativity Crèche exhibit at Carthage College will include over 80 Nativity crèche sets and related paintings, fabric wall hangings, and sculptures that depict the theme of the Holy Family. As in the past exhibits, many countries will be represented in materials native to the area such as wood, metal, paper, cloth seeds, plant products, eggs, wax, and glass. This exhibition promises to enlighten the viewer on how people from around the world envision the Holy Family.


Feb. 2-March 16, 2012

Through Their Veins: Four Mexican Artists, Ricardo Gonzalez, Salvador Jimenez, Xavier Tavera and Maria Tomasula

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012

This exhibit will feature the works of five artists of Mexican/Chicano heritage who share a strong cultural vision. Works in painting, drawing, photography, video and installation highlight how identity, gender, family, community and political issues can generate images or objects of beauty, reveal cultural misperceptions, and illicit deep emotional response from the viewer. The artists in this exhibit present a complex portrait of Mexican and Chicano people.

Planned to coordinate with the Kenosha Big Read, co-sponsored by Carthage College., “Sun, Stone and Shadows; 20 great Mexican Short Stories” events in March 2012, this exhibition will offer a highly visual compliment to the literary riches to be found in theses short stories.

Artists will be present at the opening reception.


March 27-April 27, 2012

The Veterans Book Project

Reading Workshop, Opening Reception: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday March 27, 2012

The Veterans Book Project is a library of books authored collaboratively by artist Monica Haller and dozens of people who have been affected by, and have archives of, the current American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In their printed format, the books provide a place or “container” that slows down and materializes the great quantity of ephemeral image files that live on veterans’ hard drives and in their heads. Each book re-deploys volatile images with the aim of rearticulating and refashioning memories. It stands both independent of and in concert with the larger collection. The show will be exhibited as a reading room with tables and chairs and the books and an installation by the artist using voice and video.

Riley and his story sets the framework for the Veterans Book Project. Riley and his story (Onestar Press, 2009) was authored by Haller and veteran Riley Sharbonno from the hundreds of digital images Sharbonno shot while deployed in Iraq as a nurse at Abu Ghraib prison. Riley and his story came out of a four-year, opened-ended collaboration and established the framework for the Veterans Book Project.

This exhibition is funded by a Guggenheim Grant and will be co-sponsored by the Kenosha Public Museum and the University of Wisconsin at Parkside.

May 1-12, 2012

Senior Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions

Opening reception: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012

As part of their Senior Studio Art Thesis Seminar course, Carthage College Art Majors present a capstone exhibition of their work. This year the students will show in both the H.F.Johnson Art Gallery and Gallery B in two separate weeks. Various media, techniques and themes will be demonstrated.

The Art Department is proud to announce that the students and faculty will be present at the opening reception.