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H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art

2012-13 Season

Allison Schulnik, "Mound," claymation digital video, 2011Allison Schulnik, "Mound," claymation digital video, 2011

Sept. 11-Nov. 17, 2012

All Good Things Become Wild and Free

Opening Reception: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

View the catalog for “All Good Things Become Wild and Free”

View Danny Orendorff’s website

Unconventional materiality, hand-wrought entities, and non-normative forms comprise this exhibition of contemporary artworks whose makers engage thematics explored within current identity-based theories of culture, art, and the everyday. Set loose from hierarchical classifications of art, craft, and design, All Good Things Become Wild and Free is an unrestrainedly chromatic showcase of outrage, Eros, affection, and irreverence. Emphasizing an eclectic cartel of artistic strategies and practices, this exhibition features 19 artists working in ceramics, Claymation, drawing and illustration, furniture-design, installation, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, textile, video, and ʻzines.

Featuring work by Tanya Aguiñiga, Brandon Anschultz, Mike Andrews, Claire Arctander, Claire Ashley, Elijah Burgher, Angela Ellsworth, Edie Fake, Jesse Harrod, Young Joon Kwak, Heeran Lee, William J. O’Brien, Rebecca Mir, Lorraine Peltz, Aay Preston-Myint, Allison Schulnik, Charlie Vinz, Allison Wade, and Saya Woolfalk

Curated by Danny Orendorff

Sanya Glisic, "Strange Mad Song," screenprint and woodcutSanya Glisic, "Strange Mad Song," screenprint and woodcut

Nov. 27-Dec. 14, 2012 & Jan. 8-26, 2013

Printy Fresh: Hot Off the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Presses

Note: Gallery is closed Dec. 15, 2012-Jan. 7, 2013
Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

The longest-running independent print shop in Chicago (founded in 1989), the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative provides artist/printmakers with a facility and community in which to pursue their work in a diverse range of media that includes etching, lithography, screen-printing, relief, letterpress and the book arts. Promoting the art of the handmade print through shop access, classes & workshops, lectures and exhibitions, the CPC also flings its ink both nationally and internationally, in shows from Paris to Kenosha, in order to inspire folks to carve a block or squish some color through a screen.

Featuring work in a range of print mediums by some of the most prolific printmakers in the region who work at the studio. Featured artists include Kim Laurel (collaged monotypes), Misha Goro (intaglio), Sanya Glisic (relief and silkscreen), Duffy O’Connor (mixed media intaglio), Megan Sterling (intaglio, silkscreen), Maria Sanchez (Relief and Letterpress), Hiroshi Ariyama (silkscreen), Alan Lerner (silkscreen), and Scott Westgard (etching, mezzotint and engraving). Lader’s prints will also be on exhibit (intaglio, lithography).

Curated by CPC Founder and Director Deborah Maris Lader


Anne Farley Gaines, "The Origin of Love: Gold, Silver, or Lead," 3 dimensional watercolor on paper, 2012Anne Farley Gaines, "The Origin of Love: Gold, Silver, or Lead," 3 dimensional watercolor on paper, 2012

Feb. 6-March 22, 2013

Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare: As They Like It

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013

This traveling exhibit contains works by 47 established Chicago area artists in almost all media and a wide range of styles, demonstrating that the poetry and magic of Shakespeare’s great works continue to remain relevant to artists of today. It includes paintings, drawings, prints, fabric, ceramic, and sculpture in various media. Some of the works are highly realistic depictions of Shakespeare’s themes, some illustrative and fanciful, others semi-abstract.

Curated by artist Anne Farley Gaines with the help of artists and assistant curators Robert Kameczura and Maureen Warren this ambitious exhibit includes art devoted to portraying Shakespeare’s most noted soliloquies, scenes, poetry, and characters. The 47 artists were selected for the high quality of their work and for the potential their work had in presenting Shakespeare’s tragic and comedic genius in a compelling manner.

Featuring work by Jose Agustin Andreu, Rene Arceo, Tim Arroyo, Sharon Bladholm, Carol Brookes, Keith Brownlee, Nancy Carrigan, Mario Castillo, Laura Coyle, Michael Ferris, Lynn Floriano, Chris Flynn, Jonathan Franklin, Anne Farley Gaines, Sheila Ganch, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Sergio Gomez, Fletcher Hayes, Alan Emerson Hicks, Preston Jackson, Robert Kameczura, Deborah Maris Lader, Kim Laurel, Richard Laurent, Carron Little, Renee McGinnis, James Mesple, BettyAnn Mocek, Geoffrey Novelli, Christine O’Connor, Joyce Owens, Corinne Peterson, Mary Porterfield, Michael Pugh, Phil Schuster, Charlotte Segal, Beth Shadur, Steven Sherrell, Lothar Speer, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, Michelle Stutts, Frank Tumino, Maureen Warren, Kathy Weaver, Christa Wellman, Marzena Ziejka, and Jill Zylke.


April 2-27, 2013

Of The Surface of Things: Art and Graphic Design Faculty Exhibition

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013

This exhibition features a variety of media, styles, techniques, and artistic philosophies of the studio art and graphic design faculty. As established professional artists with numerous awards and highly accomplished exhibition records, the studio art and graphic design faculty comprise a marvelous mixture of distinguished artists who manage to balance their dedication to teaching art with their life-long commitment to exploring, creating and exhibiting their own work. This exhibition will exemplify the range of scholarship in the visual arts at Carthage College.

Featuring work by Kimberly Greene, Diane Levesque, Jose Montoto, Laura Huaracha, Lisa Bigalke, Maria Ellen Hueber, Ryan Peter Miller, Amy Misurelli Sorenson, Sterling Allen Lawrence, Christalena Hughmanick, and Professor Emeritus Ed Kalke

The artists will attend the opening reception.


May 1-11, 2013

Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions

Opening Reception: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013

As part of their Senior Studio Art Thesis Seminar course, Carthage College Art Majors present a capstone exhibition of their work.

Featuring work by Alex Albright, Kayla Arbet, Joanna Cruey, Ruth Gawlik, Evan Milinac, Emily Nickel, Rebecca Peterson, and Jimmy Samargis will display works in various media, techniques and themes.