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H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art

2013-14 Season

University of Wisconsin-Parkside Art Professor Lisa Marie Barber created this ceramic sculpture, "Three Houses."University of Wisconsin-Parkside Art Professor Lisa Marie Barber created this ceramic sculpture, "Three Houses."


Sept. 10-Nov. 2, 2013

The Return of Rococo

Opening Reception: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013

View the catalog for “The Return of Rococo”

The concept of Rococo is reconsidered within a contemporary context in this exuberant exhibit of paintings, works on paper and ceramic sculpture. Surrounded by pastel tints and saturated hues, the burlesque figures and frolicking animals in Phyllis Bramson’s paintings act out dreamy and sometimes disturbing scenes amidst bits and pieces of decorative landscapes intermixed with kitsch and orientalism. T.L. Solien’s images intermix looping biomorphic forms with pop imagery. Lisa Marie Barber’s large ceramic figures are arranged in grotto-like settings that mimic a child-like urban world. Intentionally or coincidentally, the works in this exhibit all engage in a critique or dialogue with the highly charged imagery and the rich coloration reminiscent of the rococo style.

Featuring work by Phyllis Bramson, T.L.Solien and Lisa Marie Barber

Lori Nix, "Library," inkjet print, 2007Lori Nix, "Library," inkjet print, 2007

Nov. 12, 2013-Jan. 25, 2014

Curiosities and Things of Wonder

Note: Gallery is closed Nov. 23-Dec 2, 2013 and Dec. 14, 2013-Jan. 6, 2014
Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

View Shepherd Express article about the exhibit

To evoke and rekindle a sense of curiosity and wonder in the world is one manifestation of art. The works in this exhibit display all manner of curious and wonderful things. Beth Lipman’s blown-glass installation defies gravity as a tower of delicate glass fragments cascades from the ceiling to the floor of the gallery wall. Lori Nix’s photographs reveal minute worlds of spellbinding detail. Steven Jones’ vivid paintings of books suggest the allure of the imaginary worlds of literary invention. Stephanie Trenchard’s hand-cast glass sculptures depict fascinating compartments of delicate remembrances. Michael Velliquette’s vibrantly colored, hand-cut paper creatures are dynamic expressions of frantic energies. Betsy Youngquist’s mixed media sculptures of hybrid creatures, often part doll and part animal, are much like the strange things found in the cabinets of curiosities of old.

Featuring work by Beth Lipman, Lori Nix, Steve Jones, Stephanie Trenchard, Michael Velliquette, and Betsy Youngquist. The artists will be present at the opening reception.

Octaviano Rangle, "Untitled," acrylic on paper, 2004Octaviano Rangle, "Untitled," acrylic on paper, 2004

Feb. 6-March 21, 2014

Ebb and Flow

Opening Reception: 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014

The larger movements of the natural landscape are often depicted in art as symbolic notations for pastoral, sublime or utopian ideals. The more immediate sensations of touch, smell, sound and taste revive a specificity of place in the paintings and drawings of internationally known and award winning artists Judith Geichman from Chicago, and Octaviano Rangel from Mexico. Also featured are the sculpture installations of Jessica O’Hearn from Milwaukee. The works in this exhibit contain large gestures, pools of color, striations of gray, and layers of form that contribute to a poetics of ebb and flow.

Featuring work by Judith Geichman, Octaviano Rangel, and Jessica O’Hearn. The artists will be present at the opening reception.

Clarence Morgan, "Capriccio," acrylic, collage, and drawing on canvas over panel, 2013Clarence Morgan, "Capriccio," acrylic, collage, and drawing on canvas over panel, 2013

April 1-May 3, 2014

Chance Aesthetics

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014

Clarence Morgan and Zack Wirsum shared interest in the language of abstraction is also the starting point for their different approaches. Complex systems of patterns, geometric relationships and layering of line are employed by both artists. While a “chance aesthetics “ or randomness and unpredictability, as Clarence Morgan writes about his work, demarcates how the works are both viewed and interpreted, the figures entangled in Zack Wirsum’s work open the possibility for free association within the specific visual cues of abstraction. Clarence Morgan is a Professor of art at the Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota. Internationally renown, Morgan has received numerous grants and fellowships from the Bush Foundation Grant, The Jerome Foundation and The McKnight Foundation. Zack Wirsum is a Chicago artist with regional, national and international exhibits. His work is represented by Jean Albano Gallery in Chicago.

Featuring work by Clarence Morgan and Zack Wirsum. The artists will attend the opening reception.

Carolyn Griffith, "Magically Delicious," colored marker on Yupo, 2013Carolyn Griffith, "Magically Delicious," colored marker on Yupo, 2013

May 7-16, 2014

Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions

Opening Reception: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014

As part of their Senior Studio Art Thesis Seminar course, Carthage College Art Majors present a capstone exhibition of their work in the H.F.Johnson Gallery of Art and Gallery B. Works in a variety of media will be featured by Sarah Becker, Katy Denton, Merry Gilly, Kerri Hoehn, Clayton Irwin, Jennifer Perdzock, Jessica Rinka, Jena Thomas, and Carlston Swarthout.

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