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H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art

2014-15 Season

Elissa Farrow-Savos “Brave New Girl”. Polymer, oil paint, found objects, 2014.Elissa Farrow-Savos “Brave New Girl”. Polymer, oil paint, found objects, 2014.

Sept. 9-Oct. 25, 2014

A Re-Visioning: New Works in Polymer

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18

Special Racine Art Museum Reception: 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18

View the catalog for “A Re-Visioning”

Over the past thirty years, artists all over the world discovered the almost unlimited capacity polymer holds for mimicking any surface, material or surface effect. As a result, we are witnessing the birth of a new fine craft and art medium recognized by museums such as the Racine Art Museum and The Boston Museum of Fine Arts. This exhibit highlights new works by master artists and innovators who inspire others to re-vision the possibilities in this medium.

This exhibit is a collaborative event with the Racine Art Museum’ s Polymer 2.0: The Field in the 21st Century, RAM’s Polymer Symposium at Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine, Wisconsin from Friday, October at the opening reception. 

Featuring work by Judy Belcher, Leslie Blackford, Jana Roberts Benzon, Heather Campbell, Rachel Carren, Dan Cormier, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Meredith Dittmar, Kathleen Dustin, Elissa Farrow- Savos, Rachel Gourley, Alev Gozonar, Lindly Haunani, Tory Hughes, Emily Squires Levine, Maggie Maggio, Wendy Wallin Malinow, Laurie Mika, Sarah Shriver, Laura Tabakman, Cynthia Tinapple, Cynthia Toops, Melanie West, Phil Whitman and Elise Winters

Cindy Garcia, “God's Gift to Me Was Dad,” 2011.Cindy Garcia, “God's Gift to Me Was Dad,” 2011.

Nov. 6-Dec. 13, 2014

A Soft Touch: The Lighthouse Quilter’s Guild Exhibit

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6

Creativity as it is expressed through touch is notable in functional craft works such as ceramics and textiles. Often it is the very utilitarian requirement of these media throughout material culture that has allowed experimentation in form and color that some have compared to abstract art in the mid-20th century.

The art and craft of quilt making as practiced today by the members of The Lighthouse Quilter’s Guild of Racine provides a glimpse into the ways in which traditional quilt patterns or contemporary abstract or figurative imagery are used to generate engagement with form and color. This invitational exhibit represents a selection of works from more than 122 members of the Lighthouse Quilter’s Guild, a nonprofit organization formed in 1981 and accepted as a chapter in the National Quilting Association in 1998.

Featuring: Pat Barry, Stevie Breit, Regina Scott Brooks, Retta Falaschi, Mary Ann Fehl, Cindy Garcia, Gayle L. Gottfredsen, Shirley Graham, Darlene Heiden, Cecilia Johnson, Judy Stapleman Kroes, Sandra L. Kruppstadt, Janet A. Kuhl, Autumn Latimore, Patricia Smith Limburg, Mary E. Piper, Marie Raymond, Rachel Riley, Maria Rivest, Rhonda L. Rodero, Ruth Rohlfing, Sue Scheckel, Christy Schliesmann, Mary Kay Shimkus, Kathy Simon, LuWayne Snow, Jeanne E. Steidtman, Betty Ekern Suiter, Jacky Tomkins, Barbara E. Vallone, Pauline Verbrugge, T.C. Wiley.

Poor Monica!, by Tricia Holt. Digital photographic print on adhesive backed polypropylene; 30” x 40” (2014).Poor Monica!, by Tricia Holt. Digital photographic print on adhesive backed polypropylene; 30” x 40” (2014).

Jan. 6-March 8, 2015

Clique: Trisha Holt, Dina Kelberman and Jordan Tate

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Guest curators Marco Rosichelli and Ryan Peter Miller present a select group of photographers known for their contemporary assertion of the pictorial medium into performance, sculpture, and interactive displays. Clique, phonetically referencing the sharp mechanical sound of the camera shutter, is an innovative subgroup of artists expanding the photographic medium into the 21st century.

Paul Salsieder: Nebula 4. Oil on canvas, 2015.Paul Salsieder: Nebula 4. Oil on canvas, 2015.

March 16-April 2, 2015

The Annual Carthage College Juried Student Art Show

Opening Reception: 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015

This yearly art exhibit features Carthage student works specially juried by a guest artist or art critic, works are selected for quality and creativity in a variety of media. Awards are presented, for works including Best of Show and a special Purchase Award.




Mary England '15 created this illustration for her graphic novel.Mary England '15 created this illustration for her graphic novel.

April 13-15, May 1-16, 2015

Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions

Opening Receptions: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, and Saturday May 9

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. Works in a variety of media will be featured by Emma Barclay, Mary England, Amber Ericksmoen, Amelia Gear, Meghan Johns, Cheryl Pelka, Jennifer Kuss, Meaghan Cusack, Mitchell Morgan, and Anne Rowell. The artists will be present at the opening reception.