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H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art

2015-16 Season

All exhibitions and opening receptions are free and open to the public.

Sept. 9-Nov. 14, 2015

Articulate Visions: The Convergence of Art and Science

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17

Ku-mie Kim, <em>Empress Lotus</em>, 2011Ku-mie Kim, Empress Lotus, 2011Botanical illustration is a delicate and graceful art that delights the eye while informing the mind. This selection of works by the Reed-Turner Group consists of botanical artists guided by the parameters and goals of the American Society of Botanical Artists. As stated in their mission statement, the Reed-Turner Botanical Group “works to further the interests of botanical art, conservation science, botany, and horticulture at the local level. And to emphasize the beauty and importance plants play in our lives by educating, promoting, and exhibiting members’ work in collaboration with local institutions. The group has been in existence for three years and meets at the Reed-Turner Preserve.”

Featuring work by Beverly Behrens, Maureen Claps, Dolores Diaz, Fran Kelly, Sandy Kessel, Heeyoung Kim, Ku-mie Kim, Barb Klaas, Eileen LaBarre, Claudia Lane, Ann Lesciotto, Celine Lillie, Christina Lovering, Lyndsay Murphree, Ramiro Prudencio, Lynne Railsback, Charlene Riffer, Carol Jean Rogalski, Barbara Rose, Carole Schumacher, Serna Sheridan, Jane Sturgeon, Sue Widell, and Jacqueline Willrich.


Nov. 30-Dec. 15, 2015; Jan. 5-23, 2016

Material Sustenance: Carthage College Art and Graphic Design Faculty Exhibit

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4
Please note: The gallery is closed Dec. 16-Jan. 4 for Christmas Break.

Diane Levesque, <em>Pluck From The Memory A Rooted Sorrow</em>, 2015Diane Levesque, Pluck From The Memory A Rooted Sorrow, 2015This triennial exhibit highlights the work created by the art and graphic design department faculty, while presenting a variety of media, styles, techniques, and artistic philosophies. As established professional artists with numerous awards and highly accomplished exhibition records, the studio art 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. The exhibition will exemplify the range of scholarship in the visual arts at Carthage College.

Featuring: Lisa Bigalke, Chad Bridgewater, Kimberly Greene, Laura Huaracha, Professor Emeritus Ed Kalke, Diane Levesque, Angela Lopez, Ryan Peter Miller, Jose Montoto, Jared Patton Plock, Neil Subel, and Suzanne Torres.


Feb. 2-March 19, 2016

Throes of Progress II: Kathy Weaver, Jacqueline Moses and Dominic Sansone

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Kathy Weaver, <em>Panopticon</em>, 2014Kathy Weaver, Panopticon, 2014

For generations, society’s architects have manufactured massive industrial techno-scapes that rapidly displaced any previous world that stood in the way. Surely it was for the best, for intellectual and economic advancement, they reasoned, as they justified this unchecked growth by calling every venture “progress.”

Yet, what if “progress” no longer implies improvement, but violation? And so we are left to lament the loss of what we can scarcely remember in detail: a community of vital selves in a vital place.

Featuring: Jacqueline Moses, Kathy Weaver, and Dominic Sansone.


March 28-April 29, 2016

Rare Fruits & Tall Tales: Jerry Belland, Kay Knight and Eric Penington

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31

Jerry Belland, <em>Memorial Drive</em>, 2015Jerry Belland, Memorial Drive, 2015The human figure has offered a vast repertoire for symbolic, expressive and analogical imagery in the visual arts. Any museum will tell the tale of the significant role that the human form has played throughout the history of art. The three artists in this exhibit utilize the figure in quite varied capacities. Jerry Belland employs a comic mode to convey a satiric social commentary that exposes our human frailties. Kay Knight depicts the ruins of the spaces we inhabit juxtaposed against a decorative background that accentuates the possibility of individual and collective loss of identity. Eric Penington embeds the figure within a veiled and semi-abstract structure. Together, they reveal the rare and unique stories as conveyed through the human form.

Artists will be attending the opening.


May 2-14, 2016

Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions

Opening Reception: 1-4 p.m. Saturday May 7

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. Featuring works by Danielle Egolf, Bria Haley, Cody Iverson, Mayuko Kawashima, and Peter Sproule.

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

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