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H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art

2016-17 Season

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

Sept. 7-Oct. 22, 2016

Surfacing: Josephine Durkin and Kristen Cochran

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

Josephine Durkin, Highlighter 8a, 2015Josephine Durkin, Highlighter 8a, 2015What is apparent upon casual consideration is distinct from the feelings or qualities that are not immediately obvious. “The material language of Josephine Durkin and Kristen Cochran is something I ‘know, that I do not know,’” says the exhibition’s guest curator Christopher Willey. There is a natural sympathy between the multimedia projects, installations, and videos created by these two artists who live and work Dallas, TX area. This collection of works will attempt to lay bare the intentions behind each of these projects. 



Oct. 31-Dec. 13, 2016

Lability: Amber Ginsburg, Autumn Higgins, Erin Furimsky, Pattie Chalmers, Tyler Lotz, and Sean O’Connell

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3
Please note: The gallery is closed Nov. 21-27 for Thanksgiving Break.

“Edge” by Amber Ginsburg, terra cotta and graphite, 2011-2016

“Edge” by Amber Ginsburg, terra cotta and graphite, 2011-2016

Curated by ceramic artist Leanne McClurg Cambric, the focus of the show will be on contemporary ceramic artists who use the wall as installation or display space for their work, bridging the two dimensional and three dimensional. Each artist challenges the substantiality of the ceramic form eschewing our expectations through their investigations in narrative overlay, decorative excess, repetition, formal expectations, and ideological representations. By extending outside the safer boundaries of a pedestal these works charge the emotional response and arouse the senses. Leanne McClurg Cambric will include a small signature piece.


Jan. 9-Feb. 25, 2017

The Kenosha/Racine Invitational Show

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

“Brownish Girl” by Lisa Marie Barber; ceramic; 46”h x 25”w x 29”d; 2016

“Brownish Girl” by Lisa Marie Barber; ceramic; 46”h x 25”w x 29”d; 2016

Social media such as Facebook and Instagram have changed how we are able to access and view the work of artists worldwide so that what was local has now become international. This new exhibit begins a survey of Kenosha and Racine artists who have regional and national exhibition records. It will also feature some undiscovered talents of all ages. All media and approaches will be represented.






March 6-April 22, 2017

What Remains is Dust: A Meditation on Family and Vanitas Educativa

New Works by Rebecca Keller

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9
Please note: The gallery is closed March 20-26 for Spring Break.

“Tabletop Objects with Powder” by Rebecca Keller“Tabletop Objects with Powder” by Rebecca KellerWhat Remains is Dust: A Meditation on Family
This poetic and multi-sensory installation developed out of Keller’s experience after the deaths of several family members. Unfolding and changing over time, and incorporating unusual materials and domestic objects, “What Remains is Dust” transcends Keller’s personal loss to engage the arc of memory, growth, joy and a meditation on what is left behind.

Vanitas Educativa 
In the midst of debates about schools, Keller uses artifacts of the classroom and discussions with teachers to create an installation that offers observations about education, and about the human beings who spend their lives committed to teaching. Vanitas Educativa draws on stories of commitment, frustration, and inspiration to create an installation that reminds us we are all in it together.

April 28-May 19, 2017

Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions

Opening Reception: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 6

Gina Sipka's “Unpredictability”Gina Sipka's “Unpredictability”Carthage presents the capstone exhibitions of the class of 2017’s Studio Art majors. The H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art will host two consecutive group exhibitions with variety of media on display: the first exhibition features work by artists Rebecca Fields, Coleton Keener, and Gina Sipka; the second exhibition features work by artists Maggie Damaschke, Autumn Gnabasik, Cody Iverson, and Amy Swanston. 

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