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Visual Art on Campus

 

Developing the Carthage Art Collection

In 2016 the College formed a group to take up the task of systematically acquiring and displaying art on campus. The group, DALI (Developing Art in the Library), was originally formed to cover the walls of Hedberg Library with art. The group has since expanded to include the Library and Archives, the Art Department, the Office of Communications, and Advancement. The Carthage Art Collection Committee is dedicated to procuring, inventorying, preservation, and promotion for art on campus. 

Desired outcomes of the Carthage Art Collection CommitteE

  • A comprehensive catalog of the visual art objects currently owned by the College
  • A reasonable appraisal of the value of visual art objects currently owned by the College
  • Appropriate insurance coverage
  • A budget proposal for needed facilities for art preservation
  • A budget proposal for art acquisition
  • A proposal for creating “named display spaces”
  • Proposals for special event art showings in conjunction with the Art Gallery and Art Department
  • A written policy regarding visual art collection, preservation, and display, including
    • Definition of a governing body (committee) to make decisions
    • A donation acceptance and de-accessioning policy
    • Standards for cataloging all college-owned visual art objects
    • A plan for the appropriate preservation of Carthage’s visual art objects, including facilities
    • Policies for the acquisition of student art - past and present
    • Policies for temporary display of student art
    • Policies for temporary display of other art

Current projects include creating an accessible inventory for campus art, a future art walk, and ongoing art collection policies for campus. 

Collection Policy and Procedure

Coming Soon.

Campus Art Installation Request

Please use this form to request the installation of Carthage-owned artwork.

Contact

Please contact Carol Sabbar at the Hedberg Library for questions or suggestions.

Locations of Visual Art on Campus

The College’s digital repository (DSpace) collects, preserves, and distributes digital material. This repository is an important tool for preserving our College’s legacy and to facilitate digital preservation and scholarly communication. An inventory of the visual art on campus is housed in DSpace. Click on the link below to look at the collections. Carthage’s Visual Art Inventory on DSpace.

Galleries and Displays

Campbell Student Union Student Art Gallery

The Campbell Student Union Student Art Gallery is located in the lobby outside of the Campbell Student Union Theatre. Gallery exhibitions are entirely student led.

David A Straz Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences

Visit the Science Center to see a mural by Paul Salsieder ’18. 

Visual performing Arts Laboratory (VPAL)

This spacious gallery within the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art is reserved for student exhibitions, and exhibitions curated by art history students. Student exhibitions are held constantly throughout the year, including an annual student show and senior exhibitions.  

H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art 

With an exhibition space of more than 1,700 square feet, the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art shows work by established and emerging contemporary artists in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison, and offers student exhibit space.

Hedberg Library

Hedberg Library houses Paul Salsieder’s ’18 first campus mural, Domains of Knowledge

Outdoor Sculpture

  • Figure, by Maureen Gray, located outside the H.F. Johnson Center for the Fine Arts.
  • A Learning Moment (aka the Lincoln statue), by Michael Martino, located in Sesquicentennial Plaza outside the A.W. Clausen Center for World Business.
  • Vortex, by Michael Young, located outside the north entrance of the Campbell Student Union.
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    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

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