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H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art

Current Season

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

Sept. 6-Nov. 4, 2017

By: Tobey Albright


Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14
Video Screening: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5
Artist Lecture: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28

“Privates” is a curatorial installation from Chicago artists Nicole Mauser and Tobey Albright. Ms. Mauser, a painter working in the language of abstraction, and Mr. Albright, a freelance graphic designer, have prepared an exhibit of their private art collections. For “Privates”, the gallery functions as a viewing room, making public an aspect of the artist that is typically unknown. In the tradition of a museum rotating its collection, the installation manifests in multiple iterations throughout the run, providing insight into artists through the things they look at and possess.

Nov. 13-Dec. 15, 2017

The St. John's Bible

The Saint John’s Bible

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

Carthage College presents The Saint John’s Bible, a presentation of 25 prints on loan from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library. In coordination with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the illuminated pages of scripture feature embellishments of gold and platinum leaf, vibrant colors, and delicate calligraphy.

Jan. 8-March 2, 2018

Clear and Present

Clear and Present

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 11
Artist Lecture: 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28

“Clear and Present”, an exhibition of Tempe (Arizona) artist Kristin Bauer and Denver’s Paul Owen Weiner, dissects the visual vocabulary of language through a continuum of printed words from the concrete to the unknowable. Ms. Bauer’s sculptural assemblages layer text within strata of polymer pigment and plexiglass, creating visual abstractions, transferring new meaning into fixed language. In Mr. Weiner’s new work, prints of legislative documents and executive orders are framed under distressed and decimated glass surfaces, a redacted transparency inciting limitations of expression during times of duress.

March 12-April 20, 2018

At Home

At Home

Opening Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15
Artist Lecture: 5 p.m., Monday, March 19

Chicago artists Gwendolyn Zabicki and Anne Toebbe paint through the pat routines and relatable spaces of home life. With images reciting the daily tedium of chores and household activities, the substance of “At Home” is a reflection on social and anthropological constructs of our domiciliary spaces. The subtle wryness of Ms. Zabicki’s surfaces reflect upon the systemic congruency between cleaning a mirror and painting an image of that very same act. Ms. Toebbe’s deceptively flat paintings, drawings, and collages conflate complex compositional spaces from experience and memories of domestic settings.     

April 27-May 12, 2018

Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions

Opening Reception: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 28

As part of their Senior Studio Art Thesis Seminar course, Carthage art majors present a capstone exhibition of their work.

May 5, 2018

Fourth Annual Art Walk

Throughout campus, 1-4 p.m.

The Art Walk showcases the capstone projects of senior studio art and graphic design majors. Work will be displayed across campus in a variety of venues, so be sure to pick up a map.