2019 Exhibition Schedule

2019 Exhibition Schedule

We have a fun filled and exciting year of exhibitions planned for you. Click any of the buttons below to learn more about each art exhibition. We can’t wait to see you in the gallery!

Celeb-foodies - Famously Delicious | Kira Hovanec (August 2 - 31st, 2019)

Celeb-foodies – Famously Delicious | Kira Hovanec (August 2 – 31st, 2019)

No one ever said art has to be serious — nor does it have to have some intense conceptual meaning. Our next artist on display Kira Hovanec, enjoys having fun and her work is a reflection of that. It’s the feeling of being pleasantly caught off guard by a moment of “aha” followed by the comfort of a favorite food. What could be better? This is the experience she wants to give viewers because this is the experience she has when creating her work.

Her art is somewhere between not using a cookie cutter and still being able to tell it’s a cookie. She uses people and foods that are familiar but just enough to leave some mystery in figuring out the pun. After all, what fun would it be if they were all a piece of cake, just?

Arthaus Projects, a community-oriented, non-profit art space located in downtown Williamsport, is excited to announce the opening of “Celebfoodies – Famously Delicious” a new exhibition showcasing the work of Kira Hovanec. The exhibition opens Friday, August 2nd from 6 – 9pm, and is on display until Saturday, August 31st.

About the Artist

Kira Hovanec is an artist born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania where her love of art started at a very young age. With the technical guidance from her father, sense of wonder and whimsy from her mother and the confidence to make anything happen from her brother, Kira works to share a piece of her own world with all through her artwork. From an early age, Kira’s skills were developed mostly through self-reliance until her college years spent at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in studio art. Now residing and working in her new home of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, her work transcends a multitude of mediums and subjects but she always seems to find her way back to working with her favorites; food and puns.  

A New Showcase of Works by ClockWorkBox (September 6 - 28th, 2019)

A New Showcase of Works by ClockWorkBox (September 6 – 28th, 2019)

 

Tiny Death: Small works by Mike Egan (October 4 - 26th, 2019)

Tiny Death: Small works by Mike Egan (October 4 – 26th, 2019)

Un Dead - A Special Project Exhibition by Johnny Romeo (November 1 - 30th, 2019)

A Special Project Exhibition by Johnny Romeo (November 1 – 30th, 2019)

Is This It... (December 6, 2019 - December 21, 2019)

Is This It… (December 6, 2019 – December 21, 2019)

CENSORED: The art show they didn't want you to see (January 4 - February 9, 2019)

CENSORED: The art show they didn’t want you to see | Danielle Sander

January 4 – February 9, 2019

Art and Censorship have a long and complicated history. While some artists make it part of their mission to push the boundaries of societal norms, most artists simply believe that their work is sacred and a true form of expression that transcends any limitations put on other parts of society. While the boundary pushing artists commonly receive headlines about their controversial works, many artists that are simply expressing themselves have their artwork censored in one way or another by the exhibition space. Reasons for the censorship vary with some galleries having personal standards of acceptability while other times the exhibitors are forced to censor based on public reaction.

Fortunately, most artists in Central Pennsylvania have not been forced to experience censorship. Whether this is due to the region’s acceptance of challenging art or the lack of major media sources that can incense public reaction is up for debate. Unfortunately, a recent exhibition by an emerging artist from Lock Haven was censored as the works were deemed inappropriate for the establishment in which they were exhibited. Believing that art should not be censored, Arthaus Projects will exhibit the works by emerging artist Danielle Sander as they were meant to be displayed. “CENSORED: The Art Show They Didn’t Want You to See” will be on display from January 4 – February 9, 2019. An opening reception is planned for the First Friday in January, from 6 – 9 pm.

This show features a storyline of painful emotions, disturbing memories and troubling hardships, but expressed through a vibrancy of illuminating colors instead of a dark-muted palette.  Creating works that showcase the depths of the artists misfortunes, she has experienced healing and more understanding into her own darkness.

Danielle has been drawing since a young age, but after starting at Lock Haven University, she has been given opportunities to explore mediums she never once used.  She has always gravitated towards two-dimensional art, but now applying her artistic abilities into three-dimensional works, she have another outlet for personal expression.

Though the work may be grotesque in nature, we want to open the discussion regarding censorship of art in our region. We hope that you come see “CENSORED: The Art Show They Didn’t Want You to See” to experience the full show as intended by Danielle Sander.

About the Artist

Danielle Sander is a senior at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania majoring in the fine arts.  Danielle has achieved numerous recognitions for her artworks and she was awarded the Presidential Purchase Award in 2016.  After graduation, she will be pursuing her Master’s in the Fine Arts.\

Danielle is drawn to artists who use art as catharsis, an outlet for personal healing.  Her objective is to produce artworks that reject the concept of being traditionally pretty.  By channeling her own reality into her creations and using symbolism to help communicate the message, Danielle has developed a unique style.  Danielle embraces this freedom to exhibit the rawness of our harsh culture, but while using a vibrant palette to help create juxtaposition. She wants her artworks to be approachable through the vibrancy, but then shed light on issues we face in our unsympathetic civilization.  Recognizing that silence exemplifies powerlessness within our own society, Danielle’s focus is to create beautifully disturbing works of art.

About Arthaus Projects

Arthaus Projects is fostering creativity through contemporary fine art. Inspired by the Staatliches Bauhaus (commonly known as Bauhaus), a German art school that famously combined crafts and fine arts teaching with an emphasis on design, Arthaus Projects strives to make fine, contemporary art accessible to the local community. More than that, Arthaus Projects seeks to provide community education through exhibitions, colloquia and collaborative projects. Arthaus Projects takes a project-based approach to our exhibitions combining interactive exhibits (such as artist talks and live demonstrations) with traditional gallery installations.

So why Arthaus Projects? Because a gallery doesn’t define what we are going to do for the Williamsport arts scene. As a community resource, Arthaus Projects will provide greater career opportunities in the arts for students, emerging artists and established artists that promote innovative, contemporary ideas. In order to do this, we do need your help, because Arthaus Projects is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Arthaus Projects will continue the legacy of Converge Gallery but push us into a brand new direction. We are more than just hanging pretty pictures on the wall. We’re the next stage in the evolution of the Lycoming County Arts Scene

The Osrynn Tales: A fantasy comic (February 15 - 25, 2019)

The Osrynn Tales: A fantasy comic
Jeff Foulsham
(February 15 – 25, 2019)

Arthaus Projects, a community oriented non-profit art space located in downtown Williamsport, is excited announce the opening of a one week special pop up exhibition highlighting the concept art and launch of The Osrynn Tales, a creator owned comic series by local artist Jeff Foulsham. The Osrynn Tales: A fantasy comic by Jeff Foulsham will be on display from February 15 – 29, 2019. An opening reception is planned for Friday, February 15th, from 6 – 9 pm.

About the Artist
Jeff Foulsham, is an Illustrator, Comic Book Artist/Writer, and Freelance Artist. Foulsham graduated from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration and 2D Art. While there he learned how to use many mediums from traditional media like oils, watercolors, and charcoal to digital programs such as Adobe Photoshop. His personal goal in art is to entertain. It is a hard life for many people and Foulsham simply seeks to provide some escapism for those who need some levity in their days.

Currently, Foulsham is working on the first story arc of his creator owned comic called The Osrynn Tales. The book is based on many of your standard fantasy tropes from sources such as Dungeons and Dragons, World of Warcraft, and Warhammer. Over the last ten years Foulsham has used the Osrynn setting as the focus of his tabletop role playing games, building world history and developing the fantasy themes into one cohesive vision. It is Foulsham’s sincere hope that over the course of this comic book the reader will have a few laughs and maybe even shed a tear for your favorite character once in a while.

About Arthaus Projects
Arthaus Projects is fostering creativity through contemporary fine art. Inspired by the Staatliches Bauhaus (commonly known as Bauhaus), a German art school that famously combined crafts and fine arts teaching with an emphasis on design, Arthaus Projects strives to make fine, contemporary art accessible to the local community. More than that, Arthaus Projects seeks to provide community education through exhibitions, colloquia and collaborative projects. Arthaus Projects takes a project-based approach to our exhibitions combining interactive exhibits (such as artist talks and live demonstrations) with traditional gallery installations.

So why Arthaus Projects? Because a gallery doesn’t define what we are going to do for the Williamsport arts scene. As a community resource, Arthaus Projects will provide greater career opportunities in the arts for students, emerging artists and established artists that promote innovative, contemporary ideas. In order to do this, we do need your help, because Arthaus Projects is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Arthaus Projects will continue the legacy of Converge Gallery but push us into a brand new direction. We are more than just hanging pretty pictures on the wall. We’re the next stage in the evolution of the Lycoming County Arts Scene

Don't Feed the Artists (March 1 - 30th, 2019)

Often times we take for granted the painstaking process many artists take when they approach a blank canvas. Once the work is on display we are quick to dismiss it as good or bad art, or can be as critical as to say “My kid could do that.” What if we had an exhibit where the works on display were made right before your eyes and you could see the process and rework that happens as an artist battles the canvas? Coming to Arthaus Projects in March we will be doing just that. We are inviting a select number of artists and good friends to come to the gallery on opening night and create during the opening. The gallery will be lined with blank canvases and artists are asked to work in the designated “studio spaces” to create what inspires them that evening. Once complete, the works will be exhibited among the remaining blank canvases and artists are encouraged to come back and tackle the other canvases until the gallery display is complete.

Works will be priced as follows: 5×7 ($40), 12×12 ($75), 18×24 ($125). Artists receive 50% from the sale of their piece.

Canvases, brushes, and acrylic paints will be provided by Arthaus Projects. All other materials, if needed, are to be provided by the artist. Use the form at https://www.arthausprojects.com/dont-feed-the-artists/ to sign up!

 

Extensions (Intensions) | Vance McCoy (April 5 - 27th, 2019)

Extensions (Intensions) | Vance McCoy (April 5 – 27th, 2019)

Arthaus Projects, a community oriented non-profit art space located in downtown Williamsport, is excited announce the opening of “Extensions (Intensions)” a new  exhibition showcasing the work of Associate Professor Vance McCoy. The exhibition opens Friday, April 5th from 6 – 9pm, and is on display until Saturday, April 27th.

About the Artist

Vance McCoy is a native of Pennsylvania. In 1984, He received his BFA in ceramics at PSU, where he was encouraged by renowned ceramic artists, David Dontigny, James Stephenson, and Berry Matthews to pursue a career in the visual arts. From 1985 to 1988, McCoy was engaged as an Artist-in-Resident, sponsored by the Margret Waldron Foundation in Muncy, Pa.

During that same period, he also participated in the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
Apprenticeship program creating 2D and 3D works incorporating methodologies developed by Henry Chapman Mercer. In 1990, McCoy received his MFA in ceramic sculpture at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. During his graduate experience at Tyler, McCoy was mentored by several internationally celebrated artists, Nicholas Kripal and Robert Winokur, and acclaimed painter, David Hannah. In 2000, McCoy was afforded the exceptional opportunity to work with Prof. Chris Staley, a distinguished Professor of the Visual Arts at PSU. That same year, McCoy completed additional advanced-degree graduate credits from the University of Tennessee at the Arrowmount School of Arts and Crafts.

In 1992, McCoy began his teaching career as an adjunct instructor at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. That same year, He accepted a position at Lock Haven University, where he is presently an Associate Professor, and the primary instructor in sculpture, pottery, materials and techniques, and the history of Modern Art.

McCoy has been a board member of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACLU since 2002, and an advocate and fundraiser for the non-profit H.E.L.P. for Pets of Clinton County, Pa.

Artist Statement:

The work, extensions (intensions), is my response to several literary works I’ve read over the past few months.   Beginning with Fyodor Dostoevsky. Notes from the Underground, D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterly’s Lover, Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird, and, most recently, Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf.  Questioning narratives that explore varying aspects of the human condition; specifically, the perpetually unresolved, or more decidedly, the contradictory nature of being.  These works were my springboard that lead to the making of this series of paintings. My sculptures are also intended to be an exploration of the formal contradictions and tensions between seemingly opposing, and therefore, complementary elements.

The work, by design, is an exercise in the representation of the merging of the insubstantial with the concrete; to explore the fluidity of color in relation to geometric shape and gestural line; to ultimately, find harmony through discordant imagery.  I seek to investigate the bonding and necessary relationships between opposing concepts. Translating those ideas visually to reveal a sense of oneness through opposition, to hopefully, create delicacy of movement combined with moments of force.

And yet,

There’s no getting around it, it’s about me.  It’s about the process. It’s about working intuitively, developing imagery that speaks to me.  A manifestation, a continuation, an extension of me; a personal dialogue with color, shape, and line.

"Suspended Embrace" featuring Techne Winner Cindy Lu (May 3 - June 1, 2019)

Arthaus Projects, a community-oriented, non-profit art space located in downtown Williamsport, is excited to announce the opening of “Suspended Embrace” a new exhibition showcasing the work of Techne winner Cindy Lu. The exhibition opens Friday, May 3rd from 6 – 9pm, and is on display until Saturday, June 1st.

This project addresses the ~68 million refugees and migrants worldwide, and stems from seeing footage of aid workers wrapping emergency blankets around the shoulders of newly-arrived refugees. The tenderness of that momentary act of embrace and the temporary warmth provided by the thin material seemed to offer a brief reprieve from an uncertain future, given the growing backlash against those seeking safety beyond the borders of their homeland. This series of work explores the tension between the temporary and the permanent, the fragile and the resilient, and seeks to prolong or suspend the moment of embrace.  

About the Artist

Cindy Lu is a former scientist and has been making art full-time since 2017. Drawing from her many years of experience as a research scientist, her approach towards art generally emphasizes process and focuses on experimentation with materials and techniques. The same fundamental interests motivate both her scientific and artistic pursuits – just as her scientific work focused on morphogenesis (how organisms or parts of an organism develop into various forms or shapes) and neurobiology, her artwork uses materiality and transforming spatial forms to try to capture intermediate states of processes that are in flux, or to reflect some instability or tension that is unresolved. This includes shifting mental or sensory states, social interactions, and societal transformations. You can see more of Lu’s work at https://www.cindylu.art/ and https://www.instagram.com/cindyluart/

Paper, Pigment & Rock Performances featuring Nels Jacobson (June 7 - 29th, 2019)

Gig posters have played a part in the promotion of rock music for about as long as rock and roll has been around and their importance is not limited to advertising. Since at least the 1960s rock posters, quite apart from the performances that spawned them, have been revered and collected as valuable in their own right—because a powerful gig poster is capable of more than simply publicizing an upcoming concert. It can take on a life of its own as a singular piece of art or an iconic commemorative trophy.

And now, particularly in the digital age, it is more apparent than ever that there is something pure and potent in a gig poster. There is something about posters that satisfies a primordial need to touch the rough edges of our totems—to hold them in our hands and to display them in places of honor. Objects such as these can’t be replaced by digital representations—ghost images that disappear when the power fails. Rather, it’s precisely because they possess form and substance that tangible posters have the ability to anchor us physically to a specific concert in time and space. In this way the tactile magic of the humblest black and white handbill—the sensuous physicality of simple ink on paper—transcends the performance event itself. Long after the last notes have faded and the stage lights have gone dark, rock posters live on as physical connections to the bands, the performances, the audiences, and the fleeting alchemy that bound them all together for a time. It is my hope that at least a few of the posters I’ve created over the years have done more than merely inspire music fans to attend concerts, but that they also have provided real-world, pigment-on-paper portals to fondly remembered performances.

Arthaus Projects, a community-oriented non-profit art space located in downtown Williamsport, is excited to announce the opening of “Paper, Pigment & Rock Performances” a new exhibition showcasing the work of Nels Jacobson. The exhibition opens Friday, June 7th from 6 – 9pm, and is on display until Saturday, June 29th.

About the Artist(s)

Nels Jacobson has been researching, writing about, and creating rock poster art for almost 40 years. In the late 1970s he moved from Chicago to Austin, Texas where he served as manager at Club Foot, a music venue featuring local bands and touring acts such as U2, REM, James Brown, and BB King. One of best parts of his job was commissioning gig-poster designs from veteran Texas artists Guy Juke, Micael Priest, and others. He had been admiring and collecting their work since moving to town, and soon he was trying his hand at creating posters himself. After leaving Club Foot he founded Jagmo Studios, a design firm specializing in graphic art for the music industry. Over the course of the next 15 years, Jacobson worked with almost every Austin band, music promoter, and venue—hand drawing or hand cutting his designs in the tradition of the San Francisco and Texas poster artists of the 1960s and 1970s. He used markers and x-acto blades for the simple sketches and collages he began with but by the mid-1980s he was crosshatching, stippling, and lettering with a rapidograph.

Jacobson was art director for South by Southwest (SXSW) during its first six years, designing the original logo and posters. He helped organize a cultural exchange tour to the Soviet Union in 1987, designed the poster, and accompanied the performers to Helsinki, Leningrad, Moscow, and Kiev.

He has written and lectured extensively on art and legal topics—presenting his paper “Art of Rock and Roll” at the Entertainment Law Institute in Dallas in 2014, presenting his paper “Art Laws and Outlaws: Legal Issues in Music Graphics” during SXSW 2015, and contributing the essay “Colorful Tales and Early Techniques” to Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982, published by the University of Texas Press. His poster work has been featured in other books as well, including Art of Modern Rock: The Poster ExplosionSWAG 2: Rock Posters of the ‘90s and Beyond;Rock Paper Show: Flatstock Volume One; and the French volume Rock Poster Art: Sérigraphies de Concert. His posters are archived at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and can be viewed at www.jagmo.com. For several years Jacobson served on the packaging GRAMMY committees for the Texas and San Francisco Chapters of the Recording Academy. He is a board member of The Rock Poster Society and a founding board member of both the South Austin Popular Culture Center and the American Poster Institute.

 

Re-Purposed - our 4th Annual Juried Exhibition (July 5 - 27th, 2019)

Repurposed – a juried exhibition focused on the adaptive reuse of materials for arts sake. (July 5 – 27th, 2019)

Arthaus Projects, a community oriented non-profit art space located in downtown Williamsport, is excited announce the theme for their fourth annual juried exhibition “Repurposed.” “Repurposed” is a juried exhibition focused on the adaptive reuse of materials for arts sake. Participating artists are asked to create an original piece of artwork that utilizes some sort of found object, or unusual recycled medium as the base for the piece. Examples include (but are not limited to) books, windows, or any use of non traditional materials in the creation of a piece. The goal should be to create something beautiful out of materials that might have wound up in the landfill. This is a juried visual art competition and exhibition that is open to two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and digital artists working in any medium except performance art. There is no age restriction (under 18 year old applicants will need a parent or guardian’s consent and signature on the back of the entry form to apply). Work may not exceed the size of 35″ wide x 82″ high unless it can be broken down and re-assembled within the gallery. Jurors Include: Matthew Zarzyczny, Kurt Herrmann, Paul McGinn, and Joel Ryder Awards: First Prize: $250 and a 2020 exhibition at Arthaus Projects Second Prize: $150 Third Prize: $75 All entries that are not selected for the exhibition will be displayed as part of an online exhibition on the Arthaus Projects website. For more information or to submit an entry, please visit https://arthausprojects.com/repurposed/ Calendar: April 27th: Postmark deadline for receiving images May 17th/18th: Notification e-mailed June 15th: Deadline for received works July 5th: Exhibition Opening 6-9pm July 5th: Award Presentation 7:30 pm July 27th: Exhibition ends August 9th: Starting date for return of works October 15th: Last day to pick up works

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2018 Exhibition Archives

We had an incredible year filled with art in 2018. Click any of the buttons below to learn more about each art exhibition. 

New Beginnings (January 5 - February 10)

New Beginnings

A Group Exhibition Sampling All 2018 Artists

January 5 – February 10

“New Beginnings” is the inaugural exhibition of the newly formed Arthaus Projects, a 501(c)(3) non-profit art hub. “New Beginnings” will showcase a few pieces from each of the seven planned exhibitions for 2018. Exhibitions for the year include “Transformations” which is a dual exhibition by Kurt Herrmann and Tom Svec, highlighting the work and influence of mutual mentor Bill Foster; “Under Pressure” a group printmaking exhibition with hands on demonstrations; “Trophic Eggs” a solo exhibition by Mark Loughney; “Techne” our annual juried exhibition examining art and science; “A Diary of Bodily Pain” by “Zeitgeist” winner Frank Locke; “Notes from The Underground” a group exhibition examining art communities, curated by Johnny Romeo; and “Keystone” a showcase of Pennsylvania Contemporary artists.

This group exhibition exemplifies the gallery mission of making innovative, contemporary artwork accessible to those in Central Pennsylvania. It is a great way to plan your year and see a wide variety of works in person while meeting some of the exhibiting artists.

The opening reception for “New Beginnings” will be held on Friday, January 5th from 6-9pm. Several artists featured in 2018 will be in attendance during the opening. The exhibition runs from January 5th – February 10th, 2018 at Arthaus Projects (former Converge Gallery) in downtown Williamsport.

Transformations (February 16 - March 31)
Where creative endeavor is concerned, the evolution of artists, such as one might encounter in the study of art history can seem random and somewhat abstract. Direct influence is sometimes hard to establish, sometimes difficult for artists to embrace. Generally speaking, such activities are left to the art historians who delineate them according to their own set of observations and impressions.

Both Kurt Herrmann and I studied with Bill Foster at Lock Haven University. ( It was still Lock Haven State College when I was there in the 70″s). Kurt was a fine arts major, I was a liberal arts major. Kurt wanted to establish himself as a studio artist from the start. I gravitated toward the art department late in my academic career in pursuit of a degree in design – specifically furniture design.

It is not always the norm that a professor of art will have been an outstanding studio artist, energetic and ambitious in pursuit of his or her creative vision. It is also not the norm that such a person would also be an outstanding teacher. Not only was William Foster an outstanding teacher but he was able to separate his own artistic style from those of his students while maintaining a valid artistic critique.

Mentoring is a human art the basis of which is the suppression of ones ego to the point where constructive criticism can be rendered. Without critique, one can seldom move forward effectively in any creative undertaking. Mentoring in the case of Bill Foster involved not only moral support and constructive criticism but also actual monetary support. Bill owned our work. We became lifelong friends in the bargain.

As a group, we represent three different generations of creative undertaking. Bill started his undergraduate studies in the late forties, graduating from Columbia University with an MFA in fine art in the early fifties. His mature work, his transformations as he called them, began to take shape in the mid to late fifties and evolved on into the 80’s

I graduated in 1979 and established a furniture design workshop and studio shortly thereafter. From that point to the present, designing and building furniture has been my sole occupation.

Kurt graduated in 1996 with a BFA from LHU. He and I worked together for a number of years building furniture while he set about the task of establishing a studio. In about 2000 he established himself as a full-time studio artist.

It is hoped that within the purvey of this exhibit one might get an idea of creative evolution by three people interconnected by education and creative proximity. That we were all good friends, respected each other’s creativity, and were able to share those attributes across three generations encompassing the late forties through the present will, I hope, make for a thought provoking and entertaining exhibit. Transformations.

Under Pressure (April 6 - May 12)
Printmaking is over 5000 years old, with the earliest examples coming from the Sumerians who used cylindrical carved stone seals to make impressions on wet clay. Throughout history since then, printmaking has had a large impact on human civilization by increasing the speed, accessibility, and affordability of spreading ideas and images, an influence that continues even today in our modern society dominated electronic communication and reproduction. Even as older printing techniques are surpassed by new ones as technological and economic instruments, artists continue to use and preserve historical methods for their unique aesthetic and procedural properties, and so contemporary printmaking is a landscape in which artisan tradition and cutting edge technology coexist. Under Pressure is a group printmaking exhibition exploring this landscape.

Chad Andrews is a professor at Bloomsburg university and is showing works from his “Print is not a button” series, which are a reaction to the lifeless and hands-off nature of digital prints.
Madelin Beattie is a printmaker and sculptor living and working in Williamsport Pennsylvania, and a tenant at Pajama Factory, where she holds a studio and works as a Print Studio Assistant in Studio Paper+, and helps manage the Factory Works Gallery. Her work draws attention to the nuances and details of certain things, which often are tied to personal memories or mundane, everyday experiences.
Jeremiah Johnson is a north central Pennsylvania native and professor at Lycoming College, Bucknell University, and Susquehanna University. He works interchangeably in print, drawing and painting as well as with found and recycled material assemblage, with an interest in culture, folklore, the laws of attraction, and quantum physics.
Chris Leete is both and artist and a graphic designer living in central Pennsylvania, and his work in each field informs the other. He is inspired by the media, popular culture, and his interactions in day to day life, fusing a wides scope of topics and experiences to spawn his imagery.
John McKaig is a professor at Bloomsburg University and Pennsylvania College of Technology. He approaches his work as a statement of empathy, and with the sense that “the only revolution is the personal revolution.”
Wanda Riley is a former nurse, and current director and curator of the Schulman Art Gallery at Luzerne County Community College. Her emphasis for subject matter focuses on humans and their environment, whether physical interaction with the natural environment or the emotional connections and conflicts of humans within their environment.
Devon Stackonis is a painter and printmaker living and working in Berks County, PA. Observation is essential to her process as she often works from her subjects on site. Interested in industry and the changes she’s observed in her own area, Devon’s work is characteristic of Pennsylvania.
Evan Summer is a professor art Kutztown University of Pennsylvania specializing in printmaking, specifically etching on copper and the collograph, a print medium that utilizes a collaged printing plate. Most of his work is landscape and the spaces he creates are usually populated with architectural or geometric forms.
Trophic Eggs | Mark Loughney (May 18 - June 30)
trophic egg – (n.) a rejected egg, usually degenerate in form and inviable, that is fed to other members of an ant colony

The Trophic Eggs collection of drawings was inspired by resurrected thoughts and ideas that I had previously rejected as nonsense. It is easy for me to dismiss my good ideas because they are mine. Then when a stranger expresses what I had felt, I recognize my own rejected thoughts in their work and it all comes back to me with an alienated twist, and I am forced to take, with regret, my own opinions and ideas from another. So, for Trophic Eggs, I set out to put down on paper some of those once rejected, inviable ideas to find out if any nutritional value could be squeezed from them.

Insects have again made their ubiquity apparent in these works, as they had in my previous collection, Letters From Desolation Row. Bugs fascinate me. Among other subject matter, these drawings include some of my interpretations of my experiences living with insects and other small creatures… How they look, how they feel, how they make me feel, how they taste, how they feel crawling through your hair. (You have something in your hair!)

My drawings all begin in pencil, graphite, and colored pencil. Then I refine them by cross-hatching with a ballpoint pen. If the composition calls for a large area of value, I use acrylic paint. Every piece begins as an egg of an idea to be hatched and grown out on the paper. As I work, a blob and a couple of squiggly lines help to get the overall composition to emerge, then they slowly begin to turn into a gallbladder, a foreleg, a chine, a river, etc. The more absurd the final result appears, the more I love looking at it. I take absurdity very seriously.

-Mark Loughney

“If you can master nonsense as well as you have learned to master sense, then each will expose the other for what it is: absurdity. From that moment of illumination, a man begins to be free regardless of his surroundings. He becomes free to play order games and change them at will. He becomes free to play disorder games just for the hell of it. He becomes free to play neither or both. And as the master of his own games, he plays without fear, and therefore without frustration, and therefore with good will in his soul and love in his being. And when men become free, then mankind will be free.”

-Malaclypse The Younger

Techne: A Juried Exhibition Examining Art & Science (July 6 - August 11)

After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well. – Albert Einstein

“Techne” is our third annual juried exhibition. The theme for 2018 examines the relationships between art and science. Artists are asked to submit 1 to 3 original pieces around this subject for a chance to win one of three prizes: First place: $250 and 2019 solo exhibition. Second Prize: $150. Third Prize: $75.

Details and the submission form can be found at www.arthausprojects.com/techne

A Diary of Bodily Pain | Frank Locke (August 17 - September 29)
A solo exhibition by “Zeitgeist” winner Frank Locke

Zeitgeist winner Frank Locke will be here in Williamsport on Friday, August 17th to unveil the new exhibition “A Diary of Bodily Pain”. A University of Maine grad, Frank’s work uses textiles to embroider the words she cannot forget. The medium is a means to an end. During the opening an artist talk is planned for 7:30 PM. We hope to see you soon!

Notes From the Underground (October 5 - November 10)
Johnny Romeo / Kurt Herrmann / Mike Egan / Mark Loughney

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Abigail Atienza / Vance McCoy / Rick Bach / Richard “Ramma” Sutton

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND

Works on Paper

Internationally acclaimed Australian Pop painter Johnny Romeo is proud to announce the launch of his latest artistic project, NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND. A strong supporter of the local Pennsylvanian creative community, Romeo has curated an exciting and forward thinking art initiative at Arthaus Projects, Williamsport, that examines the power of grassroots movements and the value of connecting with your artistic peers. Following off the back of 2017’s successful group initiative, ‘LA Residency (Local Access)’, the project is a thrilling celebration of the ‘underground’ as a vibrant place for collaboration and creation.

The brainchild of Johnny Romeo, NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND explores the idea of community, of how the influence of our artistic peers allows us to build creative spaces with distinct identities. The project features Romeo alongside hand-picked Pennsylvanian artists Kurt Herrmann, Mike Egan and Mark Loughney, who in turn have each invited one artistic peer to take part who they believe is influential or captures the spirit of their community. As part of the initiative, Johnny Romeo will be inviting his longtime assistant Abigail Atienza. Mike Egan has elected local Pennsylvanian artist Rick Bach, while Mark Loughney has chosen fellow inmate Richard “Ramma” Sutton. On the academic end of the spectrum, Kurt Hermann has invited Vance McCoy, his ex-lecturer and mentor from Lockhaven University. Collectively, the participants brought on board reflect the diverse tapestry of artistic peers that enrich creative communities and allow them to grow and flourish.

Taking its title from the 2013 album by LA hard-rock band Hollywood Undead, the project gives a cheeky nod to the music and records that influenced Johnny Romeo in his formative years. Each of the 8 participants have contributed 6 small works on paper to be exhibited that respond to the theme of ‘notes from the underground’ in intuitive and insightful ways. Romeo’s clever curation can be seen through the 48 works featured in the show, with the number 48 acting as a playful riff on the project premise of ‘four artists becoming eight’.  All the paper stock has been custom cut to mirror the size of 12” record covers, including sleeves. The idea of the record cover, more notably, has informed the way in which each artist has approached their works, creating pieces that, like iconic album art, instantly draw in the viewer.

Much like the short, sharp bursts of punk rock that soundtracked Romeo’s youth, the participants have been encouraged to embrace rawness and speed in their art making process and complete each work in 30-45 minutes. These visual snapshots of ‘creative communities’ are characterised by their eye-grabbing immediacy, allowing the participants to approach their art making with an intuitive looseness that echoes the spontaneous and organic manner in which the creative underground develops.

The frenetic urgency and collaborative energy of the underground is powerfully captured by Johnny Romeo’s artwork contributions to the project. Romeo has crafted a stream-of-consciousness portrait of Salvador Dali that depicts the head of the Surrealist visionary elongated across the span of 6 paper works. Drawing on the gritty expressionism of Dostoevsky’s 1864 novella ‘Notes From the Underground’, Romeo’s gleefully absurd take on Dali is a grungy homage to Surrealism that exemplifies how artistic communities are often greater than the sum of their parts.

Making art more accessible to the community lies at the heart of NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND. Reflecting this ethos, the project shifts away from the conventional pricing of the commercial art market, with each work at priced at $150 to make it more affordable for local audiences to collect and engage with the art world. More importantly, the project gives audiences a unique insight from the artists involved into their world, and what it truly means to be a part of an artistic community.

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND is an ambitious and dynamic tribute to the spirit of connection, and a powerful testament to the notion that it takes a community to make a movement. Masterminded and curated by Australia’s King of Pop, the project is a celebration of coming together, of learning from your artistic peers and sharing in the joys of creating meaningful connections and communities.

Keystone (November 16 - December 22)

Arthaus Projects, Williamsport’s premiere non-profit contemporary arts organization and gallery space announces their final exhibition of 2018, Keystone. Keystone is a group exhibition exploring the art of the portrait through two Pennsylvania artists, local artist Dan Berberich and Richard Babusci from Lancaster. The opening reception for Keystone will be held on Friday, November 16th from 6-9pm. The exhibition runs from November 16 to December 22, 2018 at Arthaus Projects in downtown Williamsport. About the Artists Dan Berberich was born in Germany and moved to the U.S. at age 15. He studied fine art at Kutztown University and received his BFA in 2009. His concentration was in drawing and he didn’t become a painter until 2012. He’s currently living and working as a painter in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Dan’s work is an exploration of human emotion, the complexity of interpersonal relationships, and the human need for connection. It talks about feelings of loneliness, loss, and the struggle of maintaining one’s identity while navigating a sea of expectations from others. His observations of people and the human experience are distilled into images that highlight a visceral intimacy to create an emotional connection with the viewer. Richard Babusci is a visual artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Over the past decade, he has exhibited in Arizona, as well as various galleries in the Mid-Atlantic United States. He holds a BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  His travels to destinations in Asia, Europe, and Central America have influenced his artistic style, as have his interests in philosophy, music, classic literature and nature. He currently resides in the central Pennsylvania. Richard paints people disassembling into nothing as a way of depicting identity as something fluid, or impermanent.  He wants to question where the boundaries lie between outside perceptions, and one’s personal sense of self. How do they work to inform and refine each other, and can they exist apart?  What does that say about howexactly our identities are defined, and who defines them?  The subjects are presented outside of any context to ask, most importantly: what’s at the center?  Is there anything left underneath the constantly shifting feedback that we clothe ourselves in? When separated from the surroundings and experiences that shape and form us, does something remain that is wholly us…or are there only echoes?

Converge Gallery & Grey Art Gallery

Prior to converting to a non-profit community art space, Arthaus Projects operated as a commercial contemporary art gallery. From 2011 – 2012 we operated as Grey Art Gallery and later had to re-brand as Converge Gallery due to organic online search issues. Converge Gallery operated from 2012 – 2017 and exhibited the works from renowned artists and participated in several pop-up exhibitions and international art fairs. Below is a timeline of our history.

  • Wanderlust Jan. 6th – Jan. 28th)
  • The Fungus Among Us by John Breiner (March 3rd – April 1st)
  • Hard Motion Painting By Abner Harris (April 7th – April 29th)
  • Some Infinities By Kate Paul (May 5th – May 27th)
  • Zeitgeist, A Juried Exhibition (June 2nd – July 15th)
  • …It’s Been A Bit… By Tyler Coey (July 21st – Aug 26th)
  • Evidence By Mathew Rose (Sept 1st – Sept 30th)
  • Two Faced By Michael Bell And Dillon Samuelson (Oct. 6th – Oct. 28th)
  • The L.A. Residency (LOCAL ACCESS) Nov. 3rd – Nov. 25th
  • State Of The Art By Bryan McGinnis (Dec. 1st – Dec. 23rd)
  • Expectations: A Showcase of 2016 Artists | January 7th – 30th
  • The Story of Job | Job Johnson February 5th – 27th
  • Models Of Temporal Consciousness | Juan Arata March 4th – 26th
  • I Still Love You | Dean Landry April 1st – 30th
  • Just Another Sentient Being | John McKaig May 6th -28th
  • Selfie | An open call, juried exhibition June 3rd – July 16th
  • You’re Messin’ With the Wrong Guy | Curt Miller July 22nd – August 27th
  • Craig Kaufman & Luana Cleveland | 34 Trips Around the Sun September 2nd – October 1st
  • Hot Feet | Kurt Herrmann October 7th – 29th
  • Lincoln: The Freedom Series | Johnny Romeo November 4th – 26th
  • Letters From Desolation Row | Mark Loughney | Curated by Johnny Romeo November 4th – 26th
  • This Region – This Time | Chad Andrews December 2nd – 23rd
  • Beneath the Mattress featuring Anna Kell & Liz Parrish | November 20th – December 19th
  • Full Color Buzzkill featuring ClockWorkBox & FCK H8 featuring M. A. Morgan | October 16th – November 14th
  • TV Land print exhibition and book release featuring Johnny Romeo September 18th – October 10th
  • Through Nature | Neil Anderson July 17th – September 12th
  • ‘Outside the Lines’ featuring Matthew Parrish & Jonathan Frey | June 5 – July 11, 2015
  • Lipstick Collars & Power Couples | Damon McCloskey May 1 – through May 30, 2015
  • Pressure Washing: An Indiscreet but Satisfying Rapture | Matthew Rose March 6 – April 25, 2015
  • Almost Human | Curated by Deianira Tolema November 21, 2014 – February 28, 2015
  • Converge Gallery at Context Miami Booth E63 | Miami, FL December 2 – 7, 2014
  • Ignite | featuring Ekaterina Panikanova at the Pajama Factory Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • Almost Human | Curated by Deianira Tolema November 21, 2014 – February 28, 2015
  • Absence of Evidence | Anthony Cervino September 5 – November 1, 2014
  • Metamorphic | Curated by Kasey Lyon July 11 – August 2, 2014
  • Art Now NY | Curated by Joseph Gross May 2 – July 5, 2014
  • Drawing Breath | Lawrence Charles Miller April 3 – 26, 2014
  • Scope NYC  Booth B03 March 6 – 9, 2014
  • Very Much So | Trey Speegle March 1 – 29, 2014
  • Objects to Place | Chad Andrews January 9 – February 22, 2014
  • Outside In | Anthony Cervino, Michael Darough, Greg McLemore, Lawrence Charles Miller, Kimberly Witham November 1 – December 22, 2013
  • Fountain Art Fair Chicago September 20 – 22, 2013
  • No Absolute State | Ryan Hewett | New York City, NY September 12 – 19, 2013
  • Below the Surface September 5 – October 31, 2013
  • The Letters | Matthew Rose July 5 – August 31, 2013
  • Uprising May 2 – June 29, 2013
  • Fountain Art Fair New York March 8 – 10, 2013
  • Suspended In Time | Jonathan Frazier, Amy Abattoir, Casey Snyder, Bradley Shoemaker, Lynn Estomin, Jeremiah Johnson and Holly Patton Shull February 28 – April 27, 2013
  • Never Enough | Jeremiah Johnson February 7 – 14, 2013
  • In Story | Joanne Landis January 3 – February 23, 2013
  • Abstractions | Howard Tran, Hanna Leah Gibbs, John Nicholson January 3 – February 23, 2013
  • Sinners & Saints | November 1, 2012 – December 22, 2012
  • Remaining Relentless | Matthew Ryan Sharp, Yosiell Lorenzo, Tyler Coey, Brent Nolasco Septenber 6 – October 27, 2012
  • Underground | Bushwick, NY August 10, 2012
  • Sleeping Giants | Jennifer Gunlock June 29 – August 25, 2012
  • After the Flood | Matthew Rose June 29 – August 25, 2012
  • The 88 | Clockworkbox June 29 – August 25, 2012
  • Light & Form | Roger Shipley June 29 – August 25, 2012
  • Beyond Life & Death | Jeremiah Johnson May 18 – June 23, 2012
  • WeeGee | Rick Prol April 5 – April 28, 2012
  • Better Than Nothing | Broken Dayton Machine March 1 – 31, 2012
  • From Paul Kostabi with Love | Paul Kostabi February 2 – 25, 2012
  • Here Be Monsters | Liz Parrish January 5 – 28, 2012
  • From Life | Daniel Dallman December 1 – 31, 2011
  • Sublime Grey | Craig Kaufman, Luana Cleveland, Spencer Gregory November 3 – 28, 2011
  • A Cut Off the Old Block October 1 – 29, 2011
  • Today & Now | Steve Hirsch September 1 – 29, 2011
  • Water | August 5 – 27, 2011
  • Oops on Purpose | July 1 – July 30, 2011
  • Converge Gallery at Context Miami Booth E63 | Miami, FL December 2 – 7, 2014
  • Ignite | featuring Ekaterina Panikanova at the Pajama Factory Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • Scope NYC Booth B03 March 6 – 9, 2014
  • Fountain Art Fair Chicago September 20 – 22, 2013
  • No Absolute State | Ryan Hewett | New York City, NY September 12 – 19, 2013
  • Fountain Art Fair New York March 8 – 10, 2013
  • Never Enough | Jeremiah Johnson New York City, NY February 7 – 14
  • Underground | Bushwick, NY August 10, 2012
  • Fountain Art Fair New York March 9-11, 2012

CG Projects

For a few short months in 2014-2015, Converge Gallery operated a sister gallery space called CG Projects. CG Projects was created to test new initiatives and better utilize the gallery space to host multiple exhibitions at the same time. Below is a list of exhibitions that CG Projects hosted from July, 2014 to February, 2015.

Show Your Teeth | Tyler Coey

Friday, July 11 – August 2nd Opening Reception Friday, July 11 at 6pm 140 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701 About the Artist Tyler Coey is a Kansas City born and raised artist. After studying at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio, Tyler returned to KC and settled in the Crossroads District. Attention was quickly directed to the local gallery scene, which in turn lead to national, and international exhibitions. Coey’s pieces combine the brush work and technique of traditional painting with contemporary subjects and icons. Outside of fine art, he works days as an illustrator for C3, a children’s marketing agency. In 2008 Tyler started “MUTT”, an art focused company that produces limited edition toys, accessories, and home products.

Ghosts in the Smoke | Liz Parrish August 7th – September 27th Opening reception: Thursday, August 7th 140 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701 About the Exhibition: The works on display are a combination of story-telling, magical thinking, irrelevance, imagination, and humor.The feeling of the artist to be “watched by things” is what connects the different creatures, half human and half animals, half alive and half dead, that are typical of her imagery to reality. Ghosts, demons and other supernatural entities hidden behind the veil of thin air constitute the fulcrum of this discussion about art, memory, symbolism, dream, perception and even psychology. The references that can be easily identified in this body of works are suspended between ancient art, the figures that populate the margins of the medieval illuminated manuscripts and a reinterpretation of the modern illustrations of fairy tales. The implied suggestions in her work are meant to strike the subconscious of the viewer

Icons | Johnny Romeo

October 3rd – November 15th Opening Reception Friday, October 3 at 6pm 140 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701 About the Exhibition: Icons, the exhilarating latest series from internationally acclaimed Australian Pop painter Johnny Romeo, is a playfully irreverent exploration of youthful nostalgia, kitsch and pop culture. Featuring a list of beloved childhood icons, Romeo has returned with some of the most bombastic and gloriously Pop paintings of his career.

Beyond the Journey of Light and Life | Misako Oba

November 7 – November 29 Opening Reception Friday, November 7 at 6pm 140 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701 About the Exhibition: Beyond the Journey of Light and Life, the latest series of new work from Japanese encaustic artist and photographer Misako Oba, explores human life as a journey, and is a metaphor for our lives. It is both a deep examination of soul and an exploration of universal experiences. In Oba’s work you will often find the contrast of darkness and light. Oba is drawn to light(s); natural lights such as stars or sun shines and also artificial ones such as lights in cityscapes. Oba’s work is also conceptual and suggesting perspective.

Your Love is Wild | Tracy Piper

January 2 – February 28 Opening Reception Friday, January 2 at 6pm 140 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701 About the Exhibition: ‘Your Love is Wild’ is a tribute to love in all it’s forms. Passionate, fervent love, the kind of love deemed dangerous by the status quo. Exposed fully for our viewing pleasure, ‘Your Love is Wild’ is a discovery of sexuality; born from informational interviews conducted by the artist with her subjects. Her models are asked to strip their ideas of shame, let go, and emerge themselves into their wild sides. At times this means shedding their skins and becoming a creature of their choosing and at others allowing the animal that is the sensuous human come to the forefront. With this on-going series of narrative paintings Tracy Piper continues her work within her community of sex-positive performers, artists and friends. She carries on the healthy tradition of putting sexuality at the forefront of the artistic world, but adds a colorful, playful twist that could only be born from a San Franciscan circus performer turned fine artist.