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Transformations featuring Kurt Herrmann and Tom Svec
February 16, 2018 @ 11:00 pm - February 17, 2018 @ 2:00 am
Arthaus Projects is excited to announce the opening of “Transformations,” a group exhibition by Kurt Herrmann and Tom Svec, highlighting the work and influence of mutual mentor Bill Foster. The opening reception for “Transformations” will be held on Friday, February 16th from 6-9pm. Kurt and Tom will be in attendance during the opening and we have a few lectures scheduled with Lock Haven University students while the exhibition is on display.
The exhibition runs from February 16th – March 31st, 2018 at Arthaus Projects (former Converge Gallery) in downtown Williamsport.
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 – creative impulse can be a mercurial phenomenon. 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 a successful studio artist can 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 valid artistic criticism.
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 valid 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 1995 with a BFA from LHU. He and I worked together for a number of years building furniture while he set about the task of putting together a studio. In about 2000 he established himself as a full-time studio artist.
It is hoped that within the purview of this exhibit one might get an idea of the creative evolution of three people interconnected by education and physical proximity. That we were all good friends, respected each other’s work, 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.
– Tom Svec
About Kurt Herrmann
Kurt Herrmann is a painter from the hills of Appalachia in central Pennsylvania who does both figurative and abstract work but above all is a colorist at heart. Herrmann has exhibited nationally and internationally since graduating from Lock Haven University in 1995. He’s shown at Yard Dog Gallery, Austin TX, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia PA, The Cleveland International Airport, The Omaha Museum of Art, Shoom Gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Baikmin Museum of Bosung Gun, in South Korea, and Firecat Projects in Chicago. In 2016 he was commissioned by Lock Haven University to create two large canvases for their newly renovated Ulmer Hall. This winter he created his fifth beer label for Elk Creek Café + Aleworks in Millheim, PA, USA, and in 2017 he’s slated for his first solo show in Sydney, Australia ( Anala Art ), a 2 person shows in Hobart, Australia (Penny Contemporary ) and a solo show in Chicago ( Sidewinder Gallery ). He currently lives and works in the mountains of central Pennsylvania where he recently built a new studio.
About Tom Svecc
Located on the Great Island, just east of Lock Haven, PA, Tom’s workshop and studio has been in operation for over twenty years. The site has been a center of agriculture and commerce since before the arrival of Europeans in North America. To this day it remains one of the most prolific sites in the state for Native American artifacts. It seems appropriate to continue with that tradition of hand craftsmanship.
All of Tom’s pieces are original in concept, minimal in their use of materials, and respectful of the sustainable hardwood timber resources indigenous to the Northeast. The intent is to produce timeless, utilitarian design objects that will enrich the environments in which they are placed. Mindful of the ever-increasing demand by collectors for hand made American Crafts, all pieces are signed and dated.
About Arthaus Projects
Welcome to the future of art in Lycoming County! 2018 marks the inaugural year of Arthaus Projects, a new, non-profit artspace developed by the founder of Converge Gallery, which has been making waves since 2011. 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, and we can’t wait to show you what we are planning.
Arthaus Projects is located at 140 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA and is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm on Friday, and Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. For more information on the non-profit art space, please visit http://www.arthausprojects.com
For all press inquiries, and photo requests, please contact John Yogodzinski, Director & President, Arthaus Projects : firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.arthausprojects.com. Tel: 570.435.7080 Address: Arthaus Projects 140 West 4th Street, Williamsport, PA 17701, USA