Interested in exhibiting in Hardy Hall at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts?

Deadline for 2023 proposals is September 1, 2022.

Art Exhibitions

NOTE: The Hardy Hall Gallery will be CLOSED for private events on Sat, Aug 20th & 27th.
We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you!


CURRENT EXHIBITION: Art Is Art

July 26 – September 3, 2022

Open Wednesday – Saturday from 12pm – 3pm
or by appointment during regular business hours, M-F 10am-5pm

*Hours are subject to change due to private events

Entrance is free

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 6th from 4-6 pm
in Hardy Hall Gallery, free to attend!

Art Is Art

“ART IS ART. Everything else is everything else.” ~ Barnett Newman

Abstract Art calls jealous attention to its own visual reality as a most

singular force and event. It does this by refusing the concrete object

and its immediate relation to life and art. By discarding these

traditional depictions, Abstract Art emphasizes instead the artist’s

imagination and unrestricted gestures over the real, and so

establishing for itself a unique reality of its own. Such a reality that

allows the Abstract Art to act upon the viewers’ own imaginations,

allowing us to perceive new objects, images and worlds never seen

before. ~ Jef Bourgeau

This exhibition of abstract art features six Northern Michigan artists:

Susan Wild Barnard

Jef Bourgeau

Jesse Hickman

Judy Jashinsky

Rufus Snoddy

Pier Wright

Documentary in which painter and critic Matthew Collings charts the rise of abstract art over the last 100 years, whilst trying to answer a set of basic questions that many people have about this often-baffling art form. How do we respond to abstract art when we see it? Is it supposed to be hard or easy? When abstract artists chuck paint about with abandon, what does it mean? Does abstract art stand for something or is it supposed to be understood as just itself? These might be thought of as unanswerable questions, but by looking at key historical figures and exploring the private world of abstract artists today, Collings shows that there are, in fact, answers. Living artists in the programme create art in front of the camera using techniques that seem outrageously free, but through his friendly-yet-probing interview style Collings immediately establishes that the work always has a firm rationale. When Collings visits 92-year-old Bert Irvin in his studio in Stepney, east London he finds that the colourful works continue experiments in perceptual ideas about colour and space first established by abstract art pioneers such as Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky in the 1910s. Other historic artists featured in the programme include the notorious Jackson Pollock, the maker of drip paintings, and Mark Rothko, whose abstractions often consist of nothing but large expanses of red. Collings explains the inner structure of such works. It turns out there are hidden rules to abstraction that viewers of this intriguing, groundbreaking programme may never have expected.

UPCOMING EXHIBITION: Dark Matter: Abstract Studies in Texture

Artworks by Christopher Fellows

 

September 21 – October 29, 2022

Open Wednesday – Saturday from 12pm – 3pm
or by appointment during regular business hours, M-F 10am-5pm

*Hours are subject to change due to private events

Entrance is free

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 24th from 6-8 pm
in Hardy Hall Gallery, free to attend!

“Enjoy various examples of artworks that focus on texture and the mystery behind the construction.”