Friday, October 4, 2019

Installation by 
David Barsalou

Oct. 10 thru Nov. 21, 2019
Reception Thurs. Oct. 17, 4:30 - 6:30pm

The Taber Art Gallery is open to the public and 
located through the HCC Campus Library lobby 
in the Donahue Bldg. 
Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 10am - 5pm during regular school sessions, or by appointment. For more info visit:  

Artists Statement – David Barsalou MFA

Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein is an extensive,
internationally recognized art history research project.
It began in 1979 while a student at Hartford Art School.
Presented in large-scale digital format, this exhibition
presents a comparative analysis of Pop Artist Roy
Lichtenstein's paintings with the original source images he
copied from 1960's comic books... Focusing exclusively on
Lichtenstein's use of 'Love and Romance' imagery from
1961 to 1965. Deconstructing Lichtenstein recognizes the
numerous artists Lichtenstein swiped without giving
proper credit or compensation. While Roy Lichtenstein
became rich and famous, the original comic book artists he
ripped-off received nothing.

Former long-time visual arts educator, David Barsalou
maintains a studio in Chicopee, Massachusetts where he
presently resides. Barsalou earned a BFA and MFA from
Hartford Art School. Since retirement, Barsalou spends all
of his time writing, researching, and making Art.

Whamm! Blam! Lichtenstein and the Art of Appropriation,
is an upcoming Documentary Film by Director James
Hussey - featuring David Barsalou's research on artist Russ

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thursday Oct. 3rd, 4:30 - 6:30pm
Talk begins at 5pm 

 Gilbert Johnquest
Gilbert Johnquest's remarkable exhibition "CA. Landscapes" comes to a close with a gallery talk event on Thursday Oct. 3rd from 4:30 - 6:30pm. The talk begins at 5pm. This is the last day to get your questions answered and see this installation of extraordinary mixed media works before they are packed up and carried back to California. 

Light refreshment will be served. 

Cash and carry will be available for purchased works during this evening. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Gilbert Johnquest (odd jobber)
CA. Landscape, pencil, acrylic, oil, tape, on canvas, 17 x 24”  

Sept. 3 thru Oct. 3, 2019
Opening Reception  
Wednesday Sept. 4th, 4:30 - 6:30pm

The Taber Gallery is pleased to present mixed media works in a vibrant and soulful installation by Gilbert Johnquest. A graduate of Milwaukee College of Art and Design, he has lived and worked in California since 1979. Johnquest works on a variety of materials and found objects. In this exhibition he will be creating a site specific installation utilizing both finished works shipped from his California studio as well as found objects procured from his travels and then assembled in the gallery. 

Artist statement:

social issues, 
within as without. 
voids and boarders are walked,
a study of horizons, 
foregrounds and in-betweens. 
I love you.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Anya Klepacki

If The Future of This World Can't Be Depended On, I'll Make My Own: 

Fantasy Spaces in the 21st Century

In her first solo exhibition, Anya Klepacki takes over the Taber Gallery with a dynamic and immersive mixed media installation. Enter the gallery to find a floor to ceiling fantasy world of found fabric creatures and curious landscapes created by Klepacki along with some collaborative contributions. 

March 4th through 21st*, 2019

Reception Thurs. March 7, 5 - 7pm

Gallery Talk: March 21, 5-6pm

Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 10am - 5pm during regular school sessions

(*NOTE: Campus is closed for Spring break March 11 - 15)

Friday, December 21, 2018


Jan.28 - Feb. 21, 2019
Reception & Gallery Talk 5-7pm
Thursday Feb. 7th

 gallery talk begins 5:30pm

The Taber Gallery is pleased to present a retrospective look at the work of artist and illustrator Gary Hallgren. Rooted in pop culture, Hallgren's approach to the comic art genre is unique from other artists who have ventured in this realm. As Hallgren states, "Pop art can be about more than art or culture, it can be about that most universal of themes: the Human Condition.  Familiar newspaper comics characters can carry much symbolism on their black-and-white backs after being infused with the gravitas of easel painting." In addition, Hallgren's visual pleasures of bold designs, distorted realities, finished and unfinished surfaces, canonized humor and the joy of painting are clearly present in this exhibition's selections form his expansive body of work.   

Gary took his B.A. in painting and design from Western Washington State College in 1968.  In 1971, he joined a band of radical cartoonists in San Francisco and took on the mighty Walt Disney organization by contributing to this group’s self-published comix books, Air Pirates Funnies.  These savage parodies, which used Disney’s own characters, were found to be in violation of federal copyright law.  The legal wrangling went on for a decade and people like Paul Krassner (The Realist) and noted critic Nat Hentoff were in support of the Air Pirates, but alas, Gary now has a permanent injunction against using Disney characters in unauthorized ways.  However, he considers all others to be fair game.

Magazines and other print outlets have provided a livelihood for Gary for 45 years.  His freelance illustrations have appeared in Time, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.  Balancing these august publications are Mad, Marvel Comics, Screw, and a hundred in between. Since 2003 book illustration has been a mainstay, and You: An Owners' Manual by Doctors Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen was published in early 2005.  It sold over a million copies in hard cover. Most recently, Gary supplied the finished drawings for Hagar The Horrible.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Emma Kohlmann


Oct. 31 - Dec. 13, 2018

Reception & Gallery Talk Thurs. Dec. 6th, 5-7pm
 gallery talk begins 5:30pm

Mon. - Thurs. 10am - 5pm during regular school sessions

Cup, house, body, foot, hand, bird, dog, lover, plant, tree.
These are archetypal symbols that exist within my dreams. I am constantly reworking within this language in order to complicate their meanings. My work is a place for me to explore a dream state that is not tethered to societal standards, that is egalitarian and gender is a limitless spectrum. In this series that has spanned over past three years, I am still constantly running into the same ideas. These images become a visual language that continually reflect a deeper subconscious meaning. I think these symbols come from a place of wanting a renewed symbolism.  I feel as though when I paint, nothing is ever what it seems to be. There is a culmination of actions that occur when the medium of watercolor and sumi ink interact on paper. Some of my brush strokes are unintentional and spontaneous. The result does not need to be defined because it is apart of the ambiguous nature of my work.

Emma Kohlmann lives and works in Florence, MA. She received her B.A. from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York City, Nationale, Portland, OR, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, and Kit Gallery, Tokyo. Selected group exhibitions include the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR, MOCA Tucson, AZ, and New Release, New York, NY. She publishes her own artist’s books, zines and made various record covers for music labels. You can find her on Instagram at meiow_mix or at