University of Southern Indiana

New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art

Mercatus

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art invites you to join us June 3rd through July 21st  of 2017 for an exhibition Mercatus. An opening reception for Mercatus will be held at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 3rd during the art and antique stroll component of the Arts in Harmony festival. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Mercatus is a Latin word meaning market. The exhibition will host eight artists from Louisville, St. Louis, Nashville, and Cape Girardeau. These artists will not only exhibit in the gallery, but will also be vendors for the Arts In Harmony festival on June 3rd and 4th. The exhibition is meant to serve two purposes. First, it is meant to provide support and exposure to artists and their efforts in developing their small business in the arts. Second, the gallery invited artists who have never participated in the Arts in Harmony festival in order to bring greater diversity to the vendor offerings and build connections with the surrounding artist communities.

The gallery is hosting Chimel Ford, Susanna Crum, and Rodolfo Salgado from the Louisville. Chimel is a painter whose work focuses on popular culture products and icons. Susanna and Rodolfo are the owners of Calliope Arts studio and gallery which provides learning opportunities and artist sales space for the Louisville community. Megan Kelley is a “A Maker, Do-er, Thinker, Writer, Curator, Happier, Living in Nashville.” who operates under the name Studio Omnivorus. From Cape Girardeau, Blake and Hannah March Sanders are owners of Orange Barrell Industries, which is a collaborative multi-media art production and event organization. Ruth Reese and Kerry Smith are from the St Louis area. Ruth Reese is a ceramic artist and owner of the Reese Gallery in St Louis. Kerry Smith specializes in paintings of record albums and is owner of the graphic design company, Blackdog Creative in Edwardsville, IL.

This exhibition reflects the curatorial strategies of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art in that all shows are selected based on the three primary goals of providing opportunity, the creation of dialogue, and building connectivity within the region.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

This activity made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the Vanderburgh Community 

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is an outreach partner of the University of Southern Indiana. The gallery is located at 506 Main Street in New Harmony, Indiana. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 812/682-3156 

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