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Converters 2: Josh Johnson and Travis Townsend

John McNaughton: Artist – Mentor - Friend


June 27 – September 9

Two exhibitions, focusing on sculpture, were on display in the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries during this summer starting on June 27.

Converters 2 showcases two artists, Josh Johnson and Travis Townsend, contemporaries working primarily in wood, whose aesthetics question traditional approaches to the material.  Townsend acted as juror for the 52nd Annual Juried Student Art Show last spring.  Both of their working process share many concerns, including the deconstruction and reconstruction of their own art objects, the juxtaposition of commercial and reclaimed materials with careful craft, and the importance of location and space when their work is displayed.  The Converters exhibition series strives to bring unconventional art practices to our gallery, hoping to expose our audiences to a varied spectrum contemporary art from outside the tri-state.

Emeritus Professor John McNaughton taught woodworking and sculpture at USI for more than 35 years, passing away unexpectedly last March.  John McNaughton: Artist, Mentor, Friend celebrates his impact on the University and highlights his works that are a part of our permanent collection, including the multiple outdoor sculptures he helped create on campus.  The exhibition is organized by Susan Sauls, Director of University Art Collections.


Images of three wood sculptures