Center for Maine Contemporary Art

March 16 - June 16, 2019

RESORT and QUENCH are two recent collaborative video works by artists Andrew Ellis Johnson and Susanne Slavick that frame the global refugee and migration crisis through the lens of the sea.

Still from RESORT

Still from RESORT

Still from QUENCH

Still from QUENCH


A group show of manipulated found photographs

Curated by Olivia Huntley and elin o’Hara slavick

The Carrack / 947 E Main Street / Durham, NC / 27701

October 4-21, 2018

Opening Reception Friday, October 5, 7-9:30pm

Gallery Hours: Thursdays-Sundays 11am - 5pm and Wednesdays by appointment

Image: Andrew Ellis Johnson, Over There, 2011, archival digital print on Hahnemühle paper, 72 x 27 inches


Ben Alper, Andy Berner, Michael Barefield, Becky Brown, Allison Coleman, Diego Camposeco, Martha Carter, Joy Drury Cox, Meredith Emery, Jon Feinstein, Ashley Florence, Victor Foster, Adrian Garcia, Raymond Goodman, Beth Grabowski, Rachel Greene, Sharon Lee Hart, Brenda Miller Holmes, Peter Hoffman, Olivia Huntley, Michael Itkoff, Ellie Ivanova, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Ann Pegalow Kaplan, Siri Kaur, Michael Keaveney, Angela Kelly, Jasper Lee, Susan Alta Martin, Cathy McLaurin, Lindsay Metivier, Joy Meyer, Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay, Susan Mullally, Annika Nordenskiold, Ashely Oates, Lesley Patterson-Marx, Kelly Popoff, Samprati Prasad, Bill Santen, Leslie Sheryll, Annie Simpson, elin o’Hara slavick, Susanne Slavick, Leah Sobsey, Cindy Steiler, Liz Steketee, Bill Thelen, Hong-An Truong, Amy White, Laura Sharp Wilson

Workshop / Panel

October 7, Sunday, 2-4pm with Michael Keaveney – Transforming the Photographic

October 21, Sunday, 2-4pm

Panel discussion / gallery talk with curators Olivia Huntley and elin o’Hara slavick and local artists in the exhibition, including Ben Alper, Deepan Mukhopadhyay and Ann Pegalow Kaplan 

Desire has no history. – Susan Sontag

 Anti-Nostalgia is a group exhibition of artists invited to create works utilizing found photographs. Artists explore: our relationship to the photograph as an object; memories and sentimentality; history and the familial; the vernacular and the archive; and alternative and interventionist narratives. A photograph provides both a historical and unattainable reality. Anti-Nostalgia investigates how our attraction to and/or repulsion by found photographs does not come from nostalgia, but comes from a desire to confirm, deny and transform a reality. Theorists argue that nostalgia can be a form of fascism - a longing for a glorified past that leads us down an authoritarian path. Anti-Nostalgia is a topical and critical approach to our current global situation, an attempt to draw attention to the way we read, feel, understand and use imagery in the name of ideology and personal whim.

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The McDonough Museum of Art at Youngstown State University

September 7 – October 26, 2018

Public Reception, Friday, September 7, 5-7pm

Gallery Talk, Friday, September 7, 5 pm

New Immigrant and Refugee Visions screening, 6-7pm

The John J. McDonough Museum of Art, on the campus of Youngstown State University opens the fall season with RESORT, a traveling exhibition of works by Andrew Ellis Johnson and Susanne Slavick. It accompanies Sanctuary, an exhibition of paintings by John Guy Petruzzi. Both shows will be on view in the galleries September 7 – October 26 with an opening reception on Friday, September 7 from 5-7pm. Susanne Slavick and Andrew Ellis Johnson will give a gallery talk on the evening of the reception beginning at 5pm.

In addressing RESORT Slavick and Johnson comment: “Driven or displaced, cut loose or set adrift, or simply seeking safety—all are precarious states of passage. The decision to leave home may be voluntary or involuntary, arising from desperation or anticipation. RESORT, as a title, reflects that duality. To flee is a last resort. The destination is often another shore, literally or figuratively. The shore can also be a place for a benign kind of escape—an actual vacation resort. Some European vacationers have actually watched refugees wash ashore, from vessels both intact and capsized. We have similar scenarios on land at our own borders, worsened by recent separations of children from their families. RESORT explores the intersection of these two worlds—of security and insecurity— and our responses to those caught between them.”


In conjunction with RESORT, there will be several screenings from New Immigrant and Refugee Visions, produced by Community Supported Film. A preview screening will take place on Friday, September 7, 6-7pm. Additional screenings will take place from 12:30 to 1:30pm on September 11,14, 25, 28 and October 9, 12, 23 and 26. New Immigrant and Refugee Visions is a collection of documentary films made by new immigrants that provide unique insider perspectives on both the challenges of integration and the contributions immigrants make to our culture, economy and social fabric.

McDonough galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until 4pm.

Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

The Museum is open to the public and admission is free.

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Somewhere Over the Border, 2018, detail from middle panel, ink on paper

Somewhere Over the Border, 2018, detail from middle panel, ink on paper


Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg PA

August 25 - November 25, 2018

Andrew Ellis Johnson will join other artists for gallery talks on Wednesday, September 12 > 5:30-7pm | RSVP

The Cantilever Gallery at The Westmoreland is brimming with contemporary artworks created in a broad range of mediums—painting, sculpture, photography, video, stained glass, installation and mixed media.

While the works themselves explore diverse themes using various techniques and materials, each of the artists in this exhibition share one thing in common—they all teach at one of the numerous colleges and universities in our region.

Artists Who Teach celebrates the incredible talent and broad range of art making in this region today. The 58 artists in this exhibition are all inspiring the next generation of artists by teaching at Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Robert Morris University, Seton Hill University, Saint Vincent College, University of Pittsburgh/University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg and Westmoreland County Community College.

One Tiki, Two Tiki, 2017, ink and charcoal, 75 x 42 inches

One Tiki, Two Tiki, 2017, ink and charcoal, 75 x 42 inches

Tall Tails, 2017, ink, 74 x 42 inches

Tall Tails, 2017, ink, 74 x 42 inches



RESORT, a video co-created with Susanne Slavick, is included in:


New Mexico State University  Art Gallery

March 12, 2018 from 10am-6pm

A second screening event occurs on April 16, 2018 from 6pm-8:30pm at the CMI Theater Milton Hall 171 on the campus of NMSU. Sponsored by the Gender & Sexuality Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies Department, and the Creative Media Institute. 



A group show curated by Paul M. Nicholson

Martin Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA                                          

February 14 – April 30, 2018

Image: Andrew Ellis Johnson, Still from STREWN2015

Features work by Tom Bendtsen, Foeiqua, Sharka Hyland, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Bang Geul Han, Donald Porcaro, Jessica Posner, Jessica Walker. 

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Andrew Ellis Johnson's video Massacre of the Innocents is included in UP IN ARMS at Zilkha Gallery South at Wesleyan University.

In Up in Arms, Artists Engage in Dialogue on Gun-Related Violence, by Mae Davies in The Wesleyan Argus.

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No Vacation: 'Resort' is a voyage of ‘empathic unsettlement’

RESORT, a two person show by Andrew Ellis Johnson and Susanne Slavick at The Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, previewed in this REVUE article by Marla Miller.


UNLOADED at Harris Gallery, University of La Verne, CA

Massacre of the Innocents and Rehearsal are included in UNLOADED, a group show organized by Susanne Slavick that explores historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use, and impact of guns in our culture. 

Harris Gallery, University of La Verne, CA

September 5 - October 26, 2017

Curator's Lecture, Thursday, September 14, 6PM, Campus Center Ballroom A

Reception: Thursday, September 14, 7PM, Harris Gallery

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