What is the role of "place" in art?

here. is an exhibition that considered how “place” is not simply the geographic locality where an artist lives and works but also the juice of lived experience—the subject matter, material, concepts and freedoms that this space provides. Recognizing how place influences and infiltrates each artist’s work in diverse and complicated ways, here. explored how a sense of place exists in the work of artists from six particular regions—Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, Detroit and Kansas City.

Acknowledging that a work of art is saturated with the artist’s concrete experience of place, here. is an exhibition by 24 artists who live and work in areas of the country that are peripheral to the dominant art markets, selected by PAFA’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Julien Robson, and five guest curators. This exhibition challenged the idea of “regionalism” as an unfashionable term that references only the parochial or the provincial, highlighting instead the fact that many communities have begun to place greater importance on how history and place define them in a globalized world. By presenting a diverse range of compelling artistic practices seen through the eyes of curators who live and work in the regions, here. provided a platform for artists from six regions and opens a broader discussion about what Regionalism can mean to American art today.

Dates: October 22 - December 31, 2011
Location: Fisher Brooks Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Lewis Colburn, Jennifer Levonian, Megawords, Tim Portlock
Michael Krueger, Erika Nelson, Aaron Storck, Whoop Dee Doo
Bunk News, Paul Coors, Terence Hammonds, Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis
Liz Cohen, Scott Hocking, Chido Johnson, Abigail Newbold
Elsewhere Collaborative, Harrison Haynes, Stacy Lynn Waddell, Glenda Wharton
Sue Chenoweth, Postcommodity, Aaron Rothman, Gregory Sale

Julien Robson, Curator of Contemporary Art, PAFA
Christopher Cook, Director and Curator, Salina Art Center, Salina, Kansas
Mark Harris, Director of the School of Art at the University of Cincinnati
Rebecca Hart, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Detroit Institute of Arts
Claire Schneider, Independent Curator based in Scottsdale, Arizona
Teka Selman, Assistant Director of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University


Leading support for this exhibition provided by the William Penn Foundation.

Support for the here. catalog provided by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

PAFA's special exhibitions in 2011-12 are supported by generous contributions from Max N. Berry, Esq, Donald R. Caldwell, and Jonathan L. Cohen.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ public programs are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency).