to Dec 13

934 Gallery Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House

Join in the holiday cheer at 934 Gallery.  Due to the overwhelming response during Holiday Hop, our Holiday Group Show has been extended for another week and expanded to include additional artwork from more than 60 local and national artists in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, film and more.

To spread the holiday cheer beyond the gallery, we are hosting a gift drive for Nationwide Children's Hospital. Drop off gift items from the hospital's donation wish list page ( at 934 Gallery during our Open House and we will deliver the donated items to the hospital the following week.

Evening musical entertainment to be announced.  Contributing artists (additional artists to be announced):


Sarah Achor | Aaron Ackerman | Brett Barton | Randy Bennett | Rick Borg | Anne Brown | Cliff Burcham | Mackenzie Burkhardt | Brock Caldwell | Matt Carmean | Yon Chong | Ernest C. Clark | Curtis Cole | Dan Coppola | Douglas Crabtree | Christopher Cropper | Betsie Gingrich-Coppola | Rene Glandorff | Matt Grady | Albert Gray | Casey Gray | Lea Gray | Darius Hart | Mario Joyce Harper | Sami Harthoorn | Adam Hernandez | Andy Hudson | Amorelle Jacox | Mark Warren Jacques | Angela Jann | Timothy Karpinski | Colleen Tara Lenahan | Adam Levene | Mark Lucas | Bill Cat Miller | James Douglas Mitchell | Arlo Moon | James Morton | Michael Murtha | Evan Primmer | Nolan Rogers | Seth Scantlen | Willis Shively | Lauren Singleton | Angela Christine Smith | Andrew Spear | Carol Stewart | Hannah Stouffer | Nick Stull | Kate Sweeney | Gary Taneri | Heather Taylor | Grant Timmons | Aaron Troyer | Julie Ward | David Wien | Chip Willis | Charles Wince | Joe Wolfle

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to Nov 28




November 7, 2015 - November 28, 2015.

Closing Reception : Saturday, November 28, 2015. 6pm-Midnight
934 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

The vital energy of the human form is distilled to its purest essence in an exhibition of paintings by Jim Morton and photographs by Will Shively entitled NUDES. This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to experience the artwork of two of Columbus' top fine artists in their respective mediums.


The influence for James Morton’s paintings is the tradition of painting of the 16th and 17th centuries as seen especially in the works of Titian, Veronese, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Velasquez.  Morton has researched the oil painting methods and materials of these masters through close observation of paintings in museums, the study of early writings on painting technique, and experimentation.  He has found that a few simple tricks of painting technique underlie the effects of these masters.

Along with this interest in the painting technique of the masters, has arisen a preoccupation with the female nude as subject.  A reading of Kenneth Clark’s book "The Nude" convinced him that there was a rich tradition of imagery stretching back to ancient Greece that has been largely neglected in our time. This subject had been used in earlier art to express emotions and ideas; this content is still interesting and viable, he feels.

James Morton was born in Cleveland in 1947.  Early in his life his family moved to Zanesville, Ohio, where his father practiced medicine. His mother who was an amateur artist encouraged his interest in drawing and painting. She sent him to classes at the local art institute taught by Charles Dietz. This teacher and painter had a strong effect on Morton’s development. Dietz taught among other things that a desire to achieve a formal beauty was a sufficient motivation to make a painting.

As an undergraduate at Kenyon College and the University of Wisconsin in the late 1960s, Morton studied art history with the intention of training to become a conservator of paintings. As a graduate student, he wrote his thesis on the subject of the interest of 18th and 19th century British, American, and French painters in rediscovering the technical secrets of the 16th century Venetian painters. After receiving an MA degree in art history in 1971, Morton was disappointed to learn that he is partially red-green color blind; this condition disqualified him from becoming a conservator of painting. But this discovery was ultimately fortunate since it allowed him to fall back on his hope of becoming a painter. He transferred his studies to studio art at UW Madison and received his MFA in 1973 studying under Robert Grilley, a classical figure painter whose work is modeled after Balthus and Ingres. Morton came back to Ohio in 1973, settling in Columbus where he has remained since. He has resided at Milo Arts for about 25 years where he currently lives.


American photographer Willis Shively is best known for his immense body of portraiture work, captured over a career of four decades.

Shively was born in New York City in 1948. After getting his BFA in painting from The Ohio State University in the early 1970s, Shively went on to teach himself the art of photography while working as a night janitor at a local manufacturing plant. Through hard work and intense focus, he became one of the most respected commercial photographers in Columbus, with clients like Abercrombie, Victoria’s Secret, Express, DSW, and BalletMet, among many others.

Always interested in the blurred lines between his artistic and commercial work, Shively slowly transitioned in the early 1990s to a prolific career as an art photographer, primarily using film development and the layering of 35mm slides to create impressionistic “paintings,” and expand the boundaries of what defines conventional photography.

He currently lives at Milo Arts in Columbus, Ohio with his two poodles. 

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to Oct 31

All Saints' Day: 83 Gallery Reunion at 934 Gallery

83Gallery Reunion

The 83 Gallery Reunion and Apocalypse is here.

The Columbus legends of 83 Gallery reunite for a one-night pop up exhibition at 934 Gallery featuring artwork from over 30 of 83 Gallery's OG residents.

Music by RaymondTVinyl, DJ Trueskillz, and CzechsForSEX!!! PBR from Pabstohio. Costumes encouraged.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

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to Oct 24

Zones : David Wien, James Mitchell, Mark Warren Jacques

ZONES : David Wien, James Douglas Mitchell, Mark Warren Jacques

934 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43201
October 3 - October 24, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 3, 6 pm - Midnight

*This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Click to view Artwork from David Wien here

Click to view Artwork from James Mitchell here

East coast, West coast, and Midwest meet at the intersection of shape and color in 934 Gallery’s ZONES exhibition, featuring the work of James Douglas Mitchell, David Wien, and Mark Warren Jacques, three artists who have crisscrossed the nation in their creative trajectories.  ZONES evokes moods of contrast, reflection, and discovery.  Whether defined by temperatures, elements, land uses, comfort levels, or other imperceptible states of being and mentality, we are constantly encountering new zones.  Enter the consciousness of these artists and experience the zones they have captured along the journey.

David Wien (b. 1980, Rutland, Vermont) migrated across the nation from Vermont to northern California, making his nest in Upstate New York and Portland, Oregon, in between. The work of this painter, sculptor, musician, skater, and surfer has found its groove in a state of condensed colorblock intensity, evoking Picasso and Matisse with the sway of modern design. He began exhibiting art in public spaces more than a decade ago with interludes in Chicago and Grand Rapids, Michigan, before heading west.  Now in the remote reaches of Redwood country, he is pursuing a new zone.  Wien received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.

James Douglas Mitchell (b. 1984, San Diego, California) has transitioned from touring as a musician to reawakening his proclivity for the visual arts through a graphic design background.  His pieces embrace the unexpected; beginning as paper collage and transforming into screen prints, Mitchell brings abstract forms to life in solid colors with hints of composition from old photographs and shapes that flirt with suggestions of raw fun. Mitchell’s work has been exhibited at White Walls, San Francisco, and Breeze Block Gallery, Portland. He is currently engaged as a designer and illustrator for Tom Tom Magazine, an artful quarterly about female drummers. The self-taught artist now hails from Brooklyn, New York.

Mark Warren Jacques (b. 1984, Columbus, Ohio) lives and works at Milo Arts in Columbus, Ohio. After a decade-long western stint, including Portland and San Francisco, MWJ has returned to his roots, founding 934 Gallery in the very place that first struck his art nerve. From street art origins, Jacques’ current work comprises intricate lines and patterns accenting bold shapes and colors. His work has been exhibited in spaces near and far, including ROY G BIV (Columbus, Ohio), Number 35 Gallery (Chelsea, New York), A&D Gallery (Barcelona, Spain) and The Forum (Melbourne, Australia). Jacques is currently represented by White Walls, San Francisco, and Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, Los Angeles, and has upcoming exhibitions at The Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii, and SCOPE at Art Basel Miami.

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to Sep 26

OIL : Matt Carmean, Mario Joyce Harper


OIL : Matt Carmean, Mario Joyce Harper



934 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43201
September 5 - September 26, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 5, 6 pm - Midnight

Closing Reception: Saturday, September 26, 6 pm - Midnight
*This exhibition is free and open to the public.

As the seasons shift, 934 Gallery brings to its walls an exhibition featuring the work of two Ohioans whose varying paths have taken root in the same medium of expression: oil painting. Matt Carmean and Mario Joyce Harper deliver diverse yet harmonious visions in their joint show at 934 entitled OIL.

Mario Joyce Harper (b. 1985, Columbus, Ohio) is a self-taught African American artist living in New York City. The celebration of contrasting communities and promotion of individuality motivate him to capture the parallels of basic human struggle and cultural identity in his work. His artistic process began early and was heavily influenced by religious and racial prejudice experienced while growing up in rural Ohio in a Jehovah’s Witness household. He began using both genealogical research and painting to further understand and share the social history of discrimination. Now, after a recent move, he is heavily influenced by human migration and how we adjust to new environments. Harper’s art is characterized by vibrant colors, strong lines and heavy texture, sometimes incorporating collages of relevant vintage documents into the backgrounds of his paintings. His work has been featured in a variety of group exhibitions, most recently at Greenpoint Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and is privately owned by many collectors throughout the U.S.

Matt Carmean (b. 1958, Findlay, Ohio) paints daily and exclusively in oil. Though his painting is conducted in an environment of reclusive focus, he is otherwise engaged in the community through various avenues, including the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Clintonville Community Market. Carmean’s work overflows from his home studio and carries waves of impressionism to new spheres, incorporating his personal familial symbolism through fluid backdrops that complement realistic portraits in a series of original works, and making societal commentary by overlaying dollar bills with miniature reproductions of the masterworks of Monet and Van Gogh. His longtime home studio is in Clintonville, Columbus, Ohio. Matt Carmean received his BFA and MFA from The Ohio State University and his work has been exhibited at Clayspace Gallery (Nelsonville, Ohio) and Mahan Gallery (Columbus, Ohio) and won Best of Show, Professional Division, at the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition.

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to Aug 2

934 X Pabst

934 Gallery and Pabst are pleased to present a one night event of art and music.
6pm - Midnight
934 Cleveland Ave. 


Casey Gray - San Francisco
Hannah Stoufer - Los Angeles
Erik Otto - San Francisco
James Mitchell - Brooklyn
Nolan Rodgers - Columbus
Chris Cropper -Columbus
Nick Stull - Columbus
Adam Hernandez - Columbus
Patrick Durkin - Columbus


DJ George Brazil
Skunky Precious
Fine Animal
Us, Today

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to Jul 26

Split Exhibition, Sami Harthoorn - Kate Sweeney


934 Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new photographic works by artists Sami Harthoorn and Kate Sweeney. Entitled 'Take the Cake', the show addresses interconnected ideas regarding the uncontrolled and uncontrollable power of nature, the social structures of modern womanhood, and the resilience and frailty of the female body. In particular, Harthoorn and Sweeney are interested in how these ideas intersect with form, color, taste, style and the ways in which contemporary photographic depictions of these conventions (i.e. portraiture, landscape, and abstraction) become a form of elegant appropriation, or emotionally-charged ready-mades.

Sami Harthoorn (b. 1991 in Sarasota, Florida) received her BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2013.  Recent exhibitions include ‘Exploring New Worlds’ at St. Lucas University College of Art and Design, Antwerp as well as publications in 'Juxtapoz Magazine' and 'Got a Girl Crush’.  She currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio focusing on form, figure, and community practice.

Kate Sweeney (b. 1987 in Columbus, Ohio) is a self-taught photographer whose work has been featured in magazines such as Austere, Clear Nude, and Latent Image, as well as Dazed Magazine's social media. She currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio, where she continues to make work that focuses on the human form, abstraction, and color. She released a book in February 2015, titled "2014", of 365 self-portraits taken each day of 2014.

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to Jun 27

The collected works of Rick Borg

The collected works of Rick Borg

934 Cleveland Ave. Columbus, OH 43201
June 6 - June 27, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday June 6, 5:30-11:30pm
*This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Click here to view artwork online 

934 Gallery is pleased to present Rick Borg - Collected Works. With more than one-hundred pieces of art on display, this exhibition represents 30 years of the artist’s prolific output. Though Borg has formal art training, his work is widely viewed as folk or outsider art and is deeply steeped in those traditions. Some of the works represented here have been in process for decades yet just recently finished, while others Borg finished long ago but kept hidden away, buried in the stacks of paintings that fill every square inch of his live-in studio. Most of the work is on view here for the first time, offering visitors a unique and in-depth look at the life and career of a visionary artist. 

Rick Borg (b. 1958 in Columbus, Ohio) received his MFA from The Ohio State University. His works have been collected and exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, in venues both radical and traditional, from bar rooms and barber shops to mansions and  museums, including The Columbus Museum of Art and The Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center. Borg currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio, at Milo Arts, a thriving artist community housed within an historic elementary school building.

Click here to view artwork online

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