Center for Collaborative History Art Exhibitions

August 07, 2019

During the 2019-20 academic year, the Center for Collaborative History (CCH) will host five art exhibits in Dickinson Hall showcasing local artists. The exhibits are open to the public, and may be visited Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Dickinson Hall, Room 113. The artwork exhibited is available for sale from the artists. For more information contact Jennifer Loessy at

September 12-October 25, 2019

"Solitary Interludes"

Artist: William B. Hogan

Artist: Susan Hogan

A New Jersey native, William B. Hogan attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, then served a couple years as an illustrator in the personal section for the U.S.Army in San Antonio, Texas. He studied painting and printmaking at the University of the Americas in Mexico, then taught junior high school in New Mexico before returning to northern New Jersey for a 26-year career as an editorial artist on the staff of The Record in Hackensack. A prolific artist in many media, Hogan has won awards for his work from the U.S. Army, the NJSCA, the NJ Press Association, and the International Salon of Cartoon Art in Montreal among others, and in the collections of the Newark Museum, New Jersey; the Billie Ireland Museum of Cartoon Art, Ohio State University. Hogan has always felt that the mind is a repository of vast experiences, ideas, memories, and so much more, that we ought to challenge our ideas and open up this place called a brain to visually express those ideas and images and feelings. Hogan does not create what he sees out a window, he interprets visual images from his observant conscience and experiences both real and unreal, surreal and absurd. It’s a journey from one surface to the next, an endless river of paintings.



October 25 - December 13, 2019

Artist: Sean Carney

Sean Carney is an award winning artist with a unique style that specializes in painting with Minwax wood stain and a Dremel. It is a process that is his and his alone. Carney's paintings look like traditional paintings from a distance, but upon closer inspection you gain a realization that they are not traditional at all. It is that moment of contemplation that drives Carney to continue his growth and development as an artist. In his short five-year career as a professional artist, he has been a part of over 70 exhibits nationally and internationally, 18 of those exhibitions have been solo shows. Carney's work is highly sought after, with some of his works in fortune 500 companies and the United States Embassy in Muscat, Oman.  

January 31 - March 20, 2020

Artist: Michele Melcher

"Dead Masters"

Michele Melcher is a classically trained fine artist and illustrator. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1997 from the renowned University of the Arts located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For over twenty years Michele has honed her craft as an illustrator specializing in editorial, portraiture and advertising for clients such as the AARP, American Express, The Chicago Tribune and the Smithsonian.

All the while she has been creating and showing her work in galleries both regionally and internationally. Michele’s work follows themes of folklore, legends, the supernatural and the natural sciences. Her latest paintings pay homage to the decadence of 18th and 19th century portrait masters as well as her interest in the themes and symbolism of vanitas and memento mori.
Michele creates and lives in the historic village of Carversville, Pennsylvania with her loving husband and her two black cats.

Artist Reception:
Thursday, February 6
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 PM
113 Dickinson Hall

March 20 - May 15, 2020

Artist: John O'Neill

Show Title to be Announced

John O'Neill received his BFA in painting in 1993 from the State University of New York at New Paltz. A lifelong resident of New York City, he relocated to Bucks County in 2012 where he discovered his passion for plein air painting. O'Neill derives his inspiration from the landscape of Bucks County and the Central New Jersey region. His favorite locations include the farms and towns along the Delaware River. John currently resides in Morrisville, PA and works as the General Manager of Jerry’s Artarama Art Supplies in Lawrenceville, NJ.

May 19 - July 1, 2020

Artist: Joachim "Joe" Spruch

Show Title to be Announced

Born and raised in West Germany, Spruch moved to New York City in 1986. He has worked in the Printing and Publishing industry for more than 20 years as an Art Director, and later on, as the Director of Publishing for Institutional Investors Newsletters. Shortly after moving to New Jersey, he started working at Princeton University. As a young boy, Spruch was drawn to sketching and tracing airplanes and super heroes (Superman being a favorite, and still is.) Later on he tried his hand at music. First the guitar, and now the piano. Painting has become Spruch's passion, and after years of exploring various styles like landscapes and abstracts, and mediums such as watercolor and acrylic, he finds himself most comfortable in the abstract style of painting.