Join Joseph Mella, Director and Curator of the Herron Galleries, for our first virtual reception as we celebrate our newest exhibitions featuring the work of Dan Mills, Donna Ferrato and Jana Harper.

The virtual reception will take place via Zoom from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, featuring the exhibiting artists. This event is free and open to the public with advance registration. Register to attend at


“Human Topographies” presents artist Dan Mills’ wide-ranging and decades-old interest in history, exploration, games and wordplay in order to investigate national and global networks of power, commerce, and migration that underpin societies. Mills creates luminous, layered paintings and collages about our shared human history using maps and data to expose the legacies of imperialism: war, colonialism, mass incarceration, and the forced displacement of indigenous peoples.

Drawing from the internationally-known activist-photographer’s upcoming book of the same title, “Donna Ferrato–Holy” is the culmination of her 50-year ‘road trip’ across the U.S. and beyond. “Holy”follows Ferrato’s journey from the sexual revolution of the ’60s through the #metoo era of today. This work, as noted by Ferrato, “is built on the strength of that other holy trinity—the mother, the daughter, and the others who believe in women.”

With her Native American heritage as an entry point and a focus on the Mackinac Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians’ 20-year petition for federal recognition, Jana Harper explores her place in the competing narrative between indigenous and colonial histories. “Jana Harper–Moving with the Land, Listening to the Ancestors” includes the Tennessee-based artist’s archival and personal research, her interviews with tribal elders, as well as her search for reconnection with the land of her ancestors.

“Dan Mills: Human Topographies,” “Donna Ferrato–Holy” and “Jana Harper–Moving with the Land, Listening to the Ancestors” run from Sept. 2 through Oct. 17.

Visit for more up to date information on health and safety protocols, exhibitions, talks, gallery hours and parking.

Image Credit: Dan Mills, "Wars and Conflicts by Country, with Ancient Symbols (detail)," 2015. Ink and graphite on printed map on paper, 22 ½ x 30 in. Private collection, Maine. Courtesy of the artist.


  • Occurred Thursday, September 10th, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm


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