Who We Are

The Art Association of Harrisburg promotes and encourages the visual arts through art exhibition and education, enriching the wellbeing of the local community.

Art is the heartbeat of a thriving community. Here at the Art Association we do our part to make art easily accessible, relatable and enjoyable. The AAH is proud to offer a variety of in-house exhibitions, including: eclectic invitational exhibitions, themed membership shows, and a yearly international juried exhibition. The AAH also takes art outside of our North Front Street location and into the community with over 70 exhibitions a year in local businesses and public spaces.

Striving for Excellence

Additionally, the AAH is dedicated to providing top-quality art education to children and adults through our year round art classes. Scholarships are provided for those with financial need.

Proud to be Non-Profit

The Art Association of Harrisburg is a 501C-3 nonprofit organization, registered with the Department of State’s Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

Location

​Located in the historic Governor Findlay Mansion at 2l North Front Street in downtown Harrisburg across from the scenic Susquehanna River.

Our Staff Members

The AAH is run by a team of professionals who have years of experience in the art world, and are dedicated to bringing artistic excellence to the Greater Harrisburg Area.

Carrie Wissler-Thomas

President
carrie@artassocofhbg.com

Carrie holds her BA in Fine Art from Hood College and her Master’s Degree from Temple University. Prior to employment as President of the Art Association in 1986, she was a freelance artist, instructor, and art writer. She has held many solo exhibitions of her own oil paintings, and has participated in numerous group and invitational shows. View her work at www.wisslerthomas.com.

Rachel O'Connor

Curator
rachel@artassocofhbg.com
Rachel O’Connor is a curator, educator and art historian. Her love for artists, and her insatiable curiosity over the various ways in which art reflects humanity, propelled her into the study of art history. Rachel attended Messiah College for her undergraduate studies, and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) for graduate school. Her work at the AAH focuses on bringing professional, cutting edge, and socially relevant exhibitions to the Greater Harrisburg Area.

Nate Foster

Administrative Assistant
nate@artassocofhbg.com
Nate Foster is an artist and instructor. When he’s not at the front desk, he’s teaching numerous classes at the AAH. He holds a degree in design and is passionate about teaching drawing.

Bryan Molloy

Gallery Assitant
bryan@artassocofhbg.com
Bryan Molloy was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1974.  He’s been drawing and painting since childhood, working in a representational style with a Bostonian Impressionistic influence.  In 1999, Bryan graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in illustration.  Bryan serves as Gallery Assistant on weekday evenings.

Randy Miller III

Webmaster
millerIII@gmail.com
Randy Miller attended Harrisburg Arts Magnet School from 1993-1996 studying fine arts and illustration. He earned a degree in Graphic Design in 2000 and taught Cartooning classes at AAH from 1999-2010.  Randy has maintained the AAH website since 2002 and also serves as Gallery Assistant on Sunday afternoons, so stop by and say hi!

Board of Directors

Travis DiNicola, Board Chair (Right)
Sue Rothman, Vice Chair
Robert Potter, Treasurer
Dr. Mary Simmonds, Secretary

Board Members
Jan Bahret
Joe Bahret
Eric Collins
Anne Davis
Bradley Gebhart
Cynthia Graeff
Kate Earley
Ashley Lloyd

 

Thomas Robel
Barbara Passeri Warfel
Carrie Wissler-Thomas, President

Board Members Emeritus
David W. Volkman
Randolph Michener
Tracey Meloni

Fine Art Appraisals

The AAH is pleased to announce that Noel F. Marks (left), Fine Art Consultant, will be available in the AAH Galleries every Thursday morning from 10 am to 1 pm to examine and offer verbal appraisals of oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, prints, antiques and collectibles.

Members of the AAH are entitled to one free appraisal each year.
Non-members must provide a $20 donation to the AAH for this service.

Marks is the President of Lancaster County Antique Art and has over 40 years experience in buying, selling and appraising fine art, antiques and collectibles. He has sold works by Andrew Wyeth, Benjamin West, Marc Chagall, Winslow Homer, Norman Rockwell, Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, August Renoir, Alexander Calder and hundreds of other listed American and European artists.

Items to be evaluated can be left with Nate Foster at the registration desk during gallery hours, or you can bring the items to the AAH on any Thursday morning when Mr. Marks is in the galleries.