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.
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.
Located in the historic Governor Findlay Mansion at 2l North Front Street in downtown Harrisburg across from the scenic Susquehanna River.
21 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
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 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 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.
Sales Gallery Manager
Nate Foster is an artist and instructor. When he’s not at the front desk or managing our Sales Gallery, he’s teaching numerous classes at the AAH. He holds a degree in design and is passionate about teaching drawing.
Crista studied art history at the University of Pittsburgh and holds an interest in contemporary art, specializing in contemporary video and installation art in East/South East Asia. In addition to this, she enjoys working on sculptures.
Jonathan Frazier is our newest employee and currently serves as the Gallery Assistant on Tuesday evenings. He’s a well-known area artist and musician (including a regular performer at AAH opening receptions), as well as our Oil Painting instructor.
Randy Miller III
Webmaster / Gallery Assistant
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 at AAH from 1999-2010. Randy has maintained the AAH website since 2002 and also serves as Gallery Assistant on Sunday afternoons.
Board of Directors
Travis DiNicola, Board Chair (Right)
Sue Rothman, Vice Chair
Robert Potter, Treasurer
Dr. Mary Simmonds, Secretary
Barbara Passeri Warfel
Carrie Wissler-Thomas, President
Board Members Emeritus
David W. Volkman
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.