Aaron Treher is a visual artist and educator. Some information about Aaron's background and his current work is listed below.
The main body of work listed under projects, represents Aaron's current artistic practice. These works explore the overlap of people and animal populations as a way to challenge notions of natural and man-made within our culture. Much of his works recreate vernacular architecture and infrastructure that act as sites of intervention inside and outside the gallery.
Aaron Treher was born on in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. After his undergraduate studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Treher began working as a community based artist in 2009. His first major project, The Thought Lot Contemporary Arts Center, evolved over four years with 20+ individuals working toward a common goal of improving community through arts initiatives and renovation projects. The project was realized in 2012 with the opening of a 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse that had previously been condemned. The space was converted into affordable studios, gallery space, and a concert venue.
Soon after Treher took part in a two year artist-in-residence program at Tuscarora School District in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. While there Treher led four major workshops that integrated art and project planning. The workshops focused beautification and upkeep of the Tuscarora Wildlife Education Project’s nature preserve and trails. These bi-annual workshops led to an artist-in-residence program in Charles Town, WV through Craft Works at Cool Spring, where he led similar community based projects.
Treher’s post undergraduate work led to an overall interest in socially engaged art practices and what that meant in context of contemporary art. With that focus in mind, Treher began his graduate studies in the Sculpture and Post Studio Practices area in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado Boulder where he works with Yumi J. Roth and Richard Saxton. Treher is currently in his third year and expects to graduate in the Spring of 2018.