Aaron Treher is a visual artist and educator. Some information about Aaron's background and his current work is listed below.
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 recently received an MFA from the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado Boulder. While there, Treher studied sculpture and art practices through the Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice Area where he worked closely with Yumi J. Roth and Richard Saxton. During his graduate work, Treher investigated the intersection of ecology and culture. Work that eventually led to a focus on the perspective of barn swallows, a unique migratory bird species that nest on human made structures almost exclusively.