We are a performance art juggling group based in Fayetteville, AR. Our work focuses on using object manipulation to create temporary works of art in the form of sand paintings and kinetic sculptures. For us, juggling is a state of arrested decay: a pattern woven through time and space that is constantly falling apart only to be rebuilt in the same moment. The Institute of Jugglology uses innovative juggling props filled with colored sand to create large sand paintings. The throws and catches of the juggling patterns trace vibrant lines through the air. Slowly, a fragile work of art appears on the ground constantly in danger of being destroyed by the very juggling props that create it. They have appeared all over North America in many venues including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, El Paso Museum of Art, and Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. They have opened for Cake, Peter Frampton, and Blues Traveler. The Institute has been Awarded the Northwest Arkansas Entertainer of the Year award for three years in a row and in 2014 won the world juggling championships judged by the International Jugglers’ Association.
Jugglology Co-Founder, Galen Harp
Galen grew up in a small town in Northwest Arkansas. Even as a kid, he had a fascination with manipulating objects, whether it was action figures or pik-up stiks. After graduating high school he moved to Fayetteville, AR, to attend college at University of Arkansas. He learned to juggle from his father-in-law, Joel Henderson, in 2000. Once he actually learned how to juggle, he took to it immediately, often spending more than eight hours a day practicing. He spends his time hanging out with his wife Jennifer and his daughter Gretchen, who is already attempting to make objects jump through hoops.