2019 Exhibitions

Rafael Soriano: Cabezas (Heads)

January 28 - May 8, 2019
South and East Galleries

Co-curated by WP Professor of Art Dr. Alejandro Anreus and Gallery Director Kristen Evangelista, this exhibition showcases over twenty significant paintings by Cuban-born painter Rafael Soriano (1920-2015). One of the major Latin American artists of his generation, Soriano began his career creating geometric abstractions and later became known for his luminous and biomorphic imagery reminiscent of surrealism. This is the first exhibition devoted to his important series of paintings of heads, which are some of the artist's most figurative works. The exhibition reveals the development of this body of work from early investigations in the late 1960s and 1970s through seminal works from the 1980s and 1990s.

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Winifred McNeill: The Weight of the World

January 28 - March 22, 2019
Court Gallery

Winifred McNeill repurposes found and commercial materials such as seashells, tiles, metal plates, and plumbing pipes as surfaces for delicate mark making and creates intimate vignettes on the fragility of the human condition. Throughout her paintings, drawings, and sculptures, physical movements such as flying, floating, falling, and diving through space become a metaphor for our physical and transitory existence in the universe.

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Here/Now: A Juried Exhibition of Student Artwork

April 8 - May 8, 2019
Court Gallery

Juried by William Paterson Art Department faculty, this exhibition showcases student artwork in diverse media.

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Lines Crossing: Contemporary Chinese Printmaking

September 9 - October 18, 2019
Court Gallery

The exhibition, Lines Crossing: Contemporary Chinese Printmaking, is organized in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University. Ranging from wood engravings to lithographs and intaglios, these artworks were created by a new generation of printmakers who are exploring innovative directions in a medium with a long legacy in China. Artists in the exhibition include: Jingbo An, Ling Ban, En Hao, Xianwu Hu, Xun Li, Yanpeng Li, Lianfang Liang, Bo Liu, Gen Liu, Linge Liu, Yanfei Liu, Haonan Tan, Ruiqing Wang, Shuai Wang, Wufeng Yu, Minjie Zhang, Bin Zhou, Yunzhi Zhou, Hua Zhu, and Jianxiang Zhu.

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The World Through My Eyes: Celebrating the Legacy of Ben Shahn

September 9 – December 11, 2019
South Gallery

In celebration of the University Galleries’ 40th anniversary, this exhibition commemorates Ben Shahn (1898-1969), who was perhaps the most important social-realist artist to have emerged in the early 1930s in the United States. Shahn is the namesake for our building, the Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts, and this exhibit will showcase works from WP’s art collection as well as loans from the public and private collections.  This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Visiones Latinx: Selections from the Permanent Collection

September 9 - December 11, 2019
East Gallery

Drawn from the University’s art collection, this exhibition features works on paper and artists’ books by contemporary artists of Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, and Mexican heritage. These artists address themes such as social and political activism, and immigration as well as popular culture. Artists: Josely Carvalho, Gabriela Forcadell, Alfredo Jaar, Leandro Katz, Fernando Lopes, Tony Ortega, Laura Ruiz, Jose Soler, and Paul Valadez.

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Faculty Exhibition 2019

October 30 - December 11, 2019
Court Gallery

Highlighting recent work by the faculty of William Paterson University’s art department, the innovative artwork on view represents a variety of media such as ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, woodworking, and more. Artists include: Seth Bechtold, Stephanie Beck, Gianluca Bianchino, Miriam Bisceglia, James Blasi, Matthew Finn, Barbara A. Friedman, Andrea Geller, Ashley Gerst, Juan Giraldo, Carl Jablonski, Rita Leduc, Elaine Lorenz, Daryl Joseph Moore, Julie Ann Nagle, Leslie Nobler, Grace Ramsey, Steve Rittler, Juan Jose Robles, Wes Sherman, Ben Weathers, HyukJae Henry Yoo.

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