2023 Exhibitions


October 16 – December 8, 2023
Court Gallery, Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts

This exhibition features artworks by seventeen artists who have been mentored and influenced by Ben Jones: Ray Arcadio, Josie Barreiro, Gianluca Bianchino, Gerardo Castro, Jose Manuel Cruz, Orlando Cuevas, Gerald Glover, Troy Jones, Heejung Kim, Mansa K. Mussa, Mustart, Orocoro, Jose Pardo, Michele A. Pope, Lucy Rovetto, Danielle Scott, and Bisa Washington. Their community of practice now extends four decades and thousands of miles beyond the orbit of northern New Jersey—each with their own connection to Jones—working in parallel universes of their own creation.

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The Universe of Ben Jones

Ben Jones
September 5 – December 8, 2023
South & East Galleries, Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts

This extraordinary retrospective presents six decades of creative expression by the artist Ben Jones. Many of the works—bold, insightful, and in a visual language all his own—have rarely been exhibited or are on display here for the first time. Come see how Jones’s symbology has transcended global and local issues of ecology, technology, politics, and spirituality, making him the conscience of his generation and of today. This exhibition is part of a year-long Mellon Foundation-funded collaboration between William Paterson University and New Jersey City University that will celebrate the American artist Ben Jones, a 1963 graduate of William Paterson and a New Jersey City University professor emeritus of art.

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Faculty Exhibition 2023

September 5 – September 29, 2023
Court Gallery, Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts

On view in Court Gallery, this exhibition features work by faculty who teach animation, drawing, digital art, graphic design, textile design, painting, photography, and sculpture. The works in the exhibition reveal the faculty’s unique artistic practices as they innovate across diverse media. Exhibiting artists include Miriam Bisceglia, Eileen Foti, Andrea Geller, Ashley Gerst, Joumana Jaber, Ahni Kruger, Julie Nagle, Leslie Nobler, Papa Tall, Steve Rittler, and Robin Schwartz.

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Here/Now: A Juried Exhibition of Student Artwork

April 10 - May 5, 2023
Court Gallery, Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts

Here/Now, an annual exhibition featuring William Paterson University student artwork, will be on view at the William Paterson University Galleries from April 10 through May 5, 2023. An award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 18 from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m., followed by an opening reception from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., in the Court Gallery, Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On view in the Court Gallery, this exhibition showcases a variety of media including drawing, illustration, painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, animation, and graphic design. William Paterson University Department of Art faculty members James Blasi, Julie Nagle, Steve Rittler, and Robin Schwartz juried the exhibition.


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El Cartel/The Poster: Puerto Rican Graphics

January 30 - May 5, 2023
South Gallery, Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts

Curated by Alejandro Anreus, WP professor of art history and Latin American/Latinx Studies, this exhibition showcases printed posters created by leading Puerto Rican and Nuyorican printmakers at the Taller de Artes Graficas of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in San Juan under the leadership of master printer Lorenzo Homar, and at the Taller Boricua in New York City, between 1960 and 2013. Drawn from an impressive print collection formed and recently donated to the William Paterson University Galleries by artist Gloria Rodriguez Calero in memory of her late husband Angelo Antolino and in honor of Alejandro Anreus, these works capture the issues and reflect the conscience of Puerto Ricans living on the island and in the diaspora over a half century when graphic design became entwined with the movement for independence. Central to this focus on printmaking was the development of one of the most sophisticated and effective uses of the silkscreen (serigraphy) technique. Printmakers represented in the exhibition include José Alicea, López Alomar, Luis Alonso, Isabel Bernal, Gloria Rodriguez Calero, Jose Rosa Castellanos, Fran Cervoni, Wilfredo Chiesa, Gilberto Hernandez, Lorenzo Homar, Carlos Irizarry, Antonio Martorell, Rafael Rivera Rosa, Fernando Salicrup, Carmelo Sobrino, Jorge Soto, Rafael Tufiño, and Manuel Vega.

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Myles Dunigan: Sacrifice Zones

Myles Dunigan
January 30- May 5, 2023
East Gallery, Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts

This exhibition features new prints, assemblages, installations, and an artist’s book by Myles Dunigan, the Grand Prize recipient of the 2020 Ink, Press, Repeat exhibition. Inspired by the provisional nature of scientific notation and doomsday preppers, Dunigan crafts ephemeral objects culled from a personal archive of slides, models, and field notes that act as beautiful warnings in a precarious era marked with pandemics and ecological anxieties.

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Ink, Press, Repeat: National Juried Printmaking and Book Art Exhibition of Traditional and Digital Print Media

Juried by Susan J. Goldman
January 30 - March 24, 2023
Court Gallery, Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts

Ink, Press, Repeat is the University Galleries' juried exhibition of traditional and digital print media and book art by professional artists from across the United States.

Juried by Susan J. Goldman, artist, master printmaker, curator, filmmaker, and founding director of Lily Press ©, this exhibition presents a selection of contemporary prints and artists’ books by 50 artists from 22 states: Leslie Adler, Rosaire Appel, Isak Applin, David Avery, Magda Baker, Mindy Belloff, Howard Berelson, Carol Bouyoucos, Denise Brady, Helene L. Brenenson, Lu Brewer, Servane Briand, R.D. Burton, Danqi Cai, Gino Castellanos, Eliza Clifford, Michael Ensminger, April Virginia Flanders, Xueer Gao, Jessica Marie Gross, Linda Herritt, Nicholas A. Hill, Yuji Hiratsuka, Neil Horsky, Marcus Howell, Diane Jacobs, David Joo, Christina Kang, Gali Katz, Tatana Kellner, Jun Lee, J. Myszka Lewis, Steven McCarthy, Chris Mona, Steven Muñoz, Irmari Nacht, B.E.F. Oakes, Frank Ozereko, Mervi Pakaste, Debra Pearlman, Marilyn Propp, Scott Reeds, Maxwell Roath, Andrew Robinson, Jennifer Scheuer, Dana Stirling, Rebecca Rowan Strabo, William Truran, Julie Wallace, and Chantal Zakari.

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