William Paterson University Galleries Presents Annual Art Faculty Exhibition From September 8 Through October 17

"Snow Pied Deer," photograph by Robin Schwartz

A selection of recent artworks created by 23 members of the art faculty at William Paterson University in Wayne will be featured in an exhibition at the University Galleries in the Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts from September 8 through October 17, 2014. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on September 14 and 28 and October 5 and 12 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Sunday, September 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. A faculty panel discussion is scheduled for Thursday, September 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The exhibition, in the Court and East Galleries, provides insight into the diverse artistic practices of the University’s art faculty, which includes painters, sculptors, printmakers, and designers in every media. Works featured in the exhibit include examples of painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, collage, furniture design, photography, textile design and printmaking.

Among the works included in the exhibition will be “Snow Pied Deer,” a photograph by Robin Schwartz from her series “Amelia’s World” that documents her daughter’s interactions and adventures among rare and domesticated animals. In fall 2014, Aperture Foundation will publish Schwartz’s monograph, Amelia and the Animals, which surveys her photography from the past 12 years.

Charles Magistro presents a new series of digital-based paintings. The vibrant-hued compositions combine abstract digital imagery with layers of paint and wax, creating what the artist describes as a mystical space. Magistro’s work will be included in a coloring book produced by the non-profit ART180 featuring a total of 30 artists. In addition, a series of 30 box sets with drawings by each of the artists will be produced. This is the second edition of the coloring book, which was originally conceived and produced by artist and Virginia Commonwealth University Professor Chuck Scanlin in 1969; Magistro is one of 11 of the original participants whose works are included in the new edition.

Lily Prince showcases two watercolor and oil pastel on paper paintings from her 2014 series, “San Giovanni D’Asso.” Prince was among 34 artists selected to participate in the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s 2014 Art on Paper biennial exhibition in Greensboro, North Carolina. Earlier this year, she was invited to hold a residency at the New Museum in conjunction with the exhibition, Draftsmen’s Congress.

Giovanna Cecchetti explores spirituality through abstract forms in her works Yadididi, an oil painting on linen, and Shacapa and Whispering Mermaids, mixed media on paper. Her exhibition, Giovanna Cecchetti: The Consciousness of Infinite Goodness, will be on view at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey from September 27, 2014 until January 4, 2015. 

Other faculty artists included in the exhibition are Miriam Bisceglia, James Blasi, Kevin Brownie, Kyle Coniglio, Angela DeLaura, Ming Fay, Eileen Foti, Andrea Geller, David Horton, Alan Lazarus, Elaine Lorenz, Leslie Nobler, Lauren Razzore, Michael Rees, Steve Rittler, William Truran, Tom Uhlein, Michael Wolf and David Zavracky.

The exhibition is one of two on view concurrently in the University Galleries. 35 in 350: The Story of New Jersey, on view in the South Gallery, narrates the experience of living in New Jersey. This exhibition is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The William Paterson University Galleries are wheelchair-accessible. Large-print educational materials are available. For additional information, please call the William Paterson University Galleries at 973-720-2654.

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