Rowan University Art Gallery

Coming Up


Brandon Ballengée: Sea of Vulnerability

September 14 – November 5, 2017

Artist Lecture:
Thursday, September 14, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Westby Hall, Room 111

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 14, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
RUAG at 301 High Street West

Artist, biologist and environmental educator, Brandon Ballengée creates trans-disciplinary artworks inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research. In Sea of Vulnerability we present a series of artworks in the form of installations, assemblages, and mixed media that offer dramatic visual representations of species that are in decline, threatened, or already lost to extinction. The most vulnerable are those that live in or near water.

This event is sponsored by the College of Communication and Creative Arts as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series in partnership with the College of Science and Math, and the School of Earth & Environment.

Concurrently, RUAG will present Brandon Ballengée’s light emitting sculpture Love Motel for Insects, in partnership with the Freedom Prep Charter School and Virtua Camden at 1000 Atlantic Ave, Camden N.J. 08104

About the Artist

Since 1996 a central investigation focus of Ballengée’s work has been the occurrence of developmental deformities and population declines among amphibians and other ectothermic vertebrates. From 2009 through 2015 he continued his amphibian research as a Visiting Scientist at McGill University (Montréal, Canada) and in 2011 he was awarded a conservation leadership fellowship from the National Audubon Society’s TogetherGreen Program (USA). Ballengée’s art has been exhibited internationally and in the summer of 2013 the first career survey of his work debuted at the Château de Charamarande in Essonne (France), and travelled to the Museum Het Domein in Sittard (Netherlands) in 2014. A mid-career retrospective of his work opened at the University of Wyoming Art Museum in 2016. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Plymouth (England) in collaboration with the Hochschule für Gestaltung Zürich (Switzerland). Currently he is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural studying the impact on fishes from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.



On Campus

The Sister Chapel
An Essential Feminist Collaboration

Gallery West is closed beginning Thursday, May 4 and will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.
To schedule an appointment for viewing, please contact RUAG at 856-256-4520.




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