Rowan University Art Gallery
VISITOR PARKING ALERT!
Please note: Due to on-going construction around campus several parking areas have been impacted. If you are visiting the gallery at Westby Hall please be sure to stop at the visitors gate, located on rt 322 in the center of campus, to get a pass to park in lot A. It is a shortwalk from there to Westby Hall.
If you are visiting the High Street Gallery at 301 High Street, free public parking is available on High Street and neighboring streets. Municipal parking areas are available off Lake Street (behind Little Beefs Deli) and near the Barnes and Noble shopping complex between New Street and Rowan Blvd.
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ABOUT THE GALLERY
Rowan University Art Gallery now has two locations. Our campus based gallery will remain at Westby Hall and our new gallery is at 301 High Street in downtown Glassboro. The Galleries at Rowan serve as a premier cultural destination for South Jersey, the Rowan community, and surrounding region. As a center for contemporary art by emerging and established professional artists from the region, nation, and global community, the gallery is committed to presenting the most current in contemporary art practices. Find out more about the Rowan University Art Gallery at NPR's Friday Arts.
Rowan University Art Gallery at High Street
February 22 -April 14, 2016
Artist’s lecture and reception on Thursday, February 25 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Rowan University Art Gallery at High Street explores built environments, both external and internal, as emblems of a cultural past, present, and future with In/Dwelling: Meditations on Built Environments as Cultural Narrative. The exhibit is on display from February 22 to April 14, with an artist’s lecture and reception on February 25 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
We are compelled to imagine a time when architectural spaces and objects were new representations of manufacturing, design, and aesthetic tastes and trends. The urban / suburban motifs have time and again provided artists with the perfect vehicle in which to explore universal topics such as: the complexity of infrastructure, commerce, demographics, and identity as inspiration to create new work. In this exhibition the participating artists imbue architectural structures and domestic objects with interpretations of historical experiences, social customs, and emotional memories as a cultural narrative. Artists include Louise Bourgeois, Lewis Colburn, Ben Grasso, Kay Healy, Erin Murray, Miriam Singer, Ann Toebbe, and Brian Tolle.
The catalyst behind the framing of this exhibition concept was the print Femme Maison, 1984, by Louise Bourgeois from the gallery collection. Femme Maison, which means both “woman-house” and “house-wife,” is one of Louise Bourgeois’s most famous motifs. For the artist, who was raised in France, the home was closely connected to female identity. By combining residential architecture and the curvaceous female body, Bourgeois portrays a woman who is obscured and entrapped by the domestic realm that she simultaneously supports.
The selected artists for this exhibition approach domesticity, architecture, and everyday objects from singular and accumulative perspectives. Brian Tolle creates a cross-wiring of reality and fiction in his sculptures and installations and blurs the border between the contemporary and historical with recurring themes of architecture, site, and technology. Lewis Colburn, of Philadelphia, sees objects as unreliable tour guides. He investigates ways in which we re-interpret and re-tell the past through the filter of our current experience. Ben Grasso, of Brooklyn, NY, presents a re-imagining of what actually exists and recasts these things in new terms creating a re-alignment of logic that makes plastic the anxiety underlying objects in the world through his painting. Miriam Singer, looks perceptually at multiple locations in Philadelphia and expresses the fragmentation of a fictional city as a collage of noise, pattern, and density.
By recounting memories of unique, collective, or habitual memories these artists investigate identity and history through interior and exterior experiences. Kay Healy, a Philadelphia based artist, creates large-scale screen printed and stuffed fabric furniture based on other people’s descriptions of their childhood homes and investigates how we relate to objects and cope with the fact that there is no way to truly return home. Ann Toebbe, a Chicago based artist, creates meticulous paintings using reconstructed memory and multiple perspectives to depict domestic and architectural spaces in cut-out paper doll fashion. Erin Murray, of Philadelphia, relates to buildings and built forms as being understood to represent our physical body, our cultural history, our economic reality, and our long-formed habits.
Brian Tolle, from New York, offers a lecture on February 25. He has completed several public art installations in New York, including the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City. He has exhibited around the world and his work is included in numerous museum collections. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY at Albany; a B.F.A. from Parsons the New School for Design, NY; and an M.F.A. from Yale University in New Haven, CT.
The lecture will be presented at Westby Hall Room 111 beginning at 5:00 p.m. A reception follows at 301 High Street in Glassboro at 6:00 p.m.
Shuttle vans will be provided for guests travelling from Westby Hall to High Street. Return service will not be provided, but High Street is only a 15-minute walk away.
Image: Brian Tolle, Outgrown, from the Levittown Series, 2009, platinum silicon rubber, toys, 58 X 40 X 80 inches, Courtesy the artist and CRG gallery.
Rowan University Art Gallery West at Westby Hall
The Sister Chapel:The Essential Feminist Collaboration
March 31, 2016
After an absence of more than thirty-five years, the components of The Sister Chapel will be fully reunited in the Rowan University Art Gallery West. To celebrate the return of this powerful work of contemporary art, Maureen Connor’s previously unrealized tent enclosure is being fabricated. For the first time in its history, The Sister Chapel will be exhibited as its creators intended. A lectue and panle dicussion with four of the collborationg artists will be held on March 31, 2016 begining at 5pm. A reception will follow.
Admission to gallery events are always free and open to the public.
Gallery Hours, academic year:
Both galleries are closed on election day, Thanksgiving weekend, between Christmas and New Years, and all other NJ state holidays. Gallery West is also closed during University Winter and Spring Breaks, and during the summer months.
Directions and Accessibility
Rowan University Art Gallery / 301 High Street. Located on the south east side of campus in downtown Glassboro. Follow directions above, but remain on Rt. 55 until exit 48. At the end of the exit ramp make a left on to Ellis Avenue and take that 1.8 miles to the intersection of High Street and Ellis. The gallery is located on the opposite north west corner of High Street and Mick Drive.
The galleries are wheelchair accessible. For patrons requiring additional services please contact the Director at the listing below.
Mary Salvante, Gallery and Exhibitions Program Director