Rowan University Art Gallery

CROSSROADS: Determining the Authentic Visual Voice

Opening Reception: January 28th, 2010

Rowan University Art Gallery explores the artist's view of their own creative expression in "CROSSROADS: Determining the Authentic Visual Voice," an exhibition inspired by individual artists reflecting on the meaning of that very concept in their work. "CROSSROADS" is on display from January 18 – March 12, 2010. An artist's reception and gallery talk is January 28 from 5 – 7 pm.
 
Presented in collaboration with The Philadelphia Sculptors, the exhibit features the work of artists Maria Anasazi, Tom Bendtsen, Catherine Martens Betz, Brent Crothers, Ted Prescott and Warren Holzman.

Philadelphia Sculptors asked it members to consider the meaning of the "authentic visual voice" and the responses to that question and the work submitted in support of those responses are the basis for this exhibition.

"The artists selected have been challenged and inspired by the inherent meaning of functional objects and their potential as an artistic medium when manipulated by the artists," notes Mary Salvante, exhibit curator and gallery director at Rowan. "The ‘authenticity' of the work is determined by the choices and decisions made by the artist when presenting the object in a new context. Viewers will be engaged visually and conceptually by the formal characteristics of the work, which in turn are supported by the artist's intent."
 
Bendtsen, a member of the Rowan art department faculty, points out that "when I think about Authentic Visual Voice, I think about the many ways we create voice, language, how we say or show. I wonder about what authenticity is? Does it require being genuine, honest, true or unique?"

The exhibit is organized in partnership with Leslie Kaufman, president of Philadelphia Sculptors and faculty at The College of New Jersey.

Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, 12 to 5 pm. For more information, call 856-256-4521 or visit www.rowan.edu/fpa/artgallery. Rowan University Art Gallery is located on the lower level of Westby Hall on the university campus, Route 322 in Glassboro, NJ.