Rowan University Art Gallery

Movility: Movis Moves Meaning




With "Movility: Movis Moves Meaning," Rowan University Art joins with MOVIS to focus attention on the changeability of meaning, with an eye toward rethinking the context of certain concepts. The exhibit, which runs from October 15 – November 17, seeks to alter the meaning of familiar subjects by combining them with (or transforming them into) updated or contradictory information. An opening reception is slated for Wednesday, October 17, 5 – 7 pm.


The gallery challenged MOVIS, a professional artists group, to create an exhibition responding to the concepts of motion and movement in contemporary art; how motion and movement would be manifested in works of art. How they responded was to approach the concept of movement as a manifestation of change and the change of meaning that ensues.


The exhibit features Mac Adams' ambiguous photographic narrative; Rita Z. Asch's sound piece with video animation using the idea of a traditional musical round to represent an English traffic roundabout; Netherlands-born New Jersey resident Berendina Buist's photo series finding small physical changes in subjects before and after an hour of intense physical exercise; John Goodyear's  paintings that use prints from historical periods, one on top of the other, to create mixed metaphors and unusual chance organization of form; Susan Hockaday's "nest" created with photograms of plastic trash that alludes to nature gone awry; Eve Ingalls's wall sculpture depicting pelicans struggling in the oil-laden Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; Margaret Kennard Johnson's "Imagining" which transforms the common fly screen into a poetic interpretation of the universe; Marsha Levin-Rojer (a staple of the Princeton art scene) using her background in mathematics and her love of knitting to create "Clouds," referencing both the forms in the sky and the web-like interconnections of information in the data-driven world; Frank Magalhães' non-traditional diptych in which two photographic images are placed back to back on a specially constructed platform; Philadelphia resident Joanna Platt's  film exploring electronic passageways as "drawings" of her experiences "buried" in the walls.


MOVIS consists of individual artists who meet regularly to discuss projects and exhibition opportunities, then work collaboratively to develop them. They contribute to the exhibit's curation and planning by developing new works in response to the site, themes and audience; or they might include loaned works from collections and invite guest artists to participate. 


Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm (with extended hours on Wednesdays to 7 pm); and Saturday, 12 to 5 pm. For more information, call 856-256-4521 or visit


Rowan University Art Gallery is located on the lower level of Westby Hall on the university campus, Route 322 in Glassboro, NJ.