Rowan University Art Gallery

Music /Dance

Opening Reception: June 12, 4 - 6 pm

Paintings and Sculpture by 

Jim Haba, Erica Barton Haba, Aaron Haba

GLASSBORO, NJ ? Jim Haba, Erica Barton Haba, and Aaron Haba exhibit at Rowan University Art Gallery.  Their group show features recent abstract paintings and sculpture.  The exhibit runs May 20 – June 18.  A reception with the artists will be held on Thursday, June 12, from 4 – 6 pm.

MUSIC / DANCE is the title of an evolving series of paintings that has occupied Jim Haba for the past year.  Like Erica Haba's vibrant Jazz Stripe paintings and Aaron Haba's elegant cast sculptures, Jim Haba's MUSIC / DANCE paintings explore the ever-changing, rhythmic relationships between color and form, motion and stillness.


Before accepting a teaching position at Rowan (1972-2003, English), Jim Haba had already begun to study drawing and sculpture, first at Douglass College and then at the New York Studio School.  From 1986 – 2008 he designed and directed the Dodge Poetry Festival.  Having kept one foot in the studio throughout, he has in the last decade focused on creating his distinctive paintings: painted paper collages.  Deeply in love with color, he said even before arriving at the paintings in this exhibit,  "I think of my work largely in terms of sculpture, music, and dance."


Jim Haba shares a studio in central NJ with his wife, Erica, who says of herself, "As long as I can remember all I've done was paint and, of course, draw."  A prolific ceramic tile muralist, she has long been interested in the rhythms of traditional Islamic and Italian tile designs.  She turned to acrylic on paper and brighter colors for the Jazz Stripe paintings that grew out of her study of indigenous fabric designs from southern Mexico.  She studied at the Art Students League in NYC and at the Accademia di Belli Arte in Venice.



A New Jersey native selected to be among the first class of students attending the NJ Governor's School of the Arts (1984), Aaron Haba studied sculpture at Wesleyan University in CT and now lives on Camano Island, WA.  About his work, he says he is drawn to "repetition of form, positive space mingling with negative space, and patterns in nature that evoke breath, mystery, and joy."


Gallery hours for this exhibition are Monday – Friday, 11 am to 4 pm and by appointment.  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.