Rowan University Art Gallery

In/Dwelling: Meditations on Built Environments as Cultural Narrative

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 25th, 2016

In/Dwelling: Meditations on Built Environments as Cultural Narrative. 

at 301 High Street Gallery


February 22 – April 14, 2016

Reception and Artist's Lecture with Brain Tolle

February 25, 5 – 8 pm

The lecture will be presented at Westby Hall, rm 111 beginning at 5 pm.

The reception will follow at 301 High Street gallery at 6:00 pm.



Our built environments, both external and internal, are emblems of a cultural past, present, and future. We are compelled to imagine a time when these spaces and objects were new representations of manufacturing, design, and aesthetical 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.


Brian Tolle, from New York, will be our guest speaker on February 25th. His work emphasizes a formal and iconographic dialog with history and context. He has completed several public art installations in New York including the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park. He has exhibited internationally and his work is included in many museum collections. He holds a BA in Political Science from SUNY at Albany, NY, a BFA from Parsons the New School for Design, NY, and an MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT.


Shuttle vans will be provided to take guests from Westby Hall to High Street. Return service will not be provided, but High Street is only a 15-minute walk away. 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.