Browse Exhibits (3 total)

Here/Now: A Juried Exhibition of Student Artwork

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Here/Now, an annual exhibition featuring William Paterson University student artwork, will be on view at the William Paterson University Galleries from April 19 through May 5, 2021. A virtual jurors’ talk and award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 20 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To help ensure physical distancing and a safe, comfortable experience, we will be limiting admission to 12 visitors at a time to view our in-person exhibition. Visits will be limited to one hour in the gallery, and only members of one group or pod may be present in the gallery at one time. Admittance will be first-come, first-served and gallery visitors will be required to adhere to the following protocols. All individuals will be required to participate in a self-administered health screening including a temperature check prior to their arrival, wear a mask, provide contact information, and social distance. University-affiliated faculty, staff, and students must complete a daily health screening. Visitors without a University affiliation must use the CDC's Self-Checker. Please refer to WP’s Reopening Plan for additional details. Admission is free and open to the public. A virtual presentation of the exhibition can be viewed at bit.ly/HereNow2021. Both University community members and the general public may request a virtual tour of the exhibition. Please email Gallery Manager Emily Johnsen at johnsene@wpunj.edu to schedule your virtual tour.

On view in the South Gallery, this exhibition showcases a variety of media including drawing, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles. William Paterson University Department of Art faculty members Leslie Nobler, Lily Prince, and Steve Rittler juried the exhibition.

Artists featured in the exhibition include: Taiwo Adeyefa (Cliffwood, NJ), Patrick Baj (Bloomingdale, NJ), Summer Blais (Boonton, NJ), Kaeli Brady (Totowa, NJ), Elizabeth Brautigan (Pompton Lakes, NJ), Kathleen Burrough (Oceanport, NJ), Andre Costa-Ferretti (Hawthorne, NJ), Matthew De Martini (Old Bridge, NJ), Joshua Fitzpatrick (Jamesbury, NJ), Ana Garcia (Wayne, NJ), Matthew Gonzalez (East Rutherford, NJ), Mary Higgins (Glen Rock, NJ), Richard Honeychurch (Paterson, NJ), LeAnn Jimenez (Wayne, NJ), Briana Karpiak (Southampton Township, NJ), Sean Kozak (Old Bridge, NJ), Chris Laccetti (Rockaway, NJ), Lily Laura (Haddon Heights, NJ), Joshua Lopez (Newton, NJ), Daria Messner (Pennington, NJ), Maria Moreno (Paterson, NJ), Taylor Newman (Lake Hiawatha, NJ), Mukti Patel (Somerset, NJ), Patricia Patzi (Bloomfield, NJ), Adam Remeniski (Marlton, NJ), Jessica Santana (Clifton, NJ), Allison Venegas (Carlstadt, NJ), and Alexis Walter (Elmwood Park, NJ).

Here/Now is one of two exhibitions on view concurrently in the William Paterson University Galleries. On view in the Court Gallery is Fertile Ground, which showcases recently retired Professor of Art Elaine Lorenz’s ceramic sculptures inspired by elements of nature alongside works by her former ceramic students: Leslie Adler, David D'Ostilio, Amal Elnahrawy, Kara Kovach, Deborah Guzmán Meyer, Diana Jean Puglisi, Marcos Salazar, Jason Schneider, and Sarah Van Vliet.

This exhibition was made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The William Paterson University Galleries are wheelchair-accessible. Large-print educational materials are available. For additional information, please call the William Paterson University Galleries at 973-720-2654

Fertile Ground

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This exhibition highlights the legacy of Elaine Lorenz, who nurtured rich experimentation in sculpture as a professor of art at William Paterson University from 1971–2020. Lorenz finds inspiration in landscapes ranging from the meandering streams of the Berkshire Mountains to the narrow slot canyons of the Southwest. She views nature as an example of sculptureits contours, textures, and crevices are a source for both artistic creation and meditative reflection. 

This survey of over twenty years of Lorenz’s artistic career incorporates works by her former students who similarly re-imagine their surroundings through the discovery of new processes, techniques, and materials. Several of Lorenz’s pupils advance practices that were integral to her ceramics instruction, embracing the physical properties of clay and complex methods of hand building, firing, and glazing­­. Marcos Salazar demonstrates the expressive potential of clay in his towering sculpture of precariously balanced human heads. Leslie Adler’s tree stump and Kara Kovach’s rock formation deftly emulate nature through sophisticated firing and glazing processes. Amal Elnahrawy and Deborah Guzmán Meyer draw parallels between the life cycles of clay and those of plants and creatures, in a similar vein to Lorenz’s empty seedpods, which are metaphors for decay. Sarah Van Vliet comments on toxic relationships in her life-size bust, calling to mind Lorenz’s ‘Birds of a Feather’ series that conveys often tenuous and precarious social interactions. 

Lorenz has also served as a role model for exploring diverse materials including wood, metal, concrete, fiberglass, and encaustic over a wire armature while pursuing new technologies for fabricating large-scale sculptures. David D’Ostilio melds metal casting with 3D modeling and printing to inventively redesign utilitarian objects. Diana Jean Puglisi and Jason Schneider experiment with ordinary and unconventional materials, employing pincushions and cardboard to probe the interaction between materials and forms and reveal undulating patterns and textures. The works in this exhibition reflect a common visual language that emerged through the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and technique.

Faculty Exhibition 2020

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Highlighting recent work by the faculty of William Paterson University's art department, the innovative artwork on view represents a variety of media such as digital art, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, woodworking, and more. Artists include: Miriam Bisceglia, Angela DeLaura, Andrea Geller, Ashley Gerst, Juan C. Giraldo, Rita Leduc, Julie Ann Nagle, Leslie Nobler, Lily Prince, Grace Ramsey, Michael Rees, Robin Schwartz, Ben Weathers, and HyukJae Henry Yoo.