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Jacob Landau: Exploring the Colors

An exhibition of works exploring the world of colors created by the American artist, humanist, and teacher Jacob Landau. Born in Philadelphia in 1917, Jacob Landau launched his career as an illustrator, winning national prizes at age 16 and a scholarship to the Philadelphia College of Art. He had over sixty one-person shows and was the recipient of many awards, including Guggenheim and National Arts Council grants. Many of his works are featured in permanent collections, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A master teacher, he retired as professor emeritus at New York’s Pratt Institute. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by Monmouth University.

For Jacob Landau “art enables us to see the world whole and undivided.” As a humanist his art was devoted to the unity of the imagination. And at its center lies Landau’s desire for justice in the world. In the current exhibit his celebration of our love of color, shared across so many cultures, is inseparable from his humanist conviction. Color and drawing, Landau once declared, are the “twin fundaments of my style.” And he has been praised by fellow artists and critics as a colorist. His dazzling palette and expressive line exhilarate us. We find ourselves transported by their exuberant life, colors that rise up and sing for us in a work titled Flight. And yet his love affair with color does not blind him to the world of injustice.

On the one hand, his red and orange and yellow, and green and blue watercolors of gorgeous promise, so exquisitely handled in a radically imagined portrait of Isaiah dazzle us with life. But by the same token, Landau by these colors insists on the social justice that Isaiah declaimed. Justice, the artist makes clear in his beautiful and unsettling riot of forms, that he expects of us.

Uniquely, his canvass of many colors dazzles and disturbs. His understated colors in Apocalypsis fill us with foreboding, and he asks, “Whose apocalypse is it anyway ours or God’s?” Just like Landau to leave us with an uncomfortable question in the language of subtle colors. At the same time, we see a bold backdrop of brilliant yellow across the way in his Oracle 1, dramatizing the hope that resides in the human heart. A yellow we can’t shake as we walk away.

The exhibition features a selection of some twenty-one works. All are from Monmouth University’s extensive collection of Jacob Landau’s work, comprising over 300 prints, drawings and paintings. The collection was gifted to Monmouth University in 2008 by the Jacob Landau Institute of Roosevelt, NJ. This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Jewish Culture Studies Program and the Honors School of Monmouth University.

Docent tours are available (for times, contact Professor Noel Belinski 732-263-5425; email:

Mike Quon

Born into the world of art and design, Mike Quon learned the ropes early on from his father who was an art director and an animator and promotional artist at Disney working on classics like Dumbo and Fantasia. After graduating from UCLA School of the Arts, Mike launched his own career as an art director at J. Walter Thompson and Young and Rubicam before establishing his award-winning design office in New York City 30 years ago. Since then, Mike’s bold and bright promotional illustrations for advertising and editorial campaigns, his graphic design collateral and packaging, and his hand-crafted logos have been seen around the world, helping to promote events like the Summer Olympics and build lasting brand identities for consumer products, businesses and nonprofits.

“The Other Vincent” Documentary Film Premiere and Closing Reception

Please join us for the closing reception of  Vincent DiMattio/50 a retrospective of work by Vincent DiMattio celebrating his 50 years as a professor in Monmouth University’s Department of Art & Design at 6:30 PM in the Pollak, DiMattio & Ice House Galleries. After the reception, there will be the premiere of a documentary film The Other Vincent at 7:30 PM in Pollak Theatre about Vincent DiMattio’s 50 year journey at Monmouth University as an artist and educator.


As a universal language the arts are a very effective tool for addressing social issues. The #metoo movement has brought to the surface long ignored injustices perpetrated mostly against women for generations that are finally screaming to be remedied. This juried exhibition will feature works that eloquently depicts remedies, that teach us how to honor women and others who have been maligned, how to implement change within our culture, to alter perceptions and ultimately excise this malady for future generations.

Artists featured in this exhibition:

Ellis Angel
Anne Bascove
Philip Book
Janet Braun-Reinitz
Joan Lobis Brown
Maria Celia
Marie Corfield
Linda Coughlin
Julia Dzikiewicz
Elizabeth Ebbert
Emily Greer
Kyu Wha Han
Anne Harkness
Elisabeth Jacobsen
Julia Justo
Louise Krasniewicz
Gretchen Mahnkopf
Virginia Mallon
Lib Mason
Jean Plough
Judy Polstra
Jennifer Reddy
Heather Schulte
Jody Servon
Sudyut Sinha
Katie Smith
Amna Suhey
Colleen Sweeney Gahrmann

Frontline Paper

*Formerly known as Combat Paper NJ

Exhibit of created works will be displayed on October 4th following the reading in Pollak Theater.

All veterans have a story to tell. For too long, we have lived in a day and age where veterans tend to suppress their experiences – producing a culture of the “silent veteran”. Frontline Paper (formerly known as Combat Paper NJ) is a unique art project that offers artistic tools and professional instruction for all, providing a space to use art and writing to explore experiences, and ultimately share them publicly, all through papermaking.

Frontline Paper’s specialty is the transformative process of making handmade paper from military uniforms. This handmade paper, created through public workshops, provides a platform for veterans and non-veterans to come together to share stories and generate a “new language” and much needed conversations.

Gallery Exhibition: Massachusetts

Opening Reception: Friday, September 20th from 7 – 9 p.m.

This exhibition is comprised of nine artists: Steve Smalley, Henry Pinardi, Brenda Atwood Pinardi, John Stevens, Suzanne Howes-Stevens, Candace Walters, Bob Stein, Robert Cumming, and Vincent DiMattio; who all have strong personal ties related to Massachusetts. Many of the relationships began as early as 1960 as students of the Massachusetts College of Art.

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gallery Exhibition: Zaun Lee’s My No-Man’s Land

Opening Reception/Artist Meet & Greet: Thursday, September 12th from 5 – 7 p.m.

My No-Man’s Land, an exhibition by Zaun Lee, highlights the raw senses of emotions. The exhibit depicts a journey into a transitional dynamic of one’s own understanding of internal logic of senses in decomposed narratives.

Rotary Ice House Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December 2013 Senior Show


Location: Rotary Ice House Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, November 22 from 7 – 9 p.m.


Gallery Exhibition: Eye Cons

EYE CONS: Michael Anthony Donato


‘The paintings in this show for the most part have been inspired by Pre Renaissance and Renaissance iconography. Although some may be based on familiar and traditional themes, all of the paintings are original contemporary interpretations of these themes.’

The Dimattio Gallery – Lower Level


Opening Reception: Friday January 31, from 7– 9 p.m.

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Gallery Exhibition – Lewis Mumford: Selections from the Monmouth University Permanent Collection

Lewis Mumford

Selections from the Monmouth University Permanent Collection

The Dimattio Gallery – Upper Level

Lewis Mumford, a dynamic writer, literary and architectural critic, moralist, historian and philosopher. Born in Flushing, NY, on October 19, 1895, Mumford’s extensive contributions to literary scholarship, technology, urban planning, and architecture are internationally renowned for their uncanny social vision and their timely prescience. Lewis Mumford criticized progress based on the intoxicating power of technology and the machine. He argued that the advancement of civilization should be cultivated by humanism, and that technology should never be used to acquire global domination, promote military prowess, or erode individualism.

Lewis Mumford, however, was no pacifist—he despised fascism and urged America to fight in both World Wars. Like George Orwell, he often accused his liberal contemporaries of being corrupt, and claimed that their “willingness to submit to the Nazis rather than risk the need for using force in opposing them” was nothing short of egregious.

His many prestigious awards include the Medal of Freedom from President Lyndon Johnson, the Presidential Medal of Art and Citation from Ronald Reagan, and the Knight of the British Empire (K.B.E), an honor bestowed on him by Queen Elizabeth II. These achievements are all the more remarkable when we consider that Lewis Mumford did not take an academic degree.

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall Hours

Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.