Monmouth University

Center for the Arts

Gallery Exhibitions

The Monmouth University galleries are an integral part of the University experience, not only for students and faculty but the community at large. As we continue to expand our programming—along with the newly created Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall DiMattio Gallery—we are now presented with a unique opportunity of making the DiMattio, Rotary Ice House and Pollak Galleries, an artistic center for this region.

The purpose of the Monmouth University Art Galleries is to encourage contemporary visual artists and art, which challenge and educate public perceptions of civil, social and aesthetic issues affecting society.

MU’s Art Galleries are designated for the exhibition of works of art, which exemplify ideas and values that are taught as part of the University’s curriculum in art.

Upcoming Events

“The Other Vincent” Documentary Film Premiere and Closing Reception

Dec 12

6:30 PM

Gallery Exhibitions

Special Event

“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.

Free Event

Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American History (Photographs by Andrew Lichtenstein)

Jan 22 Mar 22

Rotary Ice House Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American History (Photographs by Andrew Lichtenstein)

From Wounded Knee to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered presents photographs by Andrew Lichtenstein of significant sites from U.S. history, posing unsettling questions about the contested memory of traumatic episodes from the nations past. Focusing especially on landscapes related to African American, Native American and labor history, Lichtenstein reveals new vistas of officially commemorated sites, sites that are neglected or obscured, and sites that serve as a gathering place for active rituals of organized memory.

Free Event

BEYOND #METOO

Jan 22 Apr 30

Pollak Gallery

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BEYOND #METOO

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.

Free Event

Mike Quon

Jan 22 Mar 15

8 AM
Rechnitz Hall’s DiMattio Gallery

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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.

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Past Events

Vincent DiMattio / 50

Sep 4 Dec 7 2018

Rechnitz Hall’s DiMattio Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

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. Professor DiMattio earned his MFA from Southern Illinois University and his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. He joined the University’s faculty in 1968 where he served as the department chair for 13 years and as gallery director for more than 20 years. He was largely responsible for starting the gallery program at Monmouth University.

Past Event

Nick Aristovulos 1945 – 2014

Jun 24 Jul 13 2018

Rechnitz Hall’s DiMattio Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

Nick Aristovulos 1945 – 2014

Monmouth University celebrates the artwork of Nick Aristovulos. MU Adjunct Professor of Sculpture, 1999 – 2014.Nick was a very talented illustrator, sculptor who’s work appeared in many major publications. His works were also featured on several record albums. A beloved and inspiring teacher Nick enjoyed challenging students with his vast knowledge of sculptural techniques.

Past Event

Art + Autism

Jun 8 Aug 31 2018

9 AM
Pollak Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

Art + Autism

This juried exhibition will showcase the talents and abilities of artists living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and continue the conversation about the unique power of art in the autism community. Select pieces of work will be for sale and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Autism Program Improvement Project at Monmouth University’s School of Education.

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Annual Student Exhibition

Apr 22 Apr 29 2018

10 AM
Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall

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Annual Student Exhibition

Featuring the select works by Monmouth University students in Photography,
Graphic Design, Animation and Studio Art.

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Artivism

Apr 1 May 31 2018

10 AM
Pollak Gallery

Artful Explorations of Activism

Gallery Exhibitions

Artivism

As a universal language, the arts have always been an effective tool for addressing social issues. Artivism or “activist art” is a form of social protest that explores cultural and political concerns. However, it is much more than just an innovative tactic, Artivism involves an entire practice that attempts to inspire positive change in society. This juried exhibition will feature works of art that employ spectacle, symbolism and collective participation to fight for issues of social justice including racial discrimination, gender equality, fair labor practices, human rights and more.

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Jacob Landau and His Circle

Feb 23 Mar 23 2018

9 AM
Pollak Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

Jacob Landau and His Circle

An exhibition of paintings by the late Jacob Landau and works by members
of the artist’s circle who were strongly influenced by his vision
including Myron Wasserman, Jack McGovern and Joanne Leone. The exhibition
was curated by Leone who studied with Landau from 1985-2001. This event is
part of the Jewish Cultural Studies Program.

Past Event

Maunderings by Tonya D. Lee

Jan 16 Mar 23 2018

10 AM
Rotary Ice House Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

Maunderings by Tonya D. Lee

In this exhibition, artist and Monmouth University Art and Design faculty member, Tonya D. Lee presents a collection of multi-discipline work that explores the abstraction of nature and environment through the combination shapes, patterns, moments and pauses that are derived from passive spaces, fleeting thoughts and changing winds. Location and process are in a conversation about ephemeral moments of beauty. Using a multi-disciplinary process of combining painting, drawing, collage, construction, and digital media, the obsessions with materiality explore form and color as an echo of the present overlapping past presents — form and color negotiating to exist as object and subject.

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