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

Karen Bright: Throughline

Sep 3 Dec 9

DiMattio Gallery at Rechnitz Hall

Gallery Exhibitions

Karen Bright: Throughline

Karen Bright: Throughline is an exhibition spanning 40 years of visual work by Karen Bright, Professor from the Department of Art and Design. Bright’s environmentally focused themes serve as the main thread over the 30 year span with consistent narratives on global warming, and climate change. Additional themes in Bright’s work relate to the MeToo movement, prevalent social and cultural issues, and current politics—all rendered as sculptures and paintings using encaustic-based materials.

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Just Beachy/After Sandy

Sep 3 Dec 9

DiMattio Gallery at Rechnitz Hall

Gallery Exhibitions

Just Beachy/After Sandy

A public, participatory installation by Karen Bright featuring a collaborative work with Assistant Professor of Communication, Amanda Stojanov, will feature placed-based work related to the legacy of Hurricane Sandy.

Free Event

A Sense of Place in Contemporary Encaustic

Sep 20 Dec 9

8 AM
Rotary Ice House Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

A Sense of Place in Contemporary Encaustic

A Sense of Place in Contemporary Encaustic will be juried by renowned artist and teacher Lisa Pressman, curated by Karen Bright, Professor of Art and Design at Monmouth University, and guest curated by Oregon-based artist Kathleen Curtis Cosgrove. A national roster of artists were reviewed for this juried invitational. In the search for artists, the juror and curators sought out work that fit the theme of place, and also met the criteria for level of aesthetic and technical accomplishment using encaustic-based materials.

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Woodstock & Beyond: The Visionary Art of Mike Frankel

Sep 23 Dec 13

Pollak Gallery

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Woodstock & Beyond: The Visionary Art of Mike Frankel

An exhibit of photographs by artist/photographer, Mike Frankel that capture many of the historic milestones in rock history including; the first ever appearance of Led Zeppelin in New York City and the Who’s first New York City performance of Tommy, along with photographs from the stage at Woodstock. The images have been scanned and printed directly from the 35 mm transparencies. The finished 35 mm slides were composed and exposed with up to 10 images on one frame of film while the action never stopped. There are some compelling single image photographs in the exhibition, but the multiple image photographs vividly demonstrate the power and dynamism of the rock ‘n’ roll experience.

Free Event

Gina Torello: LightScapes

Jan 21 Mar 13

Rotary Ice House Gallery

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Gina Torello: LightScapes

In her retrospective exhibit, Gina Torello demonstrates how light intertwines the subject matter of her oils, pastels, printmaking, photography and sculpture in the Ice House Gallery. Torello is a Professor in Monmouth University’s Department of Art and Design.

Free Event

Inquire Within: Aurora Robson

Jan 21 Mar 13

8 AM
DiMattio Gallery at Rechnitz Hall

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Inquire Within: Aurora Robson

Aurora Robson is a multi-media artist known predominantly for her work intercepting the waste stream. Her practice is about subjugating negativity and shifting trajectories. Her work formally references recurring nightmares that she had as a child. She was born in Toronto in 1972 and grew up in Maui, HI. After over 2 decades living and working in NYC she recently moved to the Hudson Valley. Robson holds a double major (B.A.) in visual arts and art history from Columbia University.

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Just Beachy: A Reading of Sandy Stories
Free and open to the public

Oct 29 2019

7 PM
DiMattio Gallery at Rechnitz Hall

Gallery Exhibitions

Just Beachy: A Reading of Sandy Stories

Help us mark the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Readers will present stories that have been posted to “9 Feet High,” part of the Just Beachy/After Sandy installation now on view in Rechnitz Hall’s DiMattio Gallery.

We invite you to participate by reading your own story, or listen as you hear your own story being read. Join us as your Sandy experience is acknowledged through the spoken word. Your story deserves to be heard!

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BEYOND GROUND ZERO: 9/11 AND THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE  – Photographs by Jonathan C. Hyman

Sep 3 Sep 13 2019

Pollak Gallery

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Special Event

BEYOND GROUND ZERO: 9/11 AND THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE – Photographs by Jonathan C. Hyman

On the afternoon of September 11, 2001, Jonathan C. Hyman, an artist and photographer based in upstate New York, embarked on a journey to document responses to the 9/11 terrorist attacks appearing in the landscape around him.

Armed almost daily with his camera, ladder, and car, Hyman captured evidence of the grassroots expressions of everyday citizens spurred by this national catastrophe. His investigations took him from Maine to Florida and west to Illinois, though the majority of photographs were taken closer to New York City. The result is an expansive archive of more than 20,000 film and digital images. Hyman encountered improvised tributes and memorials on public and private property, in urban and rural areas, and on all manner of surfaces from building walls, handball courts, and vehicles to tree trunks, construction fencing, and human skin. He continued for years to document these unofficial memorials, many of which remained long after the emergence of more formal tributes.

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Vincent DiMattio: DreamPaths and Napkin Drawings

May 31 Jul 26 2019

Pollak Gallery

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Vincent DiMattio: DreamPaths and Napkin Drawings

An exhibit of drawings on napkins and new works by Vincent DiMattio. DiMattio earned his MFA from Southern Illinois University and his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. He joined Monmouth 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 has shown his work internationally in Madrid, Spain; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Pueblo, Mexico. He has also exhibited throughout the United States, and at both the Newark and Trenton Museums.

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Annual Student Exhibition

Apr 28 May 3 2019

DiMattio Gallery at 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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Jacob Landau: Exploring the Colors

Apr 8 Apr 19 2019

Guggenheim Memorial Library, Room #101

Gallery Exhibitions

Jewish Cultural Studies

Jacob Landau: Exploring the Colors

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.

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Mike Quon

Jan 22 Mar 15 2019

DiMattio Gallery at Rechnitz Hall

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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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BEYOND #METOO

Jan 22 Apr 30 2019

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.

Past Event

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

Jan 22 Mar 22 2019

Rotary Ice House Gallery

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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.

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