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

Jun 8 Aug 31

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.

Free Event

Sep 4 Dec 7

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. DiMattio earned his MFA from Southern Illinois University and his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. He joined Monmouth’s faculty in 1968 where his served as the department chair for thirteen years and as gallery director for more than 20 years. He was largely responsible for starting the gallery program at Monmouth University. He has shown his work internationally in Madrid, Spain; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Pueblo, Mexico. He has also exhibited through out the United State, and at both the Nawrk and Trenton Museums. In 2004, he co-authored the book, “The Drawings and Watercolors of Lewis Mumford” with his colleague Professor Kenneth Stunkel. Besides being named distinguished professor in 2013, he was also honored to have an art scholarship established in his name and having the art gallery in Rechnitz Hall named the DiMattio Gallery.

Free Event

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 BridgeMarked, 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

Jan 22 Mar 15

Rechnitz Hall’s DiMattio Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

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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Past Events

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

Jun 8 Aug 31

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.

Free Event

Apr 22 Apr 29 2018

10 AM
Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall

Gallery Exhibitions

Annual Student Exhibition

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

Past Event

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.

Past Event

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

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.

Past Event

Jan 16 Mar 11 2018

10 AM
Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall

Gallery Exhibitions

Oceanids by Joseph Coscia Jr.

Oceanids are some 3000 nymphs in Greek mythology who watch over fresh water: rain, clouds, lakes, springs and rivers, as well as pastures, breezes and flowers. They are the daughters of Oceanus and Tethys. Coscia, the Chief Photographer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has spent countless hours with classical sculptures, photographing them in various settings and seasons. He focuses on the qualities of light on sculpture in changing conditions, and the shifting effects of natural light on stone surfaces. His photographs of museum pieces explore elements of the art outside the context of the museum setting.

His recent work draws on Man Ray’s solarization techniques. This effect reverses the shadow areas and transforms the sense of weight and volume of the objects, so that they appear suspended in air or water. The forms are evocative of earthly creatures or fossils; photographing and printing them using recreated old photographic techniques removes time specificity, so that they also are suspended in time.

Past Event

Jan 13 Feb 19 2018

9 AM
Pollak Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition

The youngest artist ever inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators, Fiorentino uses his trademark detail and realism in watercolor to paint New Jersey’s most
endangered and vulnerable wildlife species. His evocative artwork inspires viewers through his life-like depictions of rare wildlife in their
natural surroundings. His paintings truly bring wildlife to life on paper, and in doing so, his art helps to educate and engage viewers about the
precipitous declines that many of these species have undergone. This exhibition
is presented in partnership with
Conserve Wildlife Foundation.

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