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.

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Closed: Inquire Within: Aurora Robson

Jan 21 Mar 13 2020

8 AM
DiMattio Gallery at Rechnitz Hall

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Closed: 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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Closed: Access and Opportunity, Diversity & Inclusion

Jan 21 Mar 13 2020

Pollak Gallery

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Closed: Access and Opportunity, Diversity & Inclusion

Acts of injustice, bias, and disrespect, against groups and individuals, continue to play out across our nation. This juried exhibition will feature works that define what it means to be a good citizen in a global context, a person appreciative of all cultures and committed to fairness with respect and equality for all. By looking broadly at access and opportunity for all members of society regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, national origin, race, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation we can help everyone recognize, appreciate, and respect difference.

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Closed: Gina Torello: LightScapes

Jan 21 Mar 13 2020

Rotary Ice House Gallery

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Closed: 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. Gina Torello is a Professor in Monmouth University’s Department of Art and Design.

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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

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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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Woodstock & Beyond: The Visionary Art of Mike Frankel

Sep 23 Dec 13 2019

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.

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A Sense of Place in Contemporary Encaustic

Sep 20 Dec 9 2019

8 AM
Rotary Ice House Gallery

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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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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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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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Just Beachy/After Sandy

Sep 3 Dec 9 2019

DiMattio Gallery at Rechnitz Hall

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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.

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