Faculty art exhibit set at William Paterson

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A selection of recent works created by 22 members of the art faculty at William Paterson University in Wayne will be featured in an exhibition at the University Galleries in the Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts from Sept. 11 through Oct. 20.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 17 and 24, and Oct. 8 and 15.

Admission is free.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13.

A faculty panel discussion is set for 2 to 3 p.m. Monday.

On view in the Court Gallery, this exhibition features more than 40 works by faculty who teach ceramics, drawing, graphic design, sculpture, painting, photography and print making.

The exhibit will feature works by new faculty members Matthew Finn, a graphic designer, and Julie Ann Nagle, a sculptor. Finn has worked for more than 10 years on corporate and non-profit projects involving website, logo, and print design. He was a visiting professor of graphic design at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, N.Y. Finn received his BFA from Western Michigan University and his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He will exhibit Mournful Bliss (2016), a three-part wooden wall sculpture composed of reclaimed wood and metal.

Nagle uses archeological methods to excavate her personal heritage and question her own mythology, beliefs and identity. In Bloodlines (2017), she sculpted a pair of saddles that replicate her grandfather’s saddle for his horse, Dama Bella, and the saddle for her own pony, Silver. Using meticulous beadwork, she preserves the designs of the original leatherwork, which is beginning to decay, much like her memories.

The saddles are also taking on a new life as Nagle embedded them with moss collected from the horses’ burial ground. Beneath the saddles, she strung beads like roots to echo the familial bonds between the riders.

Nagle earned her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has exhibited at Abrons Art Center, N.Y.; Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia, Minn.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; and Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City; among others. She is currently an artist in residence at Gallery Aferro, Newark, N.J.

Zhiyuan Cong recently spent his 2017-18 sabbatical creating a large-scale charcoal drawing in the Gongbi style of Chinese painting, which is characterized by detailed brushwork and often depicts figurative or narrative subjects in bright color palettes. For the faculty exhibition, he will present two monotypes, The Silent Memory and The Passage of History (2017), which portray ghostly images of ships at sea.

Robin Schwartz recently returned from Sydney, Australia, where she exhibited work from her Amelia and the Animals series in a solo exhibition as part of the Head On Photo Festival. She was also the recipient of a Head On Portrait Prize for her photographs that explore interspecies relationships through her daughter, Amelia, and animals of all varieties.

Other faculty artists included in the exhibition are: Stephanie Beck, Miriam Bisceglia, James A. Brown, Kyle Coniglio, David D’Ostilio, Angela DeLaura, Barbara Friedman, Andrea Geller, David Horton, Elaine Lorenz, Charles Magistro, Daryl Joseph Moore, Leslie Nobler, Lily Prince, Lauren Razzore, Juan José Robles, Wes Sherman, and Gerald Slota.

The exhibition is one of three on view concurrently in the University Galleries. For Home and Country: World War I Posters from the Newark Public Library, on view in the South Gallery, showcases more than 20 propaganda posters and commemorates the United States World War I Centennial.

On view in the East Gallery, the Veterans Book Project, created by Monica Haller, consists of 50 books about recent American-led wars that were authored by a veteran, a veteran’s family member, or an Iraqi or Afghan civilian or refugee. This exhibition is loaned and administered by the Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College.

This exhibition is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The William Paterson University Galleries are wheelchair accessible. Large-print educational materials are available.

For more information, call the William Paterson University Galleries at 973-720-2654.

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