The Student Works Gallery at Rutgers University – Camden is an art gallery showcasing diverse contemporary exhibitions of current students. Our goal is to provide a space where students can gain experience exhibiting their work in a professional setting. We also feature occasional curated shows of alumni, faculty, and invited guest artists. The gallery is located in the Campus Center off Third Street (near the Corner Store) and our Spring semester hours are Mon-Fri 9am-10pm and Sun 12-6pm.
Unforeseen Appearances: The Pinhole Photography of Sharon Harris
November 7 – December 7 | Reception: Wednesday, December 2 from 2:00-4:00 PM
“Pinhole photography, the art of lens-less photography is an intuitive process which can consistently produce surprising results. This most unique and wonderful gift is the reason this medium holds such power over me. These images, produced by cameras made from the simplest of materials, hold qualities and characteristics unique only to pinhole imagery. As I un-wrap my cameras in the dark room, a childlike wonder emerges in me. Through the Pinhole I can view the world not as I see it, but as I hope to see it; a curious, imaginative, and somewhat strange world.” -Sharon Harris
Alternative Nature | August 27 – October 4
Alternative Nature focuses on the photographic artwork of photography professor Ken Hohing. His current work represents a continuing desire to investigate many societal taboos associated with our ever-increasing disconnect with nature. Hohing, a faculty member in the Department of Fine Arts, also uses his work to emphasize “the struggle for survival and the cycle of life and death that persists without compassion or misplaced sentimentalism.” Hohing studied photography and photo design at the Johann Wolfgang Geothe University in Frankfurt and the Gasamthochschule in Kassel, Germany. His work will be on display in the Student Works Gallery (in the campus center) until October 4th, with a reception on Thursday, September 27th at 4:30pm.
NERVE: Artists who have the Nerve to be Women | March 29 – April 16
NERVE: Artists who have the Nerve to be Women is a collection of student, alumni, and community artists whose work reclaims the female form from centuries of objectification in male art. This show creates a dialogue about various women’s identity, expression, and experience. Nerve is curated by Tiana McMillan, who is a Student Intern at the Student Works Gallery and a senior Fine Arts student graduating this May. The show will open this Thursday the 29th from 5:30-7:30pm and will be on view until April 16th.
Composite Perspectives | Feb 22 – March 19
College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Exhibition
What does the artwork from professors of Biology, Mathematics, English, and Childhood Studies look like? Discover the talent of Rutgers University-Camden’s College of Arts and Sciences Faculty in the exhibition Composite Perspectives.
The opening reception on Thursday, February 22nd from 4:00-6:00pm is open to the public. Food and refreshments will be provided.
COMMUNITY | Feb. 10 – 17
COMMUNITY featured artwork produced by community college students. Closing Reception was held on February 17th.
NEW VISION | Feb. 3 – 10
NEW VISION featured artwork produced by high school students. Closing Reception was held on February 10th.
Final Critiques | Dec. 12 – Jan 2
For the second year, we hosted Fall Semester final critiques in our gallery. Five classes had the opportunity to hang their finals in our gallery for a salon-style critique session. The work was exhibited in a show throughout the winter break.
Urban Landscapes | Nov. 15 – Dec. 8
Millennials have been moving to cities in far greater numbers than previous generations, but what exactly does our generation see in these urban landscapes? We received images of the everyday and the extraordinary; ruins and grandeur, dystopia and paradise; new and old, fact and fiction. While these mixed viewpoints don’t necessarily represent those of the artists, they do reveal to us truths about our modern urban environments.
This exhibition is a student response to the urban landscapes presented in the Stedman Gallery’s exhibit, Picturing Camden.
Santiago Hermes | Nov. 6 – 10
In conjunction with the “Cuba Conference 2017” between Rutgers-Camden and the University of Havana, we held a solo exhibition for a Cuban artist. This show allowed the Department of Fine Arts to welcome many leaders from our University and our city into the gallery for the first time.
Highlights | Oct. 16 – Nov. 2
Highlights included our Professor’s choice of artwork done in the classroom. Selected by the Heads of each concentration, our gallery featured Animation, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture. “Highlights” was a major stop during “Arts Day” an open house for potential new and transfer students. The exhibition demonstrated the diversity of our program.
Health Services Mural Reveal | Oct. 3 – 12
After the closing reception for our Summer show Art in the Landscape, we held reveal exhibition for a student mural. The 12 foot by 8 foot mural for Health Services was painted on parachute fabric with a variety of methods. The mural was completed by students Emily Ramos and Logan Fleig under the direction of Alumni Jacob Foster and Professor Margery Amdur. The gallery gave us an accessible space to exhibit the contemporary mural before it was installed. Additionally, we explained the process of making the mural in our didactic text and exhibited process pieces, stencils, and photos of the mural’s progress.
Art in the Landscape | June 23
“Art in the Landscape” consists of 10 artist’s unique approach to landscape art, made during an annual summer residency. The summer landscape trip is one of the oldest traditions of the Fine Arts Department. Initially a trip for painters, it has evolved to also include drawing, photography, mixed media, sculpture, and site-specific installations.
Experimental Photography | May 12 – June 2
Our last show this semester features the work of Ken Hohing’s Experimental Photography course. Students experimented with projection, printing processes, photo transfers, and alternative surfaces.
Museums on our Mind: Museum Studies | April 19 – May 8
Museum Studies collaborated with the Student Works Gallery for our first non-art exhibit. Nine students of Dr. Pilliod’s students from Intro to Museum Studies had the opportunity to create their own museum concept and display the information in a gallery setting.
Museum concepts spanned various interests including art, religion, local history, children’s literature, science, fashion, and even beer!
Tailgate by Laura Pennestri | April 10 – April 18
Laura Pennestri’s photography series on tailgating marked the first time an artist had a solo-show in the Student Works Gallery. With our new renovations, we were also able to have two shows going on in our gallery at the same time. The series featured a dozen photographs that analyzed the tradition along with texts explaining its history.
CAMDEN COMIC-CON | Curated by Tiana McMillan, April 5 – April 18
Our Assistant Director, Tiana McMillan with the help of animation major Melissa Perez curated an exhibit that coincided with Camden Comic-Con . It was perhaps the most diverse exhibit that the Student Works Gallery ever featured. It included digital art, character design, photography, sculpture, and traditional art. And during Camden Comic-Con on April 8th, we featured a selection of animations. The exhibit also included an origami butterfly installation by our door and window.
Selfie/Self-Portrait | March 2 – April 1
“Selfie/Self-Portrait” was the most ambitious exhibit that we had planned yet. The volume of work we received allowed us to curate a high-quality exhibit and control its collective direction and mood. We exhibited 12 artists and had a self-curated wall of selfies that grew as the exhibit progressed.
The Art of Critique | Dec. 13 – Spring 2017
In response to a need for final critique space, we decided to host the Fall Semester final critiques in our gallery. Five classes had the opportunity to hang their finals in our gallery for a salon-style critique session. Afterwards, selected work will be exhibited in a show throughout the winter break.
Artists & Writers | Dec. 6 – Dec. 21 – Fall 2016
Ken Elliott kindly connected us with Leah Falk, the director of the new Writers House. We were thrilled to organize their first art reception with photographers from Ken Hohing’s Digital Photo II. The photographs were picture prompts that invited interdisciplinary inspiration from our two departments.
Constructions | Nov. 28 – Dec. 13
Our first exhibit showcased assignments from 3 different courses (Sculpture Foundations, Painting II, and Visual Fundamentals). Each assignment dealt with the challenge of combining various materials, styles, or sources to construct one cohesive piece.