The Student Works Gallery had a very successful 2016/2017 academic year in which we organized 9 shows for the Rutgers-Camden community. Our estimates indicate that around 100 students have had their work in our gallery during that time (each show averaged 13 students with a handful of students exhibiting multiple times). Each show allowed students to gain the valuable experience with exhibiting their work that will prove crucial to their success in the fine art world.
ART IN THE LANDSCAPE, JUNE 23RD – FALL 2017
“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 12TH – JUNE 2ND – SPRING 2017
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 19TH – MAY 8TH – SPRING 2017
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 10TH – APRIL 18TH – SPRING 2017
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: CURATE BY TIANA MCMILLAN, APRIL 5TH – APRIL 18TH – SPRING 2017
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 2ND – APRIL 1ST – SPRING 2017
“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, DECEMBER 13TH UNTIL SPRING 2017 SEMESTER
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, DECEMBER 6TH – DECEMBER 21ST – FALL 2016
Ken Elliott put us in contact 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, NOVEMBER 28TH – DECEMBER 13TH – FALL 2016
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.