WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts is pleased to announce four new gallery exhibitions opening this week in the three on-campus galleries.
In the recently completed Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall, the 1st floor of the DiMattio Gallery will be host to the exhibition, “EYE CONS” featuring the work of professional illustrator Michael Anthony Donato, who has also been a drawing and painting instructor at Monmouth University for 14 years. Donato’s work has appeared in numerous books, magazines and videos including "Squanto and the First Thanksgiving" which won “Notable Children's Video” honors from the American Library Association. His commissioned paintings have appeared in galleries both nationally and internationally and are part of many private collections. The paintings included in this exhibition have been inspired by Pre-Renaissance and Renaissance iconography, but each takes an original contemporary interpretation of these themes. The opening reception for this exhibition will be on Friday, January 31 from 7– 9 pm and the exhibition will run until March 7.
On view in the upper floor of the DiMattio Gallery is “Lewis Mumford: Selections from the Monmouth University Permanent Collection.”Mumford was a cultural historian, urbanologist, city planner, architectural critic, philosopher, and influential literary critic. He was also a prolific writer and was the author of more than 20 books and over 1,000 articles and reviews ranging from the histories of technology and urbanism to art and literature. In addition to his scholarly work, Mumford was a passionate artist, who working in graphite, pastels, and watercolors captured subjects from his travel, family and friends, as well as influential people he encountered during his lifetime in his work. Monmouth University has represented in its Permanent Art Collection, an impressive body of artwork by Lewis Mumford on long-term loan from his family. Selections from this collection are included in this exhibition that will run until March 7.
“Inforifices,” an exhibition by Jeremiah Teipen will be on view until April 21 in the Rotary Ice House Gallery. Teipen is an electronic and new media artist whose work has been exhibited in museums, institutions and galleries in New York City, Newark, Boston, Tokyo, Seoul, Gwangju, Madrid, Burgos, Ancona and Dresden. His work creates mesmerizing experiences that mirror our current hyper-saturated mediascape, but also allow the viewer to transcend it. This exhibition will feature new works that aestheticize the processes by which we consume (and digest) large amounts of visual information. The opening reception will be on Thursday, February 6 from 4:30 – 7 pm
Finally, opening in the Pollak Gallery on January 31 will be“The Art of Illustration” by Mike Harper, a realistic airbrush artist who has illustrated professionally for over 15 years. Harper has worked with numerous publishing companies and advertising agencies that range from American Tourister to Zebra Pens. The works included in this exhibition will include various advertising illustrations, book covers, editorial works & promotion pieces used by noted publishers Bantam, Scholastic, & Harlequin. The opening reception will be held on Fri. February 7 from 6 – 8 pm.
All gallery events are free and open to the public. For more information about these events and all Monmouth University Center for the Arts events visit http://www.monmouth.edu/arts or call 732.263.5715