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IMAGE: Mavis Smith, Lowlands, 2013, egg tempera on panel, 37" x 24"

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts is pleased to announce four new gallery exhibitions opening in September in three on-campus galleries.

Mavis Smith’s exhibition, “Think Again,” will be on display on the first floor of the DiMattio Gallery in the new Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall. The exhibit will include the Bucks County, PA, artist’s paintings and works on paper, as well as recent sculptural works incorporating eggshells. Smith’s works, which are often done in egg tempera, bring an almost surreal aesthetic to her paintings that suggest the dislocation of appearances and realities.  Imagining the hidden realities of other people's existences is a continuing theme in her work. Smith explains, “it’s not so much specific people or events, but the general sense of unknown depths that intrigues me.” Having studied at the Pratt Institute in the 1970's, Smith has exhibited her work in Holland and Switzerland as well as Santa Fe, New York City, and several venues in NJ and PA including a solo show in 2012 at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA. The opening reception for this exhibition will be on Friday, September 19 from 7– 9 pm and the exhibition will run until October 17.

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IMAGE: Robert Mueller, Classic Figure, 1996, Woodcut, 23 1/2" x 17 1/2” 

On view in the upper floor of the DiMattio Gallery until October 17 is “Robert Mueller: Selected Works From the Monmouth University Permanent Collection.” Inspired by mathematical models, literary sources, and his own social consciousness, Roosevelt, NJ- based artist Robert Mueller uses diverse media to express visual equivalents of his ideas. Mueller’s works include paintings, drawings, and woodcuts, like a recent triptych titled: Ravages of Pre-emptive War; The Devil Stalks Baghdad; America’s Bitter Presence, which was inspired by the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Having both lived and worked in Roosevelt, an artists’ colony that was home to Ben Shahn and Gregorio Prestopino – both of whom influenced his work, Mueller said that he became “conscious of human inhumanity, moral and social problems, the depths of degradation, and the heights of elegance over which human nature ranges.” He believes that artists should use their work to react to crises in society, to encourage protest, and to fight for economic, political, and human well-being. Mueller’s pieces are in the collections of museums worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, The Pushkin Museum, the New Jersey State Museum, the Rutgers University Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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IMAGE: David Wells, Kids Toys Left Behind in a foreclosed house in Tallahassee, FL, 2012, color photograph, 16”x 20"

A photography exhibit by David H. Wells about empty homes and foreclosed dreams littering the American landscape in the wake of the financial crisis will be on view in the Rotary Ice House Gallery until November 14. Wells began the project in April of 2009 when foreclosures were at their peak and one-in-five American homeowners was either behind on their mortgage or in the process of foreclosure. The exhibit captures the remaining signs of domestic life left behind in empty homes by the families that once inhabited them, capturing powerful symbols of lives shattered and families devastated. Wells is an editorial, commercial and location photographer/video-maker who has worked on assignments for Life Magazine, National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine. The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Thursday, September 25 from 5:30 – 7 pm, with an illustrated lecture by the artist beforehand in the Wilson Hall Auditorium at 4:30 pm.

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IMAGE:  Barry Schneier, Bruce Springsteen, Harvard Square Theatre, 5/9/1974

Finally, on view in the Pollak Gallery until September 30 will be “Glory Bound. Photographs by Barry Schneier” featuring photographs of several iconic musicians in pivotal moments of their careers.Throughout the 1970's, Schneier was fortunate to have captured many established and up-and-coming artists as a photographer for local music promoters. Most noted is his work capturing a young Bruce Springsteen in 1974 at Harvard Square Theatre in Boston when Real Paper journalist, Jon Landau penned the famous line, I saw rock and roll future andits nameisBruce Springsteen.” Thirteen photographs from that performance are included in this exhibit. Also featured are photos from Patti Smith’s debut tour performance in San Francisco, Van Morrison’s triumphant return to Boston in April 1974, and Jackson Browne’s first headlining show in a major city. Schneier’s photographs can be found in collections ranging from Paramount Pictures, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Grammy Museum, and The New England Folk Music Archives. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Thurs. September 11 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 www.monmouth.edu/arts or call 732.263.5715.