WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Women in Media-Newark is pleased to announce the opening of its innovative art exhibit “Women in the World: A Visual Perspective,” which will be on display at three separate locations. Rutgers Paul Robeson Art Gallery; Monmouth University’s Pollak Gallery; and New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Victoria Lobby will each host a special segment of the exhibit. This art exhibition is presented as a part of “Women In the World,” Women In Media – Newark’s 8th annual Women’s History Month Film Festival that will take place from March 28th – April 6th at venues throughout the state.

Curated by renowned New Jersey artists Gladys Barker Grauer and Adrienne Wheeler, this exhibit seeks to give voice to an international collection of women artist who provide their individual interpretations of the theme. Ms. Grauer and Ms. Wheeler petitioned the artists to reflect on the theme stating that, “Through much of the world, women and girls are objectified, discriminated against, and subjected to intimidation and emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Despite social, economic, and educational subjugation, women in every corner of the planet are strong, innovative, resourceful, and determined to triumph over adversity….” The artists were then asked to submit work that either literally or metaphorically related to the theme.

The curators stated that, “Close to forty of the most prolific women painters, photographers, and print makers in New Jersey responded to our invitation. We had the difficult task of making our selections for the exhibit from more than two hundred pieces of the most exquisite works of art.”

This not to be missed exhibit features work in varied materials, mediums, and techniques including photography, prints, mixed media, sculpture and oils. Highlights of the show include: at Monmouth University - “Grace Sneaking Past Mortality” showing the beauty of the aged body by Grace Graupe Pillard, “The Peacock Dance” from Toni Thomas’ Chinatown Series, and “Mom” which features Caren King Choi’s unique technique of using minute pieces of paper to form figures; at Rutgers Paul Robeson Art Gallery - “Love,” octogenarian sculptor Dolores Stewart’s Easter hat which is sculpted as she remembers it from her childhood, and “Eleanor Bumpurs,” Danielle Scott’s tribute to the slain, mentally handicapped Eleanor Bumpurs; at NJPAC – “Immigrant Moment” from Aileen Bassis, as well as works from Newark Print shop founder Lisa Conrad.

The schedule for the exhibit is as follows: Rutgers Paul Robeson Art Gallery, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ from Jan. 17th – March 29th with Opening Reception at 5:00pm on Feb. 23rd; Pollak Gallery at Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, NJ from Feb. 1 – March 24 with Opening Reception at 6:30pm on Feb. 10th; and New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Victoria Lobby, 1 Sarah Vaughan Way, Newark, NJ from March 1st – 29th with Opening Reception on at 5:30pm on March 1st.

Women’s History Month Film Festival that will take place at Monmouth University’s Pollak Theatre on April 3 at 7:30 pm. All events are free and open to the public. For information about the Monmouth University events please call 732.263.5715 or visit www.monmouth.edu/arts

Women in the World Exhibit Information:

Jan. 17th – March 29th
Rutgers Paul Robeson Art Gallery
Opening Reception at 5:00 pm on Feb. 23rd
Gallery Hours: Mon. –Wed. 12pm-5pm, Thurs. 12pm-8pm, Sat. 12pm-5pm
Free and open to the public

Feb. 1 – March 24
Pollak Gallery at Monmouth University
Opening Reception at 6:30 pm on Feb. 10th
Gallery Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9 am - 7 pm; Sat/Sun 10 am – 4 pm
Free and open to the public

March 1st – 29th
New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Victoria Lobby
Opening Reception on at 5:30pm on March 1st.
Gallery Hours: varies
Free and open to the public