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The Art of the Matter at Kean University

UNION, N.J. - Kean University Galleries announces its series of exhibitions for the 2010-2011 season. An impressive five art galleries contribute to a campus environment of stunning beauty, aesthetic awareness, progressive thinking and art appreciation. A wide range of artists, from established professionals to aspiring students will present works in all visual art forms throughout the year.

The newly opened Human Rights Institute Gallery focuses on human rights related victories - and violations - around the world. The Karl and Helen Burger Gallery highlights cultural issues with shows that are often interdisciplinary in nature. The works of faculty and students are regularly offered in the James Howe Gallery and the Nancy Dryfoos Gallery. The S.K.A.B. Gallery (Students of Kean Art Brigade), provides students their first opportunity to exhibit artwork in a high quality gallery.

The season’s first exhibition in The Human Rights Institute Gallery is offered by Speak Truth To Power, a not-for-profit division of The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. The Speak Truth To Power Exhibit (currently in an open-ended run at the gallery) is a stirring photographic collection by Pulitzer Prize-winner Eddie Adams, featuring fifty portraits of human rights defenders from around the world.

Professor Emeritus W. Carl Burger curated the opening exhibition in the gallery named for his parents, Karl and Helen Burger. During September and October, New Jersey Masters 2010 will showcase the artwork of a sextet of highly accomplished artists who represent the multitude of creative talent in the Garden State. They include Thomas Birkner, Serena Bocchino, Paul Caranicas, Gary T. Erbe, Ben Georgio, and Nancy Staub Laughlin. All of these artists are also very active nationally, some exhibit internationally as well, and all have received prestigious awards.

In November and December, the Burger Gallery hosts award-winning sculptor Nancy Cohen’s single-artist exhibition. Cohen’s diverse work includes site-specific and public sculpture, large and small scale creations in paper, glass and other media.

The book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats inspired the next exhibition of the same title (February - March), whichexplores through photography what people all over the worldeat in any given week. The husband-and-wife team of photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D'Aluisio examined how globalization, migration and rising affluence are affecting the diets of communities around the globe.

Thirty drawings from the estate of Harry Bertoia comprise the traveling exhibition, Bertoia, stopping over at the Burger Gallery from March through May. Bertoia pushed the wave of modern art with experimental pieces that range from delicate jewelry to massive fountains, from an asymmetrical chaise lounge to petite childrens’ chairs, from detailed graphics to thunderous gongs.

The James Howe Gallery is Kean’s premier teaching gallery with shows by visiting artists, graduate students and faculty. Most recently, Howe Gallery hosted art presented by Bridgeway Rehabilitation Service, a not-for-profit organization which provides psychiatric rehabilitation services to people experiencing mental illness. Other presentations this season in Howe include The Design Department Show (September - October 2010) and The Fine Arts Department Show (November - December 2010), both highlighting Kean student and faculty work.

Kean alumni and faculty members will be showcased in the Nancy Dryfoos Gallery. In September, award-winning graphic artist Suzanne Anan will present her artwork in a solo exhibition. Her larger than life figurative oil paintings combine a subtly smooth surface with rich color and subject and will make the Dryfoos Gallery sparkle!

Daniel Brophy’s show comes to Dryfoos in November. “The 7th of 8 children, my drawings and paintings contain the lines of my history,” stated Brophy. “History happens to us through love, dreams, tragedy… Many of my drawings recall memories or fragments as a child."

The Dryfoos Gallery will also present the works of Soonnam Kim Singer (Fine Arts Department, October), Eva Albert (December), Streetscapes Israel by Eric W.A. Boehm, Phd. (Biological Sciences, sponsored by the Jewish Studies Department, February) and Rory Mahon (March), photographer, sculpture and teacher, whose work has been featured regionally at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. and at the New Hope Arts Center, PA.

Admission to all galleries is free to the Kean University community and the general public. Opening Receptions accompany the start of each exhibition, where the artwork is unveiled, refreshments are served and the artist may be present.

For further information, and updates and announcements about Kean University Galeries, please call 907.737.0392 or visit

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.