The Romano Gallery features exhibits throughout the year.
Located in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts, the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, when school is in session. Artist receptions begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Dates and times of individual exhibits are subject to change, so please check this section of the website as individual exhibition dates approach.
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Romano Gallery Exhibitions for 2014-2015
Wash Your Mouth Out
September 8-October 3; Reception September 18
Hugh Walton ’91
creates single- and multi-channel videos that explore his experience struggling to learn and communicate within the educational system. Working with an array of untraditional materials, ranging from alphabet soup to urine, Mr. Walton creates and destroys language in order to challenge the viewers’ ability to read and comprehend the words they see in front of them. The exhibition will feature an ongoing video screening and a series of related ink-jet prints.
October 7-November 1; Reception October 9
Meditations on Entropy & Dissolution
Extrapolating from ideas of entropy, the work presented by Ahni Kruger explores the notion that for every articulation of complex order, there is a compensatory distribution of chaos. Ms. Kruger is a painter/printmaker whose images form a provocative blend of conceptual and perceptual approaches. Her
practice informs her allegories about global consciousness and political misadventure. Recently focused on themes of protection, dysfunction and vulnerability in both personal and environmental contexts, she explores the disruption of repetitive patterns to evoke the ephemeral experience of change.
November 4-December 13; Reception November 13
Rendering, Representing & Revealing
Artists and longtime friends Harry I. Naar, Mel Leipzig and Judith K. Brodsky have had an important impact on contemporary visual arts in New Jersey. While there are representational and figurative elements in the art practice of all three, their work is grounded in 21st-century perspectives. Each artist is educated in the history of 20
-century modernism, but they go beyond that history to create very individual postmodern artworks the content of which is about the issues of our time—nature, the life of the artist and even the universe. In addition to their own artwork, the three artists have played important roles in teaching and furthering the careers of young artists in New Jersey.
January 14-February 7
Καλοκαίρι στη Σκόπελος: Summer in Skopelos
Zoë Blatt, who teaches painting and drawing at Blair, will exhibit sketches and paintings from her recent summer as an artist in residence at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Skopelos Island, Greece.
February 10-March 7; Reception February 12
Flora & Forest
This dual exhibition incorporates the work of two practicing artists: Elizabeth Bisbing and Mary Schuster. In “Flora,” Ms. Bisbing presents painted paper collages of wildflowers and two animations. The collages are constructed by cutting and pasting paper that has been painted with gouache. For the animations, a paper doll poses for hundreds of photos that are then converted into a moving image. There is delight and wonder found in the details and complexities of nature, says Ms. Schuster, whose artwork in the exhibition “Forest” draws from her fascination with seed vessels, the cases that contain a plant’s seeds. These forms inspired jewelry that is both an expression of natural form and a functional object.
March 24-April 25; Reception March 26
Patricia Dahlman & Michael Dal Cerro: Sculpture & Prints
Patricia Dahlman makes sculpture and two-dimensional works using canvas, thread, wire and fabric. Her subject matter is taken from personal thoughts, life experiences and reactions to political events around the world. Michael Dal Cerro’s woodcut prints incorporate images of elaborately colored architectural structures in a densely layered space. His work could be seen as imaginary architectural proposals or illustrations of the “City of the Future” that did not quite happen.
Annual Student Art Exhibition
April 30-May 19; Reception April 30