Visual Arts Blossom at Rutgers-Newark This Spring

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Jeanette May, “Bachelor #1 Matt,” 2011, archival pigment print, 26”x38”, courtesy of the artist

No Place Like Home
Main Gallery – January 22 – April 4, 2013
Reception Thursday, January 31, 2013 5pm-7pm

The home is not only where the heart is, but also a site for politics and the imagination.  While the news floods with coverage of foreclosures, vacancies, homelessness, and property values, entertainment media celebrates real estate shenanigans and home renovations.  This exhibition includes work of contemporary artists grappling with the physical and psychological implications of “home.”

Artists in this exhibition: Corinne May Botz,  Marisa DiPaola, Kate Gilmore, Thomas Green,  Mikhail Gubin, Louise Halsey, Sarah Hoskins, Aron G. Johnston, Jr.,  Stephen Lorber, George Lorio, Jeanette May, Caitlin Parker, Martha Rosler, David H. Wells



Marc D’Agusto: Forgotten Place
Orbit 1 Gallery
January 22 - July 24, 2013
Reception Thursday, January 31, 2013 5pm-7pm

Marc D’Agusto’s multilayered work delves into ideas of transformation, renewal, and the passing of time.  Using rust, cracks, and fissures in the surface of his work, D’Agusto draws attention to the past while utilizing images of the human body, architectural forms, and space to suggest  rebirth and regeneration.  He writes, “Like a molting cicada shedding its past life, my work explores traces of history and alludes to new beginnings.”

Marc D’Agusto is an artist and educator whose works have been exhibited extensively in New Jersey, including solo exhibitions in Montclair, Watchung, and Newark.  He is founder and executive director of Gravity Inc, an arts initiative seeking to increase collaboration among artists and accessibility to the arts.  D’Agusto is currently Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at Nyack College in New York City.


Primary Essence: Ben Georgia
Orbit 2 Gallery
January 22 – June 4, 2013
Reception Thursday, January 31, 2013 5pm-7pm

For painter Ben Georgia, abstraction offers the possibility of a fresh mode of communication.  Georgia seeks a language that surpasses representation and the fleeting concerns of the moment, reaching towards expressing the emotional depths of human experience.  Georgia writes, “I work to create something on the canvas which is not of this concrete, external world, and imaginary vision which I see from the start on the blank, white canvas and where the beauty and strength of the painting compensate for and counteract the tragedy and decay of life.”

Ben Georgia is a New Jersey native who attended Rutgers Newark in the 1960s.  His work has been exhibited in dozens of exhibitions in the nearly thirty years of his professional artistic practice, and can be found in many public and private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Hong Kong.


Authors & Artists: Portraits by Bonnie Gloris
Pequod Deck Gallery
January 22 – July 24, 2013
Reception Thursday, January 31, 2013 5pm-7pm

“Authors & Artists” is an ongoing series of portraits in which Bonnie Gloris mixes realistic portraiture with more ambiguous elements to delve into the personalities of her subjects, inviting viewers to form their own conclusions and decipher the works line by line.  The portraits are small in scale and as intimate as family photographs, their kitschy frames interacting with their subjects’ elevated fame and stature.

Bonnie Gloris is a visual artist and independent curator who has shown her work in dozens of exhibitions across the United States.  She is currently on the staff of Arts Guild New Jersey.


Janice McDonnell: The Death Penalty Ladies Society
Criminal Justice Gallery
Center for Law and Justice, 5th floor, 123 Washington Street, Newark NJ
January 22 – July 24, 2013

Janice McDonnell writes: “Since the death penalty was reinstated in this country in 1976 twelve women have been executed… Drawing from John singer Sargent’s portraiture for inspiration, I’ve recast these women in the role of socialites; portraying them in a new, genteel light, elevating their status in our society, and confronting the treatment of the privileged in today’s world.  Their crimes were heinous, and their victims were real.  And while not condoning their acts of violence, I question our double standards on how we as society judge its members.”

Janice McDonnell is a Brooklyn-based artist who studied at the Art Students League and Ohio State University.  Her works have shown extensively in New York City since 2002.


Soma, Trickster & Myself: David D. Oquendo
Messier Gallery
Robeson Campus Center, 3rd Floor
September 4, 2012 – July 24, 2013

David D. Oquendo leads his audience into a world populated with characters of indefinite human-animal-plant-fungus origin, each signifying a facet of Oquendo’s exploration of religion, culture, and personal growth.  The work rings with pop culture and commercial imagery, yet engages questions that have remained relevant throughout human history.


The Nova Gallery
The Nova Gallery features a display of works by participants in Paul Robeson Galleries’ outreach and education programs. 


Images are available for media use; please contact Caren King Choi, Gallery Manager & Education Coordinator, telephone 973 353 1625, email

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For additional information please contact:
Carla Capizzi, Senior Public Relations Specialist, Telephone 973 353 x17, Email
Anonda Bell, Director & Curator, Paul Robeson Galleries, Telephone 973 353 1609, Email

The Paul Robeson Galleries’ programs are supported, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and by private donations.  We are also supported by the Robeson Campus Center, the Office of the Chancellor and the Cultural Programming Committee, Rutgers-Newark.