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Kean University Galleries

Kean Galleries

Kean Galleries

Kean University Galleries has a rich and diverse exhibition program. As an educational resource we regularly feature the work of faculty and students in the James Howe Gallery and the Nancy Dryfoos Gallery. Many students get their first opportunity to show their work in the Student Gallery. Other exhibitions integrate the visual arts with various academic programs throughout the university. Shows in the Karl and Helen Burger Gallery highlight cultural issues and often are interdisciplinary in nature. The Human Rights Institute Gallery highlights issues related to human rights violations and victories around the world. At Kean University, we believe that art can be an effective vehicle for social change and in building awareness of critical world issues.

Neil Tetkowski Director of University Galleries

Burger Gallery

The Karl and Helen Burger Gallery, is located in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success building across from the library. This is the largest art gallery on campus and features four exhibitions per academic year. These shows are intended to provide opportunities for our students, faculty and regional audience to become more familiar with and understand the diverse peoples of our world through art. With this exhibition program and the multi-cultural initiative, Kean University is expanding its influence to a wide audience and is an active partner with the community to spread knowledge and encourage the appreciation of the visual arts, design and culture.

The Karl and Helen Burger Gallery is open during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Fall 2014 Hours:

Monday - Friday 10:30am - 4:30pm

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James Howe Gallery

The James Howe Gallery is located on the first floor of the Vaughn - Eames building. It is the premier teaching gallery of Kean University and features shows by visiting artists, graduate students and faculty. Shows are generally related to the studio program and sponsored by departments within the School of Visual and Performing Arts. The James Howe Gallery fall and spring semester hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

The James Howe Gallery hours are as follows:

Fall 2014 Hours:

Monday: 10:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 10:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 10:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 10:30am - 4:00pm

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Nancy Dryfoos Gallery

The Nancy Dryfoos Gallery is located in the Kean University Library. Exhibitions by alumni, faculty and visiting artists are featured each month.

The Nancy Dryfoos Gallery hours are: Monday - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm

About Nancy Dryfoos:

Born in New Rochelle, New York in 1918, Nancy Edith Proskauer always had a love of the Arts. She began her formal training in fine arts at Sarah Lawrence College and later studied architecture at Columbia University. In 1938, she married stockbroker Donald Dryfoos. Nancy Dryfoos learned about the strong reputation of Kean’s Fine Arts Department from her family friend, Professor Judy Rosenthal. Dryfoos’ representational sculpture and prints are made in a semi-realistic style, displaying an expressionistic influence. Her unique style encompasses impressionism with a dash of romanticism. The content of her work is derived from emotions, atmosphere and concepts. She felt most of her work dealt with matters of love, hate, and particularly women’s issues. Her work is created in a variety of mediums such as bronze castings, marble sculpture, and metal etchings. They range in size from freestanding to palm size statuettes.

Nancy Dryfoos’ work is part of many permanent collections of museums and galleries across the United States including the Boca Raton Museum in Florida, Columbia University, New York University, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Archives of American Art in the Smithsonian Institution. She won awards including the Naomi Lehman Memorial Award, the Gold Medal of Honor from the Allied Artists of America, and the Edel Award for Fine Arts. She served as the director of the American Society of Contemporary Artists from 1970 to 1972, as a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, and as President of the National Association of Women Artist. After her death in 1991, the estate of Nancy Dryfoos donated over 250 works of her art to Kean University. In addition, Nancy Dryfoos donated funding for the creation of a student art gallery at Kean University in hopes to continue inspiring the next generation of artists.

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Human Rights Institute Gallery

A HOMAGE TO THE MISSING AND MURDERED GIRLS OF JUAREZ, MEXICO
Diane Kahlo’s Las Desaparecidas de Ciudad Juárez on Exhibit at the Human Rights Institute Gallery at Kean University

UNION, N.J. – Hundreds of young women have been raped and murdered in Juárez, Mexico, since 1993, without criminal investigation or punishment. Today through January 15, 2015, the Human Rights Institute Gallery at Kean University sheds light on this injustice with an exhibition of Diane Kahlo’s Las Desaparecidas de Ciudad Juárez: A Homage to the Missing and Murdered Girls of Juárez, Mexico.

Artist Kahlo will share her vision for the exhibit at a reception on October 29, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gallery, located next to Kean’s Nancy Thompson Library on Kean’s Union campus.

“Las Desaparecidas de Ciudad Juárez features portraits painted from more than 150 photographs of missing and murdered girls that Kahlo has gathered over the years,” said Neil Tetkowski, Director of Kean University Galleries. “Through this work, Kahlo keeps the memory of these young women alive and the worldwide injustices against females at the forefront of our minds as a call to action—initiatives aligned with the mission of the Human Rights Institute at Kean University.”

In the last 15 years, Kahlo’s work has focused on exploitation and violence against women, and populations disempowered by sexism, racism, xenophobia and poverty. Most recently, she has concentrated on topics addressing the U.S.—Mexican border, including immigration, worker rights and gender violence. The last five years she has focused on the ‘feminicide’ in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

“The memorial wall pays homage to the victims of a different kind of war, feminicide–the homicide against women simply because they are women. Women and girls continue to be abused, raped, murdered, and kidnapped to be sold into sex and slave trafficking at an alarming rate,” said Kahlo, noting that she approaches her work from the perspective of a woman, artist and mother. “Although this project is addressing a specific geographic location, it is also meant to provoke a conversation about the crimes against women internationally."

Inspired by the work of award-winning filmmaker Lourdes Portillo, Las Desaparecidas de Ciudad Juárez also features her short film, Chimes for Change. The Human Rights Institute and Women’s Studies Program are also co-sponsoring a free screening of Portillo’s Señorita Extraviada (Missing Young Women) on Thursday, October 16, at 6 p.m. in Kean’s University Center Little Theatre.

Diane Kahlo lived in El Paso, Texas, as a young child, and spent most of her teen years in southern California, before her family moved to Berea, Kentucky. She earned her degree in art from Eastern Kentucky University in 1973. During those years, her work focused on worker’s rights and anti-war politics.

Both the exhibition and film screening are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours are:

Monday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday: 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

This body of work has been exhibited in Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, California, and now at Kean University in New Jersey. Generous grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women have made Las Desaparecidas de Ciudad Juárez possible.

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Student Art Gallery

The Student Art Gallery is located in the Vaughn-Eames building and provides students their first opportunity to exhibit artwork in a high quality gallery.

The Student Gallery Fall 2014 semester hours are:

Monday: 10:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 10:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 10:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 10:30am - 4:00pm

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