Nancy Dryfoos Gallery

Nancy Dryfoos - Past Exhibitions

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 followed by Kean University Library hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 2:00am
Saturday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 12:00am
Gallery hours subject to change each semester


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 KeanÕs Fine Arts Department from her family friend, Professor Judy Rosenthal. DryfoosÕ 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 womenÕs 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 DryfoosÕ 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.