Places in the Art Gallery

The Galleries at Kean University

Places in the art


Visual art touches the soul, inspires the mind and provokes action. It enriches the quality of life. It offers expressions that make us uniquely human. The world-class galleries at Kean University attract world-renowned artists, offering unique opportunities for the campus community and region.

A wide range of shows are planned for Kean’s premiere exhibition space, the Karl and Helen Burger Gallery. Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the United States (through September 23) is a dramatic exhibition of painting, drawings, sculpture and photography that documents the experiences of incarcerated persons in the United States. A collection of paintings by Italian-born artist Fabio Mazzieri is featured from October 5, 2011 - January 20, 2012. Graduated in pictorial decoration from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Mazzieri has been exhibiting prize-winning shows since 1962 in Italy, France, Germany, Palestine, and the U.S.

An exhibition of African art is featured in Embodying the Sacred in Yoruba Art (January 31 - April 18, 2012). Garden State artists are highlighted in New Jersey Masters 2012 (May 1 - August 20, 2012). The Garden Statement (September 12 – December 19, 2012) is an invitational art exhibition that showcases the artwork of six New Jersey artists’ projects that address issues specific to the Garden State, including the regional environment, geography, history and politics.

George Segal: Photography (January 24, 2012 - April 4, 2013) features photographs by the artist who started his art career as a painter, but is best known for the cast life-size figures and the tableaux they inhabited. From the 1950s until his death in 2000, Segal lived on a chicken farm in South Brunswick Township, N.J. where the term “happening” was coined to describe the art performances that took place there. Segal won the 1992 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, International Sculpture Center (Hamilton, NJ). Mexican Folk Art: Narrative Masterpieces in the Vernacular Tradition will be the exhibition in the Burger Gallery from April 4 to July 25, 2013.

The Human Rights Institute Gallery, Kean University’s newest gallery, features a stirring collection of photography from the Library of Congress and the National Archives entitled, Claiming Citizenship: African-Americans and New Deal Photography (Opening Fall 2011). This exhibition demonstrates how African Americans claimed significant new freedoms during the Great Depression of the 1930s, laying foundations for the Civil Rights Movement.

The Nancy Dryfoos Gallery features art by alumni, faculty and visiting artists. A retrospective of works by the gallery’s namesake opens the fall season: Nancy Dryfoos (through September 15, 2011). Dryfoos, learned of the strong reputation of Kean’s Fine Arts Department, and donated funding for the creation of the gallery to inspire future generations of artists. In 1991, her estate donated over 250 works of her art to Kean University.

Who Needs A Master Anymore? (September 18 - October 1, 2011) brings to the Dryfoos Gallery a traveling exhibition displaying artwork represented by Prof. Joanna M. Wezyk and her Kean University students, as well as faculty and student artists from the School of Visual Arts (New York City), Krakow Academy of Fine Arts (Krakow, Poland) and the University of Rzeszow (Rzeszow, Poland). The Dryfoos Gallery schedule includes exhibitions by Linda Kuehne (October 5 - 26, 2011), Deborah Weiss (November 2 - 23, 2011) and Lisa Conrad (November 30 - December 21, 2011).

The James Howe Gallery is the premier teaching gallery at Kean University that provides students their first opportunity to display artwork in a high quality gallery. Featured works include Process: The New Jersey Metals Art Guild (September 1 - October 21, 2011), Give Us Some Space: Student Work from the Interior Design Program (October 25 - December 20, 2011) and AANJ Exhibition: Art Administrators of New Jersey Emerging High School Artists (January 6 - February 5, 2012).

Admission to all galleries is free to the Kean University community and the general public. Opening receptions accompany the start of many exhibitions, where the artwork is unveiled, refreshments are served and the artist may be present. For further information, updates and announcements about Kean University Galleries, visit


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