Where the University Meets the Community

Rowan University Art Gallery serves as a vibrant cultural destination for South Jersey, the Rowan community, and surrounding region. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive, accessible, and just environment that encourages dialogue and collaboration between exhibiting artists, students, faculty, and the general public through the presentation of interdisciplinary art exhibitions, artist talks and other public programming. Our mission is to present diverse forms of contemporary art by professional artists with content that is thought provoking, relevant, and timely. With our exhibitions and programming, we seek to engender curiosity and a passion for contemporary art, enrich the quality of life for area residents, and create a welcoming and inclusive cultural destination at Rowan University.

Located near Philadelphia, and an easy daytrip from New York and Baltimore, Rowan University is the largest university in South Jersey serving over 19,000 students and over 3,000 staff and faculty. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive environment that encourages dialogue between exhibiting artists, students, faculty, the general public, and other cultural institutions. Our goal is to offer visitors an enriching  cultural experience and  function as a resource for contemporary art throughout the region.

Rowan University Art Gallery is comprised of two key locations. The primary Gallery at 301 High Street West highlights curated contemporary art exhibitions by professional artists along with accompanying educational programming. Conveniently located at the intersection of the University campus and the heart of Glassboro, this gallery is an active arts resource for students and public. The Center for Art and Social Engagement, located in Westby Hall, serves as a venue for investigating social issues through arts-based methods. Anchored by a permanent display of The Sister Chapel, a historic collaborative feminist installation, the Center draws inspiration from the cooperative spirit of the women’s art movement. Programming at the Center encourages interdisciplinary collaborations that explore diverse and timely social issues through multidisciplinary practices.

Programming is developed in collaboration with other academic areas including: engineering, sociology, anthropology, history, education, environmental studies, social justice, performing arts, and women’s gender studies programs. Programming has included many group and solo exhibitions by internationally recognized artists such as: Mel Chin, Willie Cole, Jeanne Jaffe, Joyce Kozloff, Tom Nussbaum, Beverly Semmes, Dread Scott, Jackie Tileston, Diane Burko, Ebony Patterson, and other notable artists.

Rowan University Art Gallery has been the recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Citation of Excellence. In 2015, Rowan University Art Gallery received a National Endowment for the Arts, Artworks grant, the first ever for the university.

Contact Us

Office Location
Rowan University Art Gallery
301 High Street West
First Floor
Glassboro, NJ 08028

Mary Salvante, M.S. AADM
Director, Chief Curator

Kristin Qualls, M.F.A.
Gallery Coordinator