About The Center

  • The Center for Art and Social Engagement

About The Center

The Center for Art and Social Engagement

The Center for Art and Social Engagement is open by appointment.

Please call or email to schedule a visit.

The Center for Art and Social Engagement is a new initiative of Rowan University Art Gallery at Westby Hall. It serves as a venue for investigating social issues through arts-based methods. Anchored by a permanent display of The Sister Chapela 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, broadly conceived to include a variety of mediums such as photojournalism, film and video, historical ephemera, faculty and student research presentations, info-graphic presentations, STEM/STEAM installations, and public programming.


The Center for Art is open to visitors during the academic year. Visiting hours are Monday–Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Please note that The Center for Art closes during summer months, spring break, and winter break. View our visitor information page for additional information about planning your visit or contact the gallery.


The themes embodied in The Sister Chapel paintings provide a broad range of topics in which to explore programming. They are diverse and expansive from women’s issues to investigations of mythology, science, world religions, LGBTQ, literature, politics, and more. If you would like to submit a proposal to The Center for Art and Social Engagement, review the guidelines found in the Request for Proposals. Proposals will be accepted on an on-going basis. 

For more information about this program please contact Mary Salvante at salvante@rowan.edu.