Looking Forward Looking Back

  • Looking Forward Looking Back
  • Untitled, Irene Krugman
  • Demonstrators, Audrey Flack
  • Susan Sills, Manet's Mazurka
  • Elsa Goldsmith, Ann Brown
  • Harriet Winter, Untitled

Looking Forward Looking Back

Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Rowan University Art Gallery Collection

Exhibition on view April 17 - May 27, 2023
Curated by Dr. Andrew Hottle

Looking Forward, Looking Back was an opportunity to celebrate the Rowan University Art Gallery’s art collection. The exhibition was organized around five themes - Abstraction and Experimentation, Art as Social Commentary, Art History as Inspiration, Figure Studies and Portraiture, and Sylvia Sleigh as Artist-Collector - that shed light on the Gallery’s unique collection history and collecting practices.

The Gallery’s permanent collection was established in 2011 through a major gift from artist-collector Sylvia Sleigh. Since then the collection has grown to number approximately 300 works, with particular emphasis on the works of American women artists who were active in the pivotal period of the 1970s and 1980s.

Learn more: Looking Forward, Looking Back gallery guide

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