Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

To request information regarding past exhibitions, archival documents, or to request a catalog, please contact Rowan University Art Gallery. 

Select Exhibitions 2014 - 2017

Exhibition Catalogs

PDF catalogs from past exhibitions are available to download for free. RUAG provides a platform for discourse on best practices in contemporary art by professional artists, curators, and scholars through the presentation of interdisciplinary art exhibitions, panel discussions, guest curatorial projects, and other public programming. 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, and other notable artists. 


Ben Polsky: Structural Process

Jackie Tileston: Chromatopia

Building Structures

Jill Moser: Naming Game

Stefanie Nagorka: Aisle Tour

Private Lives: Nuno de Campos & Magali Nougarède

Margot de Wit: A Retrospective 1936-1996

Navigating Elements (2018)

The works that encompass Navigating Elements are a response to the many complexities, intimacies, and ephemeral characteristics of our natural environment presenting a range of narratives from the physical and organic to cultural and experiential. This curated blend of artistic practices together read as a single vision that raises our awareness and appreciation of our natural world.

Diane Burko (2018)

Environmental artist Diane Burko has been documenting glacial recession since 2013 as part of her ongoing work that intersects art and science around the urgent issue of climate change. In this exhibition we present a series of large scale paintings and photographs that are visual examples of the dichotomy of beauty and desolation.

The exhibition catalog features an essay by Mark A. Cheetham, a professor of art history at the University of Toronto titled "Glacial Urgency: The Time of Diane Burko’s Paintings in the Cryosphere".

Brandon Ballengée (2017)

Brandon Ballengée is an artist, biologist and environmental educator who creates artworks inspired from his ecological fieldwork and laboratory research. His scientific research informs his artistic inquiry resulting in works that are balanced in its artistic and scientific statements. In Sea of Vulnerability we presented a series of his artworks in the form of installations, assemblages, and mixed media that offer dramatic visual representations of species that are in decline, threatened, or already lost to extinction.

How Food Moves (2017)

Food moves through complex patterns of circulation in between the point of origin, “the farm,” and its point of consumption, “the plate.” Increasingly contemporary artists are grappling with the complexity of this movement through research-based and participatory initiatives and projects. This exhibition, "How Food Moves: Edible Logistics", aims to highlight a range of these works, as well as present newly commissioned projects by artists working in the region who can explore the specificity of Philadelphia and southern New Jersey.

Dread Scott (2016)

"A Sharp Divide" is a survey of Dread Scott’s public engagement, performance, and multi-media based work completed from 1987 – 2014 that tackles the volatile racial and cultural disparities that exist within our criminal justice system such as: the criminalization of youth, profiling and discrimination, stop and frisk tactics, and other civil rights issues.

The Sister Chapel (2016)

"The Sister Chapel", a historic collaborative installation created at the height of the women’s art movement, opened in 2016 at Gallery West for its first public exhibition since 1980. After an absence of more than thirty-five years, the components of The Sister Chapel are fully reunited in Gallery West. To celebrate the return of this powerful work of contemporary art, Maureen Connor’s previously unrealized tent enclosure was fabricated.

Jeanne Jaffe (2016)

“Elegy for Tesla”, conceived and created by Philadelphia artist Jeanne Jaffe, is a biographical narrative that integrates technology with sculpture, evocative soundscapes, theatrical sets, video projection, and stop-motion animations to create a dark and timeless, immersive psychological dreamscape. In her work, Ms. Jaffe often selects historical, mythological, and iconic subjects that embody disparate emotional and psychological characteristics.

Chromography (2015)

‘Chromography’ examines the relationship between graphic communication and sound. Writing is an ancient and elegant system of recording the human voice, and it has spawned other systems for the notation of music and movement.

Mel Chin (2014)

The thirty-four studies, drawings, and sketches included in "Mel Chin: Disparate Acts", function as a window into the genesis of his social activist works. Evident are the many materials Chin used to realize his diverse and complex ideas and turn them into three-dimensional narratives, often matching material to concept to heighten the impact of its message. The selected works in the exhibition focus on this process and thematically question the objectivity, reliability, and integrity of information, facts, and events when compromised and corrupted by political, social, or cultural agendas.

Tom Nussbaum (2014)

"Tom Nussbaum: Heads and Tales" is an exhibition of selected studio work from the last sixteen years, representing the progression in Nussbaum’s practice, which moves between the representational and the abstract. His process of self-discovery and mining of images that have personal and psychological meaning are motivations for the leitmotifs developed in his drawings and found in his animations, and in his cut paper and sculpture works.

Joyce Kozloff (2014)

Joyce Kozloff’s work on display in “Cradles to Conquest”, the ultimately utopian suggestion in her own assertion of maps as a "starting point" is meaningful. Certainly, the colonies and conflicts that so many of her works literally map speak to Kozloff’s long history as an anti-war activist, and reflect her disgust with the violence to which these maps' information testify. But, so too is there a sense of the possibilities for hope and rebirth in her work.

Willie Cole (2012)

Culled from nearly 30 years of work, the exhibition unites personal history, urban and racial realities, and cultural and religious faith and diversity. Willie Cole’s art situates his life-long New Jersey experience in the context of US and global political life and current economic insecurity. Cole’s deft and probing drawings, prints, and sculptures ingeniously transform everyday consumer products into images and objects of refreshing energy, beauty, and spirituality. His works mirror the consumer society and the financial anxiety of our times while offering a hint of repose, a measure of hope, humor, and intelligence.

Beverly Semmes (2011)

Beverly Semmes’ work situates itself squarely in the history of American visual obsessions. Although her practice is located at the crossroads of many cultural and art historical traditions—feminist, craft, installation, performance, soft sculpture, its most bold statements are about the inescapable and powerful, even corrective and redeeming qualities of American Puritanism in both the history of American feminism and the history of American sculpture and craft.

Groundbreaking (2011)

The Sylvia Sleigh Collection is comprised of nearly one hundred paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs by women artists. It was amassed by Sylvia Sleigh (1916–2010), a pioneering feminist and tireless supporter of women artists. She became well-known in the 1970s for her paintings of nude men. She unashamedly reveled in the beauty of the human body while challenging the tradition in which male artists depicted anonymous, idealized, and often eroticized female models.


The exhibition “Acting Out” brings together six contemporary artists who utilize their own bodies as a key element in works that explore agency, normalcy, fantasy, and identity. Their activities are generated in traditional studios as well as carefully selected locations (city streets, forests, deserts) that act as stages for scripted or improvised endeavors. At a time when reality television and YouTube can turn the world’s citizens into instant celebrities, these artists utilize photography, video, drawing, painting, and performance to assert the often slow and messy nature of the self, and potential re-definitions of work and play.

Hurts So Good (2010)

“Hurts So Good” is a video exhibition that explores the various ways artists use video to confront culture and traditions in America. Works celebrate, critique and satirize representations of American culture and traditions related to sex, religion, politics, economics, technology, popular culture, media, and family.

Artist / Educator (2010)

“Artist/Educator” highlights the groundbreaking work created by some of the most influential artists in ceramics today, who also happen to be young educators at universities and colleges throughout NJ, PA, MD, DE, and NY. Each artist’s ideas are individual, unique to their generation, and relevant to the current climate of ceramics. This young group of 23 artists are striving to make a name through their work while pushing the boundaries of ceramic arts through their creations and the education of their students.