The Disappointed Tourist

  • The Disappointed Tourist
  • The Disappointed Tourist installation view
  • The Disappointed Tourist installation view
  • The Disappointed Tourist installation view
  • The Disappointed Tourist community postcard station
  • The Disappointed Tourist installation view
  • The Disappointed Tourist
  • The Disappointed Tourist installation view
  • The Disappointed Tourist
  • The Disappointed Tourist

The Disappointed Tourist

Ellen Harvey - The Disappointed Tourist

January 16 - March 9, 2024
301 West High Street Gallery

Closing event just added!

Join us for an artist meet and greet and presentation with Ellen Harvey on the last day to see The Disappointed Tourist exhibition, Saturday, March 9th 1 – 4 pm. From 3 – 4 pm the artist will give a presentation about her work, including The Disappointed Tourist project. RSVP.

Painting in a style reminiscent of vintage tourist postcards, The Disappointed Tourist is an ongoing project of 300 paintings of lost sites suggested by members of the public. It was inspired by the urge to repair what has been lost due to the forces of war, time, ideology, gentrification, and natural disasters. It attempts to honor the trauma underlying the nostalgia that results from our collective and individual losses, while celebrating the human attachment to places both real and aspirational. With our partner organizations we disseminated a call for suggestions throughout the Glassboro community and received over 40 submissions. Ellen selected several suggested sites that have been added to this new iteration of the installation including the Whitney Brother’s Glass Factory, Salem Oak, Bay Point, Zee Orchards, Eighty Acres neighborhood, Palace of Depression, Vineland Speedway, Veterans Stadium, Blockbuster Video, Philadelphia Art Club, and grandparent’s backyard. 

'New Jersey art gallery opens an exhibit featuring places that no longer exist', WHYY News

'Ellen Harvey’s ‘Disappointed Tourist’ at Rowan University, an archive and celebration of loss', Artblog

'Lost Landmarks', SNJ Today

NJ's places that used to be - check out the new exhibit at Rowan', New Jersey 101.5

'Artist Ellen Harvey’s “Disappointed Tourist” opens at Rowan University Art Gallery & Museum', Rowan Today

The Disappointed Tourist Gallery Guide 

Project Partners:

 The Disappointed Tourist partner logos


Additional programming:
ABOUT PLACE: Rowan Students Respond to Ellen Harvey
January 16 - March 9, 2024
During the Fall semester 2023, Intermediate and Advanced Painting students of Professor Nancy Sophy in the Department of Art were asked to reflect on The Disappointed Tourist and to create their own painting inspired by her work around ideas of place and memory.