Sounds of Camden

September 29, 2014 – December 18, 2014

As a sequel to the 2012 exhibition, Visions of Camden, which presented a visual history of Camden, Sounds of Camden will explore the city through its music, poetry, and voices from past to present. The exhibition will present examples of Victrolas and phonographs developed in Camden, visual memorabilia and artifacts, and offer recordings from the company’s vast playlist. It will also present live performances and recordings that carry historic and contemporary Sounds of Camden: Camden resident Walt Whitman, music recorded in Camden and contemporary compositions, poetry, recorded oral history.

Camden Collects

July 7 – September 18, 2014
Closing Reception “Third Thursday” September 18th 5 – 7 pm
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

The Stedman Gallery presents an engaging exhibition of artworks and objects collected by individuals living and/or working in the city of Camden. The collectors include Camden City Mayor Dana L. Redd, Rutgers University–Camden student and retired teacher Bert Hubbard and his partner Chris Deane, Rutgers University–Camden Professor of Film Studies and comix fan Robert Emmons, and Cal Maradonna, director of Rutgers–Camden Studies Abroad program.

Department of Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition

May 5-23, 2014

Open to public

Closing Reception: May 21 6pm-8pm

Department of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

Features work by graduating Rutgers-Camden students in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, sculpture, and animation.

Compulsive Narratives: Stories That MUST Be Told

January 16 – April 26, 2014

Compulsive Narratives: Stories that MUST be Told, guest curated by Cheryl Harper, presents graphic novelists John “Derf” Backderf, Julie Doucet, Ellen Forney, Justin Green, Sandy Jimenez, Peter Kuper, David Small, Lance Tooks, Carol Tyler, and Gilad Seliktar. The comics-inspired works of sculptors Mark Newport and Melissa Stern, painters Hiro Sakaguchi and Arpita Singh, and printmaker Marcus Benavides dialogue with original drawings from the graphic novels where compulsive narratives unfold.

Graphic novels are often considered book-length comics. The word “comix,” is an adulteration of the word “comics,” referring to self-published books or comic strips, often produced by small presses especially for underground adult audiences.

Image: Derf Backderf, From My Friend Dahmer, 2012 (detail), pen and ink, 14” x 11”

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Dark Eye Glances

November 11 – December 20, 2013
Stedman Gallery

Although the period formally known as Romanticism waned around the middle of the 19th century, almost all 20th century art is rooted in the individualism of the Romantic tradition, an impulse that continues into the 21st century as a viable current. Among the many aspects of Romanticism that survive are: primitivism, love of nature, interest in the past, mysticism, subjectivity, and a reaction against modern civilization and the nefarious effects of its industry and technology.

(re)collecting, (re)constructing: Scott Pellnat and Allen C. Topolski

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Scott Pellnat and Allen C. Topolski

Scott Pellnat and Allen C. Topolski both accepted the invitation to create new work for the Stedman Gallery; this exhibition presents two sculptors who transform found materials and objects in magically illusory ways. Scott Pellnat’s installation of a flying squadron and Allen Topolski’s domestic appliances intrigue the viewer, who might wonder what the original material or source could have been and what the function of the new object is, all the while recognizing the familiar aspects of these artworks. The viewer is drawn into examining these objects through this recognition, attempting to decipher the illusions that these artists have insinuated in their creations.