Virtual Exhibitions – Museum Mentorship: Camden Student Art
May 14 – June 30, 2021
Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts began working with Camden students on the Museum Mentorship Program in fall 2018. Over three years of in-school hands-on workshops led by teaching artists, teacher professional development sessions, and visits to the Stedman Gallery at Rutgers–Camden, the students prepared to design and create virtual exhibitions, all with student-selected themes. Featured schools include Brimm Medical Arts High School (12th Grade), Dudley Family School (4th Grade), and Holy Name School (5th-8th Grades). Visit the exhibitions by clicking the buttons below.
This project was funded by a three-year Arts Education Special Initiative Grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
ARTivism: Brimm High School 12th Grade
The 12th grade students at Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School focused on various themes surrounding the idea of “Artivism” when creating their artwork. This term, a portmanteau word combining art and activism, served as the inspiration for students to tackle a social justice issue of their choosing. After engaging with photographer and teaching artist Erik James Montgomery, as well as their art teacher Lisa Wallenburg, the students created their own unique artwork using either traditional materials, digital software, or mixed media.
Cultural & Family Heritage: Dudley Family School 4th Grade
The 4th grade students at Thomas H. Dudley Family School focused on the theme of Cultural and Family Heritage when creating their artwork. After engaging with collage artist Doris Noguiera-Rogers, poet and teaching artist Anndee Hochman, as well as their art teacher Barbara Gail, the students generated poems and digital collages using Google Draw. These collages with poetry embedded directly into them express the students' feelings of self identity in fun and unique ways.
Social Justice in 2020: Holy Name School 5th-8th Grades
The 5th through 8th grade students at Holy Name School focused on a variety of themes concerning Social Justice in the year 2020 when creating their artwork. After engaging with teaching artist Hollis Citron in multiple virtual sessions the students generated poster designs using materials found on hand in the classroom and at home. These posters reflect the students' thoughts on the issues our society faces, especially exacerbated by the challenges of the past year, mainly Immigration, COVID-19, and Black Lives Matter.
Virtual Exhibition - Materia: Arte de la Amazonia Peruana/Matter: Art of the Peruvian Amazon
April 7 - June 30, 2021
Explore the spirit, beauty, and fragility of the Peruvian Amazon through the perspective of both indigenous and transplant artists living and working deep in the heart of the jungle. Feel their strong spiritual connection to the flora and fauna that make life in the Amazon vibrant and possible. Hear their call to the world to take notice of not only the physical loss of land and life to industry and pollution, but also to the loss of rich cultural traditions that have been slowly becoming extinct.
The exhibition Materia: Arte de la Amazonia Peruana (Matter: Art of the Peruvian Amazon), curated by Carmen Balcazar-Pendleton, presents contemporary works from six artists working in a variety of media from traditional painting, to music, to textiles. Join these incredible artists on a virtual tour of beauty and hope. Artists/Guardians of the Amazon: Percy Aleksander, musician/composer; Brus Rubio, painter; David Orlando, illustrator; Marlena Churay Roque, textile artist; Jose Asuncion, painter; Claire Lardeux, mixed media.
The exhibition A New View – Camden in the Stedman Gallery, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, chronicles the public art process for this project. The artists’ photographs, drawings, schematics and maquettes present the progress of their projects from their inception to the installation of the artwork. Also exhibited are the contestants in A New View – Camden photo contest, flags designed and made for The Phoenix Festival by students at Dudley School, and the Camden high schooler’s design for Mechan II‘s Heart Box. This exhibition also presents the transformation of the lots on a digital platform.
Exhibitions are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.