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Visual Arts Gallery

  • The NJCU Visual Arts Gallery runs shows independently and in cooperation with the Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery.

    upcoming Exhibition 

    Nancy Cohen: Hackensack Dreaming

    September 8 - October 21
    Artist Reception: September 15, 5-8 p.m.
    Artist Talk in the gallery at 6 p.m.
    Part of JC Fridays, September 11, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (
    Open for Jersey City Artist Studio Tour (, Oct. 3, noon - 5 p.m.

    View the exhibition catalog HERE.

    Roundtable Discussion:
    “The Geology/ Ecology and Art of the Meadowlands”
    October 19, 5 p.m. in the auditorium (B08)
    Cohosted by Departments of Art and Geoscience and Geography

    The Visual Arts Gallery of New Jersey City University is pleased to present a solo exhibition, Nancy Cohen: Hackensack Dreaming, from September 8 to October 21, 2015. The exhibition will premier Cohen's most ambitious installation to date, which was inspired by the post-industrial landscape of the Meadowlands in Hackensack, New Jersey. Consisting of numerous glass and mixed media sculptures and hand-made paper sheets, the installation will cover from the floor to the ceiling of the gallery space and engulf the viewer.

    Cohen found inspirations in the particular section of the Meadowlands, Mills Creek Marsh, which has preserved old stumps of an ancient cedar forest. Tucked away behind shopping malls and highways, this small patch of serene beauty stimulated the artist’s imagination. For Cohen, those stumps embody resilience and survival rather than just being the victim of deforestation. Her arduous process of creating numerous small parts transformed this installation into a sort of inner landscape, reflecting her thoughts about the site. Stumps and all other creatures in the marshes became reborn as new beings through the artist’s hands. Although it is titled, “Hackensack,” the work transcends the geographical specificity and offers a space for visitors to contemplate on nature and its inextricable relationship with humans.

    Having already been recognized for its ambitious scale and exquisite beauty, the exhibition is scheduled to travel to the two following venues after NJCU: The Schuykill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11/5-12/19, 2015); and The Power Plant Gallery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (1/22-3/6, 2016). Thanks to the generous support received from ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, and Judith Targan, NJCU is publishing a full-color exhibition catalog, featuring essays by Anne Swartz, Professor of Art History at Savannah College of Art and Design, Midori Yoshimoto, NJCU Gallery Director, and Beth Ravit, environmental scientist at Rutgers University.

    Nancy Cohen was born in Queens, NY and lives and works in Jersey City, NJ. She has an MFA from Columbia University. Recent projects include installations in Karmiel, Israel; the CODA Museum in Holland; the Katonah Museum of Art in NY and a collaboration with environmentalists based on the Mullica River for the Noyes Museum of Art in NJ. Cohen has been awarded a Pollack Krasner Grant and Fellowships in Sculpture and Works on Paper from the NJ State Council on the Arts. Her work is in the permanent collections of the NJ State Museum, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Montclair Art Museum and Yale University Art Museum among others. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at the Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ; a permanent installation at the Health Sciences Library, Howard University, Washington DC; inclusion in Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass at Frederik Meijer Sculpture Garden, Grand Rapids, MI; two solo exhibitions and a large-scale glass installation with Anna Boothe at Accola Griefen in New York City. In 2011 she was selected for the Pilchuck Glass School Residency and in 2013 she completed a collaborative residency with Boothe at The Corning Museum of Glass.

    On October 19, at 5 p.m., a round table discussion, “The Geology/ Ecology and Art of the Meadowlands” and will be held in the auditorium adjacent to the gallery. Co-organized by NJCU Departments of Art, Geoscience and Geography, it will feature the artist, Nancy Cohen, Dr. Beth Ravit, Co-Director, Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability at Rutgers University, and a few distinguished speakers representing NY/NJ environmental organizations. All programs are open to public and free.

    For further information, please contact Midori Yoshimoto, Gallery Director ( or 201-200-2197).

    Image: Nancy Cohen, Hackensack Dreaming, 2014, glass, handmade paper, rubber, wire, and monofilament.
    Image courtesy of the artist and Accola Griefen. Photo: Edward Fausty.

    Ongoing Exhibition

    Transformation: Art Faculty Exhibition
    Gilligan Student Union, Faculty Dining Hall, 2nd floor 

    “Transformation: Art Faculty Exhibition” will feature works by NJCU art faculty Mauro Altamura, Hugo Bastidas, Dennis Dittrich, Brian Gustafson, Deborah Jack, Martin Kruck, Ken MacBain, Winifred McNeill, Janet Pihlblad, Ellen Quinn, Jose Rodeiro, and Herb Rosenberg. The exhibit will be shown throughout the full 2013-2014 academic year. The Dining Hall is accessible Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Brian Gustafson
    Bleeding the love out of roses
    Metal, glass, flora, 20" x 20" x 2"

    Martin Kruck
    Habitorium: Blaze