Brookdale students, faculty, staff and community members poured into the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery on April 27 for a celebratory reception honoring an exhibition of student work and the publication of Collage 2017.
The exhibition, running through May 3, featured original sculptures, drawings, paintings, jewelry, mixed media and other works of art created by more than 100 Brookdale students for their studio arts classes this year.
From wheel-thrown and horsehair fired pottery to seven-foot-tall charcoal figure drawings and torn paper collages of the human form, the exhibition was as varied and vibrant as the student artists who populated it.
“When you walked into the gallery and looked towards the entry window, a pierced screen streamed in light from outside,” said art professor and CVA gallery coordinator Marie Maber. “This was a ‘Special Project Sculpture’ made by fine arts major Geoffrey Oliver for his ARTS 295 course this semester. It is made of wood with several laser-cut panels that playfully integrate geometric abstractions with organic designs. This 9’ x 6’ x 20” wall form is Geoff’s initial, working model, and he hopes to donate his finished sculpture to Brookdale.”
Other displays featured hand-made silver and gemstone jewelry including cast pieces, rings, pendants, earrings and linked bracelets made in the CVA jewelry studio.
“There were even some startling, wonderful, jewelry pieces made from recycled materials, which were displayed side-by-side with far more ‘precious’ goods,” Maber said.
In addition to the gallery opening, the reception served as a launch party for this year’s edition of Collage, Brookdale’s long-running student arts collection featuring short stories, poems, photos, drawings and other contributions from students of all majors and experience levels.
The reception also featured selected readings from Collage 2017 contributors and its student-led production team. This year’s Collage was produced by: Rachel Hemple, editor-in-chief; Connor Wean, art director; Eric Vincent Allen, production director; Emily J. Brown, literary editor; Austin Demeglio, literary editor; Katie Dempsey, design editor; Patrick E. Lynch, literary editor; and Rae Jasmine Mattey, literary editor.
Faculty advisors for Collage 2017 were assistant English professor Jennifer Kaminski and graphic design instructor Basem Hassan.
This year’s edition, which features dozens of contributions from a wide range of student artists, follows on the heels of Collage 2016, which was recently named one of the top scholastic publications in the country when it received the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s highly coveted Gold Crown Award.
“We seem to have a tradition of excellence with Collage, and in my opinion that is simply a reflection of the high caliber of our students,” said Hassan. “The contributions we have had – and we have had a lot – come from students in every discipline, every department. Then we had a team of skilled, dedicated students who worked hard on the book for months… It wasn’t just about producing a book. It was about, ‘What can we do to raise the bar?’ We wanted people to say, ‘Wow, this is something we haven’t seen before.’”
Copies of Collage are available in the CVA Building in Lincroft. Supplies are limited.
To learn more about the CVA Gallery and its operating hours, click here.
Check out more photos of the April 27 Gallery Reception here.
– Photos by Minh Connors