Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) will greet its 50th year with a special art exhibit featuring internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer in the studio glass movement Paul Stankard, alongside the works of five additional artists. The exhibition will be on display in the Dr. Ross Beitzel Art Gallery, located in RCGC's College Center, from Sept. 5 through Oct. 13.
Paul Stankard, a graduate of Salem County Vocational Technical Institute's (now Salem County College) Scientific Glassblowing program, is considered a living master in the art of the paperweight. His work has been displayed in museums all over the world, including The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, N.Y.; the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France; the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y. The hallmark of his works are his beautiful, botanically-accurate glass floral designs so lifelike that the viewer could be excused from believing them plucked directly from a garden.
Stankard's paperweights will appear alongside the works of five other talented artists. The exhibit will also feature the paintings and pastels of Jeanne Kirby Bruneau, the sculptures of Dan Dennison, the paintings of Amanda McCutcheon, the digital photos of Bob Reid and the paintings of Khalilah Sabree. Many of the artists included in this exhibit have strong ties to South Jersey, including Dennison, a longtime resident of Swedesboro; Stankard a fixture of WheatonArts and the Cultural Center in Millville, N.J.; and Reid who has taught at Rowan College at Gloucester County since the institution got its start as Gloucester County College in 1968.
As part of the exhibit, a "Meet the Artist" event will be held on Wed., Sept. 27 from 12 - 2 p.m. in the Dr. Ross Beitzel Art Gallery. The event will provide the opportunity to meet the six, talented artists featured in this exhibit and enjoy live music provided by Philadelphia musician Jack McGinty. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.
The RCGC Dr. Ross Beitzel Art Gallery is free to attend and open to the public Mon. - Fri. from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sat. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rowan College at Gloucester County's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.