Deptford Twp. –Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) will feature the artwork of alumnus Mark Donohue and Woodbury resident Anthony Parisi Jr. in the Dr. Ross Beitzel Art
Gallery during November and December. Located in the College Center, the exhibit is free and open to the public.
A 1992 Gloucester County College liberal arts graduate, Donohue transferred to the Rutgers University—Camden campus and majored in Studio Art. While earning his bachelor’s degree, Donohue traveled to Europe four times with the international studies program creating drawings executed while sitting on sidewalks and park benches. He describes these pieces as “fresh, responsive images, immediate reactions in charcoal on toned paper to the great architectural masterworks in Europe.” Many of these pieces are on display in the exhibit.
After graduation, Donohue continued to work as a fine artist as well as a freelance commercial artist making illustrations for the health-care industry. He also worked on sculpture production at Carolfi Studios in Collingswood. Donohue later attended graduate school earning his master’s degree in fine art at the University of Delaware, where he was offered a teaching position in the art department. As a teacher, Donohue used his art for classroom demonstrations.
“As a teacher I wanted to build confidence in all of my students, and for them, making a work of art can be daunting,” explained Donahue. “I would try to show them that it isn’t a big deal to stand up there and make a drawing or painting.” Samples of his classroom experiences are also on display, in addition to a series of garden paintings.
Born and raised in New Rochelle, N.Y., Parisi is a graduate of Parsons School of Design where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration. As an award-winning caricaturist, he likes to think of himself as a “face specialist” with a knack for stylizing the human form to give one dimensional figures the fluidity and illusion of motion.
Parisi’s 25 years as an art director and his keen sense of humor gives him an added advantage as a conceptual illustrator.
As a Clio nominated art director and photography director, he has created numerous logos, web sites, identity pieces, direct mail, packaging, print ads, radio and television commercials for countless clients in a variety of industries. He has created illustrations of on-air personalities, John DeBella and Andre Gardner for WMGK, Philadelphia, Joe Johnson’s Beatle Brunch (syndicated on 110 stations) and was the official illustrator for the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers for three seasons. He has also illustrated several book covers and children books. Recently he created the album cover art for The Weeklings and the holiday catalog cover for the NBA.
The exhibition will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 856-415-2122.
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located on a 250-acre campus on Tanyard Road, Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.