Kean University strives to not only educate its students, but also to provide opportunities and outlets for those interested in displaying their creative abilities to both the campus community and the general public alike.
One of the best examples of this philosophy is the Fine Arts Exhibition, held each year in the James Howe Gallery in the Vaughn Eames Building on Kean's main campus.
The Fine Arts Exhibition serves as a bridge to allow students to display assignments from either their previous or current classes or personal selections in which were completed elsewhere besides the classroom.
The exhibition features work from Kean University fine arts majors, non-fine arts majors enrolled in fine arts classes and alumni as well. Providing a fabulous outlet for those interested in taking their artistic talents to a public and professional forum, the gallery has over 50 pieces on display, featuring a wide array of mediums used.
Some general areas of concentration within the exhibition include paintings, sculptures, sketches, portraits, photography, hand-crafted items, metals, ceramics, printmaking, video art and much more.
Works chosen to feature in the exhibition are voted upon and further selected by faculty within Kean University's Fine Arts department.
Thoughtfully divided into themed sections, the James Howe Gallery assumes a new look as one walks through carefully assorted displays of various creations and decorated walls.
Perhaps the most intriguing and thought-provoking element of the exhibition is the vast and stark differences between each piece featured.
Additionally, the talent level and quality of the works on show mimic those of a professional gallery, which can be directly attributed to the hard work of both the faculty in the Fine Arts department as well as the actual students and participants.
"The James Howe Gallery is the premier teaching gallery of Kean University and features shows by visiting artists, graduate students and faculty. Shows are generally related to the Fine Arts studio program," states the official Kean University webpage.
The individualism, creativity and skill on display clearly illustrates the aforementioned Kean University philosophy of fostering an environment of learning skills and applying such skills into a professional-style environment, aiming for student growth and opportunity.
The attention to detail and enormous effort clearly portrayed in each creation certainly does not go unnoticed.
Some of the featured artists participating in the exhibition include Haoting Wang, Barbara Breese-Rogers, Sable Arias, Mary Skrzyniarz, Aliyah Bradley, Ashley Buttino, Anthony Cullington, Eric Schiabor, Joana Lopes, Evelyn Altamirano, James Ferretti, Sabrean DeBlasio, William Kmec, Richard Mahon and many more to mention a few.
The exhibition will remain open on select days from now until March 18. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Below is the remaining viewing schedule which can also be found on Cougar Link:
Friday, Feb. 22
Monday, Feb. 25
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Wednesday, Feb. 27
Thursday, Feb. 28
Friday, March 1
Monday, March 4
Tuesday, March 5
Wednesday, March 6
Thursday, March 7
Friday, March 8
Wednesday, March 13
Monday, March 18