Rowan University Art Gallery is exhibiting through March 10 "Willie Cole: Deep Impressions," the first exhibit dedicated to a 30-year survey of the works on paper of the New Jersey artist.
It is also the first ever public art gallery survey of Cole's work in South Jersey.
An opening reception, featuring an overview by guest curator Patterson Sims, will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. A curator and artist talk will be offered Sunday, Feb. 21.
Cole, best known for his sculptures, uses his works on paper to express his life-long New Jersey experience in context to the worldwide issues of politics, consumerism and financial anxiety. In his artist's notes, Cole explains his art contrasts the dichotomies of life; affluent suburbs and vast upscale malls exist alongside urban, industrial and natural wastelands and marginal retail strips; abundant personal wealth is enjoyed in a land suffering from economic, racial and political discord and chronic poverty.
The exhibit includes examples of his unique style of sculpture that transforms everyday consumer products (hairdryers, steam irons, high-heel shoes and bicycle parts) into images of energy, beauty and spirituality.
The artist studied at the Boston University School of Fine Arts and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1976. Among his many honors is the 2006 David C. Driskell Prize, the first national award to honor and celebrate contributions to African-American art and art history, established by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.
Cole's work is found in numerous private and public collections and museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the New Jersey State Museum.
Rowan University Art Gallery is located on the lower level of Westby Hall on the university campus, Route 322 in Glassboro. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours vary. Call 856-256-4521 or go to www.rowan.edu/fpa/artgallery.
•Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., hosts a reception
6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, for new exhibit, "In the Pinelands - Under One Roof," by Suzanne Reese Horvitz and Robert Roesch. The exhibit runs through January. Call 609-567-5360.
•The Noyes Museum of Art of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey exhibits "Paul Stankard: Poetry in Glass," to Jan. 22 . The gallery is located on Lily Lake Road, off Route 9, in Galloway Township. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors and students. Hours vary, call 609-652-8848 or go to www.noyesmuseum.org
•Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan will exhibit her work through January at Atlantic County West Library, 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. For information, go to www.hammontonartscenter.org
Cape May County
•"Schools for the Colored," a collection of 50 photographs by Wendel White, distinguished professor of art at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, along with a photo exhibit of Cape May's Franklin Street School, is on exhibit at Carriage House Gallery, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Admission is free and gallery hours vary. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.
•Strathmere artist Greg Bennett exhibits at the William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, through January. For hours, call 609-368-6361 or go to www.williamris.com
•Painter Christine Lockwood McPartland exhibits at the Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City, through Jan. 31. Call 609-399-7628 or go to www.oceancityartscenter.org
•The Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, hosts through January an exhibit featuring artists who volunteered to judge OCFAL shows. Call 609-814-0308 or go to oceancityfineartsleague.org
•"Sister Act II," featuring artists Catherine and Mia Bosna, is on exhibit through Feb. 4, at the Mad Batter Restaurant art gallery, in the Carroll Villa Hotel, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. All of the works on display are for sale. For hours and information call 609-884-5970.
•Ocean County College Arts & Community Center Gallery, located on the Main Campus, College Drive, in Toms River, offers the following exhibits, free and open to the public: through Feb. 10 - Ali Botein Furrevig, prints of original oils; Feb. 13 to March 16 -Ocean County Teen Arts Festival Exhibit; April 2 to 30 - Photography of Hutch Martin; May 7 to 31- Artist Judi Gilden & Students. For hours, call 732-255-0500.
•Pine Shores Art Association offers the following workshops and classes for January: Drawing by Tom Rutledge - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, $50 members, $75 nonmembers; Watercolor by Pat Morgan - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, $50 members, $75 nonmembers; Pastel (on-going) by Linda Coulter - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays, $20 members, $22 nonmembers. Call 609-597-3557 or go to www.pineshoresartassociation.org
•The Ocean County Library will present "'80s Rock Show," an exhibit of rock star portraits by local artist Patti Shouldice, through January in its second floor gallery, 101 Washington St., Toms River. Call 732-349-6200, ext. 5112, or go to www.theoceancountylibrary.org
•Local photographer Jeff Sayre's "Beauty at the Shore" photo exhibit hangs through January in the McConnell Gallery of the Ocean County Libray, Toms River. Call 732-349-6200, or go to www.theoceancountylibrary.org
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