Rowan University Art Gallery
Art — Produced by Michael O’Reilly
Located 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia, the Rowan University Art Gallery has been in existence for at least 10 years, becoming operational after Glassboro State changed it’s name to Rowan University at the behest and donation of Henry Rowan, the university’s largest benefactor. As a center for contemporary art by emerging and established professional artists from the South Jersey and Philadelphia region, as well as those drawn from a national and global community, the gallery is committed to showcasing all forms of visual expression and new media. And nowhere is that more apparent than in the shows on view in late 2014 and early 2015.
FRIDAY ARTS visits with the curator of the gallery, Mary Salvante. Ms. Salvante makes clear that while she is the curator of the gallery, she is entirely comfortable bringing in guest curators, as is evident with 2 of the shows. In more than one of these shows, the artworks provide access points to different ways of understanding relationships between digital and physical spaces. Many of the works have been created with a wide range of digital fabrication techniques and different forms of interactive mobile applications, using the idea of “augmented reality” in art. The artists and the work are colorful and compelling, exhibiting risky ideas and taking chances, traits usually not associated with a sleepy South Jersey college town.