Exhibitions

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Flowers
January 21, 2025 - June 20, 2025

Rooted in her Caribbean and African heritage, spirituality and identity, Heather Williams’ work explores the concept of damage and repair. Known for her abstract paintings, figurative sculpture, and film, Williams’ artistic voice is clear, purposeful, and unwavering. An introspective person with a thoughtful narrative to share with the world, she does not shy away from difficult subject matter.

Karl and Helen Burger Gallery
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Poster
November 10, 2024 - January 7, 2025

The exhibition Hemingway in Comics provides a unique and entertaining lens for considering one of America’s most influential authors through themes that explore his origin story as well as his legendary iconic personas, both fact and fiction.

Liberty Hall Academic Center Gallery
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FOG V
August 27, 2024 - December 6, 2024

Winbury’s Field of Green series are bold action work. She moves across the canvas with decisive gestural movements, allowing her intention, and subconscious to drive pigment stick strikes and brush strokes.

Karl and Helen Burger Gallery
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East meets West
March 14, 2024 - May 4, 2024

Explore hand-tinted vintage photographs from Meiji Japan (1880-1900).

Liberty Hall Academic Center Gallery
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Mesabi 3
February 8, 2024 - May 31, 2024

Athena LaTocha (Lakota and Ojibwe) created the works in her Mesabi series on-site at iron deposits in the Mesabi Mountain Range of northern Minnesota, which is known to the local Ojibwe as Misaabe-wajiw, “Giant Mountain” or “Sleeping Giant.” The range is the site of the one of the world’s largest open-pit iron ore mines. LaTocha cast iron reliefs during a month-long residency, coordinated by the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids and supported by the Minnesota Museum of Mining in Chisholm, where iron mining started in the 1880s and continues today.

Human Rights Institute Gallery
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Jacob
January 31, 2024 - June 21, 2024

"I want to be a catalyst for change—to create an equitable community around different modes of practice, decolonize education and eliminate gatekeeping to encourage critical thought and discourse at any stage, and open museum and institutional spaces to self-taught artists and curators that highlight underserved and marginalized voices." - Jacoub Reyes

Nancy Dryfoos Gallery
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Roig
January 25, 2024 - May 24, 2024

Artist-in-Residence, Ricardo Roig, developed his unique hand-cut fine art technique while at Kean University. Layers of Life, the title of his solo exhibition as the Galleries at Kean artist-in-residence, is a play on words. Not only does it describe his artistic process, in part, but it also captures a snapshot of his personal philosophy as well.

Karl and Helen Burger Gallery
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Mami Wata
October 14, 2023 - February 25, 2024

Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures 

 

Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures traces the natural and cultural roots of some of the world’s most enduring mythic creatures. 

See the legends come to life! Build your own digital dragon, interact with 3-D objects including fossils of prehistoric animals, and see magical remnants of unicorn horns. This family-friendly exhibition features unique cultural objects to highlight the surprising similarities and differences in the ways people around the world envision and depict mythic creatures.  Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures is organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Liberty Hall Academic Center Gallery
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Ricardo Roig
October 2, 2023 - December 8, 2023

75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Mural by Ricardo Roig

Human Rights Institute Gallery
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Reflections
September 6, 2023 - November 6, 2023

This solo exhibition features new works by Anna Shukeylo that focus on play and capturing the sentimentality of the moments they portray.

James Howe Gallery
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HouseBroken
August 29, 2023 - December 8, 2023

Melissa Stern’s HouseBroken considers the notions of house/home—in all their mixed messages. Each sculpture and drawing riffs on the notions of houses, homes, family, loneliness, connection, security, or escape. This body of work is a loose document of the pandemic years and also stands on its own over time as a visual musing about the nature of “home.” 

Nancy Dryfoos Gallery
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“Carla,” ©2023 high resolution image – oil on canvas, 40” x 32”
August 29, 2023 - December 8, 2023

Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern is an award-winning American figurative artist living and working in the New York metropolitan area. She is best known for re-contextualizing art-historical images within a contemporary setting.

Karl and Helen Burger Gallery
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NCS
August 29, 2023 - September 30, 2023

Collage offers artists unparalleled opportunities to create concepts and designs and lend a sense of texture that simply isn’t possible through other mediums. Visual elements are thoughtfully combined, producing a new image that conveys a...

Liberty Hall Academic Center Gallery
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Sight Unseen
February 20, 2023 - April 14, 2023

Sight Unseen presents work by the world’s most accomplished blind photographers as they explore ideas about the nature of seeing. The artists of Sight Unseen, in bringing their inner visions into the world of the sighted, reveal a rich visual and emotionally complex blending of the physical and conceptual worlds.  

Human Rights Institute Gallery
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Threads of Identity
February 16, 2023 - May 5, 2023

Internationally recognized artist Spandita Malik explores the very specific way traditional Indian embroidery has passed down her matrilineal line, becoming a language common to the women in her family.

Karl and Helen Burger Gallery
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Fox
February 8, 2023 - May 8, 2023

Hidden Gems is an exhibition of freestanding sculptures inspired by rock structures and created with multiple parts of cast, assembled and carved resin.

Nancy Dryfoos Gallery
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Ganz
January 18, 2023 - May 6, 2023

Reclaimed Creations embodies the rich beauty of nature through the use of reused materials. 

Liberty Hall Academic Center Gallery
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Thompson Trinity
January 17, 2023 - February 13, 2023

Photographic images presented in this digital exploration document Kean Community members’ first-hand study of the United States Civil Rights Movement during recent visits to Georgia and Alabama.

Human Rights Institute Gallery
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Kathryn Cook
October 10, 2022 - December 7, 2022

The end of war does not mean peace. It is simply the end of war, the end of death and destruction. Every story of war includes a chapter that almost always goes untold – the story of the aftermath, which day by day becomes the prologue of the future. Image: Kathryn Cook. 

Human Rights Institute Gallery
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Jerome China
October 3, 2022 - December 9, 2022

Blended, by artist Jerome China, is an exploration of reimagined, recycled and reused metals made into sculpture. The identity of each piece is formed through several individual remnants, which are fused together to compose an entirely new art piece with its own story to tell. 

Karl and Helen Burger Gallery
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National Geographic at Galleries at Kean at Kean University
September 1, 2022 - November 23, 2022

The Rarely Seen exhibition is meant to engage audiences in cross-disciplinary conversations about climate change, animal welfare and human perspective.

Liberty Hall Academic Center Gallery
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Etty Kean University
August 29, 2022 - December 7, 2022

Appendices is a site-specific installation made of assorted repurposed material that create through a visceral experience a visible understanding of the urgency we are facing in climate change. The title Appendices is defined as...

Nancy Dryfoos Gallery
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Adams
April 21, 2022 - June 17, 2022

This exhibition focuses on the masterful small-scale prints made by Ansel Adams from the 1920s into the 1950s.

Liberty Hall Academic Center Gallery
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Tamara Torres Self Portrait
February 17, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Profundo is a multimedia body of artwork by Tamara Torres about the feminist upsurge happening within Puerto Rican communities.

Karl and Helen Burger Gallery
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Build Wide Then Up
February 14, 2022 - March 18, 2022

Experience Build Wide Then Up, a student exhibition curated by Kean Artist-in-Residence Interns Nazira Goldware and Brandon Bravo. This exhibition will feature works by Daniela Arrieta, Linda Davis, Candace Gely, Marielena Guthrie, Taylor...

James Howe Gallery
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Katie Turk Lockdown
February 8, 2022 - May 13, 2022

Lives were altered in 2020. The drumbeat of society stopped and crisis unfolded as fear, uncertainty, frustration, powerlessness, anger, loss and anxiety took the world stage. 

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PULSE Nightclub: 49 Elegies - John Gutoskey
February 8, 2022 - April 15, 2022

PULSE Nightclub: 49 Elegies is a series made to honor and commemorate with a monoprint each of the 49 people massacred at the LGBTQ PULSE nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. Artist John Gutoskey began this series in early July...

Human Rights Institute Gallery
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Knowledge Bennett
September 1, 2021 - December 17, 2021

 

KEAN UNIVERSITY is pleased to present “PIECES OF A MAN,” a survey of new works by Los Angeles based, contemporary artist, Knowledge Bennett. Bennett returns to his home state of New Jersey to put together his largest exhibition to date, waging a complete takeover of KEAN University’s campus galleries. The exhibition will span across 5 galleries, each with its own new body of work.

While the world was experiencing a global lockdown, Bennett was reminded of what it meant to be “still” yet not necessarily sit still. Continuing right through the pandemic, studying, designing, photographing, and painting, he’s amassed a collection of new works ready to be unveiled to the public this fall. The exhibition borrows its title from the late great Gil Scott-Heron’s 1971 debut studio album. The album which Scott-Heron emphatically states, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”.

PIECES OF A MAN shall commence September 1 and run thru December 17, 2021. Kean University is located at 1000 Morris Ave, Union NJ 07083.

All Galleries
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Finding Your Renovation at Galleries at Kean at Kean University
April 26, 2021 - June 11, 2021

Today’s cultural influences motivate our fashion choices and the contemporary art landscape. Artist Amanda Yoakum brings three-dimensional, Warhol-influenced, pop culture art to Van sneakers. Paired with two-dimensional paintings, her...

Karl and Helen Burger Gallery
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Come Together Exhibition at Galleries at Kean at Kean University
February 4, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Photographic art on display addresses the struggles and injustices experienced by Black Americans and people of color in New Jersey.

Human Rights Institute Gallery
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Joy Exhibition at Kean University
February 4, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Joy is an exhibition of photography infused with moments of weightlessness and happiness. The joys of being human when we are our true selves are captured through the camera lens.

Nancy Dryfoos Gallery
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Meg's Delight Laura Petrovich Cheny
February 6, 2020 - May 7, 2020

Laura Petrovich-Cheney’s exhibition entitled Reconstruction is a profound assessment of contemporary issues merging with traditional folk art practices. In all of the artist’s recent sculptures, a dialogue exists between environmental and...

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Da Vinci Inventions at Kean University
January 25, 2020 - April 12, 2020

Discover the inherent connections between science, math and art through Leonardo’s eyes by observing recreations of over 60 of his most important inventions. A tank, submarine, helicopter and dozens of other mechanical marvels will occupy...

Liberty Hall Academic Center Gallery