Kaplan Art Gallery revival kicks off with new exhibition – Essex News Daily

Photo courtesy of Bloomfield College
Above is “Firebird,” a work by collage artist and book illustrator Bryan Collier.

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Bloomfield College has announced the resumption of art exhibits at its Scott A. Kaplan Art Gallery located on the second floor of the college library at 80-86 Oakland Ave. at Bloomfield.

After a brief period of inactivity, the revived gallery will kick off with a reception for the solo exhibition of acclaimed collage and illustration artist Bryan Collier on Friday, October 7, from 6-8 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Those interested in attending the reception should RSVP by Friday, September 30 to [email protected]

Born in Pocomoke, Maryland, Collier’s interest in art began early, inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ “The Snow Day” and Crockett Johnson’s “Harold and the Purple Crayon”. He began to develop a unique style of painting that incorporated both watercolors and collages. His art has been exhibited at the Capitol in Washington, DC, and he received a fellowship from the Pratt Institute in New York, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors.

“Collage is more than just an art style. Collage consists of bringing together different elements. Once you gain sensitivity about connection, how different things relate to each other, you deepen your understanding of yourself and others,” said Collier, who now spends her time working on book illustrations, creating artwork and talking with teachers, librarians. and students on books and art.

Kaplan Art Gallery’s new director, Wanda Croudy, is an experienced art curator who has served as an adjunct professor at Bloomfield College since 2008. She is a board member of Art in the Atrium and a member and past chair of the African-American Cultural Committee of the Montclair Art Museum. Croudy is also the host of the “It Begins With Passion” live events on Instagram, which feature gallery and studio tours led by artists and designers. She was also the coordinator of the Visual Art Center of New Jersey’s annual juried art exhibition and she was the publicist for the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia.

“I am thrilled to relaunch the Kaplan Art Space and to be able to create inviting and changing exhibitions that will bring new and returning visitors to the gallery to view the art of various artists as well as the artworks of talented students at our college,” Croudy said. . “Meeting the artists after each exhibition opening will be a feature of the gallery events we have planned.”

“The Kaplan Gallery is an ideal place to showcase the work of our exceptional students and to bring professional artists into the university community. We are thrilled to offer a robust schedule of culturally relevant and timely programs in the gallery and invite all college friends to join us,” said Michael A. Palladino, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty.


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