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Mending A Reflection, Julie Heffernan,

Rowan University Art Gallery

Mending A Reflection, Julie Heffernan, Rowan University Art Gallery
Mending A Reflection, Julie Heffernan, Rowan University Art Gallery

Rowan University Art Gallery is pleased to present Mending A Reflection, a solo exhibition of Julie Heffernan’s self-portraits, curated by Mary Salvante, Director of Rowan University Art Gallery. 

The exhibit will be on view September 3 to October 26, 2019, with an artist talk and opening   reception on September 12, from 5 – 7:30 pm. Artist talk begins at 5 pm with a reception immediately following. 
Mending a Reflection addresses the connection between culture, mass media and personal identity through the eyes of one central female figure. Through her self-portraiture, Heffernan investigates what she calls the “shared collective unconscious,” exploring the historical narratives and subliminal imagery that work to shape who we are and how we perceive the world around us. 

Mending A Reflection, Julie Heffernan, Rowan University Art Gallery
Self Portrait with Daughters, Julie Heffernan

In 2019, Heffernan revised many of her self-portraits, including Self-Portrait with Daughters, Self-Portrait After Galilee, Self-Portrait with Shipwreck, Self-Portrait as Wrangler, Self-Portrait as Two-Headed Princess, and Self Portrait as Hothead. These newly updated paintings will be exhibited for the first time publicly in Mending a Reflection.

Heffernan’s paintings help us understand how media can influence our behavior and manipulate our perspective. In her large-scale vibrant works, she pays homage to many powerful women by including them in her portraits. Taking inspiration from women activists like Anita Hill and Tarana Burke, Heffernan confronts this bias by presenting what she calls a “different sort of self-portrait,” one full of female spirit, “giving voices to women who have been silenced for too many years by the dominant culture.” 

Mending A Reflection, Julie Heffernan, Rowan University Art Gallery
Self Portrait as Wrangler, Julie Heffernan


Julie Heffernan has been exhibiting her paintings nationally and internationally since 1988 and is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco. She has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe, including at PPOW in NYC entitled Hunter Gatherer (2019); the Crocker Art Museum, Palmer Art Museum and Michael Haas Gallery in Berlin; and a museum show entitled When The Water Rises originating at the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge and traveling to museums in California, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas through 2019. She has participated in numerous group shows at major galleries and museums including the Museum für Moderne Kunst, in Bremen, Germany; Me Museum, Olbricht Collection in Berlin; the Palazzo Reale in Milan, Italy; and in Environmental Impact exhibition traveling to 12 museums throughout the United States. 

Heffernan is the recipient of such prestigious grants as the NEA, NYFA and Fulbright, as well as a PS1 Artist-in-Residence, and her work has been reviewed by major newspapers and magazines including The New York Times and The New Yorker. Her work is in numerous museums throughout the country including the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, VA.  She is a Professor of Fine Arts at  Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Rowan University Art Gallery serves as a premier cultural destination for South Jersey, the Rowan community, and surrounding region. Our mission is to provide a platform for discourse on best practices in contemporary art by professional artists, curators, and scholars through the presentation of interdisciplinary art exhibitions, panel discussions, guest curatorial projects, and other public programming.

The Gallery has a history of programming that recognizes the achievements of women in the visual arts. Important past group exhibitions include The Sister Chapel: An Essential Feminist Collaboration (2016) and Groundbreaking: The Women of the Sylvia Sleigh Collection (2011). The gallery also hosted Better Than Ever: Women Figurative Artists of the ’70s Co-ops (2009), a traveling exhibition that was curated by Sharyn Finnegan, Between the Threads: A Feminist Guide to the Domestic (2016), and Enamored Armor (2018). Solo exhibitions have included Beverly Semmes (2011), Joyce Kozloff (2014), Jeanie Jaffe (2015), Diane Burko (2018), and Ebony G. Patterson (2019).

Support for programming at Rowan University Art Gallery is also made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information please visit: rowan.edu/artgallery

RSVP TO THE OPENING RECEPTION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/julie-heffernan-mending-a-reflection-artist-talk-opening-reception-tickets-65799671589


301 High St W, 
Glassboro, NJ 08028

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Saturday, 12 pm – 5 pm

Public parking is available in the Mick Drive Parking Garage across the street from the gallery. Admission to the gallery, lecture, and reception is free and open to the public.

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Dread Scott, Rowan Art GalleryNewspeak: Ignorance is Strength, from the Newspeak installation, Dread Scott


Revolutionary artist Dread Scott examines racial and cultural disparity in contemporary society

GLASSBORO, NJ – Renowned for making “revolutionary art to propel history forward,” acclaimed American artist Dread Scott, in his first New Jersey one person exhibition, opens the Rowan University Art Gallery at High Street’s new season with A Sharp Divide, an exhibition that tackle the racial and cultural disparities within our criminal justice system. The exhibit is on display from September 6 – November 5, 2016.

An artist’s presentation and panel discussion with Dread Scott, presented by the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion, and Conflict Resolution, is scheduled for September 15 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in Eynon Ballroom, located in the Student Center on the university’s Glassboro campus. A reception to welcome the exhibition follows from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the High Street gallery, 301 West High Street in Glassboro. Shuttle service between the Student Center and the gallery will be provided to students and the public following the panel discussion.

The exhibit serves as a survey of Dread Scott’s public engagement, performance-based, and multi media based works, completed from 1987 – 2014. In examining racial disparities, the work explores the complexities of the criminal justice system such as the criminalization of youth, profiling and discrimination, stop and frisk tactics, and other civil rights issues. The selected pieces include video, photography, recordings, and audience interactions.

“This is a world of profound polarization, exploitation, and suffering and billions are excluded from intellectual development and full participation in society,” Dread Scott explains. “It does not have to be this way and my art is part of forging a radically different world.”

He notes that his work “illuminates the misery that this society creates for so many people and it often encourages the viewer to envision how the world could be.”

Dread Scott works in a range of media including performance, photography, screen printing, video, installation and painting. His works can be hard-edged and poignant. His art has been exhibited at the MoMA PS1; the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston; The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; the Pori Art Museum in Finland; and in the Whitney Museum’s inaugural exhibition at their new building. The Brooklyn Academy of Music presented his performance Dread Scott: Decision as part of their 30th Anniversary Next Wave Festival, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts presented Dread Scott: Welcome to America. Recent work has been presented in several showings in New York and his sculptures have been installed at Logan Square in Philadelphia.

He first received national attention in 1989 when his art became the center of controversy over its use of the American flag. He was denounced by the President and the United States Senate, which soon after passed legislation to “protect the flag.” His opposition to this law resulted in a Supreme Court case and a landmark First Amendment decision.

Dread Scott is the recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation grant; a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant; fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts; and was a resident at Art Omi International Artists Residency and the Workspace Residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Additionally, his work has been integrated into academic curricula, discussed in art history classes, and featured in Henry M. Sayre’s “foundations” text, A World of Art (7th Edition).

dread2Headshot Dread Scott

The gallery is located at 301 High Street. Free public parking is available on High Street and neighboring streets. Municipal parking areas are available off Lake Street (behind Little Beefs Deli) and near the Barnes and Noble shopping complex between New Street and Rowan Blvd.
Admission to the gallery, lecture, and reception is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm; Thursday – Saturday, 10 to 7 pm. Directions can be found on the gallery website. For more information, call 856-256-4521 or visit www.rowan.edu/artgallery.

Support for programming at Rowan University Art Galleries has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Thank you to Mary Salvante, Rowan University Art Gallery at High Street, for the content of this post.

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