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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 27, 2012

(MAHWAH, NJ) – “A Journey into the Spirit World: Selections From the Heloise and Martin Ruskin Collection,” an exhibition of works from an important Montclair, New Jersey collection opens in the Pascal Gallery at Ramapo College in the Berrie Center on Wednesday, February 1 and continues on view through March 2. An opening reception will be held on February 1 from 5-7 p.m. with a collector’s talk at 6:30 p.m.

The Ruskin’s art collecting began when Heloise purchased a sculpture by Andre Dimanche, considered to be one of the fathers of Haitian sculpture, during her first trip to Haiti in 1972. In addition to notable Haitian masters, the Ruskin Collection has grown to include pieces by self-taught and folk artists from many other countries including Jamaica, Ghana, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Belize, and Venezuela. While their collection is diverse, it has been noted that the Ruskins tend to focus on three-dimensional works.

The exhibition was organized and designed by Steven Perry, Dean of the School of Contemporary Arts.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 1 through 5 p.m and Wednesdays 1 through 7 p.m. For more information contact Robert Modafferi at 201.684.7099.

For media inquiries, contact Anna Farneski, assistant vice president, Marketing and Communications, 201.684.6844


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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