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Montclair Art Collection Opens at Ramapo College

(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


About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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