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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 9, 2008

(Mahwah) – Anna and James, an exhibit by James Andrew Brown that pays tribute to his parents, will open in the Kresge Gallery on the campus of Ramapo College Wednesday, February 6 and continue through March 7.  A reception will be held February 6 from 5 – 7 p.m; an artist’s talk will begin at 6 p.m.

Brown will assemble an environmental installation that will fill the Kresge Gallery and touch on themes of family, African-American identity and history.  The exhibit, featuring multimedia work comprised of various elements, will be dedicated to the memory of the artist’s parents, Anna and James, who died in 2003.

Dominating the gallery will be a series of assemblages in the form of poles composed, in part, of found materials that feature wildly colorful and wistfully symbolic artifacts, ranging from altered toys, paint and fabric to other found objects.  The exhibition will also feature video projections with historical references.

Brown was born and raised in Paterson, NJ and received his B.F.A. from Calvin College in 1977 and his M.F.A from Western Michigan University.  The artist’s spiritual upbringing, as well as his religious education at Calvin College, is reflected in his approach to life and his art.

James Andrew Brown’s work are part of the collections of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, Rutgers Museum; University of Delaware, African American
Museum Ohio; Morgan State, Gabriel Tenabe James Lewis Museum; Maryland, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York; and in New Jersey, the Jersey State Museum, Morris Museum and Montclair Art Museum.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Kresge Gallery is located in the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College.  Hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, 1 to 7 p.m.  For more information, call (201) 684-7147.

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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 CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, 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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