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Painting Performance Artist Exhibition at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 11, 2013

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Artist Stephen Keene will present an exhibition and performance “The Steve Keene Show” at Ramapo College beginning with an opening on March 27 in the Pascal Gallery on campus. There will be an opening reception on March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. with an artist’s talk at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition and performance continues on view through April 19.  The artist will be working in the gallery for many of these days.

Keene produces multiple paintings on site and has been called “The Assembly-Line Picasso” by Time Magazine. His popular works sell for low prices and he makes as many as a hundred a day. For his painting performances at Ramapo College, Keene will incorporate Hudson Valley imagery and other subject matter from the region. Described as a “conceptual folk artist” he received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from Yale University. His concept of art making grew out of his friendship with musicians, and he has worked with musical acts like Silver Jews, Pavement, The Apples in Stereo, Soul Coughing, Dave Matthews Band, Merzbow and The Victoria Lucas for music album covers, video sets, stage sets and promotional posters.

He has shown his work on site at The Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Rice University in Houston, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Los Angeles, the Linden Center for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Australia, the Gulf Coast Museum in Florida and the Czech Centre in London. Articles on the artist have appeared in the New York Times, Billboard, Time, the LA Times, and many other publications.

“The Steve Keene Show” is presented in conjunction with the adjacent Kresge Gallery exhibition “The C of O Show,” which addresses issues of originality and the artist’s hand.

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

The Pascal 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.


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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