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Ten-Year Survey of Work by Margaret Murphy Opens at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 16, 2012

(MAHWAH, NJ) – “Margaret Murphy, A Ten-Year Survey: Decoding the Marketplace, Coupons, Dollar Stores and eBay” goes on view in the Kresge Gallery at the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey on March 28 and continues on view through May 2. An opening reception will be held on March 28 from 5 through 7 p.m. with a talk by the artist at 6 p.m.

Curated by Midori Yoshimoto, Ph.D and organized by New Jersey City University Galleries, this exhibition will feature approximately 40 works in various media including pieces from “The Tarot Card Series” (1997-2000), “Henna Hands Series” (2001), “The Sweet 16 Series” (2005-2007), “The Parlor Paintings” (2006-2007), “Celebration” (2008-2009), and “The Fragments Series” (2010).

A contemporary painter who creates works that have universal appeal, Murphy finds inspiration in everyday life. Her vibrant paintings of mass produced objects represent her reflections on consumerism, religion, and gender roles. Using a variety of materials, including watercolor, acrylic, digital print, silkscreen, and collage, Murphy’s works address public and private concerns, fake versus real, more-more-more, and photographic and illusionistic space. Her color schemes are playful and varied, ranging from a single color field to a Victorian wallpaper pattern.

Margaret Murphy holds a Master’s in Fine Arts degree in painting from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Towson State University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, a New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowship in Painting, a MacDowell Colony residency and travel award, two Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowships, a Puffin Foundation Grant, and a Change Inc. grant. Articles about her work have been published in The New York Times, New American Painting, The Star Ledger, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Jersey Journal, and on line at, Artblog, Art Fag City, and Park Place Magazine. She was also featured on the PBS program “State of the Art.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a color catalogue with essays by Midori Yoshimoto and Rocio Aranda-Alvarado.

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 Sydney Jenkins at (201) 864-7147.


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 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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