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Ground-Breaking Haitian Art Exhibition Opens at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 22, 2011

(MAHWAH, NJ) – “Haitian Art Excerpts: From Renaissance to Diaspora” a ground-breaking exhibition of Haitian art opens in the Kresge Gallery in the Berrie Center on Wednesday, March  23 and continues  through April 27. An opening reception will be held on March 23 from 5 through 7 p.m. with informal talks by artists and collectors beginning at 5:45 p.m.

This unusual show combines older works from “The Haitian Renaissance,” which have been loaned from prestigious private collections with pieces by contemporary artists. Great masters on view include Georges Liautaud, Philomé Obin, Castera Bazile, and Rigaud Benoit. Contemporary artists include Constant, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Phyllis Galembo, Paul Gardère, André Juste and Vladimir Cybil Charlier, Emmanuel Merisier, Pascale Monnin, Daniel Morel, Max Romain, Val-Inc, and Frantz Zephirin.

“This is the first exhibition I know of which presents such a fertile mix of classical Haitian and more recent art,” said Art Galleries Director Sydney Jenkins. “A variety of media are included ranging from delicately crafted paintings, to beaded costumes, to sound art. The word excerpts in the title acknowledges that this show is not in any way comprehensive, and represents only a small part of a much larger story.”

On Sunday, April 3, the College will host a Haitian Community Open House from 2 to 5 p.m. with free admission and food and entertainment. At 2:30 p.m. Randall Morris
will speak about Haitian art in the Kresge Gallery.

Ramapo College is the home of the largest academic collection of Haitian art in the United States, housed in the Selden Rodman Gallery of Popular Arts.

This project is supported in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Schomburg Visiting Scholars Fund. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 1 through 5 p.m. and Wednesday 1 p.m. through 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sydney Jenkins at (201) 684-7147.

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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 CollegesofDistinction.com. 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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