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(Mahwah) – The Friends of Ramapo College seek donations of art work from artists based in northern New Jersey to be auctioned at the organization’s annual art auction to be held Friday, May 7. Photographer Thomas E. Franklin, who took the memorable photograph of firemen raising the American flag in the rubble of debris on 9/11, has donated a signed copy of the picture. Franklin, a photographer for The Record, is an adjunct professor at Ramapo College. In addition, local artist Cornella Draves Baker has agreed to donate four of her prints.

The Friends of Ramapo are interested in receiving works created in a variety of mediums including paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures.

The organization was founded to expand communication and foster greater understanding between the campus of Ramapo College and neighboring communities. The Friends of Ramapo award scholarships to students with outstanding academic achievements, sponsor and support cultural events, assist with special college projects and support students at Ramapo College. Proceeds from the auction will be used to fund endowed scholarships.

To find out how to donate artwork for the auction, call Kathleen Mainardi, director of annual giving and alumni relations, at 201.684.7179.


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, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, 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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