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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 13, 2003

(Mahwah) – Ramapo College instructor Margaret Murphy – whose paintings explore the blurred boundaries between reality and illusion – will exhibit 10 watercolor paintings in a one-woman show at Ramapo College of New Jersey’s George T. Potter Library Galleries April 8-June 14. Admission is free. Library gallery hours are Monday -Thursday 8 a.m. to midnight, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m. to midnight.

My paintings explore issues of representation and experience while poking fun at the commercially driven world we live in. The boundaries are blurred between reality and illusion in our lives and I try to recreate that visually in my paintings,” says Murphy, a Jersey City resident. Describing the upcoming Ramapo show, she adds: I combine painted illusions with photographic collage elements in traditional landscape and still life compositions. These unassuming paintings can reveal stark cultural concerns related to gender, religion and pop culture.”

Murphy’s work has been featured in group shows throughout New Jersey and New York as well as Chicago. These include exhibits at the Newark Museum, the Montclair Museum of Art, and the Islip Museum, East Islip, Long Island. In 1998, Murphy was commissioned by the Montclair Art Museum to create a site-specific installation for a miniature golf course on the museum grounds.

She was also an artist-in-residence at the Newark Museum, and is a board
member of Pro Arts, a Jersey City based organization. Her work is featured currently at the $99 Bargain Store Show at Cynthia Broan Gallery, Manhattan, as well as the New Jersey Arts Annual at Morris Museum, Morristown.

For more information, call (201) 684-7147 or visit the Website https://www.ramapo.edu/berriecenter/art-galleries/.

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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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