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(Mahwah) – A mix of whimsical and formal sculptures – including spheres, tree trunks, and radiators – comprise the eclectic exhibition entitled Sited Outside, opening on the Ramapo College campus grounds on April 24 and continuing through June 24. The campus grounds are accessible during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Michael Dominick’s radiator, a steel radiator that actually heats up, provides an unusual sculptural presence when viewed outdoors. Intermingled sculptural works include a variety of altered tree trunks by Madelon Galland, who effects offbeat and unusual designs by decorating gnarly and misshapen stumps and roots with upholstery-like materials.

In addition, sculptress Grace Knowlton provides a series of oddly-shaped spheres, some resembling giant painted rocks; others are indented with graphical depictions. A dance-inspired piece by Matt Thomases presents two slender, lyrical sculptures that mimic the movement and gracefulness of dancers.

Also on the grounds and in the Berrie Center are abstract pieces by Ramapo College School of Contemporary Arts alumni Matt Jacobs and Joshua Hall. Samm Kunce, who works as an assistant to feminist artist Nancy Spero, has created a planting of flowers on campus grounds symbolizing peace and harmony in a time of war.

It’s obvious that we have the grounds for a sculptural show that experiments with a variety of forms. What we’ll have here is a mix of whimsical and more formal styles of expression in sculpture,” says Sydney Jenkins, art galleries director at Ramapo College.

In addition to the sculptural works outside, Greg DeLaura of Wayne, winner of the Senior Art Prize in the Ramapo College Class of 1999, will present a large suspended metal sculpture in the Berrie Center lobby. Moreover, Miriam Santonocito of Ridgefield Park, winner of the Senior Art Prize in the Class of 2001, will exhibit a grouping of abstract sculptures with figural references in the George T. Potter Library gallery. The Senior Art Prize exhibitions begin April 8 and continue through June 14.

Admission to all galleries is free. For library gallery hours, call 201-684-7575. Hours for Berrie Center art galleries are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1-5 p.m. and Wednesday, 1-7 p.m.

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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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