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(MAHWAH) – Jackie Skrzynski: Ten Years After will open in the Kresge Gallery at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Thursday, September 10 and continue through October 16. A preview reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, and an artist’s talk is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The exhibition features a look at 10 years of work by incoming assistant professor of painting and drawing, Jackie Skrzynski. Her artistic practice features compelling references to what the artist calls “the feral nature of domestic life.” The provocative imagery is strongly influenced by family experiences and mythology, and includes hybrid human and animal forms. “Ten Years After” in the show title refers to the length of time since her first child was born. In addition to family-themed subjects, a more recent series explores violence through depictions of deer killed on the side of the road.

Ramapo Professor Emeritus of Art History, Carol Duncan wrote that Jackie’s imagery “avoids completely the cute, the cuddly, and the sentimental, even when she used her own children as models…If she breaches the boundary between the human and the animal, she does so to challenge its veracity and retrieve something of value on the other side.”

Jackie Skrzynski received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts, from the State University of New York at Albany. She has taught studio classes at Ramapo College for a number of years. Her work has been included in many prominent exhibitions including Voice, which was curated by Kara Walker, and a recent one-person exhibition at the University of Arkansas. Her artwork has also been featured twice in the respected online publication 2 River View:  Poetry, Art and Theory.  She is currently featured in a group exhibition at Georgia College and State University.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Kresge Gallery is located in the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, 1 to 7 p.m.  For more information, call 201-684-7147.

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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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