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My Sense of Place
A Community Addendum to the Exhibition, A Sense of Place: Kiki and Seton Smith
 
Artists and community members were asked to share artwork and images that defined their personal sense of place. The works are in response to an exhibition at the Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, featuring the work of Kiki and Seton Smith.
 
Artists include:
Luz Aguba, Olga Alexander, Quinn Barnitt, Marianne Barcellona, Aileen Bassis, Alisa Berlin, Shannon Bryan, Amanda Burns-Elhassouni, Cameron Calder, Mary Jean Canziani, Elyse Carter, Ana Cowie, Betsy Meyer Donadio, Sofia Donald, Joshua Ewing, Luciano Fileti, Norma Greenwood, Emily Glynn, Ellen Hanauer, Lauren Henry, Anna Herbst, Imani Hudson, Sara Klar, Elisa Leung, Laura Lou Levy, Kathryn McGinley, Nancy Nikkal, Meredith Olin, Lily Sickles, Leonel Soares, Jane Sterrett, Kelly Vetter, Skyler Hurdle, Talia Rhinehart, Turner Andrasz, Vivi Charlap
 
My Sense of Place is a collaboration of the Pierro Foundation, Seton Hall University's Walsh Gallery, the Pierro Gallery, and the South Orange/Maplewood Public Schools. This outreach is in conjunction with the exhibition, A Sense of Place featuring works by Kiki and Seton Smith, produced by the Pierro Foundation at the Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University.
 
Prints of selected artists’ work can be seen at the Pierro Gallery, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ. All works can be seen digitally above, at the South Orange Public Library digital art installation, 65 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ 07079, and at the Seton Hall Walsh Gallery website, and via the Pierro Foundation website.

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The Book Arts Roundtable will have two exhibitions on display in the Pierro Gallery December 8 – 19th during gallery hours, Monday – Thursday 11am-4pm and by appointment.

A Day in the Life is a collaborative piece presented in the graphic novel format. Each participant tells their story in black and white, taking us through the day, from dark to light and back to dark. This dramatic work is presented in the form of a long accordion book that will stretch along the entire length of one wall. 
 
Despoliation: the action of despoiling or the condition of being despoiled is the theme of the second exhibition. BAR members were given the same size substrate and asked to create a piece based on the theme. The substrates are scored, creating panels that may be used as book pages or wall pieces. The possibilities for exploration of this timely theme are many.
 
A gallery talk about the exhibitions will be Saturday December 10 from 2:30 – 4:00.

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POL!T!CO: (DO YOU) KNOW YOUR PLACE?
Wednesday, November 2, - Saturday, December 3, 2016
Opening Reception, Wednesday, November 2, at 7-9pm
The Pierro Gallery of South Orange
The Baird Center
5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079
Monday- Thursday 11-4pm & by appointment
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“Know Your Place”- an idiom often used to keep people from challenging the status quo, seems particularly relevant in this election cycle just as one national party has for the first time in US history nominated a woman as a candidate for President while the opposing party's nominee stands charged with racism, bigotry and misogyny.   Curators Raleigh Ceasar and Sandy Martiny investigate the ways artists have responded to the election issues regarding race and feminism. Artists include: Aileen Bassis, Luis Alves Collage, Ronald Freeman, Evelyn Graves, Ruth Hardinger, Nette Forne Thomas, Trix Rosen, Florence Weisz, and Charmaine Wheatley.

The work pictured above is part of a series by artist Charmaine Wheatley. "30% Of Buffalo... Is Functionally Illiterate" features portraits of adult learners and tutors from Literacy Volunteers of Western New York and Erie County whose stories provide insight into how the ability to read can impact lives. One in three residents in Buffalo, NY is functionally illiterate. On a national level, between 41% and 44% of adults with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty. 60% of prison inmates are illiterate. 76% of adults on public assistance are illiterate or unable to read more than the simplest of texts.*

POL!T!CO is a collaboration showcasing four local arts organizations: SOPAC, The Pierro Gallery of South Orange, Arts Unbound and Valley ARts Firehouse Gallery.

This four-part exhibit gives artists a voice in some of the sizeable issues that are informing the 2016 presidential elections. The exhibitions can be enjoyed separately, as well as in conjunction.

POL!T!CO: ART & The Humanities
SOPAC
On view at The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery
September 8 – December 8, 2016
Explores the cultural influence of politics and the humanities through the uses of various mediums of visual art.

POL!T!CO: ACCESS ABILITY
Arts Unbound, 544 Freeman St. Orange, NJ 07050
October 20 – November 19, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, October 20, 5pm to 8pm, Special screening of Jason DaSilva’s video, When We Walk, at 7pm
Explores political issues that impact people living with disabilities.

POL!T!CO: MONEY AND EFFECT
Firehouse Gallery, 580 Forest St, Orange, NJ.
October 20 – November 13, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday October 20 7 to 9pm
Explores the role of money in politics.

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