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Georgian Court University to Host Exhibit of Woodcut Prints

Manasquan Woodcut Print Artist Returns to M. Christina Geis Art Gallery

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 8, 2008—Using a medium that comes from nature, Paul Bonelli sculpts life into his artwork, providing viewers with deeply thoughtful reflections on seemingly common objects and situations. Experience the visual excitement as Georgian Court University’s M. Christina Geis Art Gallery hosts “Idle Hands,” an exhibit of the works of the Manasquan-based artist from March 3 to 28. A well-established artist with more than 20 years of gallery exhibits to his credit, Mr. Bonelli creates images that capture many aspects of interest including art and art history, literature, religion, history, social studies, biology, psychology, and popular culture, all with woodcut prints.

“If there is a common aspect to my work, it is that it is all about the stuff that interests me,” says Mr. Bonelli.

“I find the world to be a fascinating place,” he explains. “And one of my goals in art is to remind people to open their eyes to the world around them-what they should have noticed but didn’t; what they have forgotten; what they have become desensitized to.”

“My other goal is to make art that works on a purely visual level, so viewers can appreciate my work even if they don’t know or understand the background,” he says.

According to GCU associate professor of art Suzanne Pilgrim, Mr. Bonelli’s work was chosen because since his first appearance on campus in 1999, he has “exhibited extensively with much well-deserved acclaim.”

“There is much to intrigue the viewer,” she says about his art. ”Scenes, though familiar and often satirical, present the viewer with many unanticipated twists and turns.”


An artist’s reception will take place on Monday, March 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the M. Christina Geis Art Gallery on GCU’s Lakewood campus. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The M. Christina Geis Art Gallery spotlights works of established and up-and-coming artists in diverse media. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Arts and Science Center on Georgian Court’s Lakewood campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call Kathleen Settles at 732.987.2388.


While continuing his career as a practicing artist, Mr. Bonelli is also an educator at both Kean University in Union, New Jersey, as well as at Ocean County College in Toms River, New Jersey. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Arts from Montclair State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary.

Mr. Bonelli’s work is and has been featured in a number of private collections as well as exhibitions in New Jersey and across the country, including the permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Montclair Art Museum, and the New York Public Library.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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