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Georgian Court Alumna Brings Art Exhibit Back to Alma Mater

Creatures Farris Ellington Gallery Exhibit

The M. Christina Geis Art Gallery at Georgian Court University is pleased to present “Creatures,” an exhibition of works by visual artist Farris Ellington ’18. The paintings contained in the exhibition evolved from smaller paintings and drawings completed by the artist during her time in GCU’s Department of Art and Visual Studies and were part of an original collaboration with the Department of Dance. The current exhibit is currently on display through Friday, October 18.

“As an artist, I am always ready to experiment with new material,” Ms. Ellington says about her process. “Recently, I’ve been drawing humanoids with animalistic features, and through this project, worked with acrylic on canvas for the first time. The larger the creatures got, the more they seemed to come alive, creating a contemplative space open for interpretation.”

Ms. Ellington, who received a B.S. in Biology and minored in art, was a member of the Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society and the recipient of a Merit Scholarship, a Georgian Court University grant, and the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission Award in Art. Ms. Ellington is completing an M.S. in Biology–Biotechnology track at the College of Staten Island and serving there as an adjunct in the Biology Department and a molecular genetics/microbiology research assistant in the laboratory of Chang-Hui Shen, Ph.D., professor and chair. She will return to Georgian Court in Spring 2020 to teach a microbiology laboratory.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amy Faris, GCU visiting guest artist, at afaris@georgian.edu.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,400 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 14 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2019, GCU was named a Best College for Your Money by Money Magazine and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. GCU rose more than 30 points in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings due, in part, to high student retention and graduation rates, which also made GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at Hazlet, GCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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