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Art Gallery at Georgian Court Hosts “Sacred Creature”

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The campus art gallery at Georgian Court University will showcase the work of Emily Donovan, a modern-expressionist artist who earned a fine arts degree from GCU in 2015. Her watercolor and ink exhibit, entitled “Sacred Creature,” can be seen at GCU’s M. Christina Geis Art Gallery from September 6 to October 5.

An artist’s reception will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, in Jeffries Hall, which also houses the gallery. The reception and gallery are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Ms. Donovan, who grew up in nearby Howell, currently lives in Englishtown. She says art has always been her main focus and passion, and she draws her inspiration from her experiences as a traveler and animal lover, and from her personal life. Her travels have included visits to Ireland, Japan, and Portugal. Her visit to Lisbon, Portugal, in 2014 was with other GCU art majors and Leo Morrissey, GCU associate professor of art and chair of the Department of Art & Visual Studies.

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Ms. Donovan, who is currently pursuing a career as a freelance artist and framer, has contributed several works of art to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, art galleries, and private collections in New Jersey and New York. Mr. Morrissey, citing the influence of Donovan’s travels, says her current body of work “shows an emerging artist with a bright future ahead.”

The B.F.A. in Art & Visual Studies program at GCU provides students with the opportunity to experience a well-balanced program of theory and practice along with the chance to develop individual creative skills. Through a range of art history courses, students also acquire knowledge of Western and non-Western art movements, critically analyze individual works, and understand the uniquely integrative nature of multicultural art study.

About the Art Gallery

The art gallery at Georgian Court University, named for former art professor and Sister of Mercy M. Christina Geis ’49, spotlights works of established and up-and-coming artists. Future exhibits include “Hidden Wonders” by professional artist Ann Marie Holler, October 10–November 3; and “360 Degrees: The Evolution of Digital Storytelling” by Gina Marcello, Ph.D., GCU assistant professor and director of the digital communication program, November 13–December 20.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m and Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information, contact Kathleen Settles at xfrggyrf@trbetvna.rqh.

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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 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. 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 BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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