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GCU Presents Senior B.F.A. Art Exhibition of Valerie Vanone

Vanone Collage Oils Canvas

Oils on canvas by Valerie Vanone

Leather Bag #5, phosphorescent acrylics and mixed media

Inspire your curiosity with the glowing crystal-rock aesthetic paintings and wearable art of Georgian Court University student Valerie Vanone, whose senior B.F.A. exhibition is currently on display through March 22 in the M. Christina Geis Art Gallery (Jeffries Hall, second floor) on the historic Lakewood campus.

“My paintings usually begin with a color idea, and then evolve into a process in which shape becomes a primary factor in the direction of the composition,” says Ms. Vanone, a resident of Manchester, New Jersey, who’s headed to Pratt Institute next year for an M.F.A. program. “My artwork is a direct representation of my personal feelings, the subject or colors that inspire me, and the materials and various techniques that I choose to use.”

“Valerie’s paintings reference natural rock/crystal formations and challenge the viewer with their unique spatial qualities,” says Leo Morrissey, associate professor of art and chair of the Department of Art and Visual Studies. “There are a number of paintings exhibited under black lights, yet these are not black light ‘posters.’ The works create the feeling of being in a geology museum’s luminescent crystal exhibition space; as the light changes, your world changes as you see the previously unseen. Valerie has created a body of work that leaves the viewer wanting more. I expect this is not the last we will hear from this young and up-and-coming artist.”

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, call Kathleen Settles at 732-987-2388 or e-mail ude.naigroeg@selttesk.

Aerial view of GCU.

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 2,200 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 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by Money.com 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 HazletGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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