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Exhibition of works by Rocco Scary at Dana Library, through December 22nd

November 10, 2014
Work by Rocco Scary at Dana Library

Photograph of "Screen Memories" taken by the artist.

The John Cotton Dana Library is currently featuring the works of sculptor and book artist, Rocco Scary, in the 4th floor gallery from October 9th to December 22nd.   Well known in the metropolitan New York-New Jersey area, Mr. Scary employs his talent to explore the concept of ‘place’ as a reservoir for memory.  Architectural structures play a significant role in how he organizes the space in a sculpture or an artist’s book created from handmade paper and other media.  Mr. Scary finds inspiration by drawing on existing buildings and locations in Newark, the Jersey Shore and nearby areas which adds a familiar element.  The viewer’s personal connections between memory and place are strengthened, creating a deeply layered experience.  

A frequent participant in group shows, Mr. Scary’s works have shown in such venues as New York City’s Center for the Book Arts, the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Grolier Club, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts (Chicago), Rutgers University’s Book Arts Symposium, The Newark Public Library, the University of California - San Diego, and the Yale University Library.  Recently his works were featured in a solo show at the Second Story Gallery in the Atlantic Highlands.  Mr. Scary’s artwork is included in the permanent collections of Dana Library, Newark Public Library, Valley National Bankcorp and several private collections.  Two pieces, “Jersey Tomatoes” and “Washington Newark Public,” have been loaned by Special Collections, Newark Public Library.
A Nutley native, Rocco holds a BFA from Montclair State University and a MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  He is a recipient of a New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowship Grant and works as an instructor of sculpture at the College of St. Elizabeth.

The John Cotton Dana Library’s address is 185 University Ave, Newark, NJ.   For directions and parking information, please go to:

For more information on this exhibition, please contact Ann Watkins, 973 353-3809 or