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"Lasting Impressions": Exhibition Featuring Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Artists Opens April 11

April 1, 2015
Exhibition Featuring Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Artists

Collage by Adam Swart.

Rutgers University Libraries’ Margery Somers Foster Center, in conjunction with the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of New Jersey (RPCV-NJ), is pleased to announce Lasting Impressions:  How Artists’ Perspectives Were Altered by Working in Peace Corps’ Health, Education, and Community Development Programs, an exhibition of artworks at Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University—New Brunswick.

Curated by returned Peace Corps volunteer artists Nancie Gunkelman and Adam Swart, this exhibition highlights the Peace Corps legacy in New Jersey and the surrounding region through the works of artists who have successfully employed alternative means to communicate with non-literate communities and diverse age groups on health care issues. These Peace Corps volunteers used visual and performance art in inventive ways to build understanding on education and health issues, including HIV prevention, malarial prevention, vaccination programs, water and sanitation, and nutrition.  The exhibition also showcases the profound effects that Peace Corps experiences have had on the artists themselves. These impressions, impacting the artists’ points of view, sensibilities, creativity, and methods of expression, are so powerful that they last a lifetime.

On display will be paintings, sculptures, crafts, and other works of returned volunteers whose service has spanned the globe.  Featured artists include Adam Swart (RPCV Nepal), Bernie Oberoski (RPCV Papua New Guinea), Chuck Miley (RPCV Malaysia), David Miller (RPCV Afghanistan), Ellen Papciak-Rose (RPCV Botswana), Ken Shuey (RPCV Malaysia), Margaret Najjar (RPCV Tunisia), Nancie Gunkelman (RPCV Kenya), Owen Fitzgerald (RPCV Mali), Patricia McLaughlin (RPCV Costa Rica), Rosalind Pace (RPCV Afghanistan), Rosemary Venter (RPCV Columbia), and Terese Maineri (RPCV Guatemala).

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 1-4 p.m. at Douglass Library and will feature guest speakers including Linda Greenstein, New Jersey State Senator, and Dan Benson, New Jersey State Assemblyman. All are welcome to attend.

The exhibition, made possible in part by a grant from Rutgers’ Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, will be on display until Tuesday, May 26.

For more information, contact Kayo Denda, exhibition coordinator and head, Margery Somers Foster Center.