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The Art and Science of Happiness: Patricia Dahlman - fall exhibit in Douglass Library

September 7 - December 10, 2010
Patricia Dahlman, Spring 2, 2007
canvas, cloth, stuffing, & thread, 25 x 22 x 23 inches

Mabel Smith Douglass Library Galleries
8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Gallery Hours M-F 9am - 4:30 pm; Weekends by Appointment

Patricia Dahlman's multimedia work was selected by a panel of visual arts professionals to provide a visual component to the Rutgers Institute for Research on Women's 2010-11 interdisciplinary seminar, "The Art and Science of Happiness." The theme explores how economic security, political stability, family, careers, health, community involvement, and other domains contribute (or not) to ones sense of being "happy." Dahlman's subject matter ranges across the political, social, and economic spectrums, while addressing issues of nature and society. She uses sewn and stitched forms made from canvas and colorful fabric to create both sculptural and 2-dimensioal works that are playful or serious, and sometimes both. The works selected for this exhibition include landscapes, abstract forms, narratives and figural works that comment on the environmental destruction in her community as well as recent political events in America. They represent her visions and hopes for an improved future for society and the world. These pieces also illustrate the University's 2010-11 Global Initiatives theme, "Ecologies in the Balance: The Way Forward."

Events at Douglass Library:
Monday, September 20, 2010
Reception and Gallery talk by Patricia Dahlman
Gallery talk at 5:30pm

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Gallery talk by Patricia Dahlman

All events are free and open to the public.

Press Release [PDF]

The exhibition and events have been organized by the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, a program of the Institute for Women and Art (IWA) in partnership with the Rutgers University Libraries. The IWA operates as a center of the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic & Public Partnerships in the Arts & Humanities. Series co-sponsors include: Associate Alumnae of Douglass College, Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Douglass Residential College, Global Initiatives, Institute for Research on Women, The Feminist Art Project, Women's and Gender Studies Department, and the Women Artists Archives National Directory. These events are made possible in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Posted August 17, 2010