Monday, August 29, 2022

RVCC Presents Exhibition Focusing on Current Social Issues


Raritan Valley Community College’s Arts & Design department presents an exhibition showcasing the work of 10 artists who address topics of current social and community issues.

WHEN: August 31-September 30. The opening, which includes a live performance and artists’ talk, will be held Friday, September 9, from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Gallery hours are Mondays, 3-8 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3-8 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Fridays, 1-4 p.m.
WHERE: in the Art Gallery at the College’s Branchburg campus, 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. 
ADMISSIONThe event is free of charge and open to the public. 
For further information, contact Arts & Design, 908-218-8876, visit and follow the RVCC Art Gallery Instagram feed at (Above, left: The Future is Accessible by Rebekah Taussig; digital photography, 2017)

The show is curated by RVCC Adjunct Professor Lydia Grey Barnes, who will present samples of her own work alongside the work of nine artists she has selected for this exhibition. 

The exhibition focuses on works that address current social issues, in order to inform the audience and inspire them to consider possibilities beyond their current understanding. Each selected artist is responding to one specific social issue. Their work opens discussions in accessible and insightful ways for both arts and non-arts audiences to consider new perspectives on these topics. (Right: Middle Delaware – Musconetcong Drawing by Lauren Rosenthal McManus; natural pigment on MDF, installation view, 2017)

Subject matter covered by artists in the show include water and the environment, internet freedom vs. censorship, elder care, incarceration, recycling, race, disability and accessibility, immigration, body sovereignty, indigenous representation, gun violence, and health care. (Left: 
FIREWALL by Joyce Yu-Jean Lee; interactive online installation, New York, NY, 2016)

Exhibiting artists include Alisha B. Wormsley, Pittsburgh, PA; Jim Jeffers, Port St. Lucie, FL; Jonathan Leiter, Staten Island, NY, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, New York, NY; Lauren Rosenthal McManus, Lambertville; Paul Rucker, Richmond, VA; Rebekah Taussig, Kansas City, MO; Sonia Garcia, San Antonio, TX; Vivian Vassar, Staten Island, NY; and Lydia Grey, Somerville.