Beyond Fridge Art: Kids' Creations Featured in Rutgers-Camden Exhibit

Beyond Fridge Art: Kids' Creations Featured in Rutgers-Camden Exhibit

Rutgers–Camden’s Stedman Gallery has been showcasing impressive works of art for decades, even generating positive

7 Puppets Hiding
'7 Puppets Hiding' is a photograph by kindergartener Dylan East.

reviews in The New York Times and elsewhere. But the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts (RCCA), which manages the gallery, has not only been sharing great works of art with the public, it also has been cultivating a new generation of artists and patrons of the arts.

From Monday, June 7, through Friday, June 11, children involved in many of the arts education programs RCCA administers with partners in Camden City and throughout Camden County will be the featured artists in the exhibit “Arts Education Showcase.” The works, which include photography, art books, and mosaic glass stepping stones, represent years of artistry from students from Lanning Square School; Lawnside Elementary School; St. Anthony of Padua School; Woodlynne Elementary School; as well as St. Anthony’s Peace Project and the Respond Inc. Firehouse after school program.

stepping stone
Lanning Square school children created this stepping stone, and many others, under the guidance of artist and Rutgers-Camden alumna Heather Randall.

Projects on display will include various series of photographic themes, from directional signage in local communities to unique shapes in nature to visual interpretations of complicated words like mammoth (blue sky) and essential (green trees). Also being shown are handmade art books inspired from Jack London’s classic tale The Call of the Wild, RCCA’s 2010 Big Read selection that thousands of new readers now know, thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Stedman Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Complex on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Ben Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers-Camden Campus.  Admission is free to the gallery, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Media Contact: Cathy K. Donovan
(856) 225-6627
E-mail: catkarm@camden.rutgers.edu