Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts Unveils First All-Virtual Art Exhibition

By Tom McLaughlin

Art enthusiasts searching for an exhibition of internationally renowned works need look no further than their nearest internet connection. The Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts (RCCA) will bring the exhibition to them.

The Stedman Gallery at Rutgers University–Camden has unveiled its first all-virtual exhibition, “Drawing from the Collection,” featuring 24 sketches and drawings selected from the Rutgers–Camden Collection of Art.

Guests can navigate the virtual gallery space with an easy-to-use interface using a few clicks and keyboard commands.

“Our guests can view these works at their own leisure from the comfort of wherever they set up their computers,” says Nancy Maguire, associate curator for exhibitions at the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts, who curated the exhibition.

“Drawing from the Collection” gives viewers a glimpse into the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts’ extensive permanent collection, which consists of more than 500 objects, including works by internationally and nationally renowned artists such as Eugène Delacroix, George Segal, Diane Burko, Glenn Ligon, and Agnes Denes. Nearly half of these works are drawings created on or of paper, many acquired through donation and as purchase awards from the Rutgers National Works on/of Paper competitions, held biennially from 1975 to 1996.

Guests can navigate the virtual gallery space with an easy-to-use interface using a few clicks and keyboard commands. The menu includes a full catalogue of displayed works, details on each individual piece, a simple guide for moving from one piece to the next, and a button to share the exhibition link via email or social media.

“Drawing from the Collection” gives viewers a glimpse into the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts’ extensive permanent collection, which consists of more than 500 objects,

“Rutgers–Camden is offering visitors a safe and secure gallery experience without actually being there,” says Maguire.

The Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts is planning a soon-to-be-completed virtual tour and museum education program related to the exhibition. The tour will include recorded segments by staff members – Noreen Scott Garrity, associate director of education, and Miranda Powell, arts education and community arts program assistant – discussing individual artworks in depth, as well as prompts for practicing drawing at home.

The “Drawing from the Collection” exhibition is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the New Jersey Department of State and a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and Rutgers University.

For more information on other online arts activities and educational content for at-home audiences of all ages, visit the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts’ website and follow the RCCA on Instagram.

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