Posted by: Fredda Sacharow | April 20, 2012

Getting up close and personal with art on Rutgers Day

How often do you get to see art in the making, let alone chat with the artist and find out what inspired that great painting or print you’ve just seen?

Graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts will open their work spaces to Rutgers Day visitors, offering a rare behind-the-scenes look at creativity in the making.

On display will be works in progress, completed pieces, and sketches, with the artists standing by to share how and why these masterpieces of tomorrow came to be. The studios are located in the school’s Civic Square Building at 33 Livingston Avenue in downtown New Brunswick.

Rutgers Day participants ages 12 and up can also take part in a drawing marathon, collaborating side-by-side in a fun and relaxed environment. A Mason Gross professor will offer guidance as budding artists tap into their hidden creative side while listening to music and munching on pizza.

(There’s no truth to the rumor that scouts from MoMa and the Met will be lurking, but we still guarantee a great time!)

On College Avenue, the world-class Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum invites children to become art detectives for the day, solving puzzles in the museum’s galleries while getting an early grounding in art appreciation.

And, courtesy of Rutgers’ Department of Art History and the wizardry of technology, young people also can become a living part of their favorite painting, be it Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” or Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.”


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