Posted by: Fredda Sacharow | April 6, 2013

Feast Your Eyes and Nourish Your Inner Artist at Rutgers Day

Envision yourself as part of a well-known masterpiece? You can make it happen at Rutgers Day.

Envision yourself as part of a well-known masterpiece? You can make it happen at Rutgers Day.

A kaleidoscope for all the senses, Rutgers Day is a gift for anyone who values the visual arts.

Start your visit on College Avenue, at the Zimmerli Art Museum. This world famous museum is offering a VIP tour of its special exhibits and permanent collections, which include 19th Century French art as well as the works of Russian, European and American artists.  Go behind the scenes and become an art detective, solving art-related puzzles while you vie for prizes.

Then move on to take in an exhibit of original prints by internationally known artists who collaborated on a portfolio addressing the impact of the 2010 earthquake on Haiti. The Center for Latino Art and Culture has assembled 10 dynamic prints by Caribbean artists who celebrate Haitian heritage through a rich panoply of styles and media.

Next, create art of your own up the street at the Archibald S. Alexander Library, which is featuring a lesson in polynomiography – we guarantee it’s easier to do than to say. Polynomiography, which bridges art and math, allows budding artists to create spectacular pieces of art using algorithms –oh heck, instead of our explaining it, just come give it a try.

Before leaving College Avenue, stop at the booth sponsored by Rutgers’ Department of Art History and become your own masterpiece. You’ll pose with some of the greatest artworks ever – “Mona Lisa,” anyone? How about “American Gothic”? – and take home a souvenir photo to tack up on your wall. (Don’t worry if you forget your camera; the department will have one handy.)

What better way to immortalize your day at the state university? And to remind yourself to come back next year!


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