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Current Show: WW11: Eye of the Storm

Hostetter Gallery, November 8 - December 13, 2019

A new Hostetter Gallery exhibition, WWII: Eye of the Storm, curated by Doris Caçoilo and Eileen Ferara, opens Friday, November 8. This group exhibit addresses questions that arise out of the need to understand the artist's relationship with the changing environment. With our planet under constant assault by a seemingly endless list of dire reports and new data regarding the desecration of Mother Earth, nine women artists come together to ask, “How can we engage the community and create lasting change for the good of the earth? When are artistic practices at odds with the call for creating a less toxic planet? What are plastics and contaminates doing to our health and the health of the planet, and can we reduce our dependence on them? Can spirituality play a role in research? What does it mean to be a steward of the land?”


Glacial melt, super storms, plastics pollution, drastic changes in temperature, contaminated groundwater, invasive species, record breaking fires and flooding; these are some of the issues at stake. In the spirit of their environmental heroes, Wangari Maathai and Rachel Carson, the exhibiting artists contemplate how to shift our thinking, inform and inspire people in order to spark immediate change.

The artists included in the exhibition are Amanda Thackray, Gwen Charles, Wendell Jeffrey, Jessica Demcsak, Linda Streicher, Sharon Lee De La Cruz, and Tamara Gubernat. Each artist presents an individual and engaging narrative, exploring the science, data, and future of life on the planet. The compelling works on display include a diverse variety of media including sculpture, video, paper-making and painting.

Past Exhibitions

Alexandra Schoenberg: Through the Looking Grid

Abstract artwork by artist Alexandra Shoenberg

An exhibition of drawings and constructions by Alexandra Schoenberg will be on display in the Hostetter Gallery from September 19 through October 25, 2019. Ms. Schoenberg will be meeting with students in the gallery on Monday, September 23 and Tuesday, September, 24.

Alexandra Schoenberg was born in Cali, Colombia. She pursued architecture studies at Universidad Javeriana in Bogota graduating in 1986. 

Alexandra moved to the United States in 1987. She lived north of San Francisco where she worked for Christopher Secor Architects until 1991. She moved to Philadelphia in 1991 and continued working as an architect at the firm of Susan Maxman Architects. In 1993, she moved to New Jersey where she worked for Robert Kruse and associates until 2010. Alexandra earned her MFA degree in 2014 from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey where she embraced the techniques of architecture drafting as an art medium. Alexandra has exhibited at the CoAD gallery at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ First Street Gallery in New York City, The Gateway Project, Newark, NJ among others. Alexandra currently has a studio in East Orange, New Jersey and is part of an art collective called the Art Gang. 

Alexandra’s training in technical drafting and architectural rendering greatly influences her art practice and love for pencil drawing.  In her art practice, different tropes of architectural representation collide to expose the mechanics of how we observe the world.

Alexandra writes about her work, “Locating my practice within the rational systems of architectural representation, I use perspective, anamorphosis (distortion), and axonometric drawings (3-D without the use of perspective) to expose the logic and ambiguity of drawing.  Working with the materials and tools of the architect — squares, triangles, compass, pencil, ink and Mylar — I create hybrid drawings and sculptural maquettes. In my practice, different systems of architectural representation collide, mix, or are dismantled to reveal the way we observe and question how reality coheres — or not — with the present modes of thinking in our culture.”

A reception will be held at the gallery for the artist on September 24, Tuesday at 2:45 p.m.

Alumni Exhibition MJ Tyson ’04 and Dwight Hiscano ’80

Metallic sculptural art piece and abstract black and red art piece.

Tyson is exhibiting metal works, drawings, wearable art and jewelry. She received her BFA from the Jewelry + Metalsmithing Department at Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and returned to earn her MFA in 2017, attended the University of Applied Arts, Pforzheim, and holds a Certificate in Appraisal of Fine and Decorative Art. She has been an artist in residence at the Studios at Mass MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, and The Wormfarm Institute. Recent exhibitions include Non-Stick Nostalgia: Y2K Retrofuturism in Contemporary Jewelry at Museum of Arts and Design and 40 Under 40: The Next Generation of American Metal Artists at the Metal Museum, as well as solo shows Trace in Jersey City, NJ, and The Last Objects in Brooklyn, NY. Tyson’s work has been featured in Jewelry and Metals Survey and Mix Magazine, among others. Her work is centered on the relationship between people and their possessions, and makes use of unconventional casting, re-use, and record keeping. Tyson says about her work, “All material carries a past, and whether we acknowledge this lineage or not, it exists. It may be to our advantage — as a way of orienting ourselves in our world — to consider the cycles of creation and destruction intrinsic to the objects that surround us.”

Internationally published and highly collected, Dwight Hiscano has been creating photographs of the American landscape for over thirty years. His prints are held in notable collections both in the U.S. and abroad, and have been presented to governors, members of congress, and community leaders in recognition for their service. His work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibits including the Nature's Best exhibit at the Smithsonian, the National Geographic sponsored International Mountain Summit in Italy, the Capitol Rotunda, and an exhibit at the Ross Art Museum, alongside works by Winslow Homer, Thomas Hart Benton and John Marin. Hiscano’s images have appeared in The New York Times and Outdoor Photographer, among others.

Peter Delman P '97, '98: The Persistence of History


An exhibition of paintings by Peter Delman was on display in the Hostetter Gallery through April 25, 2019. Peter Delman has been teaching studio art at Pingry for the last four decades. He has also curated a variety of art exhibitions in the Hostetter Gallery during that time. He is currently serving as Pingry’s first Sustainability Coordinator.

History is the theme of his recent paintings. He co-curated an exhibition of contemporary art that refers to history entitled The Persistence of History. The show was on view at New Jersey City University in the Fall of 2018.

Peter writes about his work, “History is the subject of my paintings. Most depict dramatic events in themselves and also suggest human wounds beyond the event’s specific time and place - wounds we have yet to heal. Wreck of the Essex, for example, re-imagines the sinking of a whaling ship by a whale, a historic event that inspired Moby Dick; it suggests, anthropomorphically, a revenge by all creation of human “masters.” Old West Showdown features the iconic image of Billy the Kid and also refers to the recent feud over a proposed pardon between descendants of Billy and Sherriff Pat Garrett who shot him. Standing Rock deploys symbols from past and present to represent Native American struggles to protect their land and the environmental heritage of us all. The paintings are hung in chronological order based on the events depicted.”

A reception was held on Sunday, April 7 from 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. and on Thursday, April 11 from 2:40 p.m.–3:40 p.m. All are invited.

View more work by Peter Delman here.

23rd Annual Pingry Student Photography Exhibition

The twenty-third annual Pingry Student Photography Exhibition is on view in the Hostetter Gallery through Tuesday, March 5. Over two hundred photographs represent the best work of students from thirteen private and public high schools in the region. The work includes both digital and traditional film-based printing. New York-based photographer and artist, Skye Tan, will judge this year’s show. The gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. when school is in session. Everyone is invited to the reception on Friday, February 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Art Faculty Exhibition: Now and Then

Compilation of photos of Pingry visual arts faculty

The annual Art Faculty Exhibition was on view in the Hostetter Gallery through February 1, 2019. The exhibition features work in a variety of media from Pingry studio art teachers including Jane Asch P '04, Xiomara Babilonia, Melody Boone, Miles Boyd, Russell Christian, Rebecca Feranec Sullivan, Rich Freiwald, Jennifer Mack-Watkins, and Nan Ring. Each faculty member displayed work that highlights the evolution of their artistic practice by showing older work alongside current work.

Rich Freiwald "Just Clay: From Porzellan to Pop"

The show, titled "Just Clay: Porzellan to Pop," is comprised of over one hundred pieces of clay sculpture and pottery selected mostly from the Art Nouveau Period and going back 150 years.

"I get this crackling sensation imagining myself as a time-traveler walking with Athena, the goddess of pottery, or standing on the shoulders of the giants of the Ceramic Arts. They elevate me as I create, and inform me as I collect these magical objects. When I work, I feel like I’m sharing the room with the great masters represented in this show. I’ve been a collector of ceramics for over forty years. This began when I was very young; during the summer months in the Poconos, I remember shopping with my mother in a country store where there were some small collections of porcelain objects that caught my eye. With some pleading, completion of chores and being a good citizen, Mom caved and bought me the two small porcelain dogs statues that I wanted. Another clear influence was my grandmother’s collection of fine porcelain that she displayed with the respect you would expect in a museum. There is no doubt that this influenced my desire to become an art maker and collector. Historical and contemporary collecting has focused for me the importance of history, the canon and becoming an artist who teaches. This show is the culmination of a dream of mine to share my passion for collecting and my work with my students and colleagues. At the turn of the 20th century, the “Cult of Beauty” represented through the arts emphasized a move away from manufacturing to handmade objects. I hope to “full send” this idea of a cult of beauty into our community and beyond." - Richard Freiwald

Photographic Works from the Permanent Collection

Pingry is proud to present this museum quality exhibition with works by international artists who had shaped and defined modern photography. Lucien Clergue, close friend of Pablo Picasso, received the highest honor bestowed by the French Ministry of Culture as a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur in 2003, and was featured in a solo show at the MoMA. Harold Feinstein helped define the “New York School” of photography and Donna Ferrato ignited a national discussion about sexual violence and women’s rights. Surrealist photographer Ralph Gibson is included in important collections including the MoMA, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, and the International Center for Creative Photography. Alen MacWeeney’s photographs are in permanent collections at the MoMA, the MET, the Philadephia Musueum of Art, and the Art Institure of Chicago, to name a few. Mary Ellen Mark is recognized as one of the most respected and influential photographers of her generation. She has published 18 books and published photo-essays and portraits in LIFE, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. She has received worldwide attention for her work, which is included in over 50 major museum collections.

The Hostetter Gallery is exhibiting selections from Pingry’s Permanent Collection through December 9th, 2016. The exhibition will feature photography by artists Lucien Clergue, Harold Feinstein, Donna Ferrato, Ralph Gibson, Alen MacWeeney, and Mary Ellen Mark. 

Current Show


Previous Exhibitions at the Hostetter Gallery

Harry Allen '82
Pavel Banka
Frances Barth
Tom Birkner
Avy Claire
Willie Cole
Tim Daly
Ed Fausty
Kathleen Gilje
Robert Goodyear
Elizabeth A. Demaray
David Hayes
Dwight Hiscano '80
Adam Kalkin '80
Zoe Keramea
Gary Komarin
Robert Lobe
Scott Loikits '90
James Mullen '81
Joshua Reiman
John Ruddy
Jon Sarkin '71
Jim Toia
MJ Tyson '04
Jindra Vikova
Jack Youngelson '85