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Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Hostetter Art Center Gallery Today!

Now on display in the Hostetter Art Center Gallery are the paintings and drawings of artist Tim Daly in an exhibit titled, "What Have We Done?"

A resident of Hoboken, New Jersey, Mr. Daly grew up in Jersey City in the 1960s. An art school drop-out, by his early 20s he was hitchhiking through the Hackensack Meadowlands twice a day on his way to work at the U.S. Postal Service facility in Kearny. In a 2011 interview with Jersey City Independent, he recalled the Meadowlands as a place where discarded pharmaceuticals were as likely to pop up as a great blue heron. The terrain proved to be his artistic inspiration.

Daly's work is shown in collections at the Newark Museum, the U.S. Dept. of State, and Rutgers University, among other venues, and has been published in Forbes Magazine.

"Most of the subjects of these paintings and drawings have the interweaving threads of oil, aviation, climate-change consequences, and war," he says of the current exhibit at Pingry. "Aircraft contrails are the evidence of all of these together, writ large upon the sky in great numbers, every day. In this age of permanent war and now obvious global warming, cameras are everywhere. Missile launches and mountains on fire have become an everyday sight. . . All of these individual images have a larger context; the web of ongoing 21st-century history."

Need a reason to swing by the Gallery and see Tim Daly's works for yourself? Here are 10:

Reason #10:
Tim Daly is a planet superhero, painting works about climate change, oil, and aviation, important contemporary issues that affect us every day.

Reason #9:
He knows how to use the word "quotidian" in a sentence, writing about his work that "the foreboding of my early works has blossomed into spectacular sights in quotidian landscapes." Quotidian: ordinary or happening every day.

Reason #8:
He's got skills: His paintings look so real they could be mistaken for photographs.

Reason #7:
He's a history buff, creating work that shows 21st-century history in the making.

Reason #6:
He's from Hoboken! And he's lived there so long, he says, that he remembers when the rent was cheap.

Reason #5:
The U.S. Department of State owns his work, as does Rutgers University, among other venues.

Reason #4:
He won not one, not two, not three, but four (!) New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Grants for painting and works on paper.

Reason #3:
His subjects are astonishing. He paints jet trails and auroras and towers of flame and mysterious night scenes.

Reason #2:
He painted a 200-foot-long mural in the Secaucus Rail Station.

Reason #1:
His work is here—at Pingry, in the Hostetter Art Gallery! And let's be honest, the Gallery is cool, and you will be, too, when you visit the show.

The exhibition, "What Have We Done?," will be on view through Oct. 13th, 2017.

Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer,