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Second Annual ‘Borough Of Glass Festival Art Walk and Night Market’ Celebrates Glassboro History

Circus performances and dozens of local and area glassblowers, sculptors, painters, and potters will be on display at the second annual Borough of Glass Festival Art Walk and Night Market on Saturday, July 20th, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The festival commemorates the borough’s rich history of glass blowing as well as celebrates the first birthday of the glassblower statue located in the Town Square. Standing at 13 feet tall, weighing over 600 lbs, his ball of glass is lit from within and points toward the previous locations of the “Glass Works in the Woods” and the industry that forged Glassboro.

Along with dozens of artists selling and performing demonstrations of their unique crafts, world-renowned glass artist Paul Stankard will entertain the audience with demonstrations of his art. Stankard is considered a “Living Master,” and his work is represented in more than 60 museums around the world. Over his forty-year artistic journey, he has received three honorary doctorate degrees and many awards within the glass community, most recently the Masters of the Medium Award from Smithsonian’s The James Renwick Alliance and Glass Art Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Stankard is an Artist-in-Resident and Honorary Professor at Salem Community College.

“We are excited to continue growing the Borough of Glass Festival as a destination for makers of all ages,” Council President George Cossabone, Sr. said in a press release. “Glassboro has created this festival for artists of all disciplines to be able to showcase and demo their craft in our beautiful downtown making this a memorable weekend for everyone.”

The art festival will also showcase the area’s many art schools, highlighting a thriving Arts & Entertainment District, as well as recognizing talented contemporary and street artists with a focus on glassblowing. Salem Community College and Rowan University will be in attendance.

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Art-minded Glassboro High seniors invited to vie for scholarship

The Creative Glassboro Arts Advisory Board is offering a $1,000 scholarship to Glassboro High School Seniors who will graduate at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Glassboro High School Seniors proficient in performing arts or visual arts are encouraged to apply. The scholarship submission consists of a completed application form, two examples of the applicant’s artwork, a letter of recommendation and an artist’s statement.

“This scholarship rewards Glassboro High School students who use their art as an impact they hope to have on the world,” said Glassboro Councilman Andrew Halter. “The Glassboro Creative Arts Advisory Board Scholarship will help make paying for college easier for dedicated students who are actively pursuing their artistic career.”

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Rowan U. exhibit spotlights Jamaican-born artist in Glassboro

Patterson’s work has been featured in recent seasons of the television series, “Empire,” and published in newspapers and magazines around the world. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Joan Mitchell Prize Foundation Artist Grant, the United States Artists Award, the Aaron Matalon Award from the Jamaica Biennial, a Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica, a Small Axe Magazine and Andy Warhol Commissioned Grant and the Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural Studies. For more information, visit ebonygpatterson.com.

A conversation and reception with the artist is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, to be led by visiting scholar Collette Gaiter.

The gallery is at 301 High St., Glassboro. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. For information, call 856-256-4521 or visit sites.rowan.edu/artgallery.

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The Crossing makes its way to Glassboro

The Grammy Award-winning chamber choir The Crossing, led by conductor Donald Nally, will kick off this season’s Marie Rader Presenting Series at Rowan University on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in Pfleeger Concert Hall.

The Philadelphia-based group focuses on new music in an effort to make and record work that expands the choral repertoire. Many of its more than 70 commissions explore social, environmental and political issues.

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Crowdmapping in Glassboro

Where are the arts in Downtown Glassboro, NJ? Where could they exist? That's what about 20 Glassboro residents and Rowan University students explored in a crowd mapping session last week led by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking.

With maps in hand, they inventoried a 1/4-square mile section of the South Jersey town, taking notes and marking their maps with garage-sale dot stickers. They were looking at a section of the Gloucester County municipality that borders a new plaza.

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What can you do with an empty space? Rowan students want to show you.

An empty lot next to Mosaic Family Success Center will become a pop-up garden Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in a collaboration between the school’s College of Performing Arts, Department of Geography, Planning, & Sustainability, in partnership with Creative Glassboro, Nexus Properties, the borough and the center.

Organizers say the event offers a chance for the public to see how Rowan students are able to take a usually empty public space and transform it into a place for community connection. Admission is free.

The pop-up will feature games, live music by Americana/folk musician Kylie Westerbeck, a 1980s disco DJ and a photo booth. “Historic images, fictional design scenarios, an invitation to participate in Cultural Mapping and more,’’ according to organizers.


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Textile artist explores relationship to natural world in Rowan U. exhibit

Heather Ujiie's exhibit "Terra Incognita" will open the 2018-2019 season at Rowan University Art Gallery, showcasing work that aims to blend the disciplines of textiles, fashion design and visual art to create an ethereal, imaginary, and mythological world. 

Heather Ujiie's vision is inspired by botanical studies, living networks, sexual identities, and commonalities between living creatures.

The show will open Tuesday, Sept. 4, and run through Nov. 17. A reception is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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South Jersey day trips for under $50 are a treat for two

As the school has grown exponentially over the last decade, so has the community around it, becoming a downright cool destination for date nights or just a stroll. Explore cultural offerings at Rowan Art Gallery, the Rowan College of Performing Arts or at the school's family-friendly Edelman Planetarium (older visitors might also appreciate "Laser Michael Jackson" and "Laser Beatles"). Off-campus fun includes an Escape Room and the Heritage Glass Museum, plus Chickie's and Pete's and many more restaurants.Plus, Glassboro's Summer Fest continues in Town Square Thursday nights through July, and includes a free performance of Rowan's "Interactive Alice in Wonderland."

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A new statue, arts fest celebrate Glassboro's glass-making heritage

All that glitters is not gold. In Glassboro this weekend, it's definitely glass — and bronze, and some rock 'n' roll glitter. The Borough of Glass Festival: ArtWalk & Night Market is a celebration of regional pride, with a focus on the region's history of glassmaking.

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Glassboro commissions a bronze glassblower sculpture and will have art fest to celebrate

"We have such an incredible mixture of the arts here in Glassboro and the arts are quickly becoming an economic driver for cities." said Mayor John E. Wallace III. "Glassboro is home to Rowan University which hosts world class dance, theatre, concerts, and of course a World Class Art Gallery. Glassboro is also home to the Heritage Glass Museum which holds many historical glass pieces from our past, not only enriching our residents' lives but also bringing visitors from around the region."

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Rowan Jazz Fest fosters excitement for a new generation

The festival, now in its 48th year, will be held Feb. 14-16 at the university's Wilson Hall. Bands from 39 schools have registered, with the final evening featuring DiBlasio and the Rowan Jazz Band in a public concert tribute to late composer Oliver Nelson Sr.

"There are a lot of these festivals — high schools have them, colleges have them, often as a (student) recruiting tool. But most of them are competitions. I don't like that," DiBlasio says. "With our festival, there is no win or lose. The kids love it. If we made it competitive, it'd be the same five bands coming back every year."

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Rowan University's Department of Theatre & Dance Premieres "House of Murals"

Devised through a guest artist residency with internationally-renowned Brazilian performer Christiane Matallo, an original piece entitled House of Murals has its world premiere as part of the mainstage season presented by the Department of Theatre & Dance at Rowan University from November 30 through December 10 in Tohill Theatre on the university’s Glassboro campus.

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