Embracing art with a selfie
By Gail Fredricks | Published May 8, 2017
Kean University galleries invited the campus community to submit a ‘Kean Art Selfie’ – with a picture with any of the artwork around campus.
The university has five galleries to choose from; but community members were encouraged to take a picture with an outdoor sculpture or a painting found in any office or hallway.
The ‘Kean Art Selfie’ was created by gallery director Neil Tetkowski, graphic designer and photographer for the Office of University Relations; and Ricardo Fonseca
“Some students do not know that we have art galleries on campus and that in itself was a big focus in coming up with the idea,” said Christine Lopez, a student worker for Kean Galleries. “I was inspired by Ricardo Fonseca’s Kean selfie exhibition that displayed at the Nancy Dryfoos Gallery three years ago.”
Fonseca’s exhibit featured over 500 ‘selfies’ from Kean students and faculty. They were displayed on the walls of the Nancy Dryfoos Gallery.
Kean Galleries hopes to strengthen their relationship with the Kean community, as well as increasing awareness of the many galleries and other art available at Kean, “one selfie at a time.”
“We want students to know that we’re here and they’re always welcome in our galleries,” said Lopez. “…There’s a lot you can do here.
It’s within reach too. If you can’t afford to go to the galleries in New York you have five different galleries to choose from here on campus.”
The galleries at Kean University are The Karl & Helen Burger Gallery, James Howe Gallery, Student Gallery, Nancy Dryfoos Gallery and Human Rights Institute Gallery.
Selfi e submissions were to be submitted through email or posted on Instagram using the hashtag #keanartselfie. Each photo submitted was be posted on the walls outside of the Karl and Helen Burger Gallery in the Center for Academic Success (CAS.)
All who participated were entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble.