Inverted Normals

Rowan University Art Gallery presents

November 10 – December 20, 2014
Artists’ talk and reception
Thursday, November 13, 5 – 7 pm

Inverted Normals is a group exhibition of artworks that provide access points
to different ways of understanding relationships between digital and physical
spaces. The works have been created with a wide range of digital fabrication
techniques and different forms of interactive mobile applications.

José Carlos Casado
Channel TWo: Jessica Westbrook and Adam Trowbridge
Mark Dorf
Christopher Manzione
Alex Myers and Daniel Rourke
Benjamin Phelan
Michael Rees
Jeff Thompson

Guest Curator: Christopher Manzione

Spanish-born artist Casado’s work investigates the blurred line between real
and unreal, and the role technology plays in influencing the images we see
every day. He uses 3D technologies to invent a new reality, creating scenarios
that could not be possible. Channel TWo (CH2), a collaborative effort by
Jessica Westbrook and Adam Trowbridge, is an award-winning new media
art and design studio loosely aligned with the concept of over-identification.
CH2 is focused on mixed up reality, media production, design, development,
and distribution. Dorf explores ways in which we have become dependent on
technology to help navigate through every day and how it affects our perception
of the world through digital photography, collage, 3D rendering, and 3D scanning

Manzione’s work exists in both virtual and physical worlds as he investigates
the conversation that happens between these two spaces. He is founder and
director of the Virtual Public Art Project, which uses mobile augmented reality
to produce original artist works in public space. Myers and Rourke create
artworks that question the conditions of appearance of an image in the context
of contemporary visual culture in which images, representations and ideas
normally function. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way,
he tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying
emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different

Phelan produces inverted monuments; fragile sculptures oriented toward a
future of endless personal generation and consumption. Confusing vision with
form, encouraged by digital and thermal tools, Phelan retraces mineral,
vegetable, and optical cycles into the topology of computer modeling and
semisolid functional air (Styrofoam). Michael Rees is an artist working in themes
of figuration, language, technology, and the social to weave a sculptural mélange.
He has endeavored to develop semiotic experiences that stimulate multiple
narratives as users construct the image of the work through their interaction
and use of the sculpture. Thompson’s work is centered on the idea of data as
text and artistic material, which can be read, parsed, and critiqued like a novel
and formed like clay.

Admission to the gallery, lecture and reception is free and open to the public.
Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm (with extended hours on
Wednesdays to 7 pm); and Saturday, 12 to 5 pm.

Rowan University Art Gallery is located on the lower level of Westby Hall on the university campus, Route 322 in Glassboro, NJ. Directions can be found on the gallery or university websites. For more information, call 856-256-4521 or visit

This program is made possible in part with funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Write Rowan, Right Now! Literary Writing Contest

Dear Prospective Rowan Students:

Do you like the idea of winning a $20,000 scholarship for your writing? Interested in distinguishing yourself as one of the best writers in Rowan’s class of 2019? If so, enter the inaugural Rowan University Literary Writing Scholarship contest.

The Contest
The Rowan University Literary Writing Scholarship contest will award scholarships of $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, and $5,000 for third place to high school seniors who apply to and attend Rowan as Writing Arts majors beginning in Fall 2015.

Entries for the Rowan University Literary Writing Scholarship are due by March 6, 2015. Winners will be announced in early April.

The Process
In addition to applying to Rowan, to enter the Literary Writing Contest, you must complete and submit:

• A short application form, available here.

• A portfolio of 10-15 double-spaced pages (12-point, Times New Roman font) of creative (not academic) writing in fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, or a mix of genres. You may submit either a single long work or a group of shorter works that best demonstrate their creative vision and skill with written language.

• An approximately 300-500 word artistic statement indicating how the Rowan Literary Writing Scholarship will help you to achieve your goals and/or artistic vision.

This portfolio must be submitted as a Word doc attachment and sent to

Winners will demonstrate a mature and convincing combination of originality and artistic discipline. The awards will be made based on the quality of the submitted literary portfolio and the applicant’s artistic statement. Contestant’s potential for success in the Writing Arts major, based on a review of application materials, will also be considered.

The Details
The winners of these awards—judged by Writing Arts faculty—may apply scholarship money within a given year or across years. Winners will be expected to participate in Rowan’s thriving community of creative writers, which includes the undergraduate literary magazine Avant, the Master of Arts literary magazine Glassworks, and the biannual Denise Gess Literary Awards.

All entrants are also encouraged to consider applying as freshmen to Rowan’s accelerated BA/MA program whereby accomplished students earn both a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Arts and a Master of Arts in Writing in just five years while paying undergraduate tuition for graduate courses as a senior, saving a full of graduate tuition and reducing the years spent to degree completion.

The university reserves the right to not award a prize in any of the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place categories.

Still wondering if the Writing Arts major at Rowan University is right for you?
Some important things to know about us:

• We provide a rigorous major that develops your writing and thinking skills for a variety of situations, audiences and purposes.

• Majors can choose from three specializations: Creative Writing, Professional and Technical Writing, and New Media Editing and Publishing that prepare them for their future careers.

• Classes are small—no more than 20 students—and thus provide many opportunities for students to share work with fellow students and to receive feedback from faculty.

• We are one of a few academic departments in the country devoted entirely to writing.

As a Writing Arts major you will:

• Develop your own writing style and cultivate an individual voice as a writer and communicator

• Become a proficient editor and an expert in evaluating and improving written documents in a variety of fields

• Understand the impact various technologies have on what and how writers write, and learn how to apply these to your own writing

• Explore issues and develop writing techniques applicable in many fields such as law, business, education, technology and medicine

• Be able to serve an internship that will give you ‘real world’ experience before graduation

• Have the chance to work for student publications including The Whit, the campus weekly newspaper, and Avant, the undergraduate magazine for poetry and fiction, and Glassworks, the M.A. program’s literary journal.

Most important of all: Rowan’s Writing Arts graduates are versatile writers and editors well qualified to compete in today’s and tomorrow’s workplace.

CCCA Annual Report – AY14

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Dear friends of the College of Communication and Creative Arts:

The weather is turning cooler in NJ, and we’ve launched into a new academic year full of promise. While we get to work meeting new challenges, I would like to share with you the accomplishments and events of the 2013-2014 year with the CCCA Annual Report. We had another very busy year, with impressive events, curricular changes, student and faculty achievements, and much more.

I hope that you will enjoy reading about our 2013-2014 year, and feel our sense of anticipation and energy about what the new academic year will bring. As always, we will periodically update you via the College newsletter, and will maintain regular updates on the Dean’s blog and College Facebook page.  If you have information to share with us or feedback regarding the report, please do not hesitate to contact me at

I hope you had a lovely summer and will enjoy a wonderful autumn season.


Lorin Basden Arnold, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Communication and Creative Arts
Rowan University