For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court to Host “Common Ground” Art Exhibit

Two Ocean County Artists Team up for Unique Art Show

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 12, 2007—Georgian Court University’s M. Christina Geis Art Gallery will present an art exhibit entitled “Jospe and Burton Common Ground—Ceramics and Drawing” from October 1 to October 26, 2007. The show will feature diverse two-dimensional and three-dimensional works representing seashells and other natural elements of our earth.

Included will be pencil drawings, watercolor, and colored pencil works by Debrah Jospe, Barnegat, as well as stoneware by sculptor and ceramics artist Matthew Burton, Manahawkin.

“What a rare event!” says GCU lecturer in art Brian Schauer. “Two of New Jersey’s finest artists are on view in the same gallery.”

“Matt Burton is a living inspiration to any artist who wishes to stretch the ceramic process in innovative directions, and Debrah Jospe has that touch supporting today’s artistic trend of restoring the value of the skilled hand. The Geis Gallery has done it again,” he says.

Though the two artists have never before exhibited their works together, Ms. Jospe says their pieces complement each other “because we both are interested and inspired by forms we find along the beach.”

“We are both drawn to natural objects, specifically sea remnants,” says Mr. Burton.

Yet, says Ms. Jospe, their works are very different in that hers are very precise two-dimensional drawings, and his are very fluid and loose sculptures.

“We both work in very different media, and our approaches are very different, but that’s the whole idea, to give the viewer the option to see things in a similar way—a way for the viewer to interact with the work and make the comparison. They can observe the pieces as closely as they want and find the relationships between the two,” Mr. Burton adds.


Debrah Jospe is a graduate of the Pratt Institute, New York, and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Brooklyn College. Her works are a part of numerous private collections and have been featured in over 31 exhibits and juried shows since 1980. Ms. Jospe’s work has appeared in New American Paintings, American Artist DRAWING magazine, and the Is There Still Life? brochure of the Berman Museum of Art.

Matthew Burton works and teaches at his 19th Street Clay Studio at the m.t.burton gallery in Surf City, New Jersey. A member of the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts, he is an adjunct instructor at Ocean County College. He received his undergraduate degree from Roanoke College, Virginia, and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin University, Texas. Featured in American Studio Potter in December 2004, this will be his 39th exhibit since 1995. Samples of his works are available online at


The exhibit will kick off with an artists’ reception on Tuesday, October 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. where both artists will be available to answer questions and discuss their works. The exhibit and reception are both free and open to the public.

The M. Christina Geis Art Gallery spotlights works of established and up-and-coming artists in diverse media. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Arts and Science Center on Georgian Court’s Lakewood campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call Kathleen Settles at 732.987.2388.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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