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Georgian Court University to Host Exhibit of Metallic Arts

Local Artist Creates Painted Aluminum Wall Hangings

Lakewood, N.J., Nov. 12, 2007—While aluminum may be the world’s most widely used metal, it’s not often that the shiny silver substance is seen in art shows. That’s about to change as Georgian Court University’s M. Christina Geis Art Gallery will host “Life Cycles,” an exhibit of the works of Manasquan-based artist Jean Johnson from December 3 to 21. A veteran artist with more than 20 years of gallery exhibits to her credit, Ms. Johnson creates painted, sculptural wall reliefs on aluminum plate.

“The combination of acrylic paint and aluminum plate has provided me with the most successful means to create thus far,” says Ms. Johnson.

“There is a beauty in life experience that I try to capture,” she explains. “This beauty extends from the ecstasy of pleasure to the mystery of the darker and unwanted. My work is about combining color, line, and form to capture the multitude of life’s experiences.”

“The expression of movement is also important to me. Movement flows through space in all directions. The aluminum plates can bend in and out in relationship with the wall, run in flowing curvilinear lines or sharp diagonal points, and can intersect and separate on divergent paths. They can play and roll through space and, indeed, can be space,” she explains further.

According to gallery director Kathleen Settles, Ms. Johnson’s work was chosen for exhibit because it is both breathtakingly beautiful and unique.

“When you see how beautiful and how different her work is, you’ll know why we picked her,” Ms. Settles says.

Georgian Court University lecturer in art José Gonzalez, who also works in metals, says, “Through a cold and flat medium, Ms. Johnson transforms and infuses the aluminum she touches to come alive with its own vibrant and warm spirit.”


The exhibit will kick off with an artist’s lecture on Tuesday, December 4, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus, which will be followed by the artist’s reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibit, lecture, and reception are 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.


In addition to being a practicing artist, Ms. Johnson is also an art historian, advocate, and educator. She currently teaches art at Asbury Park High School and has also taught on the university level. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from James Madison University, a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Housing and Interior Design from the University of Kentucky. She also studied at the Manhattan College Advanced Placement Institute and numerous private and public studios.

Ms. Johnson’s work is featured in a number of private collections, and she is featured in the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Archives on Women Artists. She is a member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and many professional and civic organizations.

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, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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