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GCU Gallery to Feature Work of Peace Corps Volunteer & Lecture Series

Artist Nancie Gunkelman’s “Traditional Cultures” Exhibit Showcases Oil Paintings

Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 2, 2011—GCU’s M. Christina Geis Art Gallery celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps with a free lecture series and an exhibit of oil paintings from longtime volunteer Nancie Gunkelman. Her exhibit “Traditional Cultures,” a series of oil paintings based on her time spent with the Peace Corps in Africa and the South Pacific, will be on display in the gallery from March 7 through April 1.

Ms. Gunkelman found beautiful artistic inspiration from the everyday experiences of the people she encountered and places she visited. During her volunteer terms in Kenya, Jamaica, and Sao Tome/Principe, she compiled a wealth of resource material, photographs, and sketches that continue to provide the basis for many of her paintings.

“I found artistic inspiration and beauty in the mundane, yet dignified, lives of ordinary people. Painting in oil, I have tried to capture moments in time; scenes that I can mentally step into and be transported back to a place, a friend, a feeling….,” says Ms. Gunkelman. “It is my hope that these images convey respect for cultural diversity and highlight our shared humanity.”

During the first week of her exhibit, Ms. Gunkelman and other returned Peace Corps volunteers will share their memories and experiences in a free lecture series. Ms. Gunkelman, whose lecture is from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 7, will be followed by an artist’s reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the gallery.

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.

All lectures take place in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus and are free and open to the public. 

Monday, March 7

1:00–3:00 p.m.
Stephanie Servetz and Leslie Yap will discuss their time spent as Peace Corps volunteers in the rural villages of Burkina Faso from 2005 to 2008. For more information about their work, please visit

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Nancie Gunkelman will lecture on her time spent in the Peace Corps, primarily in Africa, working on health education programs. After her lecture, all are invited upstairs to the M. Christina Geis Art Gallery for the opening reception of her exhibit “Traditional Cultures.”

Tuesday, March 8

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Barbara and Art Lee, husband and wife volunteers, will discuss their time spent with the Peace Corps in Paraguay during the 1960s and 70s.

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 nearly 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 One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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