NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Denise Moser, an art teacher at New Providence High School, will exhibit her latest intaglio printmaking series in the Masters of Art Graduate Show, called “Collective Visions,” Thursday, April 14, to Friday, May 13, in the James Howe Gallery at Kean University in Union.

An opening reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., with comments by the exhibiting artists at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, at the Howe Gallery in the Vaughn Eames Fine Arts Building, 936 Morris Ave., Union. 

"My series investigates non-toxic printmaking methods, often layering the newer technology with traditional surfaces of woodcuts or collagraphs of fabrics and mesh. The theme is Passageways, usually in urban landscapes, which combine the rhythms of architectural structures with the layering of textures.  In some scenes, the fabrics and patterns tangle with the photograph of the scene, to create a surreal environment.

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Printmaking is a medium that is exciting and full of surprises, working with spontaneity.  Its also my favorite medium to teach in my classes.  I’ve had five high school students win regional scholastic gold keys or entrance into the Morris museum’s Fresh Perspectives exhibit with their multicolor reduction block prints or pochoir stencil-generated prints from my graphic design class.  I’ve also had over a dozen student prints win 1st place at the DuCret juried art show over the last 12 years, as well as many blue ribbons in printmaking at the North Jersey Craftsman’s fair.  Printmaking is a challenge in problem solving, requiring tenacity and technical skill to work through the procedures, while it also demands an ability to adjust to unexpected occurrences," said Moser.

Moser is originally from Hatboro, PA,  has a BFA degree in printmaking from the University of Delaware, and she attended ASU and the University of Houston, where she studied for a masters degree in architectureShe was art director and eventually production coordinator for an architectural marketing and design firm in Texas, before moving to New Jersey.  She was a free-lance artist in Manhattan and New Jersey, illustrating storyboards for commercials while teaching art classes in New Providence, before becoming a full time teacher at the high school in 2002. She is also advisor to the Graphic Design club and the STEM club, pursuing opportunities for students to achieve creative recognition.

 Collective Visions is the MA Studio Thesis Exhibition, for the graduating Masters degree candidates. Seven women artists are featured. The other artists in Collective Visions are: Monica Franco, a woodworker with original furniture designs; Janice Gossman, with an installation of prints and sculptures; Kate Griffin, a portrait painter with a series of interpretations of  lyrics; Michelle Harpster, a watercolorist exploring vintage fashions; Janice Quarto, with mixed media expressions of female forms; and Michell Suriel, with a series of expressive human landscape pastel drawings.

The James Howe Gallery, Vaughn Eames Fine Arts Building, Kean University, is located at 936 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ.  Gallery hours are 11 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.  For further information, log onto http://www.kean.edu/galleries  or call (908) 737-5326.