WESTFIELD, NJ - Paterson Charter School for Science & Technology Art Teacher, Brian O’Boyle recently displayed his artistic talent at a special art gallery event in Westfield. He was among seventeen art educators from around New Jersey to receive this recognition.

Most art teachers are so wrapped up in teaching that they neglect to promote their own personal artwork. Gallery U is pleased to host a special exhibition of works by art teachers, in both public and private practice, throughout New Jersey. Seventeen artists are represented through eighteen art works of various mediums and styles as part of “Back to School: An Exhibition Celebrating New Jersey Art Teachers”.  

This special exhibition is comprised of artwork of various mediums and styles by seventeen art teachers including:

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Virginia Carroll (Retired Instructor, Metuchen)

Janice Gossman (Arthur L. Johnson High School, Clark)

Gayle Gruber (Brick Township)

Kathleen Heron (Private Instructor)

Alison Hooper (Westfield USD)

Maxine King (Retired Instructor)

Jessica Lenard (Visual Arts Center, Summit)

Cathleen McCoy Bristol (Newark School of Fine & Industrial Arts)

Charlann Meluso (Bayonne USD)

Brian O’Boyle (Paterson Charter School for Science & Technology)

Nancy Ori (Private Instructor)

Kerry Leonard Paone (Cranford USD)

Thomas Peitz (Carl H. Kumpf Middle School, Clark)

Barri Rifkin (Private Instructor)

Ana Paula Rodrigues  (New Jersey City University, Jersey City)

Dorothy Siclare (Private Instructor)

Brad Terhune (Arthur L. Johnson High School, Clark)

Jenn Tiongson (Saint Bartholomew Academy, Scotch Plains)

Kristen Zachares (Montclair USD)

“Back to School” is curated by Robert P. Langdon. 

An opening reception for Back to School: An Exhibition Celebrating New Jersey Art Teachers is scheduled for Friday, September 4, 2015, from 6:00-8:00 PM. All are welcome. Back to School will be on exhibit through October 5, 2015.

Gallery U Boutique is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The venue serves as a vocational training program whose goal is to introduce people with TBI back into the work force and community. Clients at Universal Institute take part in all aspects of running Gallery U Boutique. Vocational, occupational and cognitive therapies are conducted in the back workrooms. Gallery U Boutique provides an opportunity for adults with TBI to rejoin the workforce, engage with the community, learn new skills, and experience the transformative power of art through exposure to existing art and creation of their own artwork.