Gallery Bergen

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibition – Call for Submissions:
NJSeoul: New Art from the Korean Diaspora Opening at Gallery Bergen – September 12, 2019

Gallery Bergen, the art exhibition space of Bergen Community College in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center of Tenafly, is calling for new artworks by artists of Korean descent for NJSeoul: New Art from the Korean Diaspora to be displayed between September 12 and October 31, 2019. Works of all visual art media will be considered, including drawing, painting, collage, photography, prints, sculpture, installation, as well as time-based media (video, short film, animation) and performance.

All of the US’s top ten municipalities by percentage of Korean population as per the 2010 Census are located within Bergen County. This exhibition will examine the immigrant experience of Koreans living here – including Koreans who think of themselves as Americans, first and foremost, those who have a foothold in both countries, and those who have chosen or may soon choose to return permanently to Korea.

How has Korean culture transformed New York/New Jersey/Bergen County? How do events on the Korean peninsula (political and cultural) reverberate here in the US Korean community, and how are Koreans transforming New Jersey’s culture? NJSeoul will attempt to portray these high energy, tradition-steeped, techno-sophisticated and transformative cultural forces.

Submission Guidelines:
Please send image files (no more than 3 per submission) or urls for time-based media and a brief artistic statement (English or Hangul) by send them by email to [email protected] no later than July 31, 2019 for consideration. Decisions on inclusion in the exhibition will be made based on artistic merit and topical relevance. Notifications regarding inclusion in the show will be made by August 7. Works will need to be delivered to Gallery Bergen on the Paramus, NJ campus by September 1, 2019. Arrangements for installation, video, film or other non-wall art, or 2D art that is larger than 72″ in any dimension must be made in advance with the curators. Artists are responsible for shipping/delivery of art to the gallery; Bergen Community College will arrange a pay for return shipping. For printmakers or photographers now in Korea, arrangements can be made for remote print output here at BCC in consultation with the artist.

Happening Now

On the Mend

Exhibition dates: June 4 – August 31, 2019
Gallery Bergen, West Hall 329

On the Mend Poster

Gallery Bergen is proud to announce the opening of its summer exhibition, “On the Mend,” an installation by Hackensack-based artist Lauren Bettini. “On the Mend” is an exploration of the female body, displaying themes of “women’s work” through accounts of women who bear scars, both physically and emotionally. This unique installation utilizes the entirety of the gallery, literally tying together embroidered large format photographs and wall-mounted sculptures. Photographs of women’s scars and detailed embroidery of surgical procedures are “mended” through the appearance of the physical act of sewing. Mounted three dimensional castings of women’s hands are used to symbolize a movement of women joining together to help heal each other.

While most of these women hide their scars throughout their daily lives, “On the Mend” is a platform to celebrate the beauty of their altered bodies while women stand strong together to share their stories. This work generates a platform for women’s issues, specifically within the focus of society’s expectations of the female body. This installation fosters a new platform to highlight “craft” or “women’s work” in a contemporary context while emphasizing the importance of women in the arts. “On the Mend” pays homage to centuries of women who have created art in the form of sewing and embroidering while simultaneously honoring women who have survived medical surgeries.

This exhibition has a particular grounding in New Jersey with its references to the 19th and early 20th century millinery trades of Paterson and Union City and the more contemporary resonance of the health care industry. Women – too often exploited, underpaid and unacknowledged – have been the backbone of both of these industries.

Lauren Bettini received her BFA from Pratt Institute and her MFA from William Paterson University. She teaches art at New Milford High School.

An opening reception for the artist will be held on Tuesday, June 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.. Refreshments will be served. “On the Mend” will be on view through August 31. Summer hours at Gallery Bergen are Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.