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Picking Up the Pieces: Bachelor of Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition

May 13, 2021 - Dec 31, 2021

Image credit: Kelly Llumiquinga, Untitled #13, 2021. Digital photograph, 11 x 14. From The Unknown View series. Image courtesy of the artist.


Opening Reception

Thursday, March 13th from 5 to 7 p.m.


The Bachelor of Visual Arts program, from the Department of Arts, Culture and Media, at Rutgers University – Newark is proud to showcase artworks made by this year’s graduating seniors.

Picking Up the Pieces is the 2021 Bachelor of Visual Arts graduate exhibition, featuring the work of seven student artists whose lives were upended by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Bravely embracing the uncharted waters of remote learning, these artists turned their bedrooms, kitchen tables, and backyards into makeshift studio spaces, creating works that memorialize their struggles and breakthroughs in a year of uncertainty.

This exhibition is an exemplification of the student’s perseverance, internal reflection, and commitment to their individual artistic processes. Utilizing a limited range of materials, each artist created a new body of work focused within their disciplines of photography, film, painting, and sculpture. Each artist has risen to the occasion and dedicated themselves to Picking Up the Pieces, forging a path into the future for us all through their seminal artworks.

Welcome to the virtual exhibition tour of Picking up the Pieces! Following are a few navigation tips.

-Each student has their own gallery. To access each gallery, hover your mouse over the virtual tour space and scroll down until you see the name of the student you’d like to select.

-Once you’ve reached the student of your choice, select the image under the student’s name to be virtual transported into their gallery!

-A message may pop up that says, “Enable video?”. Select yes. 

-This tour is interactive! Use your mouse to navigate the virtual tour, select images and videos to get a larger view.

-You can select the student’s name on the bottom right-hand corner, read their artist statement and the title of their artworks.

-You can click the small ‘i” on the bottom left-hand corner if you’d like to be reminded of the exhibition’s title, the names of the student artists and our collaborators. 

-In the top left corner there is an icon that looks like three stacked lines. Click this symbol if you’d like to:

  1. Stop the automated motion of your screen
  2. Turn off any sound
  3. Expand your view to full screen

-To exit each student gallery, use your mouse to scroll to the left or right until you are facing the double gallery doors. Select the icon in the middle and it will bring you back to the home page.

-This tour can also be explored using a VR or Google Cardboard headset.

-This tour is accessible via phone, tablet or computer.


Venue Information Opening Reception
  • Date: May 13, 2021 - Dec 31, 2021
  • Location:Virtual Exhibition, Paul Robeson Galleries, Express Newark
  • Curators:Bachelor of Visual Arts Students