‘Sacred Spaces’ on display at Kean’s Nancy Dryfoos Gallery

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(Photo credit: Y. Smishkewych)

By: Yuri Smishkewych | Published April 10, 2016

Sue Zwick’s photographs on the sacred are cartes-de-visite from one soul to another.

From a procession in Manhattan where a statuette of St. Martin de Porres is carried down Ninth Avenue to a lone moai standing tall against a sunset sky on Easter Island, Zwick’s photographs capture the things revered holy—and to whom those things are holy—from places near and far.

“Her art let’s you see the universality of religion,” said Martin Mayer, a visitor at an April 7 reception held at Kean’s Nancy Dryfoos Gallery where 29 of Zwick’s photographs are on display in an exhibit titled “Sacred Spaces.”

“We had over a hundred people stop-by today,” said Cristina Fittipaldi, a graduate assistant who works at Kean University Galleries. Visitors at the event included Kean students, faculty and staff as well as people from outside the university community, she added.

For Zwick, Kean’s Nancy Dryfoos Gallery is “just perfect.”

“When I first saw it, I just loved the space—it feels intimate,” said Zwick, who also mentioned that one visitor said that the gallery itself reflects the theme, and that it also becomes a ‘sacred space.’

When asked about her travels abroad and what inspires her art, the photographer is quick to mention her husband, Burt Zwick.

“He’s really the person I have to thank because I’d be a much more a timid traveller without him,” said Zwick before talking about how she doesn’t like to look at photographs of a place before traveling, “I want to be surprised. I like to go there with basic knowledge and then just explore it for myself.”

The exhibit is open to the public and on display until May 1. For gallery hours and more information about Kean University Galleries, please visit www.kean.edu/~gallery.

Yuri Smishkewych may be reached at ysmishke@kean.edu

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