Meredith Turshen, an artist, teacher and writer who has lived in Hoboken and taught at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, for more than 25 years. I exhibit regularly in the New York metropolitan region, with Viridian Gallery in Chelsea, and with hob’art, an arts cooperative based in Hoboken. Through my artwork I reflect on nature, landscapes and interior environments, preferring to represent these ideas in abstract compositions.
For this exhibition, I was inspired by the challenge of incorporating images of household décor, floral arrangements and potted plants into collages that are simultaneously representational and non-figurative. The collages reveal familiar objects through the lens of a modern artist, giving quotidian scenes a new twist.
My art studies began at age ten at the Art Students League in New York with Saturday classes for children and continued, after majoring in studio art at Oberlin College, in workshops at Pratt, the Printmaking Council of NJ, the Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, and the CT Center for Graphic Arts. For the past ten years I have been spending a month at Vermont Studio Center, a stimulating residency where artists meet and inspire one another. Some have asked how I combined a career in art with teaching and writing about social policy. Both are passions; one seems as necessary to my existence as the other.
2020 “New Views of Old Hoboken” Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken, NJ
2017 “M&Ms” hob’art cooperative gallery, Hoboken, NJ (2-person show)
2016 “The Lie of the Land” Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ
2015 “Fugues” Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2010 “Sudden Appearances” Viridian Gallery, New York
2010 Princeton University Women’s Studies Gallery, Princeton NJ
2009 “Transcriptions” Port Washington Library, Port Washington, New York
2009 “Post Scriptum” Ceres Gallery, New York
2008 “Inscriptions” Viridian Gallery, New York
2007 ETS Chauncey Conference Center, Princeton, NJ (2-person show)
2006 “Meditations on the Horizon,” Sovereign Bank, Hoboken, NJ
2005 “Moments and Movement” Symposia, Hoboken, NJ
1994 Hoboken Gallery, Hoboken, NJ
1993 Rutgers University, Labor Education Center, New Brunswick, NJ
1991 Bernard’s, Hoboken, NJ