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Professor Emeritus Donates Pieces of Original Israeli / German Artwork to GCC

Dr. Ross Beitzel, professor emeritus and curator of Gloucester County College’s Permanent Art Collection, recently donated three pieces of original Israeli and German artwork to the College. The artwork is valued at $600.

“Our collection is international in scope, featuring work from a wide variety of artists from around the world,” stated Beitzel. “It includes many different styles.”

The donations were comprised of “Prayer Book Page from the Rabbi of Ruzlun,” an Eastern European piece from the Israel Museum. The artwork dates back to the 15th Century, and consists of parchment, pen, ink, tempera and gold leaf materials.

“The Erna Michael Haggadah,” is a 15th Century piece from Germany. It is also tempera, golden leaf, pen, and ink on vellum.

Lastly, Beitzel purchased “The De Castro Pentateuch: Initial work to Leviticus” for the College. The painting is crafted on parchment with pen, ink, tempera and silver leaf and dates back to 1344 Germany.

“I generally spend a great deal of time contemplating additions for the collection for a milieu of reasons,” said Beitzel. “These three pieces of artwork were inspiring and made a blip on my radar screen. I purchased them immediately.”

 With approximately 500 pieces of artwork valued at a quarter of a million dollars, GCC’s permanent art collection is more substantial than that of many four-year universities. A world traveler, Beitzel has been instrumental in acquiring pieces not only from around the globe but has also acquired donations from local talent, such as world-renowned glass artist Paul Stankard and Dr. Burton Wasserman of Glassboro.

 


 

Dr. Ross Beitzel of Gloucester
County College Receives a
Governor’s Award

Dr. Ross Beitzel, professor emeritus and curator of the Permanent Art Collection at Gloucester County College, received a Governor’s Award in Arts Education at the annual ceremony on Thursday, May 21, at the State Museum Auditorium in Trenton, NJ. Beitzel received the Distinguished Fellow Award from Art Educators of New Jersey.

The event, a celebration to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizes the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. The award ceremony featured remarks by Commissioner of Education Lucille E. Davy and Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells.

In addition to his position at Gloucester County College, Beitzel of Deptford, NJ, is a member of the National Art Education Association, the NJ Art Education Association, where he served as President and now Treasurer, and the Association of American University Professors. He has traveled extensively, worked as a consultant to numerous community, education and cultural organizations,  and has exhibited his artwork throughout the United States and Japan. In addition to his 2009 Governor’s Award, Beitzel received a Proclamation of Appreciation from the Gloucester County Freeholders, a Certificate of Achievement from Art Educators New Jersey and the Citizen’s Award Medallion for service to Gloucester County College.

This year’s Governor’s Awards were presented to approximately 15 educators and 87 students. National and statewide organizations selected the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the educators for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education.

Douglas J. Wills, Esq., a member of the Gloucester County College board of trustees, accepted the George DiBuono Recognition on behalf of the College Board.  This award was established to honor former president of the Art Educators of New Jersey, George DiBouno, whose dedication to arts education in New Jersey was marked by a realization of the power of leadership in education to move the arts to the forefront. This award is for those who are "within" the field of education, but not art educators.  The recipient must demonstrate both strong support of visual arts education at the local or state level and go beyond what is required to encourage and promote arts education within their school.

The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership between the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, the Department of Education and the Department of State. Additional support provided by: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, Art Educators of New Jersey, Art Administrators of New Jersey, Dance New Jersey, New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, New Jersey Forensic League, New Jersey Music Educators Association, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey, Very Special Arts of New Jersey and Young Audiences/New Jersey.

Commissioner of Education Lucille Davy, Dr. Ross Beitzel and Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells.

 


 

Gloucester County College professor emeritus Dr. Ross Beitzel stands alongside one of the pieces of artwork recently donated to the College’s Permanent Art Collection by Russian artist Alexander R. Polskykh.Russian Artist Gifts Artwork to GCC

The walls of Gloucester County College, which house the College’s permanent art collection, continue to evolve as a melting pot of culturally-rich artwork donated by international and local artists. 

GCC’s most recent addition, a set of vibrant colored-pencil drawings titled “Mask” and “Summer Rain” by Russian artist Alexander R. Polskykh, add an eye-catching blend of hues and movement for the college community to enjoy. What is also of interest is that Polskykh’s connection with GCC extends beyond his art donation.

Via a friendship with Dr. Ross Beitzel, founder and curator of the College’s Permanent Art Gallery, a relationship was established with the Russian artist and sculptor. Beitzel made his first visit to Russia in 1991 for an educational exchange program.  It was there that he met Polskykh, an educator in the city of Magnitogorsk. In April 1992, Polskykh traveled to the U.S. and was a featured artist in a GCC art show. During their visits abroad, both lectured in the other’s art classes. Over the years, they have maintained their working relationship and together share a strong dedication to the arts. 

Contacts established by Beitzel and his many travels abroad have proven to be beneficial to the expansion of GCC’s Permanent Art Gallery which contains one of the largest compilations of artwork of any county college in New Jersey with approximately 500 pieces.

 


 

Donated Advertising Prints Offer "Great Ideas" To GCC Students

A Container Corporation of America advertising campaign more than 50 years ago continues to impact viewers, this time on the walls of the Gloucester County College campus.

Displayed in classrooms and hallways throughout the College’s buildings, 140 framed prints created by a leading packaging manufacturing company are now being used to inspire students. The “Great Ideas” prints, donated by Marie Nathan of West Deptford, are the largest compilation of artwork ever to be given to GCC’s Permanent Art Collection. Illustrated by prominent artists, illustrators and designers, the prints embody the thoughts and diverse philosophies of writers, scientists, politicians, and cultural and religious figures. Valued at $60,000, only 100 sets of the prints were produced with Nathan and the Smithsonian Institution receiving two of them.

“Words have always inspired me,” said Nathan, who was given the collection of prints as a gift half a century ago when working as an economic research analyst. “My parents always told me to make the world better than you found it. I’m pleased that the prints will benefit others. Literature creates a common culture.”

“Lives are changed daily on the GCC campus,” said College President Dr. Russell A. Davis. “These inspirational prints embrace the self-development of the individual and the right to pursue personal and collective ideas, values that we as educators strive to encourage. Gloucester County College is extremely fortunate to be the recipient of such a charitable and thought-provoking donation.”

The Container Corporation of America’s advertising program was kicked off in February 1950 with a full-page, full-color quote on human nature and government by Alexander Hamilton, designed by artist Arthur Williams. There was no mention of a product or slogan, only the sponsor’s signature. The ad campaign to promote good citizenship was successfully received by the public. Dr. Ross Beitzel, curator of the GCC Permanent Art Collection, is confident that the display of prints grouped throughout the campus will continue to be an inspiration, strengthening students’ appreciation of art and contributing to personal and humanitarian aspirations.

“The prints are a visual dialogue presented with words,” said Beitzel. “Marie’s generous gift will enrich Gloucester County College and the surrounding community while providing a lasting legacy.”

“I’ve been a lifelong supporter of the arts and education,” said Nathan. “Because of my 30-year friendship with Ross and his commitment to exposing others to different forms of art, I have never considered donating the prints to any other college.”

Gloucester County College’s Permanent Art Collection currently contains more than 500 pieces valued at approximately $250,000, more substantial than that of many four-year universities. All of the artwork— collected locally and from around the world— is on public display.

 



GCC Book Donation Honors Noted Sculptor & Art Professor

Noted sculptor and distinguished Rowan University professor Dr. John Ottiano will continue to enrich the education of students through a collection of art books recently donated in his memory to Gloucester County College.

Terry Ottiano, wife of the Massachusetts-born artist and educator who taught at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) for 28 years, gifted the expensive books to the GCC Permanent Art Collection. The art books are housed in the College Library and are also utilized in classrooms as reference sources by the faculty.

“Dr. Ottiano’s collection will enhance the GCC collection immensely and is genuinely appreciated,” said Dr. Ross Beitzel, curator of the GCC Permanent Art Collection.

GCC’s Permanent Art Collection currently contains more than 500 pieces valued at approximately $250,000, more substantial than that of many four-year universities. All of the artwork— collected locally and from around the world— is on public display.

 


 

Dr. BeitzelDr. Ross Beitzel 2008 Distinguished Fellow of the Art Educators of New Jersey (AENJ)

Dr. Beitzel (center) received recognition as Distinguished Fellow of the AENJ.  Rick Lasher (left), an AENJ state and national leader, and Susan Bivona (right) President of AENJ, present the award for  his  dedication to the visual arts in New Jersey.

The AENJ was established in 1939 by art educators interested in the promotion of visual arts education in the state. The purpose of the more than 1400 members of the AENJ is to promote and maintain highest possible degree of quality instruction in visual arts programs throughout New Jersey.

 


 

Under Beitzel, GCC's Art Collection Grows

Dr. Ross Beitzel, humanities professor and founder/director of Gloucester County College’s Permanent Art Gallery, has expanded the College’s art collection to more than 500 pieces valued at $250,000.  Collecting work worldwide and locally, Beitzel has grown GCC’s art collection to be more substantial than that of many four-year colleges.

Located in The Dr. Ross Beitzel Art Gallery and throughout the campus, these exhibits are open to the public.  Some of the work on display include the Wall of Wasserman, 14 signed, original pieces of art work including a screen print, lithographs and drawings by Dr. Burton Wasserman; “Flowering Lotus with Honeybee” a 6-inch glass orb by world-renowned glass artist Paul Stankard, valued at $15,000; and Dong Ho folk paintings, Vietnamese graphic folk art prints completely hand printed and colored donated by Beitzel, valued at $2,000.  Beitzel was instrumental in acquiring some of these and other pieces throughout his well-traveled career.   

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Art Education at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University).  In 1975, Beitzel completed his doctoral work at Farleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ.  After teaching for over 30 years, he is currently an adjunct at the College and professor emeritus.  He has earned numerous art recognitions.  In October 2008, Beitzel will be made a Distinguished Fellow by the Art Educators of New Jersey for the entire state.  He currently resides in Deptford. 

GCC, known for providing excellence in higher education at an affordable price, is now regarded as an institution making a significant contribution to supporting the arts and cultural growth in the community.  The College is currently accepting donations to The Dr. Ross Beitzel Art Gallery through the GCC Foundation. Call (856) 681-6202 to support the arts.

 


 

Dr. Ross Beitzel Recognized for The Art Of Dedication

The Gloucester County College Art Gallery was officially dedicated in honor of longtime humanities professor Dr. Ross Beitzel during the college’s art show opening on Friday, May 2, 2008.

Freeholder Frank DiMarco (center), liaison to Gloucester County’s Cultural and Heritage Commission, presented a proclamation to Beitzel from the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Retired Rowan University art professor Dr. Burton Wasserman (right), provided insightful and humorous words of praise about his former student and friend. Members of the Art Educators of New Jersey and the Gloucester County Art League also acknowledged Beitzel’s commitment to bringing different types of artwork to the campus for all to experience and enjoy.

Beitzel, founder and curator of the GCC permanent art collection, has been an active member of the college community since 1970, dedicated to sharing his expertise and appreciation of art with students, faculty and staff. For nearly four decades, the professor emeritus has collected work from around the world including the art of many Gloucester County residents, accumulating close to 500 pieces in the permanent collection. GCC’s art collection, which is more substantial than that of many four-year colleges, is on exhibit throughout the campus. Beitzel, who has received the Governor’s Award and other numerous art recognitions, will be the recipient of the Encore Award on May 21 in Atlantic City by the South Jersey Cultural Alliance. He has been a member of the Art Educators of New Jersey since 1959.

The art show open house is free and there is parking a short walk from the gallery. The Art Gallery’s hours are 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. The show runs through June 6. The Art Gallery is located within the College Center.

The College is currently accepting donations to the Dr. Ross Beitzel Art Gallery through the GCC Foundation. Call (856) 681-6202 to support the arts.

Gloucester County Times: http://www.nj.com/gloucester/stories/index.ssf?/base/news-9/1209538508301450.xml&coll=8

 


 

Dr. Ross Beitzel Receives Paul Aiken Encore Award

The Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage commission presented the Paul Aiken Encore Award to Dr. Ross Beitzel, dedicated teacher of Art at Gloucester County College and world traveler, on May 21, 2008 at the Grand Ballroom Bally's Atlantic City. Ross is responsible for establishing a college collection of over 300 pieces of art from his world travels and through donations from artists such as renowned paperweight artist, Paul Stankard. Ross' life long commitment to teaching and his love of art has brought Gloucester County College students and the community a lasting visual experience for generations to come. Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission Chairperson, Elaine Goodman presented the award.

The Aiken Encore Awards honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions in support of the arts and cultural heritage community and the member organizations of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance. The awards were first introduced in 1995, when Paul was President of the SJCA.

 


 

Art Educators Of NJ Gift Artwork To GCC Gallery

Watercolor artist Maureen Gass-Brown (right), a member of the Art Educators of New Jersey South, presents her painting “Blossom Bliss” to Gloucester County College curator Dr. Ross Beitzel, founder of the College’s permanent art collection. Gass-Brown’s painting is the first piece to be donated to the collection since the College officially renamed the art gallery in honor of Beitzel, a longtime humanities professor, at the May Art Show Opening on May 2. The watercolor and a plaque were presented following the Dr. Ross Beitzel Art Gallery dedication ceremony.

An active member of the College community since 1970, Beitzel has shared his expertise and appreciation of art with students, faculty and staff. For nearly four decades, the professor emeritus has collected work from around the world including the art of many Gloucester County residents, accumulating close to 500 pieces in the permanent collection. GCC’s art collection, which is more substantial than that of many four-year colleges, is on exhibit throughout the campus. Beitzel, who has received the Governor’s Award and other numerous art recognitions, will be the recipient of the Encore Award on May 21 in Atlantic City by the South Jersey Cultural Alliance. He has been a member of the Art Educators of New Jersey since 1959.

The College is currently accepting donations to the Dr. Ross Beitzel Art Gallery through the GCC Foundation. Call (856) 681-6202 to support the arts.

 


 

Wall of Wasserman

Dr. Burton Wasserman (center) stands in front of the 14 signed, original pieces of artwork, including a screen print, lithographs and drawings recently donated to GCC. With the Glassboro artist is Eoin Kinnarney (left), the College’s student activities/art director, and Dr. Ross Beitzel, curator of the permanent art collection.

For 43 years, Wasserman shared his academic insight both in the classroom and in the studio as a full-time professor at Rowan University until retiring in 2004. His paintings, relief construction and screen prints can be found nationally and internationally in 35 museums and institutional settings and in private collections.

 


 

Artist Donates Glass Orb

World-renowned glass artist Paul Stankard (left) discusses the 6-inch glass orb presented to GCC with interim President Russell A. Davis, Ed.D., (center) and curator of the College’s permanent art collection Dr. Ross Beitzel.

Stankard donated the piece from his newest series to the College permanent art collection in November. Valued at $15,000, the orb titled “Flowering Lotus with Honeybee,” is displayed in the administrative office entrance. Stankard, who creates flowers and insects with colored glass, captures the beauty of nature in crystal. The Mantua artist has appeared on numerous television programs and his artwork is on exhibit around the world.

The College’s permanent art collection contains one of the largest compilations of artwork of any county college in New Jersey with approximately 300 pieces on display throughout the campus.

 


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