The Rider University Art Gallery will present an exhibit by Joy Kreves September 30 through October 30.
Anne Sears

Joy Kreves in her studio.

The Rider University Art Gallery will present “Translating Nature: Recent Works by Joy Kreves” Thursday, September 30 through Saturday, October 30.  An opening reception is planned for Thursday, September 30 from 5 to 7 p.m., and the artist will present a talk about the exhibit on Thursday, October 7 at 7 p.m.

The exhibit features two and three-dimensional mixed-media work by Kreves, whose artistic influences range from Meret Oppenheim, Robert Rauschenberg and Wassily Kandinsky to contemporary architecture and traditional Chinese lattice designs.  Some works integrate original handwritten poems by the artist, whose blog “Little Bang Theories” focuses on her life as an artist. 

“I recognize more and more how precious our natural environment is, and how it colors and shapes our life,” says Kreves, reflecting on the exhibit’s title.  “How people see and what they see is colored and clouded by their memories and their internal narrative.  I am trying to translate my experiences of nature into a layered and materially inclusive language.  I hope that my translation meets the viewer in an integrated way so as to awaken in them the gratitude that I feel for these rich connections to nature.”

The Rider University Art Gallery is located in the Bart Luedeke Center on the Rider University campus, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, in Lawrenceville.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.  Admission to all events is free.  To learn more call 609-896-5168 or go to

This program is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.