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Jessica Rath: A Better Nectar ~ Exhibition Available until April 9th

WHEN Wednesday, February 1 – Sunday, April 9, 2017
ADDRESS 2000 Pennington Road; Ewing, NJ 08628

Art Gallery Hours:

Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday: 12Noon – 7:00PM
Sundays: 1:00PM – 3:00PM

All Art Gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public.

4:00 – 5:00PM
Exhibition Opening Artists’ Talk

5:00 – 7:00PM
Exhibition Opening Reception


four women standing with sculptureWe’re looking forward to bringing this next exhibition to campus: Jessica Rath: A Better Nectar is a multisensory installation based on the artist’s extensive research into co-evolutionary communication between flowering plants and their pollinators. The exhibition opens to the public on February 1 and is on view until April 9, 2017.

In A Better Nectar, Rath creates an immersive experience using sculptural forms, light, and sound to explore how bumblebees learn and remember multisensory floral symbols to find better nectar. Visitors will encounter human-scaled sculptures that evoke a bee’s sensory journey from nest to nectar, with audio and visual elements that interpret the bee’s experience of an audibly and visually pulsing world. A Better Nectar is informed by Rath’s research and discussions with the scientists at Leonard Bee Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The exhibition’s highlight, “Resonant Nest,” is a responsive acoustic sculpture taking the form of a human-scaled bumblebee nest. Human voice interpretations of bee communication emanate from the sculpture, designed in collaboration with Ian Schneller of Specimen Products, Chicago. The score, created by Los Angeles-based composer Robert Hoehn and performed by the nationally renowned California State University Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Jonathan Talberg, will shift with live changes in the local New Jersey weather.

sculptureJessica Rath: A Better Nectar premiered at the University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach (UAM) and was organized Kristina Newhouse, UAM Curator of Exhibitions. The project was generously supported by Metabolic Studio, The Peter S. Reed Foundation, The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, and a California Community Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship for Visual Artists.

This exhibition and related programming is co-sponsored by TCNJ School of Science and Department of Biology.

Exhibitions at TCNJ are funded 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 of the Arts.

candid woman looking at sculpture    woman looking at computer screen    crowd attending presentation

Image Caption:
Installation view, Jessica Rath, Resonant Next 2015
Polyester resin, fiberglass, electronics, and speakers
Cells and direction by Jessica Rath
Music and interactive systems design by Robert Hoehn
Photograph: Brian Forrest

Visitor Parking information is available at:…. Visitors to the Art Gallery may park in Lot 4 starting at 4PM Tuesdays – Thursdays and at 12:30PM on Sundays.


School of the Arts and Communication
Art and Interactive Multimedia Building
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628


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