Seton Hall University

Chinese and American Artists Explore Spirituality at Walsh Gallery Exhibition, Matter + Spirit  

A photo of Lauren Schiller's

Image credit: Lauren Schiller "Meditation: Pilgrimage" 2019, oil on panel.

The Walsh Gallery presents Matter + Spirit a traveling exhibition featuring 25 artists from China and North America, including Lauren Schiller, Professor of Fine Arts of Seton Hall University’s College of Communication and the Arts. The exhibition is the result of a gathering of North American art professors with their Chinese counterparts in the summer of 2018. The participating artists considered issues of art, contemporary society, spirituality and their role as culture makers, critics and interpreters. The result is a thought-provoking array of multi-media works that reflect the perennial tensions between the material and spiritual in human life and society. The exhibition is on view Monday, January 23rd through May 2023 with an opening reception on Wednesday, January 25th from 4 to 7 p.m. 

Matter + Spirit is co-sponsored by College of Communication and the Arts, The University Core, and Asian Studies, showing the interdisciplinary resonance of the issues addressed in the show. Gallery Director Jeanne Brasile notes, "this exhibition aligns with Seton Hall University’s core values, providing an opportunity to reflect on spiritual and personal development, while providing an access point for global perspectives on important issues." Visitors will be engaged by a collection of contemporary artworks in a variety of media that engage the senses while presenting a diversity of issues and perspectives. Participating artists include;  Yefu Bai, Ying Cao, Yuanming Cao,  Shin-hee Chin, Wantain Cui, DaoZi, Wei Ding, Scott Fisk, Brenton Good, Xin Guo, Chunye He, Liang Jiang, Sui Kwon, Leah Samuelson, Lauren Schiller, Justin Sorensen, Kenneth Steinback, Laura Stevenson, Meagan Stirling, Ziyun Tong, JoAnn VanReeuwyk, Yongliang Wang, Yong You, Erjun Zhao, and Jiuyang Zhu. Programs will be presented throughout the show’s run to highlight particular issues and explore them in more depth. Check our website regularly for updates. Matter + Spirit is organized by The Nagel Institute, an agency of Calvin University that promotes deeper understanding of world Christianity.

Seton Hall University’s beautiful main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark. The University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. houses Seton Hall's College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences as well as the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. The Walsh Gallery, located on the first floor of the Walsh Library is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday—Friday. Groups of 8 or more must register in advance. Admission to the gallery and its programs is free and open to the public. 

Categories: Arts and Culture

For more information, please contact:

  • Jeanne Brasile
  • (973) 275-2033