College to host special outdoor art exhibit Nov. 6

By: Andrew Mees, Director of Institutional Communications and Campaign Marketing       

Bloomfield College and its Division of Humanities will give students the chance to experience the creation of larger-than-life art Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m., as the institution will welcome artists Robert Plater and Nicholas Holiber for a special outdoor exhibit.

The event is part of two pilot courses the division has offered for the fall 2015 semester titled “Urban Art” and “Art as Global Communication”, which are part of a new section of classes called “Arts and Culture”.

“The idea of 'Arts & Culture' is to allow students to learn about how the arts are a part of all aspects of life,” said humanities chairperson Dr. Angela Conrad. “We want students to see the arts not as part of the past, but as a living and changing cultural phenomenon. This experience will allow them to interact with both the artists and their work in a unique and engaging manner while helping to fulfill our College’s mission.”

A Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist whose work combines the graphic qualities of illustration and graffiti with the teachings of drawing and painting, Plater will be creating a 6 feet by 16 feet mural from sketches created specifically for the exhibit. Holiber, a decorated sculptor who has seen his work featured in New York’s Tribeca Park, will construct an oversized sculpture made from recycled wood crates. His most recent work, “Goliath’s Head” (which was featured in Tribeca) is a 4 feet by 10 feet structure made from reclaimed materials such as shipping pallets gathered from around New York City.

Both pieces will be created outdoors on Bloomfield’s Quad section of the 11-acre campus, located on Liberty Street in Bloomfield. Students will have the opportunity to watch the art as it is created throughout the day and interact with the artists, gaining a deeper understanding of their creative process.

“Our students have worked extremely hard to curate the work the work of these artists, and I am very proud of what they have accomplished,” said professor and event coordinator Roberto Osti. “These works will be part of a larger event we will be holding later in the month, and we encourage the members of the campus community to join our students in these classes and enjoy watching the artists’ work come to life.”

To learn more about Bloomfield’s Division of Humanities, visit To learn more about artist Robert Plater, visit To learn more about artist Nicholas Holiber, visit

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