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Ellen Harvey – The Disappointed Tourist

January 31 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Rowan University Art Gallery

301 West High Street
Glassboro, NJ 08028 United States


Ellen Harvey – The Disappointed Tourist

January 16 – March 9, 2024
Opening reception and Artist Talk Wednesday January 31, 2024, 5:00 – 7:00 PM (artist talk begins at 5:30) – RSVP
301 West High Street Gallery

Painting in a style reminiscent of vintage tourist postcards, The Disappointed Tourist is an ongoing project of 300 paintings of lost sites suggested by members of the public. It was inspired by the urge to repair what has been lost due to the forces of war, time, ideology, gentrification, and natural disasters. It attempts to honor the trauma underlying the nostalgia that results from our collective and individual losses, while celebrating the human attachment to places both real and aspirational. With our partner organizations we disseminated a call for suggestions throughout the Glassboro community and received over 40 submissions. Ellen selected eight suggested sites that have been added to this new iteration of the installation including the Whitney Brother’s Glass FactorySalem OakBay PointZee OrchardsEighty Acres neighborhoodPalace of DepressionVineland SpeedwayVeterans Stadium, and grandparent’s backyard.

‘New Jersey art gallery opens an exhibit featuring places that no longer exist’, WHYY News

‘Artist Ellen Harvey’s “Disappointed Tourist” opens at Rowan University Art Gallery & Museum’, Rowan Today


Project Partners:

The Disappointed Tourist partner logos

Additional programming:
ABOUT PLACE: Rowan Students Respond to Ellen Harvey
January 16 – March 9, 2024
During the Fall semester 2023, Intermediate and Advanced Painting students of Professor Nancy Sophy in the Department of Art were asked to reflect on The Disappointed Tourist and to create their own painting inspired by her work around ideas of place and memory.


January 31
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Rowan University Art Gallery
301 West High Street
Glassboro, NJ 08028 United States
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