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Friends? Food? Art Examines Human/Animal Relations

Author: Larry Hlavenka/Monday, August 25, 2014/Categories: Bergen College

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Michelle Waters, “Smarter Than Your Dog,” 2013

PARAMUS, N.J. – Pets or predators? Gallery Bergen’s season premiere exhibition will feature the painting, sculpture, photography and videography of 14 artists examining the relationship between humans and animals.

Curated by Bergen professor Suzaan Boettger, “Pets, Beasts & Dinner: Relations Between Human and Animal Creatures” will open Tuesday, Sept. 16 in Gallery Bergen, the third floor art exhibition space in West Hall at Bergen Community College’s main campus. An opening reception with refreshments and visits from the artists will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

The evening will feature an "open mic" where anyone can tell a brief story, joke or read poetry on human/animal relations. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Drawn from a collection of global artists – including those living in New Jersey, New York, California, Wisconsin and Scotland – Boettger said their work “displays current scientific and public tendencies toward reconsiderations of animals – humanizing them, representing them as intelligent companions who look and behave like us.”

The exhibition will remain on view through Thursday, Oct. 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, 2 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; and Friday 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The College is located at 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, N.J. For additional information, please visit

Bergen Community College ( based in Paramus is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling nearly 16,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields.

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