Maps Everywhere, an exhibition curated by Donna David, Communication Design Pathways, highlights the diverse designs and storytelling quality of maps. The show, opening soon at New Jersey City University (NJCU), demonstrates that maps are more than wayfinding tools—they can also be used creatively to capture memories, explore personal histories, and create narratives. The design of every map, whether printed or digital, is imbued with characteristics that tell us about a place and even about the mapmaker. What is left off the map is just as important as what is included.
The works on view were chosen for their visual and illustrative qualities, and challenge the viewer to redefine the influence of maps have on their lives. The 12 featured artists will be Charlie Ahearn, Connie Brown, Jacob Ford, Keith Godard, Abby Goldstein, Jennifer Maravillas, David Nuttall, Adrienne Ottenberg, Kingsley Parker, Viviane Rombaldi Seppey, Jan Rothuizen, and Robert Sikoryak.
For this exhibition David hand-painted a large map of Jersey City on cork (pictured above) and visitors are invited to “pin” their stories and memories to their associated locations.
The show is on view from October 17 through November 26 at NJCU’s Visual Arts Gallery, 100 Culver Ave., Jersey City, and is open to the public. The gallery is open 11 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. An opening reception will be held Thursday, October 17, from 5 to 8 pm.
For more information, contact David, (212) 217-5640.