Joan B. Needham’s sculptures are a perfect fit

Totems, construted in 2000, combines paper, reed and rattan to create unique, pointed sculptures with an earthy color scheme. Each figure stands at just under nine feet tall.

In a departure from the recent photographic exhibit by psychology professor Dr. John Suler, Joan B. Needham’s display showcases sculptural wall pieces, some of which were designed specifically for the Rider University Art Gallery in the Bart Luedeke Center (BLC).

By Megan Pendagast

The exhibit, “Alterations: A Retrospection,” went on display on Oct. 25 and will remain open to the public through Dec. 2. Needham integrated organic materials, such as reed with man-made materials, such as scrap metal for her sculptures.

Since 2008, Needham has maintained a website,, which shows her sculptures and paintings. She was a professor in the fine arts department at Mercer County Community College from 1972 until 2004.

According to the press release announcing the exhibition, Needham has received numerous acknowledgements for her contributions to the artistic community, including a New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellowship. Her work is on display in the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, N.J., the Princeton University Art Museum and the U.S. Embassy in Japan.

The artist’s talk will take place on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Art Gallery and admission is free.

The Art Gallery is located in the Bart Luedeke Center. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit

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Creeper, made in 2012, is composed of welded stainless steel rods and window screening and spans 23 feet.

Materials such as surgical tubing form Thing In Itself I, II, III and IV.
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