Stair-Gazing: Valerie Molnar

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Stair-Gazing: Valerie Molnar
Main Staircase
September 28, 2014 – January 18, 2015

Opening Reception: September 28, 1 pm – 4 pm

Valerie Molnar constructs hand-knit acrylic yarn installations. Knitting enables Molnar to expand her compositions organically without the limitations of a rectangular canvas. Her radiating composition and vibrant color palette suggest energy and growth. Brown Sporangia Completely Cover Discrete Areas of the Undersides of the Fertile Frond Lobes is part of her larger artistic investigation about the transference of energy. This piece is inspired by the staghorn fern. She subtly references the fern through her ambiguous plant imagery by using flat color forms. Molnar explains, “I love the romantic notion of how plants are. There is a seed with information and there is a recipe: sunlight, water and dirt. The recipe unlocks information and the seed can grow from it.”

Valerie Molnar received her BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art and studied at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. She graduated with her MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University where she is currently an instructor. She is a resident of Richmond, Virginia.


This installation initiates the Stair-Gazing series, curated by Katherine Murdock. Located in the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey’s stairwell, the series highlights a single work by one artist.