The Thought of the Heart and the Soul of the World: Lowell Boyers, Susan Homer, Esther Traugot and Charles Yuen

October 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – December 3, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Mueller Art Gallery, Caldwell University
120 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell NJ 07006
Suzanne Baron
Lowell Boyers, "Untitled (a seeming liberty)", 2018 acrylic paint, resin, watercolor and ink on canvas, 37x78 inches
Susan Homer, "Russian Garden", 2016, Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches
Esther Traugot, "Christmas Crab" (detail), 2014, ten crab leg pieces, dyed bamboo yarn. Sizes variable, up to 3 ¼” l x 1 ½” w x 1 ½” h
Charles Yuen, "Spotted Carpet", 2018, oil on canvas, 40" x 40"

An art exhibit called “The Thought of the Heart and the Soul of the World: Lowell Boyers, Susan Homer, Esther Traugot and Charles Yuen” will be displayed Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Caldwell University’s Mueller Gallery.

The exhibit looks at the nature of images as seen through the lens of archetypal psychologist James Hillman and philosopher, theologian and Islamic mystic Henry Corbin.

The community is invited to the opening Oct. 23, with an artist talk at 5 p.m. and a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

The participating artists create images that are representational but, rather than existing as mere illustrations, have an autonomy of their own.

Suzanne Baron, director of the Mueller Gallery, said Hillman believed that an image is not just a picture of something one has seen and that comes via physical senses nor is it a construction of the mind that has emotional or symbolic meaning.

Rather, he said an image is psyche and therefore a direct expression of the soul. Because of this, he sought to explore images rather than explain them.

“His belief was that by giving images attention and mentally shaping them with sensitivity, one can engage with these images in a way that Hillman called ‘soul making,’ ” Baron said.

Soul making has its roots in the writings of Corbin, who coined the term “mundus imaginalis” to describe the realm between the physical, sensory world and the spirit world. “Corbin chose the term ‘imaginal’ carefully; he did not want the imaginal to be misconstrued with the idea of something that is imaginary – something purely invented – for the mundus imaginalis is as real as our waking world,” she said.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For information on the exhibitions, go to or call 973-618-3238.


Lowell Boyers (American, b.1966) is a Contemporary painter, often working in a variety of materials, such as acrylic resins and inks, and blending figurative and abstract imagery. Boyers received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Yale University. His work has been the subject of exhibitions worldwide, including in Cologne, Abu Dhabi, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and Dallas.

Susan Homer was born in Boston and raised on the North Shore of Massachusetts. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and Bremen, Maine. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing in Maine. In 2011, she was awarded a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Grant. She exhibits her work in New York and other places, and it is held in private collections throughout the United States, including the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., and the University of New Mexico Art Museum.

Esther Traugot received her BFA from the University of California Berkeley in 2005, and her MFA from Mills College in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in the Bay Area at venues such as the Berkeley Art Center, the Bedford gallery in Walnut Creek and the Robert F. Agrella Gallery at Santa Rosa Junior College, and nationally at the El Paso Museum of Art, the Irvine Fine Arts Center, the Samek Gallery at Bucknell University in PA. The recent past has led her to exhibit in L.A., New York, and Paris. She has two large installations in the permanent collections of Neiman Marcus in the locations of Walnut Creek, and Beverly Hills, CA.

Esther Traugot is represented by Chandra Cerrito Contemporary Gallery in Oakland and Muriel Guepin Gallery in NY, and currently lives and works in Sebastopol, California.

Charles Yuen has had several one person and numerous group exhibitions since moving to New York City in 1981. One person shows include: Studio10, Bushwick, NY (2016); Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY (1997 first solo show in her Chelsea space, 2000); Art in General, New York, NY (1993); Asian American Arts Center, New York, NY (2001); Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY (2004); LeoTony Gallery, New York, NY (1994); ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA (2007); the Downtown Gallery, Honolulu, HI (1978), and recently Valentine Gallery Ridgewood, NY (2012). Group shows include nonprofit art spaces as well as private galleries: Artist Space (1984, 1993), New Museum (1986, 1998), Brooklyn Museum of Art (1997, 2004), Newark Museum (1981), Exit Art (1985), Pierogi (2000), Scope London (2006, ADA Gallery), Barbara Gillman Gallery (2007, Miami), Luise Ross Gallery (2011), Leslie Heller Workspace (2010), Robert Steele Gallery (1997), Franklin Furnace (1996), Hallwalls (1988, Buffalo), and The Contemporary Museum (2005, 2009, Hawaii) to name a few.

Mr. Yuen has been the proud recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2018), the Adolf and Esther Gottleib Foundation artist grant (2011), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptures Grant (2006), an Artists’ Projects: New York State Regional Initiative grant (1994, Rockefeller Foundation, Andy Warhol Fund, N.E.A., and the Jerome Foundation sponsors), and was an Artist in Residence at the Asian Arts.