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Downtown Summit Art Festival: Arts + Cars

Do you have art or crafts you want to show and sell? The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit Downtown, and Summit PAL are thrilled to host an outdoor art festival in beautiful downtown Summit! Arts + Cars will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2018, from 10 AM–4 PM (rain or shine) and will work alongside local businesses and the Summit Farmer’s Market. Additionally, the event will include a car show and a stage with musical performances all day long in order to attract large audiences to look at and purchase your work!

Arts + Cars is a juried arts and crafts festival. Download the application here. Apply for your space by completing and mailing in the linked form or handing it in at the Art Center. Deadline for entry is August 15, but those entering by June 15 will be eligible for an early bird discount.


Complete application must be submitted with all materials together. The committee will not consider incomplete applications.

The complete application can be submitted via email, regular mail, or in person at the Art Center. The following is required:

  • 5 images of representative artwork/crafts that will be on display in the booth (Double and Triple booth applicants may send up to 9 images showing work that represents each artist). These images can be sent in print out if mailing in OR in JPEG or PDF format if submitting via email. The images should be indicative of what will be on display in the booth and not more than 2 years old. Your name & images may be used in advertising.
  • Personal artist bio, printed out if mailing in OR in pdf format if submitting via email.
  • A completed Hold Harmless Agreement (required by the City of Summit)
  • An application.
  • Credit card information or, if mailing application, the option of two checks payable to “Visual Arts Center of New Jersey” with “art fair” notated on the memo line:
  1. $25 Application Fee – non-refundable & deposited on receipt.
  2. Booth Fee –deposited when the artist has been selected to exhibit (details included in the application form). Booth fee discount of $25 if postmarked or received by June 15. If you are not selected, the booth fee check will be returned to you or your credit card will not be charged.

Artists will be notified by email by August 30 of their acceptance into Arts + Cars.

Please send questions/inquiries to No phone calls

Road Trip: Wave Hill

Road Trip: Wave Hill
April 26, 2018, 8:30 AM–5 PM

Join us for a road trip to Wave Hill, the spectacular garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades in the Riverside section of the Bronx. Experience both garden and gallery tours, then sample a taste of an inspired farm-to-table menu in The Café at Wave Hill. We will once again take advantage of Curator Mary Birmingham’s extensive knowledge of the contemporary art scene to provide an insider experience, unlike anything you’ll get from any other museum. Click here to purchase tickets.

2018 Gala: Graffiti & Glam

Director of Programs Sarah Walko and Curator Mary Birmingham with Gala Co-Chair Lori Bush and her husband Andrew Bush

Executive Director Melanie Cohn and Director of Development Susan Yarad with Jesse Torrey, Art Center Board Member

The Art Center’s 2018 Spring Gala was a wonderful success! Read more about the night in this press release!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors Vendor Supporters
Lori and Andrew Bush B&H Security Inc.
Lisa Butler and Bob Kelly J.R. Prisco
Marie and Roy Alan Cohen ABC Rentals
David Ellis Events Absolut Elyx
Anne and Richard Grissinger
Amy Knight
Esther and Douglas McNulty
Alison and David O’Neill
David Srere, Siegel + Gale
Wilf Family Foundations

Absolut Elyx provided a beautiful display to go along with the evening’s signature cocktail!









Silver Sponsors
Betse and Frank Gump
David Hardin—Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.
Murray Hill Tennis & Fitness
Debi and Fred Schwarzmann
Summit House Restaurant + Bar

Bronze Sponsors
Patty and A. Jude Avelino
Kate and John Buchanan
Siobhan Creem
David Dietze and Claire Toth
Terri and Mark Friedman
Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency Inc.
Kayla and Richard Pechter
Briana King and Christopher Joralemon
Amy and Mitchell Radin
Joanie Schwarz and Don Rosenthal
Ann and Mel Schaffer
Liz Skoler and Mark Becker
Jesse and Dan Torrey
Susan and Stephen Yarad

Tickets on Sale for The Art Center’s Spring 2018 Gala

Graffiti & Glam: The Art Center’s 2018 Spring Gala

Saturday, March 3, 2018
6:30–10:30 PM
Visual Art Center of New Jersey
68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901

Join us on Saturday, March 3, for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey’s Spring Gala, Graffiti & Glam. This festive evening will include a cocktail hour, a seated dinner, silent and live auctions, and street art as you’ve never seen it at the Art Center before! Proceeds from the evening go to support the Art Center’s outreach programs that bring arts enrichment to under-served children, seniors, and people with special needs.

To purchase tickets for the evening, select one of the options below. You will be taken to the Studio School registration site where gala tickets will appear in your cart as a “class.” If you have any questions, please contact Susan Yarad at or 908.273.9121 ext. 217.

Single Ticket ($500)

An individual ticket to the exclusive cocktail hour and seated dinner at Graffiti & Glam

Bronze Sponsorship ($1,500)

Bronze Sponsors will receive:
2 VIP tickets for the exclusive cocktail hour and seated dinner at Graffiti & Glam

Silver Sponsorship ($3,000)

Silver Sponsors will receive:
4 VIP tickets for the exclusive cocktail hour and seated dinner at at Graffiti & Glam

Gold Sponsorship ($6,000)

Gold Sponsors will receive:

  • 10 VIP tickets for the exclusive cocktail hour and seated dinner at at Graffiti & Glam
  • Half-page color ad in the gala program

Platinum Sponsorship ($10,000)

Platinum Sponsors will receive:

  • 10 VIP tickets for the exclusive cocktail hour and seated dinner at at Graffiti & Glam
  • Full-page color ad in the gala program
  • One-of-a-kind ceramic artwork by Art Center instructor, Lisette Bedoya, presented at the gala


All sponsors will be prominently featured:

  • On the Art Center website
  • On Art Center social media pages
  • In program, signage, and gala presentation
  • In all Art Center press releases and publicity regarding the gala
  • On the Art Center donor wall for a year


Art to Table: Color Edition with Matt Langley

On February 22, 2018, the Art Center presents the latest edition of Art to Table, our event for anyone who loves inspiring art and elegant cuisine. The day begins with coffee at the Art Center and a curator-led tour of the current exhibition. Then the party moves on to a delicious lunch at Summit House! This Art to Table also features artist Matt Langley who will attend lunch and give a talk about his installation of abstract works at Summit House.

Thursday, February 22, 2018
10:45 – Coffee at the Art Center
11:00 – Exhibition Tour
12:15 – Lunch at Summit House

This is an exclusive event and space is limited, so sign up now! We hope to see you there!