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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.

Artist Talk: March 25

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey’s current exhibition, Radiant Energy, showcases the work of Gabriele Evertz, Robert Swain, and Sanford Wurmfeld, artists who all create work that challenges viewers to see color differently. On Sunday, March 25, from 3–5 PM these artists will be joined by artist, curator, and gallery director Matthew Deleget for a conversation on their work and their relationship to color.  All three exhibiting artists are longtime members of the renowned “Hunter Color School,” a group of painters who taught (or continue to teach) at New York’s Hunter College. While they all utilize different geometric elements (squares, rectangles, stripes or bands, grids, and lines) they all explore how the interaction of color creates physical and emotional responses in the viewer. This event is free and open to all ages.

Artist Bios:
Gabriele Evertz is a German-born, American artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA in painting and a BA in art history, from Hunter College, in New York. Since 1990, Evertz has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions internationally and throughout the United States. In 2017, her work was featured at 499 Park Avenue / The Lobby Gallery in Manhattan and at MINUS SPACE in Brooklyn. Evertz’s paintings are included in many public and private collections worldwide. She has an extensive bibliography as her work has been reviewed in many prominent publications. In addition to her painting practice, Evertz is a Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at Hunter College in New York

Robert Swain is one of the most influential artists of his generation. He was born in Austin, Texas, in 1940, and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. In 1966, Swain began his first color-based work followed a year later by his first work utilizing the grid. He participated in his first group exhibition, Light and Line, organized by John Baldwin at the legendary Park Place Gallery in New York City in 1967. That same year he met sculptor Tony Smith who became his close friend and mentor for many years. In 1969, Swain began to develop his own color system, a project that continues until today. Swain has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for more than 40 years. His paintings have been including in countless landmark exhibitions. In addition to his artistic work, Swain taught in the Department of Art & Art History at Hunter College from 1968-2014, where he educated and mentored countless generations of artists.

Sanford Wurmfeld has exhibited his work worldwide in solo and group exhibitions since the late 1960s. In 1968 Wurmfeld was the youngest artist included in the landmark exhibition Art of the Real curated by Eugene Goossen at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  Wurmfeld has lectured and written extensively on the history of color, painting, and abstraction. He has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, City University of New York, and Dartmouth College. Wurmfeld’s work is included in collections worldwide. In addition to his artistic work, Wurmfeld taught in the Department of Art at Hunter College from 1967-2012, where he educated and mentored countless generations of artists.

In addition to being the Director of MINUS SPACE, Matthew Deleget is also currently an Artist Consultant with the Creative Capital Foundation’s Professional Development Program. He is a member of American Abstract Artists, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Artist Advisory Committee, and the board of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. From 1998-2009, Matthew worked at the New York Foundation for the Arts where he founded and directed all of the organization’s information programs and initiatives for and about artists working in all disciplines. Deleget is also an artist himself and exhibits his own work extensively in the US and internationally.


Graffiti & Glam FAQ

Graffiti & Glam: FAQ

Date: March 3, 2018

Time: 6:30–10:30 PM

Location: The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Parking: At the Art Center, with runover at LCJ Summit Middle School

Attire: Cocktail

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be followed by a seated dinner presented by David Ellis Events.


Silent Auction Procedures
This year’s silent art auction is mobile!

This year’s auction will be run through the web-based program, 32Auctions. This auction is completely mobile-friendly with no software or apps to install. It runs through your existing internet browser and your email, so you can participate easily via your smartphone.

To participate, go to Click on any auction item. The site will prompt you to create an account via a yellow bar at the top of the screen. Click on that link, and enter your email address, your first and last names, a unique bidder name, a password of your creation, and your phone number. The site will email you an account verification and a new link to the auction. Then you are set to bid!

When you are ready to bid on an item, you will notice you have a choice to bid an exact bid or a proxy bid. An exact bid is exactly the dollar amount you wish to bid at that moment. If someone outbids you, you can go back and place another bid. A proxy bid is a ceiling bid which allows the program to raise your bid by the minimum bid amount to remain the winner, up to the dollar amount you place as your limit.

If you are outbid, you will receive an email notification that will include a link back to the item on which you are bidding.

Because you provided your credit card at check-in, you will be automatically charged for any items you won. The silent-auction pick-up area will open immediately after the silent auction ends.


1. Go to

2. Scroll down and click view all items.

3. Click on any item to show a link to create an account.

4. Fill out fields.

5. Check email for verification.

6. Check your email and click the link back to the auction to verify your account.

7. Start your bidding!

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
Anne and Richard Grissinger
Amy Knight
Esther and Douglas McNulty
Alison and David O’Neill
David Srere, Siegel + Gale
Wilf Family Foundations


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

Register for 2018 Summer Camp at the Art Center

Click here to download a camp brochure.


Kids Summer Camp

After a one-year hiatus, our classic camp is back by popular demand! This summer we’re bringing back your favorite themes and high-quality projects. Kids will have the opportunity to explore painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics with our best teaching artists during a fun-filled week of art. These camps are for children entering grades K-5 and will be divided into grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5.

Daily Schedule
9:45–10 AM          Morning Check-In
10–11:30 AM        Morning Art Project
11:30 AM–12 PM  Lunch (packed from home)
12–1:15 PM           Afternoon Art Making
1:15–1:30 PM        Snack (packed from home)
1:30–3 PM             Afternoon Art Project
3–3:15 PM             Afternoon Pick-Up


Teen Summer Camp

Each week gives middle and high school students an in-depth studio experience. Designed to empower teen artists by engaging their creativity and enhancing their skills, students are introduced to two forms of artistic expression each week in the fields of drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, fiber, and sculpture. Small class sizes, grouped by age and experience, enable our instructors to take a deep dive with the students so that they can build technique and grow their individual style. These camps are for children entering grades 6-12 and will be divided into two groups: young teens and older teens.

Daily Schedule
9:45–10 AM           Check-In
10 AM–12:15 PM   Morning Studio Concentration (see descriptions for details)
12:15–12:45 PM     Lunch (packed from home)
12–1:15 PM           Afternoon Art Making
12:45–3 PM           Afternoon Studio Concentration (see descriptions for details)
3–3:15 PM             Pick-Up


Kids Summer Camp

Session 1 (June 25-29): Summer Fun

Be inspired by the warm air and all of the possibilities the summer holds. In this newly conceived week of instruction, students will create projects based on fun things to do during the summer, like a 3D campsite diorama, a painting of July 4th fireworks, and a pastel drawing of the boardwalk. Get ready for a fun-filled creative summer!

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5


Special Four-Day Art in America Camp (July 2, 3, 5, 6 – Single Day Options Available)

Celebrate America’s birthday by creating one-of-a-kind creative artworks! During the July 4th holiday week, the Art Center will be hosting individual day camps where students in grades K-5 can come and create art based on American artists and attractions. Each day students will create 2-3 art projects such as a pastel drawing of Vermont in the fall, a drawing of the Empire State Building, and a painting done in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe. Students may sign up for the full four days of camp or sign up for single-day sessions.

Camp Schedule
Monday, July 2 10:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday, July 3 10:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday, July 5 10:00am – 3:00pm
Friday, July 6 10:00am – 3:00pm


All Four Days: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th
By the Day
Monday, 7/2: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th
Tuesday, 7/3: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th
Thursday, 7/5: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th
Friday, 7/6: K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th

Session 2 (July 9-13): Comics, Characters & Cartoons

Explore the world of cartoons, comics, and popular characters through art! Create fun and exciting projects like a paper mache Oscar the Grouch, a charcoal drawing of Gotham City, and a Pokemon painting just to name a few. Projects are different each week even if the theme is the same.

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5


Session 3 (July 16-20): Art Around the World

Pack your Bags! Your child will “travel” the world to see how different countries and cultures create and celebrate art. Learn about ancient Egypt and create Egyptian style self-portraits, learn about the architecture of France while painting the Eiffel Tower, and sculpt decorated Indian elephants out of clay. Your child will become fluent in the universal language of art. Projects are different each week even if the theme is the same.

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5


Session 4 (July 23-27): Into the Wild: Animals & Wildlife Art

Take a journey through the jungle, swim through the ocean, or trek through the Serengeti as we explore the exciting world of animals and their amazing habitats. Your child will create projects such as a shoebox ocean diorama, a pastel drawing of a tiger, and a clay zebra.

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5


Session 5 (July 30-August 3): Mini Masters

Be inspired! Your child will create multiple projects and experiment with various mediums all while learning about the timeline of art. Students will create art projects based on well-known artistic styles and famous artists. Create a Jackson Pollock splatter painting, pop art like Andy Warhol, or a self-portrait like Van Gogh. The possibilities are endless!

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5


Session 6 (August 6-10): Storybook Art: Bringing Characters to Life

Travel through the pages of your favorite books and create one-of-a-kind artworks. Students will be inspired by famous authors and illustrators to create projects such as a paper-mache mouse from the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a charcoal Harry Potter drawing or an Alice In Wonderland themed painting.

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5


Session 7 (August 13-17): Comics, Characters & Cartoons

Explore the world of cartoons, comics, and popular characters through art! Create fun and exciting projects like a paper-mache Oscar the Grouch, a charcoal drawing of Gotham City, and a Pokemon painting just to name a few. Projects are different each week even if the theme is the same.

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5


Session 8 (August 20-24): Art Around the World

Pack your Bags! Your child will “travel” the world to see how different countries and cultures create and celebrate art. Learn about ancient Egypt and create Egyptian style self-portraits, learn about the architecture of France while painting the Eiffel Tower, and sculpt decorated Indian elephants out of clay. Your child will become fluent in the universal language of art. Projects are different each week even if the theme is the same.

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5


Session 9 (August 27-31): Exploring the Art of Nature

Nurture nature! Enjoy the incredible power and beauty of nature. Your child will have the chance to learn, explore, and create projects like a painting of a beautiful sunset over the ocean, a paper-mache glittery snowman and a pastel drawing of giraffes in the Savanna.

Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5


Teen Summer Camp

Session 1 (July 9-July 13): Functional Ceramics/Art Journaling & Drawing and Painting Techniques

Functional Ceramics – This class will cover hand-building, wheel throwing, and glazing techniques to teach students how to create functional ceramics items, such as cups, mugs, bowls, and plates.

Art Journaling – Art journaling is a wonderful tool and habit for everyone. Keeping a journal that contains one’s inspirations, frustrations, dreams, and fears is a way to creatively process everyday life. Students will make their own journal with simple bookbinding techniques and will fill its pages both inside and outside of class. Students will also be encouraged to share their journaling journey in class.

Drawing and Painting Techniques – This class will work on drawing and painting foundations. Students will exercise their observational skills and will gain familiarity with diverse media (such as graphite, charcoal, acrylics, and watercolors) through gesture drawings, blind contours, and contour drawing exercises. Linear perspective, color theory, and building form with light and shadow will also be covered to help students render their artistic creations.

Register Here


Session 2 (July 16 – July 20): Fine Art Digital Photography & Abstract Exploration in Painting

Fine Art Digital Photography – In this class, students will learn different techniques that help make a great photograph, such as lighting, shutter speed, and basic photo editing. Students will learn how to compose a great photo with whatever camera they have.

Abstract Exploration in Painting – Students will explore different techniques and styles (both past and present) that make up great abstract paintings. Looking to great historical and contemporary examples, students will learn different acrylic painting techniques to achieve their desired aesthetic. This class will also cover the Elements of Art and color theory.

Register Here


Session 3 (July 23 – July 27): Metal Sculpture & Printmaking Techniques

Metal Sculpture – Utilizing wire in a variety of gauges, students will create sculptures, focusing first on two-dimensional formats and then graduating to three-dimensional pieces. Student works will explore a variety of subjects such as portraits, animal figures, or nature. Students will also have the opportunity to play with fabrics for additional texture and dimension in their sculptures.

Printmaking Techniques – This class will cover plexiglass etching, mono-printing, and collagraph printing techniques. Students will learn about the various tools and styles of printmaking while working on their own original creations.

Register Here


Session 4 (July 30 – August 3): Experimental Fashion & Jewelry Design

Experimental Fashion – This class explores the traditional and the non-traditional in creating fashion. Students will create wearable art while delving into different techniques of sewing and fabrication. Students will also learn how to sketch their design concepts and bring them to fruition.

Jewelry Design – Create your own jewelry! Students will learn unique jewelry-making techniques, such as wrapped wire pendants, cold connections with metal, polymer clay canes, and viking knitting with wire, to implement while creating their own jewelry designs.

Register Here


Session 5 (August 6 – 10): Intro to Webcomics & Sculpting with Fibers

Intro to Webcomics – This intro class will cover various techniques for comics, as well as discuss strategies for starting and maintaining a successful project on the web. Students will learn how to improve their artistic skills, touch on ways in which they can safely and effectively use the web to their advantage, and manage consistent update of their work online.

Sculpting With Fibers – Incorporate patterns and texture into your sculptures with the use of fabric! Students will learn how to construct an armature and build their fabric sculptures around it. With the guidance of their instructor, students will learn how to bring their unique concepts to life.

Register Here


Session 6 (August 13 – 17): Sculptural Forms & 2-D Mixed Media

Sculptural Forms – Express yourself in the third dimension! Using materials such as plaster, clay, and/or metal, students will explore a variety of sculptural techniques while creatively examining their personal style.

2-D Mixed Media – Explore the possibilities of collage! Utilizing a variety of materials, students will investigate different approaches and techniques to the art of collage. Works can include but are not limited to, textiles, drawing, painting, and paper cut-outs.

Register Here


Session 7 (August 20 – 24): Expressive Ceramics/Comic Book Illustrations & Figure Drawing

Expressive Ceramics – This class will cover hand-building, wheel throwing, and glazing techniques to teach students how to create expressive works of art in clay.

Comic Book Illustrations – Design your own unique comic book characters! In this class, students will get to develop an exciting storyline involving their very own characters. Students will work on short comic strips that either progress their story, or explore different characters and plotlines.

Figure Drawing – Through direct observational studies students will learn to draw the human form. Students will explore light and shading, and gain a better understanding of artistic anatomy.

Register Here


Session 8 (August 27 – 31): Digital Arts & Traditional Animation

Digital Arts – In this class, students will be introduced to a diverse array of digital techniques. Using software like Adobe Photoshop, they will explore the concept of fine art in the digital realm. Students will analyze the elements of art and how to apply them in the digital arts. They will also explore composition and concept development. Students must have a portable storage device, such as a thumb drive, as a backup for saving their progress in class.

Traditional Animation – Create original animation on paper! This class will delve into character design, as well as the tricks and techniques of traditional animation. Students will also carefully examine their concepts through the use of storyboarding to help them develop their plot.

Register Here

Spring Exhibitions

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibitions.

Opening February 2, 2018

Opening reception, February 2, from 6:30-8:30 PM.

Radiant Energy
Main and Robinson Strolling Galleries

Richard Garrison: All-consuming
Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Gallery

Stair-gazing: Paul Corio
Main Staircase

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


Concert in the Gallery

Above Photo by Jonathan Beckley (

Concert in the Gallery: Mary Bichner and Molly Zenobia

In conjunction with our exhibition Radiant Energy, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is thrilled to host composers and performers Mary Bichner and Molly Zenobia for an evening of music in the gallery on Saturday, March 10, from 6–8 PM. Radiant Energy focuses on visual artists who’s work centers around color and color theory. Both performers have synesthesia, a neurological condition that causes them to “see” splashes of specific colors when they hear their corresponding pitches sounded and this is how they compose their music! Tickets for the event are $10 and are available for purchase here.

Mary Bichner is an orchestral classical-meets-pop composer who also has perfect pitch, the ability to recognize notes and chords by name upon hearing them played. She was once invited to Harvard University’s prestigious neuroscience lab to be studied for her brain’s unusual wiring, Mary creates richly-colored compositions that delight classical enthusiasts and indie-pop rockers alike.

In the autumn of 2017, Mary collaborated with Boston’s Museum of Science for the premiere of “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations”, a new collection of chamber works inspired by the New England night sky in spring. The suite was performed live in concert by Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet during two sold-out concerts at the Charles Hayden Planetarium. The performances were accompanied by customized synesthesia-inspired dome visuals created by the museum’s award-winning planetarium team, giving audience members the unique opportunity to “hear” color and “see” sound just as Mary does when she listens to music.

Molly Zenobia’s music has been described as soulful, visceral, and vast. Molly has opened for the Foo Fighters, and played on the same bill with Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Rachel Sage, Edie Carey, Mila Drumke and the Dresden Dolls as well as at numerous festivals around the country. She is also currently collaborating with Roedelius on an album as well as working on her fourth album with one of the founding members of the Counting Crows, Matt Malley.

Regardless of whether she is playing a large rock club, intimate piano bar, collaborating on experimental improvisations, or scoring a film, Molly’s music will leave you sated. “We have so much input these days that we forget that simple is powerful. I may have a lot of production or no production on my albums, but what emerges is always one message, raw, simple, and yours.”

The concert will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 6–8 PM, Tickets are $10 per person and can be bought here or at the door. Click here for purchase!

Teachers’ Symposiums 2018

Teacher’s Symposiums 2018

Our 2018 Teacher’s symposiums will be held on the following dates: 

Friday, January 12th, 2018 9am – 3pm – Register here! 

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 9am – 3pm – Register here!
*Special Topics* Art & Social Justice, in partnership with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

Friday, May 4  2018 9am – 3pm – Register here!

Each symposium will be led by a contemporary artist.

All of our Teacher’s symposium events offer unique professional development opportunities for art educators to come together and learn new creative skills to bring back to their classroom. The programs include:

  • Presentation by the leading contemporary artist
  • Hands-on artmaking workshop with the artist
  • Gallery exercises exploring ways to view and interpret contemporary art
  • Six professional development hours upon completion of the symposium
  • Lesson plans as a take home

Registration fees are $75 and include a light breakfast and all materials.


January 12th, 2018 Teacher’s Symposium Information

Register here!

Seeing Through Painting

Teaching Artist: Nikolina Kovalenko

Nikolina Kovalenka was born in Moscow, Russia in 1987. In 2011 she received her MFA from Moscow Surikov Art Institute and studied at Universität der Künste Berlin. She holds a Gold Medal from the Russian Art Academy and currently lives and works in New York City. Nikolina has been teaching drawing, mixed media, painting with oil, watercolor, and acrylics to adults, teenagers and children for over eight years. Her exhibition history includes solo shows at Gitana Rosa Gallery and Dacia Gallery. The group shows include Townsend Modern/Contemporary,  Cheryl Hazan Contemporary, Mayson Gallery, Select Art Fair and Museum of Russian Art(NJ). In 2014 she attended LMCC “Artist Summer Institute”. Nikolina was a resident artist at ESKFF, MANA Contemporary in spring 2017. Nikolina’s artwork has been reviewed in art blogs, newspapers, and magazines. Her work is in numerous corporate and private collections worldwide.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Engagement at 908.273.9121 x213 or


March 6th, 2018 Teacher’s Symposium Information

Register here!

March 6th, 2018 is National Day of Empathy is a day of action to generate empathy on a massive scale. VACNJ is partnering with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and Co-Lab in a professional development workshop day titled Art, Storytelling and Social Justice Educational Symposium

March 6, 2018

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join this unique and insightful symposium on Art, Storytelling and Social Justice, which will connect educators with advocates, artists, and system-involved youth. The goal of the symposium is to share information on the juvenile justice system and discuss how educators can help transform the system. Participants will also learn how art can help share the stories of those impacted by the juvenile justice system, including the school to prison pipeline. . This special full-day event will occur at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, located at 68 Elm Street, in Summit, NJ on March 6, 2018, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Educators will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participating in the symposium. For details and information on attending this event, please visit

Symposium Outline

  • Welcome
  • Ice Breaker
  • What is Social Justice? What is implicit bias?
  • The History of the Juvenile Justice System
    • Bring Our Children Home: Ain’t I A Child
  • Girls in Youth Prisons
  • Relationship between Education and Social Justice
    • School to Prison Pipeline
    • NJ School Reentry Report (from Education Subcommittee)
  • Relationship between the Arts and Social Justice
  • Storytelling Project
  • Juvenile Justice Campaign
  • Alternatives to Incarceration Best Practices
  • Restorative Justice Practices
  • Ways Educators Can Engage in Social Justice

The workshop will include:

  • Interactive Exercises
    • Implicit Bias
    • Educators discuss what the school to prison pipeline looks like to them in their schools and their ideas for ending it (policy changes, training)
  • Storytelling Exhibition and Video
  • Sample curriculums, educational tools, etc.



If you have any questions please contact Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Engagement at 908.273.9121 x213 or

Member Exhibition: The Students of Anne Kullaf

Dolly Llama by Alexis Joseph

Show Me What You See: The Students of Anne Kullaf

Celebrated artist and instructor Anne Kullaf has curated the current member exhibition as part of her course “Preparing for an Exhibition: Are you Ready?” Show me What You See, which opens on November 17, features the work of seven artists participating in Kullaf’s professional development course that includes instruction in writing an artist statement, preparing promotional material, planning a reception, and discussing work with prospective collectors. The exhibiting students include:

  • Sally Fica
  • Karene Infranco
  • Alexis Joseph
  • Alex O’Neill
  • Marisa Picardo
  • Hope Saladino
  • Sylvia Smith

Assembled Circle II by Sally Fica

“Working with students to develop their own artistic voices is one of the best things about my job,” said Kullaf. “It’s exciting when a student reaches a level where they have mastered the basics and gained the confidence that is necessary to become more expressive with their work. It’s exciting for me to look at a work they’ve created, and to understand the unique message they are seeking to convey.”

Show Me What You See: The Students of Anne Kullaf opens on November 17, 2017 and runs through January 15, 2018 in the Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery II and Ann’s Place Gallery. There will be a public opening for the exhibition at the Art Center on Saturday, December 2, from 2-4pm.

Getting Graphic

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey presents “Getting Graphic: Novels, Memoirs & Comics.” The December 2 event will feature graphic novelists and comic book artists showcasing and discussing their work, offering workshops and book signings, and selling merchandise. The event was conceived in conjunction with the exhibition Drawing it Out, currently on display in the Eisenberg Gallery at the Art Center. “In delving into the genre of graphic novels and memoirs, our staff and artists discovered so many interesting and unique stories,” said Sarah Walko, Director of Programs at the Visual Arts Center. “We wanted to create an event where the audience would be exposed to as many of these works as we could manage and could then meet the artists themselves.”

The event will take place at the Art Center on Saturday, December 2, from 12-5pm and is free for all ages. Tables will be set up throughout the building for the entirety of the event featuring books and merchandise by graphic novelists, memoirists, and comic book artists and food and drinks will be available from the Taquería Auténtica food truck. Following a brief introduction to the event, two artist talks will take place in the main gallery: Howard Saunders and Julia Alekseyva will discuss their respective work from 2-2:30pm and Darrell Goza and Dana Walwrath will do the same from 4-4:30pm. Additionally, two Comic Book Cover workshops** will be held during the event. One for children ages 6-9, from 12:30 – 2pm for $35 and one for children ages 9-12, 2:30 – 4pm  for $50.

 Artists appearing include:

Julia Alekseyeva

Doug Baron

Howard Saunders

Glenn Whitmore

Michael Parla

Lauren Purje

Seamus Liam O’Brien

Kirsten Kramer



Criss Madd

Darrell Goza

Dana Walwrath

Neil Vokes

Amanda Scurti

 Edward Dippolito 

Tom Schloendorn

** – You can preregister for the day’s workshops by emailing Drop-ins are also welcome.