The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey offers a variety of arts and humanities-based programs that inspire and educate audiences throughout the year. These programs include artist talks, lectures, film screenings, theatrical performances and exhibition-related programs open to all ages.
Fall 2017 Road Trips
Join us this fall for one of our fantastic Road Trips…or treat yourself and sign up for them all! We’ve taken advantage of Curator Mary Birmingham’s extensive knowledge of the contemporary art scene to provide insider experiences unlike anything you’ll get from any other museum. You’ll tour a variety of galleries and museums and sample the local fare in a some of today’s most vibrant art locales.
Artist Talk: A Conversation with Julia Jacquette, James Trainor and Allison Meier
How does the design of your childhood environment affect you? Our feature exhibition in the main gallery “Unrequited Acts of Play” contains Julia Jacquette’s graphic memoir “Playground of My Mind.” The memoir centers around the adventure playgrounds of New York City during her childhood in the 1960s and 1970s. This era was one of financial crisis and social upheaval, a tumultuous time for the city. Jacquette combines her personal narrative within this historical context around these adventure playgrounds.
Julia Jacquette will be joined by architectural writer James Trainor and Allison Meier, a writer on visual culture, overlooked history, and contemporary creators. Join us for an afternoon discussion of these ideas and concepts on October 15th, 2017 from 2-4pm.
Women Artists Meet-Up
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will host a women artists meet-up group on October 26th from 7-9 pm.
We think it is vital to foster community within our field and support connections and discussion among contemporary artists. Women artists from the New Jersey and New York areas are encouraged to join us for an evening in our galleries. This event will be a chance to meet other artists and view our fall exhibitions, which happen to be all women artists as well. Bring your postcards and/or business cards to exchange websites and contact information with other artists and enjoy an evening of light refreshments and conversation.
There is no need to register and this event is free.
In conjunction with the exhibition “Drawing It Out” featuring the artwork of graphic memoirists, the Visual Art Center of New Jersey will host Getting Graphic: Novels, Memoirs and Comics on November 18th, 2017 from 12-5pm. In addition to the exhibitions being open to explore, we will host a number of graphic novelists, comic book artists and more. The history and influence of comic artists on popular culture is rich and still strong. This event will celebrate and explore many artists working in this genre.