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Members Art Show & Collectors Week 2019

2019 Members Art Show and Collectors Week

The Members Committee is excited to announce the third annual Members Art Show & Collectors Week! Responding to feedback from last year’s participants, this year’s exhibition has been expanded to a 10-day celebration of art made by our members. The exhibition will be open to the public from June 21–30.

Exhibition Opening: Friday, June 21 from 6–8:30 PM awards presented at 7:30 PM
Closing Toast & Art Pick-up: Sunday, June 30, 3:30 PM

Want to exhibit your work? Here’s how!
All Art Center Members are welcome to hang one original work of art on a first come, first served basis. Stop by the Art Center’s Main Gallery at 68 Elm Street, Summit, New Jersey, with your work on Wednesday, June 19, 10 AM–8 PM. Want to sign up in advance? Click here.

  • $20 entry fee
  • One artwork per member. Maximum size: 40” x 40” for 2D work (including frame); 24” x 24” x 36” for 3D work.
  • Artist must be a current member of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Member must be an adult.
  • A guest juror will select five works to receive awards.

The Fine Print:

  • Works must be dropped off in person during the installation period: Wednesday, June 19, 10 AM–8 PM (or until exhibition is at capacity).
  • Works must be picked up in person Sunday, June 30 after 3:30 PM; Monday, July 1, 12–7 PM; or Tuesday, July 2, 10 AM–5 PM.
  • Artist may send a representative for drop off or pick up but must have a letter signed by the artist authorizing them to submit and/or pick up artwork.
  • Space is allotted first come, first served.
  • Wall mounted works must be wired and ready to hang. A limited number of pedestals and tables will be available for 3D works on a first come, first served basis.
  • If you are displaying hand-crafted jewelry or other small items, you must provide your own display case.
  • All artworks must be family-friendly in content. The Art Center retains the right to refuse an artwork for any reason.
  • Artists can choose to have their artwork for sale. Commission is 20% to Art Center and 80% to the artist. Artist can choose to donate all proceeds to the Art Center’s programs.
  • Sold work can only be picked up by the purchaser during the designated pick-up times listed above.
  • Any artwork that is not picked up by 5 PM on Tuesday, July 2 becomes the property of the Art Center.

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The Art Center and The Film Society of Summit Partner for Film Series

This spring, in collaboration with The Film Society of Summit, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will present a series of documentary screenings of films focused on the contemporary art world. “It’s important for the Art Center to partner with other community organizations,” explained Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Programs. “Events like these offer different avenues into the conversation on contemporary art. Films, specifically, show the details of artists’ lives, artistic processes, and stories surrounding the work in a format that is informative and entertaining. Further, pairing the film series with the Art Center’s winter/spring exhibitions creates a complementary experience for people who are interested in art.”

As part of the spring 2019 documentary series, the following films will be presented:

Kusama Infinity, directed by Heather Lenz, will be screened on Friday, March 1, at 8 PM at MONDO in Summit (426 Springfield Avenue). The subject of the film, Yayoi Kusama, has been a working artist for more than six decades and has gained worldwide recognition as a result of creating her Infinity Mirror rooms, which have exhibited to record numbers of visitors across the globe. The film features the artist and art experts discussing her life and work, beginning with her modest beginnings in Japan through becoming an internationally renowned artist. Art historian Midori Yamamura, who is featured in the film, will lead a post-screening discussion.

Exhibition on Screen: Young Picasso, directed by Phil Grabsky, will be screened on Friday, April 5, at 8 PM at MONDO. This film looks at two key periods in Picasso’s early career—the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period—taking us all the way to 1907 and the creation of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, a painting that both shocked and irrevocably changed the art world. Working closely with Spain’s Museu Picasso and Museo Picasso Málaga, as well as France’s Musée national Picasso-Paris, the film explores Picasso’s rise to the top of the art world.

306 Hollywood, directed by Jonathan and Elan Bogarin, will be screened on Saturday, May 4, at 7 PM at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (68 Elm Street, Summit). This film follows the sibling filmmakers’ archaeological excavation of their late-grandmother Annette Ontell ‘s Hillside, NJ, home; a process which transformed the dusty fragments of an unassuming life into an epic metaphor for the nature of memory, time, and history. The Bogarins bring the viewer along on a journey to find what life remains in the objects we leave behind. Ultimately a profound reflection on how we examine and deal with the past, the film can also be viewed as a quirky instruction manual on how to live in the present. The screening will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception, as well as a curator-led tour of the Art Center’s current exhibitions. Following the screening, a Q&A session will be held with one of the filmmakers.

Tickets for Kusama Infinity and Exhibition on Screen: Young Picasso are $12 in advance and $14 at the door. Tickets for both films can be purchased in advance as a package for $20. To reserve advance tickets, please email

Tickets for 306 Hollywood and the related activities occurring before and after the screening are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased here.

Fall Exhibitions Last Look and Artist Talk

On Sunday,  January 27, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will hold a “last look” reception and informal artist talk for the closing of our three fall exhibitions Kevin Blythe Sampson: Black and Blue, Messages from the Interior, and Stair-gazing: Theda Sandiford. Sampson, Sandiford, and Fred Scruton will be in attendance and each will discuss their work, their process, and answer questions from the audience. Join us from 3–5 PM.

Teachers’ Symposium: Objects of Presence with Artist Lisa Sanders

Objects of Presence with Contemporary Artist Lisa Sanders

All of our teachers’ 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. Click here to register for our Friday, January 18 symposium with contemporary artist Lisa Sanders.  

Lisa Sanders received her MFA from The New York Studio School, NY in 2011. Her work has been exhibited in Hudson, Dumbo, New Rochelle, Governors Island in NY State,  Newark, Montclair, Rahway and Morristown in NJ, Galesburg IL, New Orleans LA, Phoenix AR, and Spartanburg SC.  She has received the following awards: from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, 2014 Artists Fellowship, sculpture,  The New York Studio School, Sculptor in Residence, and a Fellowship Residency, The Vermont Studio Center.  She has participated in several other Residencies in the US. 

Lisa curated an exhibition “3 x 3d”of the work of 3 sculptor graduates of the Studio School, an outdoor sculpture show of 38 works by 31 sculptors titled “Art in Nature” with Karen Wilkin at Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills NJ, and an exhibition “Reflections” of the work of 5 female artists at the Montclair Public Library.  She is a member of Studio Montclair.

Lisa has her studio in Newark, NJ. 

PLEASE NOTE: If your school needs to be invoiced in order to pay for this program, please contact us to register. Call 908-273-9121 ext 213 or at, and speak with Sarah Walko.