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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.

Getting Graphic: Novels, Memoirs & Comics – December 1

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey presents “Getting Graphic: Novels, Memoirs & Comics,” for its second year on December 1st, 2018. The event will feature graphic novelists, graphic memoirists and comic book artists showcasing and discussing their work, offering workshops and book signings, and selling merchandise.

“Graphic novels, memoirs, and comics are popular for any age group. It’s a genre ripe for unique storytelling, showcasing different styles of drawings, exploration, and experimentation,” said Sarah Walko, Director of Programs at the Visual Arts Center. “This annual event exposes the audience to as many of these works as we can fit in the building and gives people an opportunity to meet the artists themselves.”

The event will take place at the Art Center on Saturday, December 1 from 12–7 PM 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 for purchase from local food trucks. Artist talks will take place in the main gallery throughout the day. Additionally, two comic book workshops will be held during the event, one for children ages 6-9, from 12:30–2 PM for $35 and one for children ages 9-12, 2:30–4 PM for $50.

Artists appearing at Getting Graphic include:

coLAB Arts
Julia Alekseyeva G.R. Lear
Doug Baron Courtney Menard
Brian Buniak Michael Parla
Gabrielle Bell Lauren Purje
Lena Chanhok Paul Swartz
Sean Dillon Colleen Tighe
Darrell Goza Lauren Weinstein
Liana Kangas Glenn Whitmore
Kirsten Kramer Heather Willems


Gabrielle Bell Lauren Weinstein
Julia Alekseyeva Colleen Tighe

Artist Talk: Kevin Blythe Sampson in Conversation with Renée Stout

Artists Kevin Blythe Sampson and Renée Stout will have a conversation about their artwork, the themes represented therein, and their processes, on Thursday, October 25, from 6–8 PM, at Rutgers University’s Box Gallery in Newark.

Sampson is recognized for tackling difficult issues through socially-engaged artwork. His sculptures draw spiritual energy from the community at large and reflect an intimate understanding of the contemporary African-American experience. Renée Stout is an American sculptor and contemporary artist known for assemblage artworks dealing with her personal history and African-American heritage. Born in Kansas, raised in Pittsburgh, and now living in Washington, D.C., she is strongly connected through her art to New Orleans and has strong ties to these regions of the US. Her art reflects these connections with a thematic interest in African diasporic culture throughout the country.

Sampson’s work is currently on display at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, under the exhibition title Kevin Blythe Sampson: Black and Blue, which will be on view through January 27, 2019. The work presented incorporates mixed-media sculptures, drawings, a site-specific mural, and a recent series of porcelain sculptures responding to the Black Lives and Blue Lives Matter movements. Stout has also previously exhibited work at the Art Center as part of the group exhibition, “Oh, what a world! What a world!” Sampson’s work is also on display in the exhibition Olde Soul at the Box Gallery through February 23, 2019. This show presents a selection of rarely-seen drawings alongside early mixed-media sculptures and ephemera from Sampson’s studio.

Kevin Blythe Sampson in Conversation with Renée Stout is presented in partnership with Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University. The talk will take place on Thursday, October 25, from 6–8 PM, at the Main Gallery, at Paul Robeson Galleries, in Express Newark.

Parking is available on-site at the Whole Foods parking garage within the Hahne’s building offers 2-hour parking/ $9 (address: 609 Broad Street; entrance: @ 25 New Street).