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Artist Talk & Last Look at Spring Exhibitions


Susan Leopold, Attic, 2016, Mixed media lightbox, 17 x 15 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY

Art Center to Hold Artist Talk and Last Look at Spring Exhibitions

On Sunday, June 9, from 3-5 PM, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will host a last-look reception and informal artist talk to mark the closing of the winter/spring exhibition, Interior Monologues. Featured artists Erin Diebboll and Anne Muntges will be in attendance to discuss their work, their processes, and answer questions from the audience.

Interior Monologues is a multi-media show incorporating painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, video, and site-specific installation. “All of the artists in this exhibition are exploring the real, imagined, or implied narratives connected to interior spaces, and how they suggest hidden histories or embedded memories and emotions,” said Sarah Walko, the Art Center’s director of education & community engagement. “These themes are both intimate and expansive, allowing the work on display to resonate with nearly everyone who has visited the exhibition. I’m so pleased the exhibiting artists will assemble to discuss this work one last time before the show closes.”

The artist talk is free and open to the public. All winter/spring exhibitions will be on display through June 16. Following their completion, the Art Center’s Main Gallery and Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Gallery will close for renovations and will reopen in fall 2019.


Movie Night at the Art Center: 306 Hollywood

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.” The final film in the series will be presented at the Art Center on Saturday, May 4.

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. 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 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.

Artist Talk: Simon Dinnerstein & John Yau in Conversation

On Sunday, May 19, from 3–5 PM, Simon Dinnerstein will visit the Art Center for a conversation with art critic and poet John Yau.

Simon Dinnerstein is an American figurative artist, best known for his masterwork, The Fulbright Triptych. In addition to 33 one-man exhibitions, Dinnerstein has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to German and a Rome Prize for study in Italy at the American Academy in Rome.

John Yau is a poet and art critic, whose books of criticism include In the Realm of Appearances: The Art of Andy Warhol (Ecco, 1993), A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P., 1997), and The Passionate Spectator: Essays on Art and Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2006). He was a distinguished visiting critic at the Pratt Institute Graduate School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, and School of Visual Arts in the late 1980s. He is a professor of critical studies in the visual arts department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He resides in New York City.

This artist talk is free and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved here. Dinnerstein’s current exhibition, Revisiting the Fulbright Triptych, will be on display at the Art Center through June 16.

Artist Talk: Michael Nicholas Paras

On Wednesday, April 24, artist Michael Nicholas Paras will visit the Art Center to discuss his series First Hoops, parts of which are currently on view in the Art Center’s Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery I.

Michael Nicholas Paras is an avid basketball fan and amateur player. Since 1986, Paras has photographed basketball hoops of all kinds and in varying degrees of repair on urban playgrounds, rural barn facades, suburban driveways, and elsewhere. His First Hoops, series documents the basketball hoops Hall of Famers used when they first played the game.

This event is free and open to the public. Click here for tickets.

Members Opportunity to Exhibit

Members Opportunity to Exhibit
Deadline for Entry: May 6

The Members Committee is pleased to announce that all members have an opportunity to exhibit in the Art Center’s community galleries this year. Members seeking to exhibit their works in any medium may submit a proposal for a solo or group exhibition of member artists. All proposals received by Monday, May 6, will be considered for the 2019–2020 exhibition season, and those selected with be shown in either the Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery II or Ann’s Place Gallery. The exhibition season runs from September 2019 to August 2020.

There is no entry fee and the exhibit proposer will be responsible for the collection and dispersal of artworks within allocated time frames; the cost of printing show cards, if desired; and food and beverage at the opening, if desired. Art Center staff will provide the installation space, and along with member volunteers, assist in hanging the artwork, as well as working with the organizer on an opening and publicity for the exhibition. The exhibition will need to include works to fill the exhibition space (84 linear ft in Robinson Strolling Gallery II, 43 linear ft in Ann’s Place Gallery) and 2D works must be ready to hang with appropriate wire or fixtures for hanging. Proposed exhibitions can be one-person, two-person, or group shows and all works must be family-friendly and appropriate for a general audience. Any questions can be sent to Melanie Cohn at with “ATTN Members Committee” in the subject line. All applicants will be notified by June 30 of the Members Committee’s selections.

To submit a proposal send:

  • 10 images (jpg or pdf) representative of the work to be shown with an identifying list that includes the artist name, title, year created, size, and media of each artwork.
  • Contact information, including name, email, and phone number of person proposing the exhibition.
  • A description of the exhibition, including exhibition title, names of participating artist(s), and the concepts or themes that will be explored.
  • A short bio for each participating artist.

Only one proposal is required for group exhibitions. Send the complete proposal via email to Melanie Cohn at with “Proposal for Members Committee” in the subject line. Incomplete proposals will NOT be considered.

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