Friday, March 10, 2017

New Jersey Performing Arts Center Celebrates Women's History Month 2017 with Art Exhibit by Jersey Artists: Women in the World: A Visual Perspective

In recognition of Women's History Month, The NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark is running a free art exhibit featuring art by NJ artists. This display is free to the public.

Press Release - New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Association with Women in Media Newark Presents an Innovative Art Exhibit “Women in the World: A Visual Perspective” Curated by renowned New Jersey artists Gladys Barker Grauer and Adrienne Wheeler. The exhibit will be on display at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater Lobby from March 1 – 31 and is FREE to General Public prior to all Performances.

“Women in the World: A Visual Perspective” seeks to give voice to an international collection of women artists who provide their individual interpretations of the theme.  Grauer and Wheeler petitioned the artists to reflect on the theme, stating that, “Through much of the world, women and girls are objectified, discriminated against, and subjected to intimidation and emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.  Despite social, economic, and educational subjugation, women in every corner of the planet are strong, innovative, resourceful, and determined to triumph over adversity….” The artists were then asked to submit work that either literally or metaphorically related to the theme. The artists whose work will be displayed at NJPAC are Luisa Pinzon, Aileen Bassis, Nell Painter, Gwen Verner, Colleen Gutwei, Susan Haiken, Melissa Saenz, Ylonde Skeete, Maggie Brown, Lisa Conrad, Dominique Duroseau and Daniele Scott.

More than 40 of the most prolific women painters, photographers, and print makers in New Jersey responded to the Women in Media Newark’s invitation seeking the artwork. They had the difficult task of making their selections for the exhibit from more than 200 pieces of the most exquisite works of art.

This not-to-be missed exhibit features work in varied materials, mediums, and techniques including photography, prints, mixed media, sculpture and oils. Highlights of the show include:
  • NJPAC, “Immigrant Moment” from Aileen Bassis, as well as works from Newark Print shop founder Lisa Conrad.
  • Monmouth University, “Grace Sneaking Past Mortality,” showing the beauty of the aged body by Grace Graupe Pillard, “The Peacock Dance” from Toni Thomas’ Chinatown Series, and “Mom,” which features Caren King Choi’s unique technique of using minute pieces of paper to form figures;
  • Rutgers’ Paul Robeson Art Gallery,-“Love,” octogenarian sculptor Dolores Stewart’s Easter hat which is sculpted based on childhood memories; and “Eleanor Bumpurs,” Danielle Scott’s tribute to the slain, mentally handicapped Eleanor Bumpurs;
The schedule for the exhibit is:
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Victoria Lobby, 1 Center Street, Newark, March 1 – 31, opening reception on at 5:30 p.m. on March 1.
  • Rutgers’ Paul Robeson Art Gallery, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark, open now – March 29,
  • Pollak Gallery at Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, N.J., open now – March 17
All events are free and open to the public. 
About Women In Media-Newark
Women In Media – Newark is an organization that advocates for and educates the public about issues affecting the lives of women using film, video and new media as our platform. Merging culture and academia, we rally behind our sisters who courageously struggle to assume leadership roles in the film industry with their conscious effort to present a balanced image of women, dispelling the stereotypes and changing public perception of their sisters worldwide.

About New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 10 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.

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Location and Directions:
NJPAC is located at 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey; a short walk from the Newark Penn Station stop by Newark-bound PATH Train or Amtrak.

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