Inspired by Family and Community

2024 INSPIRED BY Exhibition: Family and Community

Studio Montclair’s Virginia S. Block Community Partnership Exhibition Program

This year SMI is once again partnering with Montclair Art Museum for our Community Partnership Program. Created by co-founder and past president Virginia S. Block, it is now in its seventh year. The partnership exhibition aims to reach out to other nonprofit organizations each year to create a collaborative exhibition designed to inspire our members, create new connections, and reach new audiences. 

Across the Line

Studio Montclair is pleased to announce a Call for Entries for our Across the Line  drawing exhibition. This exhibition will showcase expressive drawings across a wide  range of artistic mediums and perspectives. Artists are encouraged to test the  boundaries of what it means to draw – all mediums are eligible. 

JUROR: Studio Montclair Exhibition Committee 

VENUE: Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ 

ELIGIBILITY: This exhibition is open to all SMI members or artists who become SMI members before  the work is installed.  

Black & White Imprint

IMPRINT:  An impression; the mark left behind.  SMI, in celebration of Black History Month, encourages artists to submit works that evoke personal or collective memory, in both traditional and experimental print-making mediums.

JUROR: Onnie Strother is a visual artist, lecturer, and curator, born and raised in Newark NJ.  He is a former art and art history teacher with degrees in fine arts, art education and administration and supervision. He works in a variety of mediums with subjects derived from the media, popular music, political and social issues. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. His artwork can be seen in public and private collections and online.

The Life & Culture of Modern Day Latinidad

Studio Montclair seeks entries for “The Life & Culture of Modern Day Latinidad”, a collaboration with Latinos of Montclair at the Studio Montclair Gallery located in the heart of Montclair from November 10 – December 22, 2023.
The exhibition, “The Life & Culture of Modern Day Latinidad”, is seeking submissions from artists whose work reflects a celebration of today’s expression of a multicultural community highlighting its diverse tapestry of backgrounds, stories and experiences.

Juror: José Camacho, award winning artist

I AM HERE - a partnership, Studio Montclair and OutMontclair

Studio Montclair seeks entries for I AM HERE - a collaboration with OutMontclair
at the Studio Montclair Gallery located in the heart of Montclair from September
15 – October 20, 2023.
The exhibition, I AM HERE, is seeking submissions from artists whose work reflects
what it means to be queer and be ourselves. This theme can take many forms and is
open to interpretation! In the face of all the emotions we contend with, this showcase of
artwork is an opportunity to be heard about your anger, your hopes, your fears, and
your dreams! The title of the show expresses the joy and power queer communities feel
as they take up space, gather together, making themselves known to be heard and

Inspired by the Weight of Object

2023 INSPIRED BY Exhibition: The Weight of Object

For this exhibit the curators are asking artists to consider how size, perspective or repetition of an object as compositional can be interpreted. Take into consideration the position, the angle or the visual weight of an object within the picture plane and how this impacts a viewer’s understanding of a work.


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