Montclair

Art @ Affair of the ART

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On Saturday, November 19, Studio Montclair will celebrate its 25th year with our 4th annual 'Affair of the Art' event. This is SMI's biggest and most successful fundraiser - which we were unable to hold since 2019, before COVID. Money raised enables us to support our Art Academy, galleries, programs, and services throughout the calendar year. This year the event is being held at the beautiful Women's Club of Glen Ridge, and we anticipate a large and diverse crowd of art lovers, supporters, and collectors.

The art auction will be a widely publicized and exciting component of the evening, and we plan to showcase a wide variety of artwork created by talented SMI members. This is a great opportunity to expose your work to new audiences while supporting Studio Montclair through your participation.

JUROR
Shannon Xavier is an independent, full-service art advisor specializing in building and managing individual, estate, municipal, and corporate modern and contemporary art and design collections. With fifteen years of experience working in galleries and auction houses, as well as private and public consulting, Shannon’s intricate knowledge of both the primary and secondary art markets provides a platform for unbiased, client-centered recommendations. Her services include acquiring and selling fine artwork, sourcing of museum-quality fine art services, and implementing curatorial, design, and market solutions for collectors from the beginner to the highly established.

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Women's Club of Glen Ridge, 219 Ridgewood Ave, Glen Ridge
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16/October/2022

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On the Surface

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Studio Montclair is currently seeking submissions for the exhibition “On the Surface,” which will be on view from October 28 through November 26, 2022 at Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ.

Artists have stretched, manipulated, and morphed the surface in ways that challenge traditional ideas of what art can be. While surface articulation may range from flat to sculptural, there is a visual tension between the actuality of the object and the space that is simultaneously perceived. Using a variety of materials, artists are building up the plane and playing with dimensionality. They are also creating an illusion of three-dimensionality, which may require the viewer to become aware of his or her sense of form, mass, and space. Other artists allow the materials and process to create a surface that engages the sense of touch as well as sight, or they may use transparency to enable the viewer to penetrate the surface. From a limitless interiority to a built-out exterior space, the viewer experiences many aspects of spatial ambiguity as well as the intriguing intersection of medium, surface and illusion. For “On the Surface,” Studio Montclair is looking for artists who are examining the limitless boundaries of the two-dimensional and three-dimensional plane.

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Shazzi Thomas received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bard College in 2004. Her abstract paintings have been exhibited at Longwood Art Gallery, Broome Street Gallery, Eleven Ten Gallery, Brooklyn Artists Gym, and The Painting Center in NYC. Her work addresses the inter-relationship between design and chaos, and the parallels between our external and internal environments.

Thomas has curated numerous exhibitions at Broome Street Gallery in Soho. In 2008, she gave a lecture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on the artist Georgia O'Keefe in conjunction with the exhibition Through Our Eyes: Wuppertal/New York. Most recently, she gave a lecture at The Maryland Institute College of Art addressing making your own luck in the art world and managing a non-profit organization. She curated the exhibitions Cultivate Your Own Garden, About Face, I Am My Best Work, and One in a Year at The Painting Center. and the NYAE 2020 Members Invitational at Equity Gallery.

She served as a juror for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Golden Educators Residency. In 2021, she was a guest juror for the 11th Biennial Alexander Rutsch Award. In 2022, she was offered the opportunity to nominate an artist for the prestigious Heinz Award.

Shazzi Thomas has been the Director of The Painting Center in Chelsea for 17 years. She is the Co-President of the Drawing Rooms in Jersey City and works as an assistant at Michelman Fine Art.

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Studio Montclair Gallery 127 Bloomfield Ave Montclair, NJ 07042
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05/September/2022

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Inspired by George Inness: Life and Landscape

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Studio Montclair (SMI) and the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) will be partnering again this year to create a unique exhibition of art  inspired by a new installation of works by George Inness curated from MAM’s extensive collection. MAM’s collection is regarded by the renowned Inness scholar and local resident, Dr. Adrienne Baxter Bell as “the greatest collection of Inness paintings in the world.”

Inness believed that natural forms were manifestations of the divine; he referred to this spiritual dimension as “the reality of the unseen.” A master of essentials, he felt that a literal copying of nature would record only its transitory and fragmentary aspects.

We invite artists to be inspired by master painter George Inness, his colors, his subject matter, his style, his spirituality, etc…

Use this link to view MAM’s virtual George Innes gallery and listen to insightful commentary by Adrienne Baxter Bell: https://montclairartmuseum.org/george-inness-adrienne-baxter-bell

Studio Montclair’s Virginia S. Block Community Partnership Exhibition Program
This exhibition is the fifth in SMI’s Community Partnership Exhibition Program created by cofounder and past president Virginia S. Block. The partnership 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.

About the Montclair Art Museum
The Montclair Art Museum, together with its Vance Wall Art Education Center, engages our diverse community through distinctive exhibitions, educational programs, and collections of American and Native American art. Our mission is to inspire and engage people of all ages in their experience with art, including the rich inter-cultural and global connections throughout American history, and the continuing relevance of art to contemporary life.

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Virginia S. Block is a native of New Jersey. She holds a B.A. in Art Education and M.A. from William Paterson University. Ms. Block is one of the five co-founders of Studio Montclair and served as its first president from 1997 – 2002, she also served as Studio Montclair’s gallery director from 2010 – 2018. Block’s work is included in hundreds of corporate and private collections throughout the east coast and the mid-west. She has had a long and varied art career, including positions in teaching, package and logo design and director of incentive marketing for an advertising company. Throughout this time, she has continued to develop her career as a fine artist.

Ira Wagner, Executive Director, Montclair Art Museum.  A Montclair resident for more than 30 years,  Ira began studying photography in 2008, after working on Wall Street for more than 25 years.  With an interest in urban history and design, he has focused on photographing the urban landscape.  He received his MFA from the Hartford Art School in 2013 and has taught photography at Monmouth University in New Jersey.  His project Houseraising, photographs of houses being raised on the Jersey Shore following Hurricane Sandy, was featured in The New Republic, The National Geographic, and was released in a photobook by Daylight Books in 2018.  

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This joint exhibition will be displayed concurrently at two locations in Montclair: the Leach Gallery, Studio Montclair’s newest  3,000 square foot gallery located at 641 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair; and MAM’s Vance Wall Art Education Center gallery. Museum’s Vance Wall Art Education Center arcades. It is expected that only 2-D work will be considered for exhibition in the Museum’s gallery.

The openings at both locations will coincide on September 9, 2022.

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This joint exhibition will be displayed concurrently at two locations in Montclair: the Leach Gallery, Studio Montclair’s newest  3,000 square foot gallery located at 641 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair; and MAM’s Vance Wall Art Education Center gallery. Museum’s Vance Wall Art Education Center arcades. It is expected that only 2-D work will be considered for exhibition in the Museum’s gallery.
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Pages

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When asked, no two artists can agree on the definition of an ‘Artist Book’. The possibilities are endless.

It is often an object that can be more visual than textural. Sequential pages or maybe just one, a scroll. It can be stitched, folded, glued, hung on cord, pinned to the wall, adhered to a substrate and framed or contained within a structure possibly influenced by the book form. Large or small it is usually a world of surprises.

Studio Montclair is looking for work which fits this very loose description of an Artists Book for the exhibition ‘Pages’, September 2022 at the Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Street, Montclair, NJ.

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Pam Cooper is an artist and curator who has been working with mixed media for the past 25 years. Cooper has exhibited extensively in the metropolitan area and across the USA. She moved to the USA in 1990 spending the first four years attaining a BFA at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. In her final year she also worked as an intern at Dieu Donne Paper Mill.

Cooper now makes handmade abaca paper which she uses for sculpture, installations and works on paper. In the last ten years she ventured into the very diverse world of artists books.

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Studio Montclair Gallery 127 Bloomfield Ave Montclair, NJ 07042
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24/July/2022

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ViewPoints 2022

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Studio Montclair seeks entries for its 25th Annual Open Juried Exhibition “ViewPoints 2022” at Studio Montclair Gallery, Studio Montclair’s nonprofit gallery located in downtown Montclair from April 23 to May 27, 2022. 

Juror: Roger C. Tucker III is Founder and Director of Tucker Contemporary Art. TCA  works with collectors and institutions interested in acquiring, exhibiting, and promoting the  work of emerging contemporary artists. Leveraging extensive experience in fine art, marketing, and education, Roger advances the careers of African American and other underrepresented artists – academically trained or outside the mainstream. For more information go to www.tuckercontemporaryart.com. 

Roger, a Newark native, recently launched a Podcast, “What;s Newark Got To Do With It?”, where he interviews artists, historians, authors, curators and other cultural thought leaders from/of Newark, NJ about the cultural impact and life-long influences the Brick City has, and continues to have, on their lives and careers. He serves as Board Chair of GlassRoots, a glass arts and education nonprofit located in Newark, NJ. He is a graduate of Arts High School (Newark, NJ), The Cooper Union, BFA (New York, NY), Pratt Institute, MS (New York, NY), and New York University, SPS (New York, NY). 

Venue: Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ. 

Eligibility: Open to all fine artists. 

Entry Fee: SMI Members: $35, Non-members: $40 for up to 3 images. $5/ea. additional work, max of 5
Cash Awards: 1st $750, 2nd $500, 3rd $250, Honorable mentions $100. 

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Minimum of 1500 in cash awards
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1st $750, 2nd $500, 3rd $250, Honorable mentions $100.

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27/February/2022

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SMI Members: $35, Non-members: $40 for up to 3 images. $5/each additional work, maximum of 5 images.
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Inspired by an Object

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In 1964, Jasper Johns wrote himself a note: “Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it.” Since then, this set of instructions has referred to artwork that uses everyday objects and other non-fine art materials and describes the revolutionary approaches to art-making that developed from the early 20th century to the late 1950’s,1960’s, and beyond. For this exhibit, artists are invited to submit work in any medium and in any genre including abstract. However, an object must be used as the primary subject and inspiration of the work. 

This exhibition is the fourth in SMI’s Community Partnership Exhibition Program created by cofounder and past president Virginia S. Block. The partnership 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. This year SMI’s Community Partner is the Montclair Art Museum (MAM). As a collaboration, SMI and MAM will be mounting concurrent object-inspired exhibitions. Studio Montclair’s exhibit will be displayed in our gallery and in the Museum’s Vance Wall Art Education Center arcades. Our selection team will determine the location of all artworks.

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24/July/2021

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