Fine Arts Shows, Museums, Exhibitions, and Events

Popular New Jersey art museums and galleries that would be of interest to fine arts enthusiasts looking for an educational and enjoyable day trip, or to complement their weekend getaway or vacation.

All of the museums, art galleries, and art centers are open to the public and include exhibits that display l works from artists and crafts people. Some of these special exhibitions are limited engagements as well as ongoing or extended period of times. All of the exhibits are not exclusively for adults, many can be enjoyed by children.



Northern NJ Art Galleries and Museums


Belskie Museum, New JerseyBelskie Museum of Art & Science
280 High Street
Closter, NJ
201-768-0286
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Exhibits the works of sculptor and medical illustrator Abram Belskie and provides a forum for the arts by providing a venue where both local and international artists of repute can display their works. Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 1-5 pm. Special hours can be arranged by appointment for schools and organizations. Admission is Free.

Hiram Blauvelt Museum, New JerseyHiram Blauvelt Art Museum
705 Kinderkamack Road
Oradell, NJ
201-261-0012
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One of only five museums in the United States to exclusively display wildlife art. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am–4pm Saturday and Sunday 2–5pm

Montclair Art Nuseum, New JerseyMontclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 746-5555
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They feature distinctive collection of American and Native American art, exhibitions, and educational programs that link art to contemporary life in a global context.
Hours: Wednesdays - Sundays, Noon - 5 p.m; Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays.

Morris Museum, New JerseyThe Morris Museum

6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ
973-971-3700
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Features the enjoyment of the visual and performing arts, natural and physical sciences, and humanities through exhibitions, performances, and educational programs.
Hours: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.. Sundays: 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Newark MuseumThe Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ
973-596-6550
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Features experiences in the arts and natural sciences with 80 galleries of world-class collections including American, Asian, African and Classical.
Open: Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon–5 pm. Closed Mondays (except for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents' Day), Tuesdays, New Year's Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25.

The Art School at Old Church, New JerseyThe Art School at Old Church
The Mikhail Zakin & Café Galleries
561 Piermont Road
Demarest, NJ
201-767-7160
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An art school and fine art gallery offering art classes, craft classes, workshops, children's classes, art exhibits & more. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Please call the school for evening or Saturday hours.

Peters ValleyPeters Valley Craft Center
The Sally D. Francisco Gallery

19 Kuhn Road
Layton, NJ
973-948-5200
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A national center for fine craft education where people's lives are enriched through the exploration and execution of fine craft. They offer two to five day workshops in blacksmithing, ceramics, fibers, fine metals, photography, print making, wood and special topics including print making, books & paper, drawing, and glass. The Sally D. Francisco Gallery is located on the second floor and hosts solo and group, themed exhibitions on a rotating basis throughout the year.
Hours: Open year round. Thursday through Tuesday 10am - 6pm. April through early November, they are open Thursday through Tuesday, 10am - 6pm. The store opens 7 days for holiday shopping beginning mid-November through December.



Central NJ Art Galleries and Museums


Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Museum of New Jersey Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ
732-932-7237
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Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, First Wednesdays: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Weekends: Noon – 5:00 pm Closed: Mondays all year, month of August Holidays: Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, December 24, 25, and 31, January 1

Freehold Art GlalleryFreehold Art Gallery
7A West Main St
Freehold, NJ
(908) 614-9195
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The gallery features all mediums of art from both emerging and established local New Jersey artists, select works by artists from around country and the world, as well as prints, historic maps, photographs, documents, and other unique pieces.

Grounds for Sculpture, New Jersey Grounds For Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, NJ
(609) 586-0616
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A 42-acre public sculpture park founded by J. Seward Johnson to promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture. Visitors to the park can enjoy the outdoor permanent collection, indoor seasonal exhibitions, and learn about contemporary sculpture through a variety of educational programs including workshops for adults and children, artist residencies and lectures, tours for adults, schoolchildren, toddlers, as well as touch tours for the blind.
Hours: Open year-round. Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm; Closed Mondays except Labor Day and Memorial Day. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Also closed to the public for Members only events.

Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJGuild of Creative Art
620 Broad Street
Shrewsbury, NJ
732-741-1441
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The Guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing excellence in the visual arts through teaching, exhibits, workshops, and special events. Yvonne Aubert and the charter members wanted to foster creative camaraderie, to establish a meeting place where artists could connect.

Hunterdon Art Museum, New JerseyThe Hunterdon Art Museum
7 Lower Center Street
Clinton, NJ
908-735-8415
A historic site display workd of artists and serving as a home for art education programs.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00AM - 5:00PM.
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Morven Musuem, Princeton, NJMorven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton Street
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
609.924.8144
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A National Historic Landmark situated on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey, showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through regular exhibitions, educational programs and special events. This was the Home to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and to five New Jersey governors, Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation for more than 250 years.

NJ State museum
The New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street Trenton, NJ
(609) 292-6464
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The museum features over 12,000 works of art including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and photographs, most acquired since 1965 when the Museum's mission was expanded to include fine art.
Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am to 4:45pm Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Closed Mondays & State Holidays.

Princeton University Art MuseumPrinceton University Art Museum
McCormick Hall in the middle of the Princeton University campus
Princeton, NJ
609-258-3788
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They feature visual arts as being essential to the advancement of knowledge of art and archaeology.


Vam Art
Vam Art
15 Station Place
Metuchen, New Jersey
(855) VAM-4-ART
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They are dedicated to providing a comprehensive view of the contemporary art world. 



Southern NJ Art Galleries and Museums


Wheaton ArtsWheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Rd
Millville, NJ
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A restored village and an arts organization emphasizing the creative spirit with a special emphasis on glass.
Hours: Open April through December, six days a week: Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Open Legal Holidays: Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day Closed: Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. ( closes at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve day)
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Ocean City Arts CenterOcean City Arts Center
Ocean City, NJ
(609) 399-7628
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The center features three large studios with northern light and a dance studio, music room, pottery studio, reference library and darkroom. Forty-plus weekly classes are offered in five to six sessions yearly, as well as frequent one-day workshops for adults, teens, and children. They also have a summer art camp, and each month they have new exhibits featuring regional and national artists of various mediums.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am to 9pm. Saturday, 9am to 3pm

Note: The scheduled events below is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.


Ongoing Art Shows, Exhibitions and Collections

The Civil War Flag Collection of New Jersey
Ongoing
The New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street Trenton, NJ
(609) 292-6464
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This exhibition is a rare collection of flags carried into battle by New Jersey’s Civil War soldiers and learn about our important role in the history of the War Between the States. New Jersey is one of the few states to actively display its Civil War flags, which were often returned to capital cities after the war. The flags change periodically, allowing visitors to experience new examples from the collection.

Scheduled Art Shows, Exhibitions, and Events

"Richard Hart: The Shape of Absence"
June 14, 2017 - August 11, 2017
Project for Empty Space
Gateway Center Gallery
2 Newark, NJ 07102
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Contact: Jasmine Wahi Event, 973-818-2452, info@gatewayprojectspaces.com
Free Admission
Project For Empty Space is pleased to present The Shape of Absence a solo exhibition of new works by Artist in Residence Richard Hart.
The exhibition will open to the public on Wednesday, June 14th with a reception from 6 - 8 PM at the PES gallery located at 2 Gateway Center, Newark, NJ. Hart's interest lies in the the individual and emotional aspects of cross cultural existences. How are identities adapted, revised, and re-presented based on cultural memory and geography? How are these reconfigured personas articulated through material objects? And how are these objects imbued with new meaning based on a reoriented sense of belonging within a new geography? These are some of the queries which Hart addresses in . He has developed a design vernacular that is loosely reminiscent of textile patterning. Incorporating barely visible text, this language feels amorphously spiritual or ritualistic, without being rooted in any one culture. The exhibition's namesake piece, The Shape of Absence (2017), is a collection of objects and ephemera loaned to the artist from friends, families, and members of the African diasporic community in the Newark/New York area. These objects have been designated as talismans or reminders of 'home'- cultural heritage- by each of their owners. Each item is accompanied by a note explaining its significance to its owner. About the Artist: Richard Hart creates work that takes as its departure point ideas of ritual, magic, and spirituality. Through painting, sculpture, installation, video, and photography he spins a vision of Africa that blurs the lines between fact and fiction, memory and intuition. In 2013, the artist moved from Durban to New York City, where he currently lives with his family.

The Blackbelt of Alabama: A Response to Home
Now until June 18, 2017
The Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ
973-971-3700
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Photographer Jerry Siegel was born and raised in Selma, Alabama, where, he says, "family and friends were most valued." He remembers his hometown as vibrant, though small, and in most respects no different from most communities of similar size elsewhere in the South. Even though many things have changed there since his youthق€”it is no longer the place that he remembersق€”he claims never to have lost his attachment to and sentiment for Selma and the surrounding countryside. It remains at the core of who he is and what he does and has informed his mature work as one of the South's leading photographers.

Matisse and American Art
Now until June 18, 2017
Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 746-5555
Website
Tthe first exhibition to examine this French master's profound impact upon the development of American modern art from 1907 to the present.

Revealing Pictures: Photographs from the Christopher E. Olofson Collection
Now until Sunday, July 2, 2017
Princeton University Art Museum
McCormick Hall in the middle of the Princeton University campus
Princeton, NJ
609-258-3788
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This exhibition features more than thirty photographs from the collection of Christopher E. Olofson, Class of 1992. Works on view by Edmund Clark, Daniel and Geo Fuchs, Pieter Hugo, Liu Zheng, Zanele Muholi, Robert Polidori, and others serve as striking examples of photography's ability to explore issues of identity, place, and nationhood. Muholi began making a series of portraits as a form of visual activism in response to crimes against gays and women in her native South Africa. Hugo, another South African artist, has photographed children born after 1994 in his homeland and Rwanda, countries still struggling to realize lasting change following that year's political and social upheavals.

Elyn Zimmerman: wind, water, stone In her stone sculptures
Now until January 7, 2018
Grounds For Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, NJ
(609) 586-0616
Website
Zimmerman balances the sensuous materiality ofآ magnificentآ slabsآ of quarried stone with other key elements such as water, light, and landscape.آ  Zimmerman's sculptures reference her attraction to archaic architectural form, a subject also captured in her lush black and white photographs on display in the East Gallery. These photographs, taken during her travels in places such as Peru, India, and Egypt, are joined by images of her many public sculptures, allowing the viewer to make the connection between her large scale public works and the form, light and composition seen in her black and white photography.

Emanation 2017: An Invitational Contemporary Art Exhibit
June 1- December 31, 2017
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Rd
Millville, NJ
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Emanation 2017 is a contemporary art project that includes artist residencies, educational programs, and an exhibition featuring new works developed and created at WheatonArts. The invited artists utilize the resources and facilities of the institution for experiment based exploration. The results are displayed with an emphasis on each artist's creative process. As the site of creation, as well as the site of exhibition.

Making Matters: Fresh Perspectives in Fine Craft
June 3 until September 4, 2017
Peters Valley Craft Center
The Sally D. Francisco Gallery
19 Kuhn Road
Layton, NJ
973-948-5200
Website
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 3 from 5-7pm; Gallery Talk at 5:30

Newark and the Culture of Art: 1900 - €“1960
June 21, 2017- January 28, 2018
Morven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton Street
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
609.924.8144
Website
This exhibit explore the unique combination of art and industry that made Newark, New Jersey a magnet for modern artists in the early twentieth century, Morven's exhibition celebrates the culture of creativity that flourished alongside John Cotton Dana's Newark Museum.

Newark Arts Council's Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival
October 12 -25, 2017
Website
973-643-1625
Newark'€™s bustling arts scene will explode with an array of exhibits, talk-backs, performances, street displays, studio open houses, and more. The citywide arts tour and community event celebrates Newarkق€™s unique and diverse contributions to the arts and to American culture. More than 40 venues will join forces to showcase visual, performing, and literary art.


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