-- Museums - Art
-- North Jersey
Established 1909 at Newark Public Library by Newark Librarian and Museum founding Director John Cotton Dana, original collection included Japanese prints, textiles and ceramics donated by Newark pharmacist. Moved into own building in 1920s funded with gift from retailer Louis Bamberger, later expanded into adjacent former YWCA and Ballantine House, built 1885 by son of founder of Ballantine brewery. Renovation in 1990 designed by architect Michael Graves integrated different structures into current building, now New Jersey's largest museum. Holdings comprise American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and ancient world. American art includes works by Hiram Powers, Thomas Cole, John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt, Frederick Church, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Joseph Stella, Tony Smith and Frank Stella. Tibetan galleries considered among finest in world.
Founded 1914, first institution in New Jersey designed as a museum, one of nation's first museums primarily engaged in collecting American art and among first dedicated to create a significant Native American art collection. Original collection based on donations from prominent Montclair residents, including gift of 36 paintings from William T. Evans, largest collector of American art up to World War I. Current holdings comprise over 12,000 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculpture dating from 18th century to present, with works of Asher B. Durand, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as younger emerging artists. Yard School of Art established 1924 provides range of courses for children and adults, also holds summer art camp..
Collection of over 40,000 objects. Fine arts collection includes paintings, sculptures, photography, works on paper, crafts, and mixed media art, majority comprised of 19th and 20th century European and American painting and sculpture with significant works by American landscape painters who worked in New Jersey, including Andrew Melrose, Thomas Moran and Charles Warren Eaton, along with modern and contemporary artists and regional New Jersey artists. Extensive costume and textile collection contains clothing and accessories for adults and children dating as early as mid 1700s and as recently as fashions designed by Pucci and House of Scaasi. Other holdings range from rocks and minerals to model trains, as well as one of country's largest collections of 19th century mechanical musical instruments, dolls, toys and machines. Bickford Theatre presents variety of plays, concerts, and other performances.
-- Central Jersey
Located on main campus of Rutgers near Old Queens main administrative building. Founded 1966 as Rutgers University Art Gallery to celebrate University’s bicentennial, gallery expanded in 1983 and renamed Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in honor of mother of Ralph and Alan Voorhees, major benefactors for Museum’s expansion. Collection includes over 60,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. Permanent collection features holdings in 19th-century French art; Russian art from icons to avant-garde; Soviet nonconformist art from Dodge Collection; and 16,500 examples of American art, including notable prints. Also small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, Japanese art and original illustrations for children's books. Earliest American paintings in collection date to late eighteenth century when Rutgers founded 1766 as Queen’s College.
Ellarslie Mansion built in 1848, residence and 80-acre estate acquired 1888 by City of Trenton for $50,000 to become Cadwalader Park, its first public park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, architect of Manhattan's Central Park. Collection features ceramics and tableware of Trenton's prominent pottery makers, including Lenox, Stangl, Fulper and Boehm. Other holdings include fine arts, decorative arts, industrial memorabilia and historical objects. Also includes period Victorian room representing an Ellarslie parlor as it may have looked as private residence in 1860s. Hosts changing exhibitions of contemporary art in all media; special events, musical programs, and art classes; and annual juried exhibition--Ellarslie Open--of regional artistic talent primarily from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Operated by nonprofit Trenton Museum Society.
-- South Jersey
Located in Evens House built 1785 by Thomas and Mary Evens, later owners developed golf course on property. House and course acquired by Marlton Township in 1990s, now Indian Springs Golf Course. Features rotating exhibitions of local artists, sponsors annual watercolor competition for regional artists.
Sponsors variety of contemporary and historical art exhibitions and related programming under direction of University's Visual Arts Program. Exhibitions include works in painting, drawing, photography and film by nationally recognized artists as well as regional, local and student artists. Gallery open only during scheduled exhibits and during University calendar.
Founded as Wheaton Village in 1968 by Wheaton family, principals of Wheaton Glass Co. established in 19th century. Museum of American Glass houses most comprehensive collection of glass produced in America, with special focus on preservation of Mid-Atlantic glass industry, especially New Jersey glass tradition through collection of objects, tools, equipment, company records, photos and ephemera.. Center features demonstrations of glass blowing and other crafts, sponsors exhibitions, education initiatives, residencies and other opportunities for artists. "Down Jersey Folklife Program" supports research, documentation and presentations of traditional cultures in New Jersey’s southern eight counties. Located on 65 wooded acres in Millville, site hosts Museum of American Glass, Creative Glass Center of America International Fellowship Program, a hot glass studio, several traditional craft studios, five museum stores, event center and pond-side picnic grove.
Exhibition program includes national and international touring exhibitions as well as exhibitions curated in-house and by local curators supplemented with talks and demonstrations by artists, lectures by scholars. Permanent collection of over 450 works by such artists as Jennifer Bartlett, Salvador Dali, Helen Frankenthaler, Leon Golub, Yvonne Jacquette, Marisol, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, and Victor Vasarely. Areas of concentration include works on/of paper by contemporary artists and works by artists living and/or working in southern New Jersey. Center also includes performance and community arts education programs at Gordon Theater and Black Box Studio. Located on campus of Rutgers-Camden.