Arts Center Announces Salon Series Schedule

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SUMMIT — The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey announces the fourth season of its popular Thursday Evening Salon Series. The 10 evening discussions will be held Jan. 13-May 19, 2011, and be moderated by leading artists, art historians, curators, philosophers, and writers, among others, in an informal, salon-style setting.

Attendees can sip wine or soft drinks while participating in lively conversations. Eclectic in content and social in nature, the Salon Series provides an opportunity for everyone—regardless of educational or professional background—to gather and learn more about the world of art and artists and how it impacts other disciplines. It is not necessary to know anything about art to participate.


All programs are held in the Main Gallery at the Art Center from 7:30- 9 p.m. and are free to the public through a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Funding is also provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Call 1-908-273-9121 to make your reservation as seating is limited for each event. For more information about the Salon Series, visit

2011 Thursday Evening Salon Series Schedule:

January 13
Big & Small: Issues of Scale and Art
Presented by Dan Bischoff, Art Reviewer, Star-Ledger

January 27
The Metaphysical & the Mundane: Art & Commerce in American Photography
Presented by Paul Sternberger, Professor of Art History, Rutgers University

February 10
Why Does The Music Sound Yellow? Adventures in Synaesthesia
Presented by Kevin Kiddoo, Adjunct Professor of Art History, College of St. Elizabeth

February 24
Collecting the New
Presented by Beth Venn, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art & Senior Curator of American Art, Newark Museum

Art Center Announces Fourth Season of Thursday Evening Salon Series

March 3
What is Aesthetic Experience?
Presented by Tiger Roholt, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Montclair State University

March 17
Women Muses, Women Directors
Presented by Laura Winters, Professor of English, College of St. Elizabeth

April 7
From the Fringe to the Faculty: Contemporary Fiction in American Culture
Presented by Nathan Oates, Director & Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Seton Hall University

April 21
Design for a New Era
Presented by Jennifer Scanlan, Associate Curator, Museum of Arts and Design

May 5
Environmental Imperatives in Architecture
Presented by Thomas Phifer, Architect & Founder of the New York City-based architecture firm Thomas Phifer and Partners.

May 19
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Art Center
Presented by Mark Hoebee, Artistic Director, Paper Mill Playhouse

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm St., Summit, just four blocks from the NJ Transit Summit Rail Station. It can easily be reached from all major highways, including Routes 78 and 24.

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