The Visual Arts Center Of New Jersey Announces Fall Shows

SUMMIT — The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will display large-scale drawing, digital photography and lighting installations in three fall exhibitions, from Sept. 20 through Nov. 24. The opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, from 6 – 8 p.m. and is a free event open to all.

Migratory Marks is a group exhibition showcasing recent innovations in contemporary drawing practices with site-specific wall drawings and installations created in the Art Center’s Main Gallery. The artists in this exhibition push drawing in new directions by incorporating unconventional materials and using traditional techniques and media in entirely unexpected ways. In these installations, artists experiment with and incorporate a variety of materials and mediums including, complex three dimensional cuttings, digital animations, fingerprints, erasure and paper inventions that create powerful visual effects, each with its own distinct approach. Participating artists include Judith Braun, Adam Fowler, Joan Grubin, Esperanza Mayobre, Chris Nau, Dannielle Tegeder, and Margaret Inga Wiatrowski. Migratory Marks is organized by Erin Brown, a New York curator and writer, and Mary Birmingham, the Art Center’s curator.

Joan Pamboukes: Felix and the Meteor (Eisenberg Gallery)

Using images appropriated through computer and television screens, Joan Pamboukes makes digital photographs that examine how technology and the Internet allow humans to experience remarkable events from all around the world. Felix and the Meteor explores two recent exhilarating events that occurred miles above the Earth’s surface—Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s 2012 world record-breaking free fall jump from a stratospheric balloon, and the advent of the Chelyabinsk Meteor that appeared over Russia in February 2013. An additional work will be displayed in the first floor strolling gallery, comprising a series of abstract Polaroid snapshots derived from iTunes visualizer images on Pamboukes’s computer screen.

Joan Pamboukes received her BFA from Mass Art in Boston and her MFA from New Jersey City University. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the New York City metropolitan area including Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, The Arts Council of Princeton, City Without Walls in Newark and The Jersey City Museum. Joan also teaches photography and media arts at The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Long Island University in Brooklyn, and New Jersey City University.

Carol Salmanson: Light Lines (Studio X)

This exhibition will showcase a series of sculptural drawings fashioned from wire, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and Plexiglas, as well as a free-standing sculpture. Brooklyn-based artist Carol Salmanson uses light and reflective materials to explore ideas about space and color. Salmanson will also create a site-specific light installation in the stairwell space leading up to Studio X.

Carol Salmanson received her BS in Biological Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and her MBA from the University of Chicago, and she also attended the Art Students League, the School of Visual Arts and the National Academy of Fine Arts in New York. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including Soap Factory, Minneapolis; East/West Project, Berlin; Gallery Ju-ichi Gatsu, Tokyo; Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY; and Mixed Greens Gallery, PS 122, Dam Stuhltrager Gallery, and OK Harris, all in New York City.

The Gallery hours are Monday – Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 908-273-9121 to confirm holiday hours. Recommended Admission: Adults $5; Seniors/Kids $3; Art Center Members free

Meet artists featured in the Migratory Marks exhibition and make art inspired by their work on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 – 4 p.m . This free event will offer art projects for the whole family.

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