For this occasion, the Exhibition Committee of Morris Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, with guest co-curators, Mary Birmingham and Sarah Walko (both from the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey), selected works by 39 outstanding New Jersey women artists (culled from over 1,000 submissions!). Focused on presenting the diversity of women artists working in this region, the exhibit will include art by Olga Alexander (Glen Ridge); Caren King Choi (Secaucus); Andrea Brooke D’alessandro (Toms River); Kate Dodd; Shari Epstein (Long Branch); Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern (Shrewsbury); Asha Ganpat (Montclair); Suzan Globus (Fair Haven); Marsha Goldberg (Highland Park); Ellen Hanauer: Susan Hockaday (Hopewell); Suzan Laura Kammin; Jill Kerwick (Fair Haven); Donna Conklin King (Roseland); Michelle Knox; Parvathi Kumar (Bridgewater); Pat Lay; Jean LeBlanc; Wendy Letven (Clifton); Sue Ellen Leys (Maplewood); Betty McGeehan (Morristown); Anne Q. McKeown; Deborah Guzmán Meyer (Montclair); Perri Neri (Highland Park); Katie Niewodowski (Jersey City); Carol Nussbaum (Short Hills); Erin O’Brien-Kenna; Laurie Riccadonna (Jersey City); Sherry Beth Sacks; Lisa Sanders (Newark); Theda Sandiford; Fran Shalom; Jessica Skultety (Phillipsburg); Amanda Thackray; Marianne Trent (Bedminster); Claudia Waters (Montclair); Lisa Westheimer (West Orange); Gail Winbury (Westfield) and Barbara Wisoff (Summit).
As the co-curators explain: “In curating this show, we looked for art that conveyed the idea of vibrancy—a state of being that is filled with energy and life unhindered by internal or external barriers. We were rewarded with works by a diverse group of women artists from across the state that pulsates with dynamic energy. The show includes vivid portraits of women and girls, work exploring the beauty and vulnerability of nature and more. The exhibition shows the diverse ways women artists are working now, from textile and fiber to painting, collage, photography, and various forms of sculpture. approaching VIBRANCY is an aspiration toward dynamism, action, passion, energy, ebullience, and vitality.”
Additionally, at the opening reception, the winners of the Ehlers and Coladarci Arts Scholarships (pianist John Duc-Tuan Nguyen and actress Nicole Giordano, respectively) will be introduced and recognized for their achievements.
The exhibit runs through August 24, 2018.