It was shortly after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared the pandemic closings of museums, galleries, and other cultural venues that U.S. 1 began its Art of the Quarantine series.

And over the past several months, artists responded to our invitation to share visual thoughts, feelings, and discoveries during our current health crisis.

The decision to create the section was simple. U.S. 1 is a regional arts newspaper and if galleries were unable to show artists then we would.

Now that some regional galleries and museums — such as the Arts Council of Princeton, Trenton City Museum, Artworks Trenton, Grounds For Sculpture, and Morven Museum & Garden — are slowly reopening and exhibiting and artists are no longer quarantined to their studios as was the reality several months ago, U.S. 1 is now looking at new ways to support artists and arts organizations during a pandemic.

We are also looking back over the past months and glad we were able to partner with painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, and others to bring fresh images and ideas to the region during an uncertain time.

As a way of celebrating the slow reopening our arts community is begin to experience, we are closing our Art of the Quarantine series by featuring some of the submitted art work that had yet to be show and continue to document how resilient our regional arts community has been during this uncertain era.

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