Area visual art lovers will certainly get an eye full this season. Exhibitions by innovative American sculptors and artists, Asian art, vintage New Jersey toys, Latina artists, and regional photographers are just some of the subjects highlighted at area museums, arts centers, and galleries.

Regional Museums & Exhibition Centers

Grounds For Sculpture

126 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, 609-586-0616,

At the internationally recognized Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, the exhibition “Elyn Zimmerman: Wind, Water, Stone” has already opened its doors — and eyes — to the work of the New York-based American photographer and sculptor — including her “Scholar Rock,” a 50 foot long granite and metal work at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

“Best known for large-scale stone installations, Zimmerman’s work explores the relationship between light, color, scale, material, and the changing aspects of two- and three-dimensional spaces,” say exhibition coordinators. Visitors can see for themselves starting with the first of her two-part exhibition: the East Gallery focus on her public sculptures, her related archeological photographs, and the stone works found in the adjacent hedge garden. The second segment featuring drawings, photographs, and pastels of night skies and moving water opens in February. On view to 2018.

Coming soon is the opening of “Ned Smyth: Moments of Matter,” showcasing eight of the New York-based artist’s massive sculptural works “that appear as large rock formations milled in dense foam, hard-coated in resin, and painted in a stone-colored palette.” Also included are large — some 6-foot by 8-foot — photographic portraits of stone and ancient history, an installation using small stones, and a series of pigment and concrete paintings. Sunday, October 23 through Sunday, April 2, 2017.

New Jersey artist Paul Henry Ramirez’s installation “Rattle” continues throughout the rest of the year, and the International Sculpture Center’s 22nd annual Outstanding Student Achievement Awards in Contemporary Sculpture goes on view October 23 and remains through April 2.

Princeton Art Museum

Princeton campus, 609-258-3788,

The Princeton University Art Museum brings the world to the region with “Narrative in South Asian Contemporary Art.” The exhibition focuses on the role of story in South Asian art and includes work by internationally working contemporary artist from India and Pakistan. Saturday, October 22, through Sunday, January 22.

It also connects with the upcoming “Epic Tales from India: Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art.” Organizers say the exhibition of 80 works “represents the most significant gathering of South Asian art ever shown at Princeton and will be arranged by book or type of book, thus placing the paintings in something approaching their original narrative context. Visitors will learn about the varied traditions of manuscript-making in the region, and be introduced to the most famous works of South Asian literature — from sacred texts in Sanskrit to the range of secular stories, poems and histories that became popular in later centuries.” Saturday, November 19, through Sunday, February 5.

“Contemporary Global Photography: The Christopher E. Olofson Collection” features dozens of works that coordinators say are “striking examples of photography as a tool for exploring the driving themes (of) identity, culture, and protest.” Opens Saturday, February 4.

Look for the traveling exhibition “The Berlin Painter and His World,” an exploration of the work by an anonymous yet prolific fifth century B.C. Athenian vase painter whose work was catalogued by a British scholar in the early 20th century —and referenced by a specific work in a Berlin Museum. The exhibition will feature approximately 100 vessels and statuettes representing a full range of subjects, sacred and profane. Opens Saturday, March 4.

Zimmerli Art Museum

George and Hamilton streets, New Brunswick, 732-932-7237,

The Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers is celebrating its 50th anniversary with two related exhibitions, both of which just opened. One is “Circa 1966: Paintings and Sculpture from the Collection.” Coordinators say it features “examples of color field painting, geometric abstraction, assemblage, and pop — all styles current in the international art world of circa 1966” and includes works by major artists who emerged from the era, such as Joseph Beuys, and artists less known to the public. Through Sunday, January 8.

The celebration continues with the other recently opened exhibition, “Circa 1966: American Prints from the Collection.” It reflects a mid-20th century American interest in printmaking, the opening of several studios and workshops involving major artists, and the start of an era of experimentation as well as political commentary. Through Sunday, January 29.

“Three American Painters: David Diao, Sam Gilliam, Sal Sirugo” highlights the artists’ exploration of postwar American abstract expressionism. Diao is known for his large expanses “of color and slick, smoothly layered surfaces related to the color field paintings of the 1950s.” Gilliam is the Washington Color School artists who pioneered three-dimension paintings (and created a mural inside the Justice Complex in Trenton). Sirugo’s style reflects “the white writing and heavy impastos of West Coast abstract expressionist painters,” write organizers. On view through July, 2017.

“Thinking Pictures: Moscow Conceptual Art in the Dodge Collection” draws on the museum’s collection of nonconformist art in the Soviet Union from 1960 through 1990 and features the work of more than 40 artists and collectives concerned with “creating an audience in an environment that lacked galleries, critics, and a viable art market but had its own institutional framework — one that privileged painting (Socialist Realism).” On view through 2017.

New Jersey State


205 West State Street, Trenton, 609-292-5420,

New Jersey State Museum in Trenton continues to put New Jersey art and history on view. Coming up is the opening of “Repairing Beauty,” Bound Brook artist David Ambrose’s mid-career retrospective. It highlights his exploration of “elements found in or on architectural facades, interiors, or floor plans in his richly colored, intensely worked paintings on hand-stitched lace or pierced paper.” Opens Saturday, September 17.

“Toy World!” follows to spotlight the history of toy manufacturing in the Garden State. The exhibition includes more than 100 state-made toys created between 1880 and 1960s. Look for Thomas Edison’s “talking doll,” joy buzzers, Colorforms, and plastic green army men. Saturday, October 15, through May, 2017.

Morven Museum

55 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-924-8144,

Morven Museum & Garden continues its New Jersey focus by putting the spotlight on one of the biggest state names with “Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey.” Curated by the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, the show charting the rock legend’s career uses 40 works by five noted entertainment photographers: Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Pamela Springsteen (Bruce’s sister), and Frank Stefanko. Also included are video interviews with the photographers. Opens Friday, November 18.

Trenton City Museum

Cadwalader Park, Trenton, 609-989-1191,

The Trenton City Museum, Casa Cultura, and Partnerships for Trenton have joined forces to create “Tertulia: Highlighting Local and Regional Latin Artists.” Curated by Joan Perkes, gallery director of Silverman Gallery in Philadelphia and former director of Bucks County Gallery of Fine Art, and Sam Kanig, co-founder and curator for Galeria Casa Cultura in Trenton, the exhibition features work by painters David Rivera, Jose Anico, Alvin Quinones, Dominican-born sculptor Julia Santos Solomon, and others. Also on view are textiles from Central and South America.

“Tertulia” (salon in English) opens with a public event with food and music on Saturday, September 17. A related ticketed program of music, artisan demonstrations, family activities, and other cultural activities is set for Saturday, October 8. On view through Sunday, November 13.


and Colleges

Bernstein Gallery

Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, 609-497-2441,

The Bernstein Gallery at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs opens its exhibitions of social or political themes with the “The Politics of Water.” The Princeton Art Alliance-coordinated project involves 23 artists working in a variety of approaches and media. Opens Tuesday, November 1. Panel discussion and public reception Wednesday, November 9.

Also scheduled are “Jihad and Women in Mali,” photojournalist Katie Orlinsky’s visual essay of women resisting an Al Qaeda jihadist effort to impose Sharia law. Friday, December 16, through Thursday, January 26. Artist reception Friday, December 16.

“Gods of War,” Maryland artist and professor Phyllis Plattner’s large altar-like panels of gold leaf and paint that explore war, political upheaval, and racial and ethnic violence. Friday, January 27, through Thursday, March 2. Reception Friday, February 10.

“Salvadoran Remnants,” Oscar Rene Cornejo’s exhibition of paintings, prints, and assemblages to explore his native El Salvador’s civil war and its effects on a society struggling to reconcile its past. Friday, March 3, through Friday, April 7. Reception Friday, March 3.

“The Black South and Civil Rights Workers in the 1960s,” photographer, civil rights activist, and professor Julius Lester’s photographs taken between 1964 and ’68, when he was a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Friday, April 14, through Tuesday, May 16. Panel and reception Thursday, April 20.

“Peter Badge: Princeton’s Nobel Laureates,” portraits of 29 Nobel Laureates who have been Princeton faculty, staff, or alumni, all by the Berlin-based photographer who has photographed nearly 400 Nobel Prize winners. Friday, May 19, through Thursday, August 17.

Rider University

Luedeke Center, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, 609-921-2663,

Rider University Art Gallery highlights the artistry of four central New Jersey artists in a four-part series, starting with “Tracey Jones: Painterly Abstraction.” The Trenton-based Jones has exhibited at the National Academy of Design, Max Hutchinson Gallery, and Brata Gallery in New York City; is an associate professor at the College of Staten Island; and a board member of the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation. Thursday, September 15, through Sunday, October 16. Gallery talk Thursday, September 22.

Prominent Princeton-based artist Judith Brodsky’s “Prints and Drawings.” Thursday, October 27, through Sunday, December 11. Gallery talk Thursday, November 10.

Lawrenceville School faculty member Allen Fitzpatrick will display still lifes and landscapes. Thursday, January 26, through Sunday, February 26. Gallery talk Thursday, February 2.

Works by award-winning photographer, curator, and U.S. 1 contributor Aubrey Kaufman round out the season. In addition to exhibiting at venues such as the New Jersey State Museum and Newark Museum, Kaufman was a photojournalist for New Jersey Network, past Mason Gross School of Arts gallery coordinator, and coordinator for art events in Trenton. Thursday, March 9, through Sunday, April 16. Gallery talk Thursday, March 23.

The College of New

Jersey Gallery

2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, 609-771-2633,

The College of New Jersey already opened its new exhibition, “A Survey of Horses Think Press,” that — according to its web information — “is a Brooklyn-based publisher founded by Ofer Wolberger in 2010. The press works directly with artists to create high quality books, multiples, and editions that expand the field of image and object making.”

TCNJ is calling its exhibition “a comprehensive installation” and is presenting “a complete inventory of (the press’s) publications, print ephemera, research materials and artist projects” to “mark the first exhibition of their collected works and provide an opportunity to see firsthand one example among many contemporary artist projects currently engaging with the book form within the landscape of contemporary publishing.” On view through Sunday, December 11.

MCCC Gallery

Communications Center, West Windsor, 609-570-3589,

The Gallery at Mercer starts its season celebrating a milestone: its 50th anniversary, with “MCCC Arts at 50” featuring works by current and emeritus visual arts faculty and selected MCCC alumni. Opening reception Wednesday, September 21. On view through Tuesday, October 18.

Following is “Magic,” an exhibition featuring “five New York area artists who focus on otherworldly concerns” an incorporate “transcendentalism, mysticism, or manifestations of imaginary histories into their work.” Opening reception Wednesday, November 9. Through Tuesday, December 1.

“Mercer County Artists 2017 Exhibition,” the popular juried show coordinated with the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Opening reception and awards Wednesday, February 22. Through Thursday, March 23.

The season concludes with the “2017 Visual Arts Student Exhibition.” Opening reception Wednesday, April 12. Through Friday, May 5.

Center for Women in the Arts at Douglass Library

8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, 848-932-3726,

The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities at Rutgers has already opened its season with the exhibition “Laura Anderson Barbata: Collaborations Beyond Borders,” featuring textiles, sculptures, and two-dimensional and video works from the Mexican-born New York artist’s traveling exhibition “Transcommunality.” On view through December 16. Artist talk and reception Tuesday, November 1.

Performance of a work in progress, “La Extraordinaria History de Julia Patrano,” and lecture and reception with the artist on Wednesday, November 2.

Art Centers

Artworks Trenton

19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436,

Artworks Trenton has already opened its season with “Mujeres: A Show of Five Latina Artists,” the first all-Latina artist exhibition in the capital city. Included are Esperanza Cortes, Guadalupe Reyes, Jennifer Rivera, Tamara Torres, and Mary Valverde.

Curator Eva Loayza of Trenton says, “The artists in Mujeres have roots in Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, by way of New York City and Trenton, New Jersey. Their varied work ranges from painting and collage, to installation and site-specific performance art.” The exhibition features a cultural forum and live music presentation on Saturday, September 24. Through Saturday, October 1.

Pamela Flynn’s “Considering Harm,” a collection of mixed media pieces that are contemplative works on gun violence, and Larry McKim’s “Sarcastic, Serious, Scary,” a three themed socially and politically charged series of paintings. On view to Saturday, October 1.

Artworks continues with its annual October “Art of Darkness” Halloween-themed exhibition; the annual “Art All Day” exhibition, featuring work artists working and living in Trenton; and “Evolution,” digital art by Abelardo Montano. Opening reception Saturday, November 12. Through Sunday, December 11.

“Outsider Art” and the annual “Red Dot” exhibition and sale. Saturday, December 17, through Saturday, January 14.

Arts Council

of Princeton

102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609-924-8777,

The Arts Council of Princeton, which is currently running its annual members exhibition through Saturday, October 1, has exhibitions ranging from social justice, community involvement, and a salute to an American master.

“Photographs from Centurion Ministries” features dozens of photographs documenting the lives impacted by Centurion’s work releasing innocent prisoners from jail. The project also involves public programs. Opening reception Saturday, October 8. On view through Saturday, October. 22.

The “Community Pages Project” is the continuation of a long-term project launched by ACP artist-in-resident Diana Weymar this past spring. This phase involves the installation of more than 200 finished embroidered “pages” of memories of places and people that were stitched by the community members who attended early workshops. Opening reception Saturday, October 29. Through Wednesday, November 30.

“Philip Pearlstein: A Legacy of Influence” recognizes one of America’s best know figurative artists whose work — especially his modern approach to painting nudes — helped lead to a revival of realism. The exhibition is organized by Charles Viera, an ACP instructor and former Pearlstein student. The show features works by Pearlstein as well as Viera, Janet Fish, George Nick, and others.

Also on view is the “Terrace Project: Sculpture by Patrick Strzelec” — the artist commissioned to create public sculpture for the Avalon Princeton residential development on Witherspoon Street. Through spring, 2017.

West Windsor Arts Council

952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, 609-716-1931,

West Windsor Arts Council’s first show of the season, “STEAM Series: The Art of Discovery,” explores the intersection of art and science creativity, with STEAM representing science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Juried by Andrew Zwicker, head of science education at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, participating regional artists include John Aaen of Princeton; Barbara Churilla, Newtown, Pennsylvania; Jayme Fahrer, East Windsor; Bruce Lindsay, Trenton; Eleni Litt, Princeton; Susan Mitrano, Titusville; Bill Plank, Lawrenceville; Andrew Werth, Princeton Junction; and Ivia Yavelow, Ewing. Opening reception Saturday, September 24. Through Saturday, November 5.

“Off The Wall Affordable Art Show,” Sunday, November 13, to Sunday, January 1.

West Windsor Arts Council Faculty and Student Show, Monday, January 9, to Saturday, February 25.

Speakeasy Soiree Live Art Auction Show, Monday, February 27, to Friday, March 10, with gala fundraiser.

West Windsor Arts Council Member Show, Friday, May 19, to Tuesday, June 6.

D&R Greenway Land Trust Gallery

Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, 609-924-4646,

D&R Greenway Land Trust presents “Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition.” The exhibition of realistic paintings highlights some of the most endangered and vulnerable species in the state. The works are featured in a book with a foreword by former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean. Opening reception with the artist and the former governor Friday, September 30. Through Saturday, October 15.

Up next is “Farms, Barns, and Bridges,” a mixed-media juried show that captures the changing rural landscape through the memories of artists. Monday, October 24, to Friday, December 16. Opening reception Friday, November 18.

Gallery 14

14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511.

Gallery 14, one of the state’s only art photography cooperatives, starts its season with a joint exhibition by Martha Weintraub, who has exhibited at Philips Mill, New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, and Grounds For Sculpture, and now showing her whimsical “A is for Aardvark,” and theater lighting designer, costumer, and fine arts photographer Charles Miller’s “Altered Reality.” To October 9.

Hospital Galleries

Millstone River Gallery

Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center, 100 Plainsboro Road, Plains­boro,

Millstone River Gallery, dedicated and providing space to emerging artists, at Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center starts its new season with “Art from the Heart,” a mixed media exhibit featuring work by area artists Lillian Ciuffreda, Ilene Dube, Marc Falzon, and Rhoda Kassof-Isaac, who will be showing work representing a 15-year retrospective. Through Friday, November 4. Reception Thursday, September 29.

“Art +10,” Saturday, November 5 through Friday, January 20. Reception Thursday, December 1.

“Artistic Symphony,” Princeton Photography Club exhibition. The Thursday, January 26, opening reception features a solo cello performance by Patricia Weimer, a retired cello player with Philadelphia Orchestra and Princeton resident. Saturday, January 21, to Friday, April 21.

Lakefront Gallery

RWJ University Hospital, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, 732-422-3676,

Lakefront Gallery, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and operated in partnership with the Princeton Photography Club, offers exhibitions throughout the year, starting with “15 Shades of Grey.” It features the black and white silver gelatin photographs from 14 artists from the Fleisher Art Memorial School in Philadelphia and Philadelphia photographer John Singletary’s large pigment print series “Synthesis.” Saturday, September 17, through Thursday, November 10. Reception Saturday, September 24.

Also on the schedule: The First Bid Art Auction, Princeton Photography Club exhibition of artwork to be sold directly off the walls to benefit the hospital and support other community nonprofits. Friday, November 11, to Friday, December 2. Reception Thursday, November 17.

“Disappearing Art: The Printed Photograph,” Princeton Photography Club exhibition of abstract landscape, portraits, and other subjects digitally manipulated and painted. Saturday, December 3, to Thursday, January 12, Reception Thursday, December 15.

“A Grounds For Sculpture History: The Land in Pictures and Words,” the Princeton Photography Club’s photographic and archival evocation of the sculpture garden’s transformation. Saturday, January 14, to Thursday, April 6. Reception Thursday, January 19.

Capital Health Medical Center

1 Capital Way, Pennington,

Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell presents “Trenton Makes,” curated by Lori Johannson, Leon Rainbow, and Addison Vincent. The exhibition coordinated with Hopewell Valley Arts Council highlights artists working in Trenton and includes members of the SAGE Coalition, Artworks, and other community driven arts groups. Thursday, September 22, to Friday, November 4.

Worth the Drive:

Center for Contemporary Art, 2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster, 908-234-2345.

The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster presents “Mel Leipzig: Families and Friends,” a show of new works by the nationally known Trenton-based painter curated by Zimmerli museum’s Donna Gustafson. The exhibition — with images of ceramicist Toshiko Takaezu, New Jersey State Museum director Margaret O’Reilly, and several Trenton graffiti artists — opens with a free reception and artist’s talk on Friday, September 16. Through Saturday, October 29.

The Michener Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, Pennsylvania,

The Michener Museum’s upcoming “The Death of Impressionism?: Disruption & Innovation in Art” explores Bucks County’s prominence as both a center for American Impressionism and as a place rife with conflict between the established artists and the modernists in the 1920s and ’30s. Saturday, November 12, to Sunday, February 26.

“Polaris: Northern Explorations in Contemporary Art” follows and brings together photographs, images on paper, and video by regional artists who use the Polar regions as a subject for artistic study. Saturday, January 14, to Sunday, April 23.

“Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Structural Form” takes a look at the famed American precessionist or hard-edge artist — and once Doylestown resident. The exhibition uses 60 photographs from the archives of Conde Nast as well additional photographs, paintings, and costumes on loan from several museum collections to show “how the dramatic viewpoints, rhythmic patterning, and abstract compositions seen in his photographs and paintings from the late 1920s and 1930s were influenced by his work at Conde Nast.” Saturday, March 18, to Sunday, July 9.

Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, 973-596-6550,

The Newark Museum has two current and one coming exhibition to satisfy those looking for something different: “Modern Heroics” highlights the Newark Museum’s 75-year effort of collecting African-American Expressionism — including the self-taught and formally trained. Included are Charles Alston, Emma Amos, Romare Bearden, Chakaia Booker, Sam Gilliam, Norman Lewis, and others. The curator is Tricia Laughlin Bloom, former associate curator of exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum. Through Sunday, January 8.

“New Work” is Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno’s city symphony film in 3D capturing “the vibrancy of what’s endured in Newark, encompassing a cinematic arc from sunrise to sunset.” The six-minute film pays respect to American photographers Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand’s 1921 art film “Manhatta.” Through Saturday, December 31.

“Native Artists of North America” is in the newly redesigned Native American galleries that feature more than 200 objects from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Included are Pomo baskets, Southwestern pottery and textiles, master carvings from the Haida region of British Columbia, works by Pueblo painters, and new works by contemporary artists. Opening reception Friday, October 21.

Montclair Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, 973-746-5555,

Montclair Art Museum recently opened the exhibition “Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series,” the first of several exhibitions at MAM highlighting American art influenced by the French master. Pickett is a New Jersey-based African American painter and professor who uses “the dress form as an iconic template to respond to life’s profound changes.” Through Sunday, June 18.

Also on view is “do it,” a participatory exhibition that uses conceptual instructions provided by artists Robert Barry, Louise Bourgeois, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sol LeWitt, Yoko Ono, and others, and “Undaunted Spirit: Native American Art.” To Saturday, December 31.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, 215-763-8100,

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents new work by one of America’s foremost innovators, Bruce Nauman. His “Contrapposto Studies, I through VII” continues his 50-year exploration of video, sound, and performance. Sunday, September 18, to Sunday, January 8.

Also coming up: “Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950” takes a look Mexico’s artistic leap between the Mexican Revolution and the years directly after World War II. Included is a who’s who of Mexican art: Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo, and more. Tuesday, October 25, to Sunday, January 8.

And a new work by India-born Mumbai artist Jitish Kallat suggests taking look. His “Covering Letter” is “an immersive installation” that projects on cascading fog a letter by Mahatma Gandhi to Adolph Hitler and asking the latter to consider peace weeks before the start of World War II. Sunday, November 13, to Sunday, March 5.

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, 215-278-7000,

The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia presents “Live and Life Will Give Your Picture: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890-1950.” Named after a comment by influential photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, the exhibition features nearly 200 works — arranged thematically in salon style — by such as masters as Berenice Abbott, Eugene Atget, Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edgar Degas, Andre Kertesz, Man Ray, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and others. Saturday, October 8, to Monday, January 9.

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