Updated: Apr 29, 2021
A long-standing series of exhibitions aimed to highlight the state's artists hosted by the Newark Museum of Art will return this summer and feature the works of four local artists.
As part of the 2021 New Jersey Arts Annual "ReVision and Respond" exhibition, Newark artists Anthony Alvarez, Chrystofer Davis, Antoinette Ellis-Williams and Kwesi Kwarteng are among a list of 45 selected artists who will be juried on their work.
The exhibition will open on Thursday, June 17 and will be on view through Sunday, Aug. 22.
“We are delighted to host this year’s New Jersey Arts Annual in collaboration with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and look forward to amplifying the work of these visionary artists by offering the public a glimpse of their inspiring talent,” Associate Curator of Decorative Arts for The Newark Museum of Art Amy Hopwood said. “We are eager to share what these 45 New Jersey-based artists have created.” Hopwood joined Kristen Owens, associate curator of programs for Rutgers University-Newark Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark, as a juror. Together, they reviewed more than 1,800 entries from 484 artists across the state.
The open call invited a range of artistic practices, from traditional to abstract, from craft to new media. The selected works include ceramics, collage, installations, paintings, photographs, sculpture, textiles, video, and works on paper. The jurors selected 50 works by 45 artists that they felt interpret this year’s ReVision and Respond theme, inspired by artists’ crucial role in our society as they offer nuanced perspectives on our current and future worlds.
“As one of the longest standing partners of the Arts Annual, The Newark Museum of Art has found exciting new ways to engage with, and highlight the work of, New Jersey’s many accomplished artists,” Director of Artist Services at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Danielle Bursk said. “We are proud to support the vision of The Newark Museum of Art and the artists who have contributed their talent to this timely exhibit.”