Art lovers and collectors can choose from 84 works of contemporary art at the annual Art Connections juried art exhibition and sale, now through February 9 at Montclair State University’s award-winning George Segal Gallery.
Art Connections 9 features works from 49 new and established artists from throughout the U.S., with a strong representation of New Jersey artists. Two noted contemporary artists, painter Philip Pearlstein, known for his realistic paintings of nude figures incorporated with still life, and Emma Amos, who uses a range of mediums, including handmade paper and hand-woven textiles to create works based mainly in part on her Southern, African-American heritage, received a special invitation to participate in the show.
They join an eclectic group of artists such as painter Alyce Gottesman, mixed media artist, Demetrio Alfonso, photographer Michael Cohen, and Fr. Frank Sabaté who specializes in embroidered art.
Now in its ninth year, the popular exhibit is a must-see among gallery patrons and the area’s many collectors, curators, and art dealers. “Each year, Art Connections looks to assemble works that reflect what is happening nationwide within the art world,” says Teresa Rodriguez, director of the Montclair State University Art Galleries and the George Segal Gallery. “Right now, there is a lot of innovation and experimentation with artists using materials in unconventional ways.”
Serving as juror for this year's event is Victor Davson, a practicing artist and founding director since 1983 of Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, N.J. He was born in Georgetown, Guyana, immigrated to the United States in 1973 and received a BFA degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn , NY., shortly after. During his thriving artistic career of 40 years, Davson concentrated in painting, drawing and printmaking, meriting him exhibition at Francis Kyle Gallery, London; Rush Art Gallery, N.Y.; The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery, SUNY, Geneseo; N.J. State Museum; Jersey City Museum; Newark Museum; and Morris Museum, to name a few notable ones. Mr. Davson is also a recipient of many awards: NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship (2011); J. Paul Getty Trust Scholarship (1997); The Wheeler Foundation (1995); Pollok-Krasner Foundation (1994); Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper Fellowship (1993); Nouveau Noir in conjunction with Jonction International, Nice, France (1988); and the Burnham Art Medal-National Painting of the Year Award, Georgetown.
Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Entry is from the fourth floor of the Red Hawk Parking Deck adjacent to the Alexander Kasser Theater.