Art lovers and collectors can choose from more than 150 works of contemporary art at the annual Art Connections juried art exhibition and sale, now through February 18 at Montclair State University’s George Segal Gallery.
Art Connections 8 features works from 115 new and established artists from throughout the US, with a strong representation of New Jersey artists. Two noted contemporary artists, sculptor/printmaker Willie Cole, known for transforming ordinary, found objects into imaginative sculptures, and ethereal landscape painter Michael Eade, received a special invitation to participate in the show.
They join an eclectic group of artists such as painter Lisa Pressman, mixed media artist Judy Rubino, sculptor/photographer Tom Francisco, and artist/photographer Nancy Goldring, who is also a professor of art and director of drawing in the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State.
Now in its eighth 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 and a lot of innovation and experimentation with artists using materials in unconventional ways.”
Lisa Suss, an arts activist and professional artist, served as the juror for the second year in a row. She reviewed approximately 700 pieces, submitted by 300 artists, in five categories—print, painting, sculpture, mixed media, and photography.
“In building a strong and diverse show, I looked for pieces that would appeal to not only a variety of interests, but also different levels of art buyers,” says Suss. Prices range from $150-$5,000, with sales split 50-50 between the artist and the University. Proceeds go to support exhibitions at the George Segal Gallery and the University’s permanent collections.
Many of the participating artists will attend the opening reception on Sunday, January 22 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to meet exhibition goers and to answer questions about their art. The reception is open to the public.
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 4th floor of the Red Hawk Parking Deck adjacent to the Alexander Kasser Theater.