Continuum: George Segal Gallery and Studio Montclair Present 12th Annual Juried Exhibition

March 10 - April 11

Montclair, New Jersey -- The George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University and Studio Montclair, an association of professional visual artists and patrons located in Montclair, have partnered to present Continuum, Studio Montclair's 12th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, juried by Patterson Sims, former director of the Montclair Art Museum. The Exhibition will feature sixty-one artists and 105 works that present a range of styles, media and themes.

In preparing their annual exhibit, the Studio Montclair exhibition committee solicits work by artists from all over the country. A theme is chosen annually, though its purpose is to unify the exhibit, not to place constraints on the participating artists.

"As should be quite apparent with this selection, I like a lot of different artistic points of view, styles of art, and media," says Patterson Sims. "For me, abstraction and representation are equally appealing. I have a specific fondness for art that has qualities as contradictory as the elegiac, wit and humor, surrealism, photo-realism, and minimalist and reductive art. Overall, I favor the visually emphatic and graphically bold." That diverse and broad taste generated a larger eclectic assortment of selected artists and thereby spawned a more packed installation than another juror might have favored. He adds "I like to put disparate art in proximity to both stress difference and unexpected points of interconnection. Photo-based images and lots of other media, play a major role in this show."

Prior to his tenure as director of the Montclair Art Museum, Sims' distinguished career as a museum professional included serving as Deputy Director for Education and Research Support at The Museum of Modern Art, in New York. He also served as Associate Director for Art and Exhibitions and Curator of Modern Art at the Seattle Art Museum, and was the first curator designated to oversee the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Studio Montclair celebrates its 12th year as a non-profit professional visual artists' organization based in Montclair, New Jersey, now serving over 250 members. Studio Montclair's membership of professional visual artists and supporters is dedicated to promoting culture and education in the visual arts through exhibitions, lectures, art demonstrations and other educational programs and to encourage new, emerging artists through all appropriate means.

The George Segal Gallery is a 7,200 square foot, state-of-the-art gallery. Completed in 2006, it houses a permanent collection of works by well-known artist George Segal and other 20th and 21st century artists. The gallery has been the recipient of the prestigious Citation of Excellence from the New Jersey State Arts Council for two consecutive years.

The exhibition runs from March 10 through April 11, 2009. The Opening Reception is Saturday, March 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. when awards will be presented.

Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The George Segal Gallery is located behind the Alexander Kasser Theater on the 4th level of the Red Hawk Parking Deck.

For more information or directions please call the Gallery (973) 655-3382 or visit www.montclair.edu/segalgallery

Released: March 5, 2009