The University Galleries offers a variety of educational and public programs for engagement. These opportunities for learning, discovery, and enrichment, incorporate interactive discussion-based tours of exhibitions, art-making workshops, and custom-tailored experiences.
The University Galleries offers to school groups, university classes, and community groups and organizations, we also produce numerous public programs each year. These unique offerings, held in conjunction with particular exhibitions, are open to the general public and can include special receptions, gallery talks, curator lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, musical performances, dance performances, and literary readings.
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Early Childhood Programs
These programs benefit children who are not yet in the K-12 school systems and are mostly conducted in collaboration with early childhood centers. The participants in these programs are roughly 3-5 years old. The Early Childhood Programs consist of class visits to the Galleries and art-making activities.
Our programs involve class visits and interactive, exploratory tours of a given exhibition. Art-making experiences and other activities, such as gallery search “scavenger hunts” and writing exercises, are also available. These class visits and gallery programs are customized to the needs, interests, and timeframes of the teachers and classes. The University Galleries welcomes visits from public, private, independent and religious schools, as well as students in homeschool programs.
Guidelines for Group/Class Visits:
School groups must provide at least one adult chaperone per ten students, and chaperones must accompany the group at all times.
Chaperones will be responsible for enforcing appropriate behavior in the gallery spaces.
Please understand that each reservation is limited to that scheduled time frame; if a group arrives late, their tour and/or workshop may not be extended.
There is a suggested donation per participant for groups that engage in hands-on art-making activities.
Within a large campus community, the University Galleries constantly seeks to collaborate with an ever-increasing number of departments and faculty, asserting the Galleries as an invaluable resource for enhanced teaching and enriched learning. The University Galleries embraces collaboration with professors in all academic departments and programs. We look for ways to make relevant curricular connections between a given exhibition and course content. These class visits, tours, and in-gallery programs are customized to the needs and interests of the related professors – and faculty in ALL academic disciplines are welcome and encouraged to bring their classes to the Galleries and to schedule class visits/tours.
Note: the University Galleries requests at least two weeks advanced communication for scheduling any group/class visit or tour. Please contact the Engagement and Outreach Curator Adam Swart at 973-655-6941 or email@example.com for more information and/or to schedule a visit.
Student Employment Opportunities
The University Galleries actively hires Montclair State University students each year to work in a variety of roles critical to the operations of the department: Attendants, Collections Assistants, Education Assistants, and Social Media Assistants.
Please log in to Hire a Red Hawk to learn more about these opportunities and to apply for a position with the University Galleries team.
Adult and Senior Programs
In addition to young children, K-12 students, and the university community, the University Galleries also serves general adult and older adult populations. These group visits and tours can be arranged by active adult communities, rec centers, workgroups, social groups, etc. University Galleries suggests limiting groups to a maximum of 15 people to ensure an enriching visit.
University Galleries received ADA approval from the NJ Theater Alliance and the NJ State Council on the Arts and regularly collaborates with organizations that serve people with a variety of disabilities and special needs. Our main exhibition space, the George Segal Gallery, is a wheelchair-accessible facility. In addition to offering discussion-based tours of exhibitions, we provide various accommodations to assist people with special needs.
Community Organizations and Corporate Groups
University Galleries welcomes group visits from various community organizations and corporations. Community Groups include organizations outside of traditional school settings and which can comprise very diverse audiences, such as social clubs, weekend arts or sports programs, summer camps, and other groups/organizations coming from the off-campus community.
University Galleries conducts off-site presentations of relevant artists, artwork, and exhibitions. These presentations can be accompanied by art-making workshops, depending on the requests and interests of the hosting partner. Such programs are offered year-round and can be held during the summer and at times when the main Segal Gallery is closed for installation. Off-site programs are often facilitated for senior communities, organizations serving people with severe disabilities, and other organizations for which transportation to the University is difficult to arrange. Any school, camp, institution or organization can schedule an off-site program to be hosted at their facility.
University Galleries facilitates online presentations and discussions about past and current exhibitions, highlights of the Collection, specific artists in the Collection, and specifically curated thematic selections from the Collection spanning a variety of artists, styles, and materials. Such programs are delivered on Zoom and can reach larger audiences and distant geographic regions.
*Please contact the University Galleries at 973-655-3382 at least two weeks in advance to arrange such accommodations. Off-site programs are also available for groups for which transportation and mobility present significant challenges.