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(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Five current Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts faculty members have received 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships. The awardees are fiction writer Phil Klay, a 2015–16 Princeton Hodder Fellow and current Lecturer in Creative Writing; theater artist Aaron Landsman, a 2014-16 Princeton Arts Fellow, current Visiting Associate Professor, and recent Belknap Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council; fiction writer Fiona Maazel, Lecturer in Creative Writing; poet Claudia Rankine, Princeton’s 2017 Holmes National Poetry Prize awardee and Visiting Professor of Creative Writing; and theater scholar Stacy Wolf, Professor of Theater, Director of the Program in Music Theater, and Director of Princeton Arts Fellowships.... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- People will soon be talking about visual art in a new way. Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) gets decidedly quirky on April 27th when this nonprofit and very eclectic arts organization debuts ARTSpeaks , a complete reimagining of the Artist Talk, which debuts on April 27th from 7:30pm -10:00pm at Merseles Studios in Jersey City, NJ.... READ ON

(PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ) -- Late this spring the gallery of the West Windsor Arts Center will feature the works by artists of the Indian diaspora and their interpretations of “Dharma in the 21st Century.” Curated by artist Hetal Mistry, the sales of artwork will also raise funds to support the Clean Ganga Fund, an Indian national effort to save the endangered holy river. The exhibit runs from May 8 through July 1, 2017.  An opening reception is set for Sunday, May 21 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the art center.... READ ON

(BELMAR, NJ) -- Belmar's Annual Artwalk returns on Saturday, April 29 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. This free and family friendly event takes place rain or shine along Main Street from 5th through 13th Avenue including Belmar's Pyanoe Plaza, which is located in the heart of Belmar's Business District at 9th Avenue and Main Street. The Annual Artwalk showcases the talent of over 60 artists, musicians and participating businesses in the community. This year's event will again feature a secret word search prize drawing.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Gallery Aferro launches a 2017-18 quartet of solo shows by multiple generations of women artists of color, beginning with an extensive retrospective of ceramic sculptures by Dolores Stewart. The exhibit, curated by Evonne M. Davis, runs from April 28 through May 26, 2017.... READ ON

(UNION CITY, NJ) -- 4501 Gallery is a new contemporary photography gallery opening at 4501 Park Ave, in Union City, NJ. Focusing on emerging artists, 4501 aims to explore the ways in which the camera can be a tool for self-exploration and understanding the world around us. ... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- A collaboration between Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Zimmerli Art Museum provides a window into the working process of American contemporary artist Kara Walker and a cohort of Rutgers students in a project that explores the history of the United States as a slave-owning nation and the shadows that it continues to cast over the 21st century. Walker was named Tepper Chair in Visual Arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2015. This five-year residency provides visual arts students the opportunity to work alongside the prolific and often provocative artist, in a creative endeavor rooted in research and collaboration. The cohort is currently examining themes of Memory, Memorials, and Monuments. The public is invited to a free reception and performances on April 21, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, to learn more about the project from the artist and students.... READ ON

(UNION COUNTY, NJ) -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that 34 Union County arts organizations will receive a total of $64,000 in grants from the Union County Local Arts Grant Program for the funding year 2017.... READ ON

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- “Eclectic” is the word, for the artist-friendly Long Branch, NJ neighborhood known as West End. Occupying a geographical “sweet spot” between the city’s celebrated beaches and the cultural crossroads of nearby Monmouth University, the community’s coffeehouses, taverns, storefronts and stages have nurtured generations of painters, poets, pundits and performers — even inspiring a certain young troubador to pen a little tune by the name of “Born to Run.”... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- At its first board meeting of the year, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Trustees approved 57 grants totaling $2,692,000 to nonprofit organizations whose work in the arts, education, environment and informed communities impact citizens throughout the state for a better New Jersey. ... READ ON

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