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(NEWARK, NJ) -- The SMU National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) announced that Newark, New Jersey, as part of the Newark, NJ-PA Metro Division, is the 9th most arts-vibrant community in the nation. NCAR’s third annual Arts Vibrancy Index ranked more than 900 communities across the country, taking a detailed look at the supply, demand, and government support for the arts in each area.... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers invites the public to attend exclusive programming at Art After Hours: First Tuesdays on June 6, from 5:00pm to 9:00p.m. The evening kicks off with tours of Toutes Les Nouvelles – All the News: Current Events in Nineteenth-Century French Prints, at 5:45pm and 6:30pm, led by Christine Giviskos, the Zimmerli’s Curator of Prints, Drawings, and European Art. ... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Art House Productions will move in mid-July to a new home at 300 Coles Street in Jersey City. Part of the performing and visual arts organization’s long-term strategic plan, the new space allows Art House to expand its programs, broaden its artistic reach and strengthen its roots in the community after a 30-month temporary residence near Journal Square.... READ ON

(FAIRFIELD, N) -- Photo Expo 2017 returns to Unique Photo in Fairfield for New Jersey’s largest photography event from June 2 - 4. Photo enthusiasts from beginners to professionals will have the opportunity to demo and purchase the hottest new cameras and gear, take free photography classes and participate in exciting photo shoots.... READ ON

(LINCROFT, NJ) -- “As a sculptor and installation artist, I could relate to the animals’ collecting of materials, selecting a site and planning the building process,” said Donna Payton, curator and artist of Animal Architects: Influences on Human Creativity on display in the Main Gallery of the Monmouth Museum May 21st through September 3, 2017. ... READ ON

(STONE HARBOR, NJ) -- This Memorial Day weekend, shore-goers will have the opportunity to “Drift Away” at the shore when guest artist Josef Kote brings his collection of paintings to Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor, NJ. It is the first exhibition in New Jersey for Kote. The exhibition will run May 26 through May 29 with all artwork available for acquisition.... READ ON

(NEW YORK, NY) -- The Art Renewal Center (ARC), a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to realist art and skill-based training techniques in the visual arts, presents the 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition from May 12 through June 1, 2017. The show consists of 83 Contemporary Realist works selected from 3,100 entries representing 63 countries. ... READ ON

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, which develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work, and advance access to and participation in the arts, has a new leader. Theresa Colvin took over as Executive Director of the Foundation on May 1, 2017. She succeeded Alan W. Cooper who retired after 23 years as the Foundation’s Director. Colvin was selected through a nine-month, national executive search process guided by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). ... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey has appointed a new member to the Board of Trustees: Gurdon Hornor, of Belle Mead, NJ. Hornor is a retired insurance and real estate executive. He owned the No. 1 home building firm and No. 3 real estate brokerage firm in Western Massachusetts in the 1980’s and early 90’s. Later in his career he moved south to Jacksonville, FL and Atlanta, GA where he worked for GE Capital and MetLife in long term care and disability insurance, in both the individual and group sides of the business.... 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

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