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Art by Kevin Blythe Sampson, Fred Scruton, and Theda Sandiford On Display At Visual Arts Center of NJ

originally published: 09/14/2018

Art by Kevin Blythe Sampson, Fred Scruton, and Theda Sandiford On Display At Visual Arts Center of NJ

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- The work of artists Kevin Blythe Sampson, Fred Scruton, and Theda Sandiford will take center stage as the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey opens its fall exhibitions. Kevin Blythe Sampson: Black and Blue, Messages from the Interior, and Stair-gazing: Theda Sandiford will run from September 28, 2018–January 27, 2019.

Sampson’s work will be shown in the Main Gallery, under the exhibition title Kevin Blythe Sampson: Black and Blue. Sampson is a sculptor, painter, and muralist who transforms discarded objects and ephemera into intricate vessels and memorials that have personal significance to him or his subjects. His sculptures draw spiritual energy from the community at large and reflect an intimate understanding of the contemporary African-American experience. Born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ, Sampson served for 18 years as a New Jersey police officer, and has lived and worked in Newark for the past two decades.

This exhibition incorporates mixed-media sculptures, drawings, a site-specific mural, and a recent series of porcelain sculptures responding to the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements. Sampson addresses these complicated issues from his perspective as an African-American artist as well as a retired police officer. This exhibition, which was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, is held in dialogue with the exhibition Olde Soul on display through February 23, 2019, at Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University, Newark. Sampson will also participate in an artist talk with artist Renee Stout on Thursday, October 25, from 6:00pm–8:00pm at Paul Robeson Gallery.

Art by Kevin Blythe Sampson, Fred Scruton, and Theda Sandiford On Display At Visual Arts Center of NJ

Scruton’s two-part exhibition, Messages from the Interior, highlights the artist’s work as a photographer, videographer, and writer, documenting visionary and other non-mainstream artists and the environments they create. Traveling extensively throughout the United States and periodically revisiting many of the artists and sites, Scruton shines new light on artists whose work is often overlooked. A series of his photographic portraits of the artists and their environments will be on view in the Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery I. Selected artworks from Scruton’s personal collection—some of them made by artists he has photographed—will be displayed in the adjacent Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Gallery.  

Their fall Stair-gazing exhibition features the work of Theda Sandiford, a collage, mixed media, and installation artist based in Jersey City. In her piece Wonder Women, Sandiford combines drawing, photography, digital media, and found objects to make a large-scale self-portrait on fabric. In the tradition of the sewing circle or quilting bee, she invited members of the community to help her sew embellishments such as buttons, beads, artificial flowers, and other ephemera.



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Art by Kevin Blythe Sampson, Fred Scruton, and Theda Sandiford On Display At Visual Arts Center of NJKevin Blythe Sampson: Black and Blue, Messages from the Interior, and Stair-gazing: Theda Sandiford will run from September 28, 2018–January 27, 2019.  An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 28, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The opening reception is free and open to the public. Visit artcenternj.org for more information.

For 85 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been exclusively dedicated to viewing, making, and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization, the Art Center’s renowned studio school, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors, and people with special needs every year.

Major support for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is provided in part by the Peter R. & Cynthia K. Kellogg Foundation; the Wilf Family Foundations; and Art Center members and donors.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit, New Jersey. Adult and children’s group tours are available throughout the year. Gallery Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am-8:00pm; and Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am-4:00pm.  





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Grants Are Now Available for Garden State Organizations from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
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Event calendar
Friday, Nov 16, 2018


MUSIC

THE MERCURY BROTHERS @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Heather Maloney with Izzy Heltai @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm

Shockenaw Mountain Boys at the Minstrel @ Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown - 7:30pm

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse @ The Chase Room @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 7:30pm

Renaissance @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

James Day & The Fish Fry @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Annie @ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 8:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

Annie @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 8:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Billy Bishop Goes to War @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 8:00pm

Kiss Me Kate @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 8:00pm

Phoenix Productions Presents: The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Enchanted April @ The Summit Playhouse, Summit - 8:00pm

Heathers, The Musical High School Edition @ Pebble Players, Oakes Center, Summit - 7:30pm

Spring Awakening: The Rock Musical @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Into the Woods @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 8:00pm


COMEDY

Ladies Let Loose Stand-Up Comedy @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 8:00pm

WHOOPI GOLDBERG @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm


KIDS

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR. @ Ridgewood Ave School Theater, Glen Ridge - 7:00pm

Nugget & Fang @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 10:30am and 12:30pm

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