(MILLBURN, NJ) -- Paper Mill Playhouse has announced the upcoming season of The Gallery at Paper Mill in the Renee Foosaner Art Gallery. The four exhibitions have been designed to thematically compliment the theater’s mainstage productions, and there will be a separate open call for each show.
“Paper Mill is thrilled to continue the curated art exhibitions we began this year. The shows succeeded in all the ways we had hoped,” says Mike Stotts, Managing Director. “Our audiences love it, and the artists benefit from the exposure we can provide. This year we featured nine fantastic local artists and look forward to continuing to showcase so many more.”
“Our newly appointed Gallery Advisory Council along with the gallery’s curator Jesus Nunez of J. Nunez has come up with a full season of thematically relevant shows that will bring us a wide variety of artistic styles and cultural influences. We very much look forward to welcoming new artists into the Paper Mill family,” adds Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director.
Paper Mill’s mainstage productions and our desire to amplify the stories of BIPOC artists and participate in global heritage celebrations, such as Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month and Black History Month, have helped inspire their exhibit themes. The gallery opens the season with MOVEMENT concurrently with On Your Feet (the Story of Gloria Estefan) and will celebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. The second show LIGHT will take place over the Holidays and during Paper Mill’s production of The Sound of Music. HERO will be the show open concurrently with Disney’s Hercules and Black History Month. The final show of the season will be STREET in tandem with Murder on the Orient Express and Rent, as well as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage and Pride Months.
The Gallery at Paper Mill is located on the mezzanine level and can be enjoyed by patrons attending a performance or be visited daily from 12:00pm–6:00pm with no ticket required.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the Major Sponsor of the Gallery at Paper Mill.
Dates for the 2022-2023 Gallery at Paper Mill Season:
MOVEMENT: September 22–November 4. Concurrently with On Your Feet and during Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. Open Call for Artists June 16–July 31
LIGHT: November 17–January 13. Concurrently with The Sound of Music and the Holiday Season. Open Call for Artists August 15–October 2
HERO: January 26–March 24. Concurrent with Hercules and Black History Month. Open Call for Artists October 17–November 27
STREET: April 6–June 30. Happening concurrently with Murder on the Orient Express and Rent, as well as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage and Pride Months. Open call for Artists January 9–June 30
“Paper Mill is surrounded by a vibrant arts community. We are thrilled to spotlight local visual artists and engage lovers of the arts with their work,” says Mike Stotts. “We hope that our audiences love it and the artists benefit from the exposure we will be able to provide.” “Visual art is part of Paper Mill’s history,” adds Mark Hoebee. “Antoinette Scudder, one of Paper Mill’s original founders and a visual arts lover, insisted that a gallery be included when the original design was created for the theater in 1934, and local artists hung their work when the theater opened in 1938. It’s a part of who we are that is sometimes forgotten. We welcome it back now with a renewed commitment."