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(LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ) -- The Rider University Art Gallery will present an exhibit of works by alumna Suzanne Dinger, from Thursday, March 1 through Sunday, April 15. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree from Rider, Dinger received a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. An adjunct member of Rider’s faculty, she says, “I’m really excited to have this opportunity to show my work, especially at Rider. I have students that I’ve taught over the last four years, and fellow faculty members coming. It’s an honor to share my work with them and with the school.”... READ ON

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) --  The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization helping people in need in eastern Bergen County, launched its first 85th anniversary event -- an art exhibition, Stills From Life -- with an opening reception held on February 8 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center's (bergenPAC) Sandy Bennett Art Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey.  The exhibition features the work of these artists: Charlie Hudson, Caslon Bevington, Lindsea Bevington, Jay Gittens, Julia Powers, and Calypso Vaga.  Sponsored in partnership with bergenPAC, Apostrophe NYC, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's ArtsBergen initiative and Westy's Self-Storage, the exhibition runs from February 8 to February 28. ... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Montclair Art Museum (MAM) has announced the regional award recipients of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Presented by the nonprofit organization the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the 95th Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. This program year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted to more than 100 Affiliate Partners across the country, of which MAM is the sole NJ affiliate. ... READ ON

(TRENTON, NJ) -- On February 13, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts held its first public meeting of 2018 at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. The unique facility is home to a growing number of active artist studios, exhibition spaces, arts organizations, and more, and served as the perfect backdrop for the Council's announcement of this year's Artist Fellowship awards.  Eighteen artists from New Jersey received monetary awards intended to help give them the ability to keep creating art.... READ ON

(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- The March lineup at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg offers something for everything—from Flamenco and Irish dancing and folk music, to a portrait of three former first ladies and a one-woman show about a workaholic film producer, to a presentation for infants and toddlers featuring classical music. ... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Newark Arts will celebrate the outstanding life and career of Ellen Lambert, recently retired Chief Diversity Officer of PSEG, President of PSEG Foundation and Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship and Culture on April 11, 2017 at 15 Washington Street, Newark, NJ.  ... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Spring is on the way, and Art House’s JC Fridays will kick off the season with 20 exciting visual and performing arts events! Come out and celebrate with this city-wide festival on Friday, March 2nd, 2018. Restaurants, galleries, stores, and event spaces throughout Jersey City will showcase a variety of art-related happenings including visual exhibitions, live music, performance acts, educational demonstrations, and more. All events are free and open to the public. ... READ ON

G ARTS has announced  the publication of One Woman by John Botte and Elicia Ho. With a nod to classic portraiture à la Studio Harcourt and Cecil Beaton, One Woman is an inspired collaboration between photographer and muse, from the much-praised author of Aftermath:Unseen 9/11 Photos by a New York City Cop (HarperCollins). The result is a stunning, dual meditation on a photographer’s relationship to subject and craft, and one woman’s intimate, empowering exploration of her sense of self. ... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- The Count Basie Theatre has announced the availability of its annual Arts Impact scholarships available to Monmouth County high school seniors graduating in 2018. The Basie will offer four scholarships: the Moser Taboada Arts Impact Scholarship, the Monmouth Medical Center - RWJBarnabas Health Arts Impact Scholarship, the Steven and Jaime Schultz Arts Impact Scholarship, and the Monmouth County Freeholders’ Basie Scholarship for Continuing Education. The Monmouth County Freeholders’ scholarship will be awarded to a student attending a New Jersey-based college in the fall. ... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- The Board of Trustees of the Morris Museum announced that it has recently elected a new member:  Sassona Norton.  In making the announcement, Gerri Horn, the Board’s Chairman, said: The Trustees of the Morris Museum are honored to welcome Sassona to the Board.  She is an internationally recognized voice in the art world, an artist of major consequence, and a spirited advocate for artistic and cultural endeavors."... READ ON

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