New Jersey is immersed in the arts. If you live there or if you have visited the place then you would know that to be true. The problem is that its proximity to New York City has probably overshadowed its appeal as a destination for serious art lovers and so some people consider it to be artistically a backwater.
Art Shows in New Jersey
There are plenty of art shows in the New Jersey area that you could sample all year round. Here are some of the upcoming events there that you might want to check out:
Romare Bearden: The Artist and Social Activist- This show will focus on the life and works of Romare Bearden who was an editorial cartoonist who used his art to tell the world about his views. The artist worked on illustrating topics that others might have shied away from because of controversy. The show will be held at the Puffin Cultural Forum from Dec 7, 2012 – Feb 28, 2013.
Art After Hours: First Wednesdays– After Hours is a program by Rutgers University which aims to bring art closer to the community. They hold discussions and lectures on the first Wednesday on each month. On January 2, 2013, the focus will be on Trisha Brown who is a performance artist as well as a visual artist. Jeff Friedman will be the one conducting the lecture and would explore the influences that Brown has had.
Feast Your Eyes: The Unexpected Beauty of Vegetable Gardens- This is a celebration of a unique way of looking at gardens. It shows how vegetable gardens can actually be visually appealing. It will also show the history and developed of this type of garden in New Jersey and how it has helped to shape the history of the state. The show will be held at the New Jersey Historical Society and was developed in cooperation with the help of the Smithsonian Institution Horticulture Services Division. The show will run up until Jun 30, 2013.
These are just three of the best ongoing and upcoming art shows in the state of New Jersey that you can check out. If you are interested in the performing arts instead, then there are also many shows there that might interest you as well. You can go ahead and check them out so you can see what the Garden State has to offer when it comes to the arts.