Special Exhibitions

County College of MorrisCounty College of Morris Portfolio Class Exhibitions
Through April 16, 2015

This series of exhibitions by students in the Portfolio courses in the Visual Arts Department showcases the culmination of the students work during two years of creative studies.

Fine Art: March 24 – March 26
Photography: April 3 – April 16
Design: March 27 – April 2
Graphic Design: April 16

Tom Ryder New Jersey Craft Arts Annual
Accessorize: The Person and The Place
Through April 19, 2015

The theme of the 2015 NJ Craft Arts Annual invites visitors to explore the great variety of textures, materials, and techniques that are embraced and leveraged by New Jersey craft artisans to adorn the person or enliven one’s space. This exhibition program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Related Videos:

Learn more about the New Jersey Craft Arts Annual by watching this VIDEO on the exhibition.

Exhibition Catalog:

Download a Digital Catalog of the exhibition here: 2015 Craft Arts Annual Catalog

Image:  Thomas  Ryder, Reflections (Man Made Beauty), blown and sculpted glass, 13.5×6.5×14, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist.

Masks from the CollectionMasquerade: Masks from the Morris Museum Collection
Through April 19, 2015

Featuring more than 50 dynamic works, this exhibition examines how cultures worldwide have used masks to serve many purposes from entertainment to deception to protection.

Image: Harold King, Raven Mask, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Bickford.

Picatinny ArsenalThe History of Picatinny Arsenal
Through May 31, 2015

Featuring text panels and photographs, this display teaches about the history of the United States Army Picatinny Arsenal and the role it has played in New Jersey since 1880.  Picatinny Arsenal is the Joint Center of Excellence for Armaments and Munitions, providing products and services to all branches of the U.S. military. Nestled in the northern New Jersey skylands, a team of 5,000-strong specializes in the research, development, acquisition and life-cycle management of advanced conventional weapon systems and advanced ammunition.

Image courtesy of Picatinny Arsenal.

Fresh Perspectives 2015
Through June 7, 2015

The annual Fresh Perspectives juried exhibition began in 1989 to give artistically accomplished high school students a professionally organized museum exhibition experience and to recognize art teachers for their encouragement and the effective teaching of these talented student artists.

Leviant's EnigmaNow You See it: The Art of Magic and Illusion
Through August 15, 2015

Illusions are surprising and intriguing. They distort our senses and mystify our logical thinking. This mind bending exhibition explores how the human mind can be fooled through optical illusions, a magician’s sleight of hand, and an artist’s distortion of perspective. Hands-on, interactive stations will invite visitors to test the boundaries of clarity and confusion.

Artists, magicians, and illusionists have been tricking the human eye for centuries. From the trompe l’oeil paintings of the Baroque period, to the Op-Art illusions of the 20th century, artists have distorted the viewer’s perception to create masterpieces of illusion. Magicians, using “sleight of hand” in the same way artists use hue, value, and perspective, have delighted spectators with seemingly impossible tricks. Similarly, contemporary illusionists have harnessed technology and animation to augment reality in logically defying ways. This exhibition will invite visitors to explore how these visual stunts distort perception.

Related Programs

Indian Magic Show, May 9
Magic Camp, July 13 – 17

Image:  Leviant’s Enigma. This illusion is based on the painting “Enigma,” by Isia Leviant, 1984. Stare at the center magenta disk and you will see faint dots swirling around the purple circles. They can suddenly change direction, too. French artist Isia Leviant created this image in 1984, after being influenced by the Mackay Effect.

Earth from SpacePoster Exhibition: Earth from Space
Through August 16, 2015

See our amazing planet from the perspective of orbiting satellites. This poster exhibit presents large color reproductions of images captured by high- tech satellites circling the earth, recording rare views of events such as dust storms, forest fires, volcanic eruptions, and hurricanes.

Image: Satellite imagery shows the densely populated layout of New York City. Varying shades of gray and blue reflect the built environment, with bright colors showing large paved areas and darker colors showing concentrations of tall structures. Courtesy National Air and Space Museum.

al green pottery websitePottery by Albert Green

For more than fifty years until his death in 1994, Albert Green produced works of genius that continue to influence the ceramic world today. Through years of experimentation and study, Albert was able to teach himself the intricacies of clay and glazes.  Simple utilitarian forms – the bowl, the bottle, the plate – became Albert’s canvases, allowing him to concentrate on the interplay of color and design which graces the surface of every piece.