NJ Arts Annual 2015: Crafts


Accessorize—The Person and The Place: Feb. 12 – Apr. 19, 2015

Important Dates

  • Entry Deadline: November 21, 2014
    • Complete application with all supporting materials must be received by 5pm on Nov. 21. You are encouraged to submit in advance of this date, if possible.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Selected Artists notified by email: January 3, 2015
  • Delivery of Artworks: February 2—5, 2015
    • All work must be delivered to the Morris Museum between 10am-4pm. Contact the Collections department to schedule a delivery appointment, [email protected] or 973.971.3735.
  • Exhibition Opens & Reception: February 12, 2015, 6-8pm
  • Exhibition Open: February 12—April 19, 2015
  • Pick up of Artwork: April 20—23, 2015
    • All work must be picked up at the close of the exhibition, between 10am-4pm.  Contact the Collections department to schedule an appointment, [email protected] or 973.971.3735.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


About the Museum

Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is a vibrant cultural center connecting people to the arts and sciences, to new ideas, and to each other. Education is central to the Museum’s mission, which is advanced by its extensive collection of more than 40,000 objects ranging from fine art to fossils.  Its Guinness Collection of mechanical musical instruments and automata is one of the finest collections of its kind.  The only museum in New Jersey with a professional theatre program, the Museum presents musicals, dramas, comedies, and mysteries; year-round children’s theatre; a jazz series; and special performances in our Bickford Theatre. Through artistic excellence and innovation, the Morris Museum strives to create a more interactive, relevant and dynamic museum experience in a welcoming environment that inspires cultural engagement, lifelong learning and artistic expression.  The Museum welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually and an additional 250,000+ persons are served offsite through educational outreach.

A dynamic, community-focused cultural organization the mission of the Morris Museum is:

To elevate the cultural consciousness, excite the mind and enhance the quality of life by advancing the understanding and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts, natural and physical sciences and humanities through exhibitions, performances and educational programs in a welcoming, inclusive and creative environment that responsibly uses all museum resources, including stewardship of a permanent collection.

2015 New Jersey Arts Annual: Crafts

The New Jersey Arts Annual is a unique series of exhibitions highlighting the works of visual artists and craftspeople in the state in the areas of fine arts and crafts. One exhibition takes place each year in either fine arts or crafts, in altering sequence. This exhibition series is open to any artist currently living or working in New Jersey.

The Arts Annual series is cosponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in partnership with major museums around the state including the Montclair Art Museum, the Morris Museum, The Newark Museum, The Noyes Museum of Art, and the New Jersey State Museum.

Accessorize—The Person and the Place

The goal of the FY2015 New Jersey Craft Arts Annual is to mount an exhibition that highlights the creativity and vitality of New Jersey artists, fusing traditional craft mediums with innovative materials and techniques. The theme for this year’s Arts Annual in Crafts, “Accessorize—The Person & The Place,” will explore trends taking place in contemporary crafts as artists cross boundaries in process and materials. The concept of accessorizing offers an “accessible” avenue for inviting the public to explore the great variety of textures, materials, and techniques that are being embraced and leveraged by New Jersey craft artisans in ways that adorn the person or enliven one’s space.

The Morris Museum will seek craft artisans who epitomize both innovative design and a mastery of technique through expressions that range from the inventive exploration of contemporary materials (plastic, wearable technology, and found objects) to hand-crafted, low-tech processes that utilize traditional mediums (clay, glass, wood, fiber, and metal).  The goal is to present an exhibition that explores a range of artistic talent and inventiveness in design, the creative use of new and traditional materials, and a mastery of technique. It is hoped that by experiencing contemporary crafts visitors will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the contribution of New Jersey artists to contemporary studio art crafts.


  • Ronald T. Labaco, Marcia Docter Curator, Museum of Arts and Design
  • Angela Sergonis-Melchionne, Associate Curator, Morris Museum

Selection Process

The jurors will select works for the exhibition after reviewing all submissions.  Artists may also be selected at the invitation of jurors. Applicants may be requested to submit additional materials.  Artists are strongly encouraged to visit the Museum before submitting their work.

All submissions must represent work that:

  • Has been completed within the past five years;
  • Is available for the complete duration of the exhibition;
  • Has not been shown in a previous Arts Annual (Crafts and/or Fine Arts) 

Entry Procedure

There is no entry fee.  Applicants must fill out the Entry Form.  Up to eight digital, high-resolution images (TIF or JPEGs on a CD/DVD or flash drive) – all reproduction quality/300dpi or higher – should accompany the application.  Images of details of work may be submitted, but they must be included in the eight total images.  Submission must also include a current résumé, and one page artists’ statement. If selected for inclusion in the exhibition, the images submitted may be used for in the catalogue and/or for press purposes.  If you do not choose to have your images retained by the Morris Museum, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for their return.

Submission Materials

Each digital file MUST include the following information: artist’s name, title, medium, dimensions, and date.

  • The title of the image/file should be:
    • “john smith, untitled, wood, 23x45x12, 2013.jpg”
  • Digital images should be submitted on CD/DVD or Flash Drive.  Images must be in JPEG or TIF format.  Each image should be 300dpi at 5”x7” minimum.
  • Please do not email images to the museum.
  • For all images, sharp, accurate color reproduction, and highest resolution possible (300dpi or higher) is essential, as selected works/images may be used in an exhibition catalogue or for press purposes.


  • Artists chosen for the exhibition will be responsible for all shipping arrangements of their work.  Artwork must be delivered to the Morris Museum between Monday, February 2 and Thursday, February 5, 2015 between 10am and 4pm.  Artwork must be picked up between Monday, April 20 and Thursday, April 23, between 10am-4pm. Artists must contact the Collections Department (973.971.3735 or [email protected]), in advance to schedule a date and time for both delivery and pick up.  No art will be accepted or returned without an appointment.
  • Packing Materials: The Morris Museum will save all original packing materials provided by the artist and reuse for packing at the end of the exhibition.  All packing materials must be labeled.
  • Insurance: The Morris Museum will insure all artwork from the time it is received until it is released by the Museum.  Artists must assume responsibility for their artwork while in transit to and from the Museum.  Artists will be notified upon receipt and inspection of the artwork if the Museum feels a work cannot be insured due to its condition, structure, fragility or inherent vice.  In that case, artists are encouraged to carry their own insurance.

Conditions of Agreement

Work selected for the exhibition must remain for the entire duration of the exhibition. No substitution of the work may be made. The Morris Museum reserves the right to reproduce entries for catalogue and publicity purposes.  Work remaining after the listed pick-up period may be disposed of at the discretion of the Museum.  Submissions of entries will constitute agreement to the conditions set forth between the Morris Museum and the artists selected for the Arts Annual. The Morris Museum’s loan documents will formalize this agreement.


Potential buyers will be referred to the artists. The Morris Museum will not act as an agent for any sales.


An exhibition catalogue listing selected works and including a directory of the artists represented will be published digitally. The Museum will publish the catalogue as a printable PDF document, available via the website.

Download the Prospectus:

 Application Checklist

  • Completed Entry Form
  • CD/DVD or flash drive with:
    • Up to 8 images
    • Current Résumé
    • One page artist’s statement
    • Image Inventory Spreadsheet or digital copy of Entry Form
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials (if desired)

Mail or Deliver all submission materials by November 21, 2014 to:

New Jersey Arts Annual: Crafts
Attn: Kelli Cheval
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960



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