MONTCLAIR, NJ, March 4, 2015—The ballots were cast and the votes tallied. Now, the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is thrilled to announce that its Yard School of Art was named “Favorite Adult Art Class” and “Favorite Art Camp” in the 2015 Annual JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards. The Museum also ranked among the top as “Favorite Art Museum.” For the second year in a row, the awards competition, which takes place annually to pay tribute to the work of NJ’s vital, vibrant, and diverse arts organizations, saw a record number of nominees. Additionally, nearly 15,000 votes were cast for NJ arts organizations across 16 categories.
“We’re so pleased the Yard School of Art once again gained recognition for its excellence,” said Lora Urbanelli, MAM director. “It is an honor that we do not take lightly. The People’s Choice Awards are as much about what we give to our community as it is about what they give back to us. We are so humbled by this outpouring of support.”
The Montclair Art Museum was one of more than 100 arts organizations and downtown arts districts nominated for this year’s Awards—the largest number of nominees the Awards has received since its creation in 2008. Nominees for the People’s Choice Awards were chosen by their peers through the Jersey Arts Marketers network, which is made up of hundreds of nonprofit arts groups across the state.
“The People’s Choice Awards allows us to honor our state’s incomparable cultural community and highlight the passion of its supporters,” said Adam Perle, President & CEO of ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, the statewide arts service organization that coordinates the annual awards. “The amazing amount of nominees and votes attests to the incredible impact the arts have on the daily lives of New Jerseyans.”
Public voting in the 2015 Annual JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards began January 8, 2015 and ran through February 19, 2015. Winners will be honored at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism, held each year at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City.
For a full list of nominees and categories, please visit www.JerseyArts.com/peopleschoice.
Spring and SummerART Registration
In the wake of receiving the 2015 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice awards for both “Favorite Adult Art Class” and “Favorite Art Camp,” the Montclair Art Museum invites you to find out for yourself the exemplary arts education available in the Yard School of Art. The Yard School of Art offers programs for adults, children, and teens throughout the year, including in our state-of-the-art Digital Media Lab and one-of-a-kind Ceramics Studio. Member registration for spring and summer classes is now open and nonmember registration opens March 9. Spring classes begin April 13 and SummerART starts July 6. Register online at montclairartmuseum.org or call 973-259-5139 or 973-259-5159.
The Yard School of Art Spring 8-week semester includes favorites like Foolproof Painting: Using Color Theory and Principles of Pictorial Design, All-Levels Wheel Throwing, and Portrait for adults, Life Drawing for teens, and Nature’s Investigators (Ages 6–8) and Digital Filmmaking (Ages 8–12) for children. Additional new offerings include media as diverse as glass fusing, greeting cards, and screenwriting and focused classes on techniques such as The Landscape in Perspective and Photographing Your Artwork for the Web. For short-term art commitments, check out the Yard School’s series of one- and two-day workshops.
Join MAM to experience a summer full of art-making! SummerART is a comprehensive summer program in the Yard School of Art including camp for children and studio classes and workshops for teens and adults. The eight-week SummerART camp is perfect for keeping children cool and creative during their summer break. Students in camp can choose between Studio Art Camp, SummerART at Van Vleck, Pottery Camp, and Digital Media Camp. In addition, SummerART is divided into four two-week sessions and offers three schedule options to provide extensive flexibility. Each session is themed and concludes with a student exhibit of the artwork done in the children’s camps and teen courses. Classes for adults include Beginning Pottery, Website Design, Mosaics, and more. Teens can develop their skills in Ceramics, Digital Photography, Sculpture, and more media or try the new Fine Arts Intensive to explore a variety of different techniques.
The Yard School of Art is delighted to partner with Van Vleck House & Gardens, one of Montclair's best-kept secrets, for spring and summer classes. Back by popular demand, we are offering Spring Break Camp in the Garden (ages 6–8) and three sessions of SummerART at Van Vleck (ages 5–7), as well as classes and workshops for adults and children throughout the season. Create works of art inspired by the abundant plant and animal life found in the garden!
Members receive discounts on every Yard School of Art class and have access to early registration periods. To find out more about membership and become a member, visit montclairartmuseum.org or call 973-259-5151.