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Montclair Art Museum Nominated in People's Choice Awards



MAM Among Nominees for Favorite Art Museum, Favorite Adult Art Class, and Favorite Art Camp


MONTCLAIR, NJ, January 6, 2016—The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is pleased to announce three nominations in the 2016 People’s Choice Awards: Favorite Art Museum, Favorite Adult Art Class (MAM’s Yard School of Art), and Favorite Art Camp (MAM SummerART). Now in its eighth year, the yearly awards program run by Discover Jersey Arts pays tribute to the work of New Jersey’s vital, vibrant, and diverse arts organizations. With the ballots now prepped, it’s time for arts lovers across the state to vote for their favorite N.J. arts organizations.


“The Montclair Art Museum is incredibly grateful for these nominations,” said Lora Urbanelli, MAM director. “We’re honored to be recognized by our fellow colleagues, and to be a part of such a strong arts community that drives one another to thrive. We hope our patrons will also support us with their votes!”


MAM and the other contenders in the 2016 People’s Choice Awards were nominated by their peers through the Jersey Arts Marketers network, which is made up of hundreds of nonprofit arts groups across the state. Now, 10 arts districts and 100 organizations—the greatest number of nominees the Awards has received since its creation in 2008—will compete in 16 categories, including favorite performing arts center, dance company, art gallery, choral group, and more.


“We have seen the number of nominees grow again this year, which truly illustrates the breadth of art we have in our state and the desire these groups have to see one another thrive,” said Adam Perle, President & CEO of ArtPride New Jersey, which cosponsors the Discover Jersey Arts program with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. “The quality of art we have here is ever burgeoning thanks to our amazing cultural community working together to build each other up.”


Public voting begins January 6 and runs through February 11, 2016. Winners will be announced and honored in early March at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City. Last year, the Museum’s Yard School of Art won both Adult Art Class and Art Camp.


For a full list of nominees and categories, please visit


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MAM Chief Curator Named 2015 John Cotton Dana Award Winner



Prestigious Award Honors NJ Museum Leaders


MONTCLAIR, NJ, May 15, 2015—Gail Stavitsky, chief curator of the Montclair Art Museum (MAM), has been selected to receive the 2015 John Cotton Dana Award from the New Jersey Association of Museums (NJAM). Dr. Stavitsky is being honored for advancing the service of museums to the region, for demonstrating visionary and innovative leadership, and for epitomizing the highest standards of professional commitment as exemplified by museum pioneer John Cotton Dana (1856–1929). The award will be presented at the NJAM Annual Meeting at Grounds for Sculpture on June 1.


Dr. Stavitsky has served as curator for the Montclair Art Museum for the past 21 years, setting the course of MAM's curatorial vision for one fifth of the Museum's 101-year history. She has organized many outstanding exhibitions, including Precisionism in America 1915-1941: Reordering Reality (1994), Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in America (1999), Cézanne and American Modernism (2009), and The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913 (2013). She has also served as primary author on numerous scholarly catalogs including Will Barnet: A Timeless World (2000) and Warhol and Cars: American Icons (2011), contributed to many additional publications such as Robert Smithson's New Jersey (2014), and is a respected lecturer. Recognized as a scholar of American modernism, Dr. Stavitsky has made major cultural contributions to the state of New Jersey. 



The Yard School of Art at MAM Voted Favorite Adult Art Class and Favorite Art Camp in 2015 People's Choice Awards

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 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 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



Spring and SummerART Registration


In the wake of receiving the 2015 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 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 or call 973-259-5151.


Montclair Art Museum Exhibition Nominated for AICA-USA Arts Award

Montclair Art Museum Exhibition Nominated for AICA-USA Arts Award


MONTCLAIR, NJ, March 4, 2015—Earlier this week, the United Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA) announced the nominees for its 2014 awards, which honor exhibitions, performances, writers, and blogs. The Montclair Art Museum’s exhibition Robert Smithson’s New Jersey, on view February 24–June 22, 2014, was named among the nominees for Best Monographic Museum Show Nationally. This is the first time MAM has been nominated for an AICA award.


This groundbreaking show focuses on Robert Smithson (1938-1973), a pioneer of earthworks and native son of New Jersey. Featured together in an exhibition for the first time, Smithson’s sculptures, works on paper, photographs, and other conceptual art rooted in his time spent in the Garden State form a coherent body of work and sheds important light on his artistic practice. This is the first exhibition in which all four of the New Jersey Nonsites, indoor earthworks for which various unorthodox materials at that time—limestone, concrete, and rocks—were brought out of their usual environment into a gallery and arranged in bin-like containers, were shown together. The exhibition was organized by Phyllis Tuchman, Guest Curator and Gail Stavitsky, Chief Curator.


Over 400 AICA member will vote to determine first and second places winners, which will be announced in April.


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