New Jersey Emerging Artists Series
The Monmouth Museum is committed to presenting the work of NJ emerging artists through its popular series, The New Jersey Emerging Artists, which is currently in its thirteenth series. The New Jersey Emerging Artists Series consists of six annual monthly solo exhibitions to showcase the new work of NJ artists who have not previously held one-person exhibitions in our State. The Nilson Gallery in the Monmouth Museum provides a unique and exciting opportunity for these artists to exhibit their work. Selected artists are guided through the exhibition process, provided promotional materials and give an Artist’s Talk during their exhibition, offering the public insight into their artistic process. All opening receptions & Gallery Talks are free and open to the public. The artists selected for this Series represent the diversity of talent in the State and demonstrate creativity in a wide variety of media.
The upcoming New Jersey Emerging Artists Series will showcase artists beginning in September and continuing through June 2021. The focus of the Emerging Artists Series for the next twelve months will be representing the underrepresented in the arts, as it applies to all fields and disciplines. We look to thoughtfully engage a broad group of emerging artists and prioritize diversity in all areas, including gender, age, background, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and the special needs community. The focus is to encourage the artistic expression of those artists underrepresented in the art world, at their point of emerging in their next career level as an artist. By creating a platform and providing a voice to these diverse perspectives, the exhibits and their workshops can provide an inclusive and interactive space for artistic exploration and support a collaborative environment for attendees.
The Emerging Artist Series structure leans on an academic rather than a corporate system, implementing peer-reviewed selection processes and committee-based decision making. Our selection committees consist of professional artists, curators, academics and community members with a keen focus on diversity, creativity, and excellence. Emerging Artists Series is facilitated through participatory management, input from a new range of visual artists, various types of local arts advisory groups and directed community outreach. The selection committee will choose nine artists invited from a pool of curators and visual arts professionals who are based in the global and greater New York art markets. The evolving series will include inviting independent curators from diverse, underrepresented backgrounds to help create the exhibitions. Each New Jersey Emerging Artists series consists of six monthly solo exhibitions where artists are given a platform to exhibit their work, discuss their process in a gallery talk, and are guided through the stages of a solo exhibition including the installation of the show. Artists are also provided promotional material and an opening reception by the museum.