NJ artist, William Waggoner will be giving an artist talk during a free online opening reception on January 16th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Waggoner is an alum of the Monmouth Museum's New Jersey Emerging Artist Series, which has helped launch the careers of many local artists.
The free event, which will be held on Zoom, offers the opportunity to gain insight into Waggoner's artistic process and ask questions as he walks participants through his virtual exhibit online at ww.monmouthmuseum.org/virtualgallery. Erika Hellstrom, Acting Executive Director of the Monmouth Museum shares, "The Museum is excited to offer an opportunity to artists with virtual galleries. William Waggoner's work is beyond impressive and we are pleased to launch our virtual solo exhibits with him in our Main Online Gallery. We look forward to his artist talk on the 16th!" Born and raised in central New Jersey, William Waggoner has been able to turn his self-taught talents for art into a sustainable career path when forays into other vocations proved unfulfilling. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Boston's Emerson College, William worked in the Los Angeles film industry before returning to the East Coast, where he now resides. William's work is notable for its eye-catching compositions and bold use of colors, displaying an urbanistic Pop Art and abstract style rich with enigmatic imagery and dyn
amic action. His work has been represented by the Phyllis Stein Art Gallery in Los Angeles, and is currently held by private collectors in New Jersey, New York, California, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Missouri, and France. In addition to a fine arts career, William is also the owner and creative director of Studio Alpha Design, a commercial arts design agency located in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. When asked about about the experience, Waggoner said, "In the past, online exhibitions seemed a bit pointless to me since they were just flat images spread across multiple web pages - it was like flipping through a catalog or browsing eBay listings. But I am impressed with how the Monmouth Museum has used the Exhibbit app to give a visitor an immersive experience inside a gallery, with the ability to view works in relation to each other and at any angle one could in reality. When even innocuous public gatherings run the risk of spreading a deadly disease, the virtual gallery has become a viable option for enjoying art."
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: January 16th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsf-irrj8jHNHNDR_4cuUe0Qw3W6C8fTvA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.