Posted Monday, March 28th, 2016


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“Triptych’’ — oil on 3 panels — by Tyler Harker of Mendham

On Friday, April 1, from 7-9 p.m., Morris Arts invites the public to attend the opening reception for the 28th annual Blackwell Street Juried Student Show at the Atrium Gallery, located in the Morris County Administration and Records Building in Morristown.

Embracing a very wide variety of media, including sculpture, oil, acrylic, collage, multimedia, etching, charcoal, pen and ink, graphite, and photography, the artworks are a stunning tribute to the creativity, skill and passion of these young artists from throughout Morris County.

“This is a special exhibit, providing recognition for the finest young talents, the opportunity for them to receive professional feedback and the chance to exhibit their work at the Atrium Gallery,’’ said Lynn Siebert, Director of Arts Participation & Communications at Morris Arts. “The ingenuity, innovation, and sheer creative talent of these young artists inspires even the most world weary among us for this opening night. Need an antidote to the grim world news? Come to this opening!’’

A panel of five professional artists from the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts comprises the jury selecting approximately 300 wall-hung works and 100 sculptures from nearly 800 submissions by talented high school students from throughout the Morris County.

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(L/R) Shannon Brown’s ripped paper, “Sunday Treat’’ and Olivia Nasisi’s hand built earthenware, “Just Hanging Around’’







The show is then organized, hung and administered by the all-volunteer members of the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts, their friends and family and students.

There will be multiple ribbon categories, with Best in Show and the 1st Place ribbons receiving monetary prizes. The opening reception includes an awards presentation (on the 5th floor, in the Freeholder meeting room) and the opportunity to meet these talented young artists in person.

Kathy DeFillippo

Kathy DeFillippo

“We are excited to participate in this fantastic show, which is housed in the county government gallery space and features the efforts of many of our very talented young people from across Morris County,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “This is an opportunity to showcase these fine young people, whose efforts should make all county residents very proud.

Evolving from the 1988 exhibit that featured approximately 90 pieces of art, to this current, massive undertaking, the Juried Student Exhibit is unique in its democratic approach:  there are no restrictions on the number of pieces a school can submit and submissions are open to public, private, parochial and home-schooled high school student artists from throughout Morris County.

Each year, hundreds of students, parents, teachers and friends attend in support of these exceptional young artists. Morris Arts manages the Atrium Art Gallery, selecting artists and scheduling exhibits on behalf of the Morris County Board of Freeholders.

Nikhil Avadhani’s computer art, Peacock (Morris Hills H.S.)

Nikhil Avadhani’s computer art, Peacock (Morris Hills H.S.)

The Atrium Gallery, located on the 2nd to 5th  floors at 10 Court Street, is free and open to the public during business hours, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Mondays-Fridays. The exhibit will run from April 1 through April 29. For additional information about the show, contact Lynn Siebert, Gallery Director, and Director of Arts Participation & Communication for Morris Arts, 973-285-5115, ext. 10 or [email protected]  10 Court Street

Morris Arts is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in schools and in the community, arts advocacy and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations. For more information, visit:

Blackwell Street Center for the Arts was founded in 1983 in Dover as a cooperative gallery by a group of local artists interested in establishing a permanent space in which to exhibit their work. It has sponsored Hispanic and Irish Art exhibits; participated in First Night Morris activities; and stages this annual student art show for Morris County area high school students. For more information, visit: