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Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018


Morris Arts invites county resident to attend the Opening Reception for the 30th Anniversary of the annual Blackwell Street Juried Student Show on this Friday evening, April 6, from 7-9 p.m., at the Atrium Gallery, located on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street in Morristown.

photo of ceramic "Anubis'' done by Kevin Kawwaty of Montville

Best in Show went to Kevin Kahwaty of Montville for his handbuilt ceramic, ”Anubis”

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

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

Coral Coad, a West Morris Mendham HS student's multimedia work, Let Them Eat Cake

Coral Coad, a West Morris Mendham HS student’s multimedia work, “Let Them Eat Cake”

The show was then organized, hung and administered by the all-volunteer members of the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts, their friends, family and students – with additional help this year from Joanne Del Rio and her assistants from Novartis.

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

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.

Charcoal piece by Hannah Wetter of Chatham, "What Am I Thinking?''

Charcoal piece by Hannah Wetter of Chatham, “What Am I Thinking?”

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.  The Atrium Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, from 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday-Friday.

The exhibit will run from April 6 through May 4. For additional information about the show, contact Lynn L. Siebert, Gallery Director, and Director of Arts Participation & Communication for Morris Arts, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10 or [email protected]

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, creative placemaking and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations.