Posted Monday, April 27th, 2020
2020 Exhibition Honors Co-Founder Viki Craig
The annual Art in the Atrium exhibition and sale, the largest African-American art show in the state, is taking place online this year instead of at its usual venue in the expansive halls of the Morris County government headquarters in Morristown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s exhibit, entitled “Dream With Your Eyes Open,” is currently featured on the walls and in the halls of the Morris County Administration & Records Building, thanks to the efforts back in February of Art in the Atrium volunteers.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has closed that building to the public, along with the opportunity to see the art in person.
So Art in the Atrium now has established an online look at this fantastic art collection, where you can view — and also purchase — the works of artists such as Jerry Gant, Janet Taylor, Alonzo Adams, Leroy Campbell, and many more.
Art in the Atrium is dedicated to exhibiting works by emerging and established black artists. The nonprofit volunteer organization began in 1992 thanks to the efforts of Victoria and Charles Craig.
Viki Craig passed away in late 2018, and this year’s exhibit is especially honoring her efforts. She was honored by the Morris County Board of Freeholders earlier this year at the annual Morris County Martin Luther King Jr. Day community breakfast.
Proceeds from artwork sales are split, with 60 percent going to the artist and 40 percent to Art in the Atrium (prices determined by the artist). ATA’s commission defrays annual exhibition costs and benefits the Oliphant/Murray Scholarship Fund, which has given more than $25,000 in college scholarships to deserving matriculated college students majoring in Fine Arts.