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Long Profile of Jersey City Museum in NJ

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Established:

The Jersey City Museum in Jersey City, New Jersey was established in 1901 as an art, science, industry and history museum. It is the only art and history museum in Hudson County, NJ.

The Museum is home to a "20,000-piece permanent collection includes the single-largest collection of works by the 19th-century artist and illustrator, August Will, along with other works that record the visual history of Jersey City and the surrounding region."

History:

The Jersey City Museum was founded in 1901 as part of the first Jersey City Free Public Library.

In 2001, the Museum reopened after an extensive renovation and restoration, which includes 8 gallery spaces, a theater, 2 classrooms and a sky-lit atrium.

Mission:

The Museum's mission according to their website: "The mission of the Jersey City Museum is to present, collect, and interpret American visual art and material culture of the highest quality."

"The museum places particular emphasis on exhibiting and supporting the work of contemporary artists who represent the diversity of our society, and on preserving and making accessible the art and the historical and industrial objects of significance to the region in its collections."

"Through its exhibitions, educational initiatives, and public programs, the museum serves as a center of cultural life for the people of Jersey City, Hudson County and the region."

Location:

The Jersey City Museum is located at 350 Montgomery Street at the corner of Monmouth Street in Jersey City, NJ.

Please refer to the Museum's website for directions.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the studied practice of restoring an artwork. Art conservators undertake detailed research and scientific analysis to explore the best way to conserve an artwork and preserve it for future generations.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired artwork from America's "colonial period through the present. Works in nearly all media are found in the collection including painting, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, works on paper, furniture, metals, textiles, maps, industrial objects and ephemera."

Contemporary art in the collection focuses on art by "African American, Asian and Latino artists. Artists who were active in the New York art scene of the 1980s and 1990s are reflected in the collection, as are their less familiar colleagues who made their homes in New Jersey" and includes works by Howardena Pindell, Nancy Spero, Dawoud Bey and Robert Indiana.

Noteworthy Facts:

Artists are invited to submit their portfolios "to be considered for future exhibitions or to propose an exhibition, please send a description of the project or idea, 20 jpgs on a CD-ROM, artist statement, resume and SASE to:

    Curatorial Department, Jersey City Museum, P.O. Box 428, Jersey City, NJ 07303-0428

Employment Information:

The Jersey City Museum posts job opportunities on its website. Be sure to check the listings regularly to see if jobs become available in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, and public relations.

How to Apply for a Job:

If the Museum does not have any employment opportunities posted, you may want to become a volunteer first. Alternatively, you may consider sending your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum for future consideration.

Museum's Contact Info:

Jersey City Museum, 350 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302. Tel:201.413.0303.

The Jersey City Museum's website

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Fridays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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