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Long Profile of The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit



The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit, New Jersey was established in 1933 as a community-based art center.

It "is the state’s largest institution dedicated exclusively to viewing, making and learning about contemporary art. Comprising a renowned studio art school and a thriving exhibition and programming schedule that engages the community in visual learning, interpretive programs, and hands-on art-making experiences, the Art Center welcomes over 60,000 visitors annually."


The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey was founded in 1933.

Its origins began in the early 1930s, when seven painters rented an art studio in Summit. Eventually, their group grew and they formed the Summit Art Association. They moved to a larger location and hosted exhibitions, events and art classes.

By 1960, they renamed themselves the Summit Art Center. In 1973, they moved to their current location at 68 Elm Street and received accreditation from the American Museum Association in 1981.

In 2005, they reopened with a new expansion and a new name: The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. In 2010, they hired "its first professional Curator to the staff."


The Museum's mission according to their website: "At the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, we believe in the power of art to inspire, amaze, and enrich. That’s why we’re so passionate about bringing art and people together: visual arts in all of its many forms and people of all ages, races, and genders; from those who already love art to those who might not know what they’re missing."

"Everything we do is designed to fulfill this mission. Our studio school, professional development, exhibitions, and outreach programs offer something for everyone. We’ve redesigned our building to feel more welcoming on the outside and more integrated and open on the inside. Most important, our staff, faculty, and volunteers bring imagination and passion to their jobs and to the communities they serve."


The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located in Summit, 25 miles west of New York City.

Please refer to the Museum's website for directions.

Museum's Conservation Department:

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

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum does not make acquisitions as it does not have a permanent collection.

Noteworthy Facts:

The Center "offers classes and workshops in ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry, digital media, photography, drawing and painting. The building includes nine state-of-the-art studios."

Employment Information:

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey posts job opportunities on its website, which states: "Made up of a small administrative staff and a faculty of professional artists, the Art Center is a friendly and exciting place to work. Opportunities to work or volunteer at the Art Center are always available. Employment opportunities include administrative, customer relations and teaching staff. College students are offered practical learning experiences as interns at the Art Center."

How to Apply for a Job:

If you are an artist, you can submit a proposal for an art course for the next available term as the Museum actively seeks artists. For other positions, you may wish to send your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum.

Museum's Contact Info:

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901. Tel:908.273.9121

E-mail: info@artcenternj.org

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey's website

Museum Hours :

  • Mondays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Fridays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sundays 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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