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Long Profile of The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers Univ., NJ

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Established:

The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum was established in 1966 at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Currently, the Museum is housed in a 70,000-square-foot facility. Its vast collection of 60,000 objects date from the ancient (Greek and Roman art) to the contemporary worlds, and includes painting, works on paper, sculpture, decorative arts, and rare books.

History:

The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum was established in 1966 as the Rutgers University Art Gallery. However, as the permanent art collection grew, more gallery space was required, so the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum came into being in 1983, as "the major benefactors for the construction of the museum were Ralph and Alan Voorhees, and the Zimmerli was named for their mother."

Mission:

The Museum's mission according to their website: "The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University is one of the largest and most distinguished university-based museums in the country."

"It collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits world-class works of art to provide the university community and diverse regional, national, and international audiences with direct experience of the visual arts. Scholarly activities make art intellectually accessible through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs."

Location:

The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street at George Street on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The Museum is walking distance from the NJ Transit New Brunswick train station.

Museum's Conservation Department:

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

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired a wide range of works, including ancient and Pre-Columbian art, American, European and Russian art, such as French 19th century prints, Soviet Nonconformist Art, early American and Modernist art.

European artists such as John Constable, Gustave Courbet, and Theodore Rousseau are represented, and there are prints by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt.

Examples of early American Art, focusing on New Jersey, plus 19th-century landscape painters such as Albert Bierstadt and John Frederick Kensett are included, along with Modern art by Milton Avery, Arthur Dove, Dorothy Dehner and Marsden Hartley, Marjorie Ryerson, and Charles Sheeler. George Segal, an alumnus of Rutgers, is also well-represented in the collection.

The Museum's artworks can be seen on Google Art Project.

Noteworthy Facts:

According to their website: "The Zimmerli supports from five to six graduate students each year with a stipend, health insurance, and tuition remission. This program includes Dodge Fellows for the study of Soviet Nonconformist Art; the Dodge Lawrence Fellows for general assistance with the Russian and Soviet art collections; and a graduate curatorial post focused on academic programs and special exhibitions. The award of these fellowships is made by the Department of Art History at Rutgers in tandem with the Zimmerli."

Employment Information:

The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum posts job opportunities on its website. Openings in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, and public relations may become available, so be sure to check the listings regularly.

How to Apply for a Job:

To apply for a job, check out Rutgers University’s Human Resources employment page. It will then provide you with the application guidelines, and where you can submit your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum. If a position is not available, there are often volunteer positions and internships open for application.

Museum's Contact Info:

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1248 • Tel: 732.932.7237

The Zimmerli Art Museum's website

Museum Hours :

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, First Wednesday of the month: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Fridays 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturdays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays and in August.
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