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Long Profile of The Montclair Art Museum in NJ

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Montclair Art Museum

Facade of Montclair Art Museum

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Established:

The Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey was established in 1914.

The Museum's collection includes over 12,000 works of art, mainly from American and Native American artists. Besides hosting exhibitions, the Museum operates an art school and conducts various lectures, programs and events.

History:

The Montclair Art Museum was founded in 1914 and is still located in the same building, which has been expanded three times so far, in a residential neighborhood in Montclair, New Jersey.

The Museum averages "more than 65,000 visitors annually."

Mission:

The Museum's mission according to their website: "The Montclair Art Museum (MAM), along with its Yard School of Art, engages a diverse community through its distinctive collection of American and Native American art, exhibitions, and educational programs that link art to contemporary life in a global context."

Location:

The Montclair Art Museum is located 12 miles west of New York City.

It is accessible by public transport from Manhattan, such as the New Jersey Transit’s Midtown Direct train, Montclair-Boonton line, from Penn Station, NYC to Bay Street in Montclair.

Museum's Conservation Department:

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

Typically, small museums often rely on the services of conservators from an outside conservation lab, rather than maintaining an in-house conservation department.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired over 12,000 art works which include painting, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculpture ranging in age from the 18th century to the present.

Artists in the collection include John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Lawler, Whitfield Lovell, and Willie Cole.

The Museum also maintains a comprehensive collection "of traditional and contemporary American Indian art and artifacts, New Jersey’s largest, (which) represent the cultural achievements in weaving, pottery, wood carving, jewelry, and textiles of indigenous Americans."

"Among the contemporary American Indian artists represented are Tony Abeyta, Dan Namingha, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Allan Houser, Bentley Spang, and Marie Watt."

In addition, the art of George Inness (1825-1894) is well-represented. The 19th-century landscape painter lived in Montclair from 1885 to 1894, and was inspired by the beautiful scenery.

Noteworthy Facts:

The Museum hosts New Directions, which is "a series of solo exhibitions of the work of contemporary artists and the cornerstone of MAM’s newly created contemporary art program."

The Yard School of Art offers various art courses for diverse ages: children, teens, and adults.

Employment Information:

The Montclair Art Museum posts job opportunities on its website, which may be available in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, and public relations, so be sure to check the listings regularly. It also posts volunteer and intern positions.

How to Apply for a Job:

Please refer to the Museum's guidelines regarding employment, as you can apply online for a job. Alternatively, you may wish to send your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum stating the position which you are applying.

Museum's Contact Info:

Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. Tel:973-746-5555.

The Montclair Art Museum's website

Museum Hours :

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays closed
  • Wednesdays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Free First Thursdays Nights: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, the first Thursday of the month
  • Fridays 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Saturdays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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