Two opportunities for Artists:
Watchung Arts Center 2017 Members Show
New Art Group 2018 Solo Show Competition

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Our Galleries are closed for the summer.
Please see our About WAC page for our Summer Office Hours.
The galleries will open again September 7.

Sunday and Monday: closed • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 - 3 p.m.

New Jersey Photography Forum 23rd Annual Juried Photography Exhibit

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

November 1- 30


Nancy Ori: Co-founder and Director of the New Jersey Photography Forum


Virginia Fabbri Butera: PhD, Director/Curator of the Therese A Maloney Art Gallery at the College of Saint Elizabeth, curating exhbits for more than 40 years.
Dwight Hiscano: Owner, Dwight Hiscano Gallery in Morristown, NJ; curator, Highlands Annual Juried Art Exhibit sponsored by the NJ Highland Coalition. <
Nancy Ori: Exhibitor, curator, freelance photographer and educator; director of NJ Photography Forum and Digital Arts Group; owner of NJ Media Center in Berkeley Hts.

Award of Excellence

Paul Donohoe "Habenaria Medusa Orchid"

Awards of Merit

Heidi Sussman "Passing Through"
Judy Gorab "Peace Lily"
Ralph Greene "Alaskan Cabbage"

Honorable Mention

Branch Watkins "Mondrian's Wall"
Dorothy Kuehn "Yellow Brick Road"
Charlann Meluso
"Hanging By a Thread"
Charlann Meluso "Billboard Blues"

New Jersey Photography Forum

The New Jersey Photography Forum is dedicated to furthering the interests of professional and serious photographers living or working in the New Jersey area. Over the past 20 years under the direction of Nancy On, the NJPF has become the largest and most recognized group of fine art exhibiting photographers in the state.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

December 1-23

Opening Reception, December 3, 1-4 PM

Heinz W. Otto Gallery

Watchung Arts Center Members Juried Show

Become a member now and participate in the Members’ Show. The winner will receive a solo show in the Lower Gallery the following year. Download the flyer for entry information

Call for Entries: New Art Group

Three Solo Shows Competition
Submit entries for Lower Gallery Shows in March, May or June 2018

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Ghanshyam Patel
"LXXX Live / Art in Life"

Lower Gallery

November 1- 30

image by Ross Wagner

Ghanshyam Patel
Black Face Langur with Baby

"In 1946 in Bombay at age 9, my father promised me 'whatever I wanted' if I stood first or second in my class. On standing second, I became the proud owner of a brand new Agfa box camera."

Born in India in a small village named Dabhow, Ghanshyam Patel devoted all his time to photography and art. He has clicked and painted away at his passion of capturing nature. Although the subjects Patel catches in his lenses or on his canvas are varied, there is a common theme of subtlety and grace in his work. These traits are clearly traceable to the artist himself. Despite more than a hundred awards from countries around the world, Patel is a refreshinly modest man.

"I capture nature in my lenses and my canvas because without nature, life is boring. Withoug nature, we are nothing."

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Upcoming Exhibitions

December 3 - 23

Opening' Reception, December 3 1-4 PM

Lower Gallery

Joan Rosen
"Photo Debut"

image by Joan Rosen

Joan Rosen
Birdman in Washington Square Park

In conjunction with the Members Exhibit, the center’s Lower Gallery will feature the work of photographer Joan Rosen, the winner of the 2016 WAC Members Juried Exhibition, in an exhibit entitled “Photo Debut”. Rosen, a recently retired administrator for the Bayonne Public Schools’ Music and Art Department, has taken up photography with a passion over the last few years. A trained musician, with no formal visual arts education, she gives credit for what she has learned about photography and creating images to the artists among the staff and students whom she worked with over the years. In addition, her participation in the New Jersey Photography Forum has afforded her, as a new photographer, the opportunity to experience the images of seasoned photographers, and to discuss with them some of the processes used.

image by Joan Rosen

Joan Rosen
Mermaid at the Watering Hole

Rosen describes the work in this exhibit as encompassing “sunsets of varying hues and subjects in the same space in St. Maarten and a variety of images from New Jersey to New York to California to Virginia to Illinois to Maine that are landscape, nature, street and candid photos. I firmly believe that as music is the ability to hear, art is the ability to see. Through the magic of photography and light, photographers record images that are sometimes different from what we actually see with the human eye, making that image, according to photographer Galen Rowell, ‘more powerful than what you actually observed,’ and I hope more interesting and enjoyable for the viewer.’

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Form for Exhibitors

If you would like to exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center, please contact Ludmila Kalivoda, VP Visual Arts, Watchung Arts Center, e-mail

Download a sample of our Exhibitor Agreement.

If you have any questions or comments, call (908) 753-0190.

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