Ready or Not

The 2014 edition of the New Jersey Fine Arts Annual, Ready or Not, features work by forty New Jersey–based artists at different points of their careers, varying in practice and style. Using a wide range of artistic processes and approaches to color, form, material and content, the artists created works that invite discussion about the role of art in the community and celebrate their connections to local art production as well as their influences both nationally and internationally.

These artists’ common ground is based not only on their shared geography but also in the ways in which they perceive and address cultural and social values in this region. Engaging with individual works of art in this show will raise questions about place and experience, while expanding the conversation about the region’s identity and its narrative and context in relation to art.  

The show’s title metaphorically proposes possibilities for engagement, learning and insight, which artists’ creativity offers at any given moment. It also suggests a factor of unexpectedness that ultimately increases awareness of art making and its presence in our immediate surroundings. It is inspirational for both the Museum and its visitors. The phrase “ready or not” is redolent of situations where willingness, openness and acceptance determine viewers’ experiences or their expectations being exceeded. 

Participation in this exhibition was open to artists currently living or working in New Jersey. It was juried by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Curator at El Museo del Barrio, and Shlomit Dror, Consulting Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum, who also organized the show.


unfinished business: “if i could give a speech…,”

jc lenochan

Friday, June 27, 7:30–8 pm

A performance by artist jc lenochan and his students from Newark Arts High School will take place inside the 1784 Old Stone School House, located in the Museum’s Dreyfuss Memorial Garden. Utilizing this historic setting, lenochan continues his ongoing investigation on pedagogical systems and the psychological impact of misinformation: what are we being taught, how are we being taught and by whom?

Sound of Vision

Andrew Demirjian

Thursday, July 10, 3–4:30 pm

Demirjian will fuse digital and instrumental sounds, creating an unforgettable musical and visual experience. Interacting with audience members, the artist will translate their brainwaves into musical notations, while they watch a silent film. Renowned jazz musicians, Don Byron and Lewis Porter, will improvise along with this experimental sound production.


Thursdays, 1:45–2:45 pm(immediately following Jazz in the Garden Performance)
Meet at the South Wing Entrance

Join artists exhibiting in Ready or Not for a conversation about their work and sources of inspiration including objects from the Museum’s collection.

Thursday, July 17:
Karina Aguilera Skvirsky
 is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography, video and performance.

Thursday, July 24:
Dahlia Elsayed
 combines text and imagery to create illustrated documents of places and memories informed by autobiography and environment.

Thursday, July 31:
 has been named one of the “fifty greatest street artists right now.”

Thursday, August 7:
Noelle Lorraine Williams is a storyteller and conceptual artist who uses sculpture, multimedia practice and performance to build engaged communities.


Take NJ Turnpike to exit 15W to 280W or GSP exit 145 to 20R. Follow signs to Newark Downtown/Arts Distric. Just 10 miles from NYC. On site parking available.

Easily accessible via NJ Transit to Newark's Broad Street and Penn Sations.

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Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm

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