Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, March 1-June 30
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Since 1957, the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ, has been a leader in the wildlife art world. One of only a handful of museums in the United States that focus primarily on wildlife, its mission is to promote the value of wildlife art and encourage education about, and conservation of, its subjects. Beginning this month and running through June 30, the museum presents an exhibit featuring its past five resident artists.
The Marijane Singer Artist-in-Residence Program began in 1995 and was renamed in 2010 to honor Marijane Singer, who was a former director and was affiliated with the museum for 25 years. The program spotlights artists who show commitment to wildlife in their work and life. The exhibit brings together works by current artist-in-residence Aaron Yount as well as former residents Guy Combes, Dwayne Harty, Geordie Millar, and Terry Miller. Says Deborah Hurley, public relations consultant for the museum, “They’ve all spent a number of years there honing their craft, taking time to focus on their work, and creating new works.”
Each artist shows a few works that the museum owns, with some bringing new pieces as well. Yount, who is known for his oil paintings, showcases a brand-new sculpture piece, a first for the artist.
While in the one- to two-year residency, the artists work with the museum in many different ways besides creating new art, such as giving lectures and demonstrations and helping with other museum needs. Each of the artists brings something different to the show, displaying a variety of media and subject matter. “All of them bring a uniqueness to the world of wildlife in their works. It’s exciting to see,” Hurley says. —Joe Kovack
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