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EGG-ZIBIT: The Art, Science and Culture of Eggs
January 30 – April 20, 2014
The Morris Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibition, EGG-ZIBIT: The Art, Science and Culture of Eggs, which will be on view from Thursday, January 30 through Sunday, April 20, 2014.

EGG-ZIBIT is an engaging new exhibition for family audiences about the mysteries and marvels of the egg. Including more than seventy-five incredible examples of this every-day object, this hands-on show is sure to delight viewers of all ages.

In the What is an Egg section, you can explore the science of eggs and their nutritional benefit. The Shape of Survival exhibit investigates the simplicity and strength of the egg shape. At the Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones display, you can learn about the different animals that come from eggs, as well as their various parenting behaviors. In addition, there are also significant displays celebrating eggs throughout the world in art, literature and holiday traditions. Throughout the exhibition, visitors will be invited to test their knowledge of eggs through games and quizzes.

In conjunction with EGG-ZIBIT, the Morris Museum has invited local artists and art students to decorate large wooden eggs. The completed works will be exhibited at cultural institutions throughout Morristown. Todd Doney, artist and County College of Morris Professor, will be creating one of these objects. Advanced Placement art students from Morris Hills Regional High School will be decorating several others.

The Morris Museum will offer a range of public programs in association with EGG-ZIBIT. For further information on any of these events, please contact our Education department at

A Juried High School Art Exhibition

April 10 – June 1, 2014

Fifty outstanding artworks by talented New Jersey high school students will be on view in the 25th Annual Fresh Perspectives exhibition at the Morris Museum from April 10 through June 1, 2014.

The annual Fresh Perspectives juried exhibition began in 1989 to give artistically accomplished high school students a professionally organized museum exhibition experience and to recognize art teachers for their encouragement and the effective teaching of these talented student artists. An exhibition catalog with the names of all of the students, as well as the names of their teachers, will be available.

This year, 144 teachers from 40 schools representing 10 New Jersey counties submitted 446 works of art created by high school students. Fifty of these works were selected by the judges for inclusion in the exhibition. Fresh Perspectives includes examples of painting, drawing, sculpture, computer-based graphic design and works made with found objects.

Brock Danner and Dan Fenelon served as the judges for this year’s exhibition. Danner is the founder and creative director of Design Made Inc., an agency that specializes in brand creation and customer experience design. He is also an architect and designer that has designed award-winning projects in retail, broadcast, visual identity, graphics, and customer experience.

Fenelon is talented graphic designer and illustrator with over twenty years of experience.

This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; and the F.M. Kirby Foundation

Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross

May 1 – May 25, 2014

Get ready to tap you toes! The Morris Museum is pleased to announce that Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross will be performed at the Bickford Theatre from May 1 through May 25, 2014.

Join us for an affectionate homage to the delightful harmonies and well choreographed moves of the 1950's. Forever Plaid is a hilarious musical centered on a quartet of young singers killed in a car crash on their way to see the Beatle’s American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. The boys, Jinx, Sparky, Francis and Smudge, return to earth to fulfill their dream to perform in their own big concert. The play showcases the hits you know and love including Three Coins in a Fountain, Moments to Remember, Perfidia, Shangrila, and Love is a Many Splendored Thing.

Written and originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross, the Morristown presentation is directed by Eric Hafen, Artistic Director of the Bickford Theatre. Forever Plaid is “entertaining, funny, moving with great songs” Hafen noted. “Perfect for every member of the family.”


Thursday, May 1 and 8 at 7:30pm

Thursday, May 15 and 22 at 2:00pm

Friday, May 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 8:00pm

Saturday, May 3, 17 and 24 at 8:00pm

Saturday, May 10 at 2:00pm

Sunday, May 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 2:00pm


Reserved seats are $45 for the General Public, $40 for Senior Citizens and Members of the Morris Museum/Theatre Guild, $33 for Groups (10 or more), and $20 for Students (18 or under or with valid college ID). Tickets may be purchased by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Bickford Theatre is an integral part of the Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday, through Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.


Daniel Vissers (Frankie) of Sparta, NJ- Bickford: I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Mack & Mabel; National Tours: Lyle, Lyle Crocodile (TheatreWorks USA), Jesus Christ Superstar (Golden Touring Company); Regional: Surflight Theatre, Civic Theatre Under the Stars, Pioneer Theatre Company.

Robert Farruggia (Jinx) of New City, NY- Broadway: Les Miserables; Off-Broadway: Immortal Journey, Strike Up the Band; International: Fame; Regional: Bristol Riverside Theatre, The Fulton Theatre, Center Stage, Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center.

David Murgittroyd (Sparky) of Whippany, NJ- NJ Regional: Re-Vision Theatre Company; Regional: Shakespeare Theatre, Memorial Stages, TheatreWorks USA, McGinn-Cazale Theatre.

John Anker Bow (Smudge) of Hamilton Square, NJ- NJ Regional: Surflight Theatre, Ocean City Theatre Company; Regional: The Palace Theatre, Boothbay Opera House, Bucks County Playhouse, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre.

Creative Team

Director: Eric Hafen, Artistic Director of the Bickford Theatre, Morristown, NJ

Music Director: Nick DeGregorio of Livingston, NJ

Choreographer: Scott McGowan of Maplewood, NJ

Lighting Designer: Roman Klima of Howell, NJ

Properties Designer: Danielle Pietrowski of Long Valley, NJ

Costume Designer: Ric McAllister of Union City, NJ

Production Stage Manager: Yumi Matsuura of Morristown

Legacy in Clay: Contemporary American Indian Pottery

March 22 – September 28, 2014

The Morris Museum is pleased to announce that the new exhibition, Legacy in Clay: Contemporary American Indian Pottery, will be on view from March 22 through September 28, 2014.

Featuring more than fifty objects, Legacy in Clay celebrates the recent gift of the Sonia W. and Victor J. Bauer pottery collection to the Morris Museum. The works on display will include bowls, pots, and jars dating from 1993-2008. The exhibition will explore the forms, designs, and methods that contemporary potters have created with inspiration from ancient customs. A broad range of Hopi, Laguna, Acoma, Santa Clara and Navajo traditions will be represented.

Sonia and Victor Bauer have been collecting contemporary American Indian pottery since the late 1980s. In a statement, the Bauers said, “We hope that [through this exhibition] you will share our enjoyment, and perhaps even absorb a little of the culture of the Southwest Pueblo Indians.” Their collection came to the Morris Museum as a gift in 2013.

Legacy in Clay will include works by Iris Youvella Nampeyo and Rayvin Nampeyo, descendents of the well-known Hopi potter Iris Nampeyo (c. 1860 – 1942). Also on view will be objects by Jody and Polly Rose Folwell, Al Qoyawayma, Dorothy Torivio, Damian Toya, and Nancy Youngblood. In addition, the exhibition will feature an exquisite selection of contemporary Kachina Dolls carved from cottonwood by highly skilled Hopi artists to represent various spirits of their religion. Works by Lauren Phillips and Orin Poley, among others will be included.

According to Executive Director Linda Moore, “The delicate shapes and detailed designs represented in the Bauer collection demonstrate incredible craftsmanship and are a wonderful addition to the Museum’s permanent collection of American Indian art and artifacts.”

Morris Museum Launches New Exhibition Website

Jersey Rocks: A History of Rock & Roll in the Garden State

The Morris Museum is pleased to announce that it has launched a new website,, based on the ground breaking 2011 exhibition Jersey Rocks: A History of Rock & Roll in the Garden State.

The website explores the pivotal role played by the state of New Jersey in the development of Rock and Roll. The site includes major sections on the genre’s roots, rise, golden age, and evolution in the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond. Visitors will also find photographs of the exhibition, musical excerpts, quotes and quizzes. Additionally, three video components are also included on the website: a montage of performers, a video exploring the roots of Rock and Roll in New Jersey, and a trailer for the documentary The Last Bastions of Rock, written and directed by Fritch Clark.

Funding for the creation of the website was generously provided by a grant from the Morris County Heritage Commission.

“Through this online resource, the Morris Museum is thrilled to be able to make New Jersey’s contributions to the development and evolution of Rock and Roll accessible to a broad audience.” said Linda Moore, Executive Director of the Museum.

The Jersey Rocks: A History of Rock & Roll in the Garden State exhibition was organized by the Morris Museum and was on view from May 5 through September 14, 2011. The exhibition was conceived by Curator Ellen M. Snyder-Grenier with the assistance of Claudia Ocello, who served as the Project Coordinator.

Developed by Avion Technology, Inc., this is the first professionally designed site for the Museum. The production of the website was coordinated by Museum Partners Consulting, LLC.

About the Morris MuseumCelebrating 100 years, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members and is free to the public every second and third Thursday of the month between 4:00 and 8:00pm. For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit

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