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.
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.”