New Jersey Arts Annual

Dissonance – Art│Craft│Design│Performance│New Media

Friday, April 3, 2020 – Sunday, September 6, 2020

The Morris Museum is pleased to announce a call to all artists currently living or working in the state of New Jersey for Dissonance – Art│Craft│Design│Performance│New Media, the 2020 New Jersey Arts Annual exhibition. On view from April 2 through September 6, 2020, artists are encouraged to submit their work for a large multi-media exhibition in Main Gallery, exploring the theme of Dissonance.

Dissonance—suggesting discord, tension, instability, and conflict—aptly fits the moment in which we find ourselves, as individuals, as institutions, as a nation, as a culture. In New Jersey, a state that embraces the tensions of diversity, geography, and history, our collective future remains tantalizingly malleable. The tension of creative thinking grows from the uncertainties of exploration, stepping away from the tried-and-true, while reaching for new inspiration. While dissonance is most fundamentally understood as a musical quality, the tension and restlessness it implies can be expressed visually, verbally, or performatively. The Morris Museum encourages any expression of this concept through any artistic medium (including time-based works, poetry, performance, etc.). The Museum’s 4,700 square foot Main Gallery, can accommodate works created in both traditional and contemporary media (oil, acrylic, tempera, stone, metal, glass, wood, textiles, clay, etc.) and methods (painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, printmaking, performing/performance arts, poetry, film, installation, electronic, sound, etc.). Works may be designed for wall hanging (2-D or 3-D); free-standing sculptures intended for the floor or pedestal display; small or medium works for protected display cases; for performance in the gallery; for audio installation; or for video display on a screen or digital monitor.

The exhibition will be juried by Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator Emerita of the Museum of Arts and Design, and Cleveland Johnson, Executive Director of the Morris Museum. Sims retired as Chief Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design in 2015 after nearly eight years, 43 in the art world altogether during which she also served as Executive Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dr. Johnson, in his third year at the Morris Museum, is past Executive Director of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, past Director of the National Music Museum, and Professor Emeritus of Music (DePauw University). The Morris Museum will oversee the design of the prospectus, exhibition catalog, and gallery.

The New Jersey Arts Annual is a unique series of exhibitions highlighting the works of visual artists in the state. The series is cosponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in partnership with major museums throughout the state.

For artists, Click Here to download the official prospectus, and to submit work for consideration, please visit: CAFÉ.

Member Preview and Reception
Thursday, April 2, 2020

6:00PM – 7:00PM Exhibition viewing and reception (By Invitation Only)
7:00PM – 8:00PM Artists’ discussion (FREE for Museum Members; $10 for Non-Members)
8:0PM – 9:00PM Exhibition remains open

The reception for this event is generously sponsored by Joen Ferrari.

About The New Jersey State Council on the Arts

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is a division of the New Jersey Department of State. It receives funding in direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The mission of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts is to improve the quality of life in this state, its people and communities by helping the arts flourish. For more information, please visit

Image Top: Graphic designed by Sonya Maizell.


Apr 03 2020 - Sep 06 2020


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