Anniversary Year Kicks Off with FREE Community Events!
January 13, 2012 (Clinton, NJ) -- The Board of Trustees of the Hunterdon Art Museum and Executive Director Marjorie Frankel Nathanson are pleased to announce the launch of the Museum’s 60th Anniversary Year. Founded in 1952, the Hunterdon Art Museum has established itself as the region’s creative hub, bringing together contemporary art, craft and design with education opportunities for artists, children, adults and school groups.
In recognition of this milestone, and of the long term relationship the Museum enjoys with the community, the Museum will host a Free Community Celebration on Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 3pm-5pm.
During the celebration, our exhibitions will be on view and open to the public for free. January 29 marks the last day to see Deconstructing Nature, a group show in which six artists explore the landscape by breaking it down and viewing it from new and varying viewpoints.
Nathan Skiles: The Clockmaker’s Apprentice will be installed in the first floor gallery. Skiles will create and install 100 objects, including cuckoo clocks and birdhouses, fabricated entirely from foam rubber. The sculptures will lead the viewer to question their first impressions about materials and how they can be used. As an added bonus, Skiles will respond to the unique architecture of the building, envisioning the gallery as a grotto, and utilizing hidden spaces to engage the viewer in a hide-and-seek activity. Kids will have the opportunity to experiment with the materials used in the sculptures.
Activities for Children
Many of the events planned for the day will reflect the era in which the Museum was founded. Kids will be welcomed to the third floor to watch Looney Tunes cartoons from the 1950s, and will have the chance to pose for a picture with a life-size cutout of one or more of the Looney Tunes characters.
In the Art Studios, children will be invited to participate in a birthday hat making project. Popcorn and birthday card signing will take place in the ArtZone. Finally, we will host a few rousing rounds of “Pin the Tail on the Pig” and share in birthday cake to commemorate this exciting birthday.
Special One-Day Offer for Families
During the event, families will be able to purchase a Family Level Membership for $52 (normally $65). Membership benefits can be found at hunterdonartmuseum.org
Remarks and Welcome
Executive Director Marjorie Frankel Nathanson and Board of Trustee President James McDevitt will issue short remarks at 3:30pm. Additional speakers and VIP guests will be confirmed as we get closer to January 29.
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC
The Museum is located at:
7 Lower Center Street
Clinton, NJ 08809
The Museum’s hours are Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-5pm. Suggested admission is $5.00
About the Hunterdon Art Museum
The Hunterdon Art Museum presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art and design in a nineteenth century stone mill that is on the National Register of Historic Places. In this unique setting, the Museum, a landmark regional art center since 1952, shows work by established and emerging contemporary artists and offers a dynamic schedule of art classes and workshops for children and adults.
# # #
Contemporary art and design in a 19th century stone mill on the banks of the Raritan River in Clinton, NJ.