Attention all art enthusiasts! Here’s an engaging event you won’t want to miss:

On Wednesday, January 25th, the New Jersey State Museum will host the next Reemergence Artist Talks series installment. The events are a part of the museum’s Reemergence exhibit. This exhibit highlights the artwork of visual artists and craftspeople from across the state of New Jersey. The featured pieces highlight the “reemergence” into an altered landscape after the COVID-19 pandemic. The featured artists for this month’s installment include Mashell Black and George Taylor. This event is entirely free. The talks will begin at 12:15 pm inside the Reemergence gallery. Discussions typically range from 45 minutes to an hour.

Mashell Black is a visual artist who specializes in painting and drawing. He utilizes his experiences as an immigrant and African American to inspire and expand his art practice. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University. In addition, he received a Master of Fine Arts from the prestigious Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. He uses his talents to capture lived experiences and recognize the connection that art can forge within our society. You can view some of Black’s art and read more about his creations here: Mashell Black – Home.

Black will be joined by George Taylor, a multi-medium artist specializing in both clay and painting. He is also a Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts alum. His work has been featured in various exhibits, including the Trenton City Museum, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the Hunterdon Museum of Art. He has also taught at multiple institutions, including Farleigh Dickinson University, Rutgers University, and Rowan University. You can learn more and explore some of his art online here: George Taylor – Home.

The Reemergence exhibit tackles essential themes relating to the aftermath of COVID-19. The art collection explores pandemic recovery, political and ideological polarization, and a collective reckoning of systemic racism in our society. The exhibit features 127 works of art from 95 creatives across the Garden State. The New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence is a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey State Museum. At the New Jersey State Museum, the exhibition is also supported by the New Jersey State Museum Foundation. The digital exhibition catalog is available online here: Reemergence – Catalogue.

This exhibit is a portion of the fun and free offerings of the New Jersey State Museum. Other current exhibitions include ‘Cultures in Competition,’ ‘New Jersey’s Original People,’ and ‘Written in the Rocks.’ Their expansive collection offers every interest, and New Jerseyans of all ages are welcome to explore. If you want to learn more about all the New Jersey State Museum offers, you can learn more online here: NJSM – Home. If you’re interested in hearing from the artists and getting a glimpse behind the curtain of their creations, be sure to make it out to this fantastic event.

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