Art Within Reach Honors Attorney Allan Maitlin For Contributions to Zimmerli and Rutgers

March 12, 2012

New Brunswick, NJ – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University is pleased to honor Allan Maitlin, a loyal supporter of the museum and the university, at the second annual Art Within Reach fundraiser on Saturday, March 31, from 7 to 11 p.m. Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick joins the event at 9:15 p.m. to lead a toast to the honoree. “Allan has been integral to the success of the Zimmerli for nearly 30 years and we are grateful for his dedication and outstanding service,” notes director Suzanne Delehanty. The evening benefits children’s programs at the Zimmerli, providing an experience with the arts that enriches children of all ages across New Jersey, as well as an environment that is creative, supportive, and inspiring. To purchase tickets or an ad in the electronic journal, please contact Whitney Prendergast, Director of Development, at 732.932.7237, ext. 634, or wprendergast@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

A 1958 graduate of Rutgers College, Allan Maitlin has been a devoted advocate of the university’s broad range of academic and community-enriching programs. In 1964, he began his alumni involvement on the committee for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Rutgers University. He was elected alumni trustee in 1972 and appointed, by then governor Brendan Byrne, a public trustee in 1980. “Allan was instrumental in the formation of two new organizations that are vibrant parts of the Rutgers community today,” affirms Carol McCarty, Zimmerli board member and event chair. In 1974, he was a charter member of the Board of Overseers of the Rutgers University Foundation. As an emeritus member, he is involved in guiding the foundation toward achieving its Capital Campaign goals. Maitlin also was the founding chair of the Board of Overseers of the Zimmerli Art Museum (formerly the Rutgers Art Gallery). He has remained an active member and a committed leader of this prestigious group, working to develop the museum from a small campus gallery to an internationally respected institution.

After graduating from New York University School of Law, Allan Maitlin began the private practice of law in 1962 in Newark, New Jersey, and currently serves as a senior partner with Sachs, Maitlin, Fleming & Greene in West Orange. Maitlin has become one of the premiere insurance policy attorneys in the state, also lecturing throughout the country about insurance fraud prevention. He is a member of the Essex County, New Jersey State, and American Bar Associations, as well as admitted to practice before all New Jersey courts, the United States District Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. During his 50 years of practice, Maitlin has provided extensive pro bono services, representing individuals who may not be able to afford an attorney and ensuring that their rights are protected.

Allan and Marion Maitlin have three children and seven grandchildren, and have been residents of the Township of Livingston since 1970. Since being appointed a member of the Livingston Board of Adjustment in 1993 – serving as a general member, Vice Chair, and Chair over the years – he has sat on more than one thousand applications for residential improvements and expansions, as well as numerous commercial applications, devoting his time pro bono to ensure an orderly growth of the town’s population and property.

Art Within Reach is a festive-dress occasion that features a variety of delectables and entertainment throughout the museum. Diana Hart Fine Catering provides a distinctive selection of cocktails, tapas, and desserts, available at the one-night-only Fluxus Café, as well as in the Lower Dodge Gallery and lobby. Live jazz music provides the soundtrack as guests stroll through the special exhibitions at/around beyond: Fluxus at Rutgers (which closes the following day), Rachel Perry Welty 24/7, In the Search of an Absolute: Art of Valery Yurlov, and The Clown Prince of Montmartre: Adolphe Willette, as well as the diverse permanent collections. For small group diversions, guests are invited to participate in a specially-themed scavenger hunt to discover treasures among the Zimmerli’s collections or to create their own art in the Studio Z. Guests also receive a limited CD, featuring an e-journal and favorite images from the Zimmerli collection.

Art Within Reach celebrates art education at the Zimmerli, ensuring that programs meet the demands of the museum’s growing audience and encourage learning and exploration for tots to teens throughout the region. During the 2010-2011 academic year, 8,000 children participated in more than 200 programs at the museum designed just for them (Drawing Club, Summer Art Camp, Teen Drawing Society) and for the whole family (Passport to Art, Rutgers Day, Free First Sundays). 

Zimmerli Art Museum

The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum houses more than 60,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in nineteenth-century French art; Russian art from icons to avant-garde material; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.

SUPPORT

The Zimmerli’s operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Johnson & Johnson; and the donors, members, and friends of the museum.

LOCATION AND HOURS

The Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street (at George Street) on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, midway between New York City and Philadelphia.

Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month (except August), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for adults over 65; and free for museum members, as well as Rutgers students, faculty and staff (with ID), and children under 18. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 732.932.7237, ext. 610 or visit the museum’s website: www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu

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