Holiday Activities Inspire Family Creativity at Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

November 29, 2011

New Brunswick, NJ – This December, escape the holiday rush and unwind with a variety of family programs at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers.

On Saturday, December 3, from 12:30 to 3 p.m, Passport to Art invites children and their families to work side-by-side creating unique holiday greeting cards. Educator/artist Rachel Escolar leads the popular annual workshop. Advance registration is required. The nonrefundable fee is $10 per child for Zimmerli members and $15 per child for nonmembers. Adults are free. All materials are provided. Registration forms can be obtained by calling 732.932.7237, ext. 640, or by visiting

On December 4, Free First Sunday offers free admission for all visitors, all day. The day includes a Family Spotlight Tour, at 1 p.m., about a special topic in the collection that is appropriate for all ages.

On December 4, 11, 18, Sunday Spotlight Tours begin at 2 p.m. and are free with regular admission.

A museum guide leads an informal and informative introduction to the collection. These tours are appropriate for teenagers interested in art.

On Wednesday, December 28, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., artist/educator Dot Paolo guides children in the use of collage, stamps, and other art techniques to create one-of-a-kind New Year calendars. Materials are provided and participants are encouraged to bring photographs to include in their designs. Advance registration is required. The nonrefundable fee is $10 per child for Zimmerli members and $15 per child for nonmembers. Adults are free. Registration forms can be obtained by calling 732.932.7237, ext. 640, or visiting

The exhibition Popcorn & Starbaby: Children’s Book Illustrations by Frank Asch features two captivating series of original page design drawings from the artist-author’s donation of these bedtime books to the Zimmerli. As bedtime stories ease a child to sleep and sweet dreams, they provide amusement, encourage imagination and learning, and reinforce loving family bonds. In addition to offering delightful childhood images, this exhibition provides an informative glimpse of the labor-intensive creative process of designing children’s books prior to the common use of computerized illustration techniques. Frank Asch is a noted author and illustrator of more than 65 children’s books, including novels and juvenile nonfiction. The exhibition is open for extended holiday hours, Tuesday, December 27, through Thursday, December 29, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Regular hours are Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., through June 24, 2012.

The Museum Store offers 20% off purchases on December 7, as well as 25% off all purchases of $150 or more through December 20.


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, as well as original illustrations for children’s books. 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.


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.


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. Please note the Zimmerli is closed December 24 and 25, and January 1.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for adults over 65; and free for museum members, 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


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