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January 22, 2015


Need a Break from the Cold Outside? Warm Up at the Zimmerli!


New Brunswick, NJ – This February, the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers presents a dynamic schedule of activities and exhibitions for the campus and community. In addition to Art After Hours: First Tuesdays and Music at the Museum, education programs such as Passport to Art and drawing classes resume for the spring session. Plus, new exhibitions reveal fresh perspectives on familiar topics. Activities take place at the Zimmerli, located at 71 Hamilton Street in New Brunswick, on the Rutgers University College Avenue campus. Admission to the museum and public programs is free. Registration fees vary for classes and workshops. For more details, visit


On February 1, stop by the Zimmerli for Family First Sundays. Visitors may request family activity guides at the front desk. Adventures in Sculpture and People and Portraits offer scavenger hunts and sketch books for families with children six to 12 years old. At 2 p.m., join a Spotlight Tour (topic TBA) led by a specially trained guide. The Zimmerli is open noon to 5 p.m. Admission and activities are free. For more information, visit


The Zimmerli stays open late on February 3 for Art After Hours: First Tuesdays, inviting visitors to engage with art in new ways. The evening begins with a curator-led tour, at 6 p.m., of the new exhibition The Doctor is In: Medicine in French Prints, which explores how European artists both documented and interpreted health issues and medical practices of their time. The tour is immediately followed by the next selection in the Big Ten: Art series, spotlighting one intriguing work of art from the collection each month. At 7 p.m., Slide Jam welcomes two Brooklyn-based artists to discuss their new projects. The layers of repeating imagery in Zoe Pettijohn Schade’s gouache paintings are drawn from personal perception and the larger cultural landscape, becoming loaded with their own psychological and symbolic associations. Christopher Schade explores associations with visual cues and pictorial conventions that create certain perceptual expectations. In addition, Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) presents Live Vibes Coffeehouse, showcasing the talents of Rutgers student bands and musicians. Art After Hours takes place from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., offering free admission and complimentary refreshments. To learn more, visit


Registration is now open for upcoming sessions of the Zimmerli’s signature art classes for all ages. Passport to Art – the interactive workshop that invites families to spend quality time together while exploring their creativity – features the topic Creating a Still Life on Saturday, February 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Advance registration is required ($5-10) and children must be accompanied by an adult. Drawing Club for Children and Young People meets after school (4:15-5:15 p.m.) for five Wednesdays. Sessions begin January 28 for 6 to 8-year-olds and March 11 for 9 to 14-year-olds. Drawing Society for Adults meets on six select Saturdays (12:30-2:30 p.m.) from February 21 to May 2. Advance registration is required (Drawing Club, $25-50; Drawing Society, $100-135). For additional details about all classes, visit


Music at the Museum spotlights the talents of Mason Gross faculty members. On Sunday, February 15, at 2 p.m., "Art of the Guitar" features Kevin Hildebrandt, Michael Donahue, and Leighann Narum performing works by Coltrane, Herzog , Domeniconi, Albeniz, Gnattali, J.S. Bach, Dyens, Milan, and Tarrega. This family-friendly weekend concert is organized by the Mason Gross Extension Division and hosted by the Zimmerli. Admission is free, but seating is limited. 


New exhibitions include Picturing War: Selections from the Zimmerli Art Museum Collection, opening February 7, and George Segal in Black and White: Photographs by Donald Lokuta, on February 14. The major exhibition Picturing War includes more than 130 works that examine the artistic response to the great civil and global wars of the modern era, including the American Civil War, the Sino-Japanese War (1894), the Russian-Japanese War (1904), and both World Wars. George Segal in Black and White documents the friendship and artistic alliance that lasted 16 years between the sculptor and photographer. This rare opportunity considers Segal inside and beyond his studio (with friends, family, and models), as well as the studio itself as subject. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue of the same title.



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 19th-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, as well as art inspired by Japan and original illustrations for children’s books, provide representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching message at Rutgers. 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.



Admission is free to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers. The 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.


The Zimmerli Art Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and the first Tuesday of each month (except August), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays, as well as the month of August.


Z Café featuring the Food Architects is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack items. The café is closed major holidays, as well as the months of July and August.


For more information, visit the museum’s website or call 848.932.7237.



The Zimmerli’s operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment, among others. Additional support comes from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; and donors, members, and friends of the museum.


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