New Jersey Art History

with an emphasis on representational art



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "New Jersey Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays.

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Texts contained in Resource Library by named authors listed by author name in alphabetical order:

Artists and Art Colonies of Ridgefield, New Jersey by Gail Stavitsky


Articles contained in Resource Library without named authors

Resource Library does not contain additional articles or essays dedicated specifically to New Jersey art.

We recommend that researchers always search within Resource Library for additional material. Please see TFAO's page How to research topics not listed for more information. As of April, 2015 Resource Library contains 491 pages including the state's name.


Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:

Please click on the name of each source to view articles and essays related to that source:

George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University

Jersey City Museum

Montclair Art Museum

Nabisco Gallery

Newark Museum

Noyes Museum of Art

Rutgers University - Paul Robeson Gallery


From other websites:

Art & Architecture of New Jersey from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey includes biographies of New Jersey artists. Accessed August, 2015.

Artists from New Jersey from Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Artists from Patterson New Jersey from the City of Paterson. Accessed August, 2015.

Fred Noyes: Paintings is a 2017 exhibit at the Noyes Museum of Art which says: "Following a move to New Jersey in 1933, Noyes seemed to be inspired by Paul Cezanne's analytical flat planes, as well as the bright primitive color and passionate brush strokes employed by Fauvist artists Andre Derain and Henri Matisse. In the early '70s Fred's artistic style changed dramatically. His new abstract works were vivacious, rhythmic and colorful, conveying the joy of life, evocative of the work of Spanish artist Joan Miro. Filled with lush color and whimsical forms, these paintings were singularly Fred Noyes and uniquely southern New Jersey."  Accessed 6/17

Hangout - New Jersey Artists. Accessed August, 2015.

History of WheatonArts from Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

New Jersey Artists from State of New Jersey official website. Accessed August, 2015.

New Jersey (sampling of artists and works connected to state) from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.

Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture from The New Jersey Historical Society. Accessed August, 2015.


TFAO's Distinguished Artists catalogue provides online access to biographical information for artists associated with this state. Also, Search Resource Library for online articles and essays concerning both individual artists associated with this state's history and the history of art centers and museums in this state. Resource Library articles and essays devoted to individual artists and institutions are not listed on this page.


Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:

Public Sculpture in New Jersey: Monuments to Collective Identity, by Meredith Arms Bzdak, Douglas Petersen. Contributor Douglas Petersen. Published by Rutgers University Press, 1999. ISBN 0813527007, 9780813527000. 214 pages. Product Description: "This text examines the past 150 years of the commissioning of outdoor art in the state of New Jersey. It contains essays that profile the state's 100 most significant works and their creators, telling the stories behind them.. From the Back Cover: New Jersey boasts more than 700 public sculptures. By surveying these works as a group, we learn who helped to shape New Jersey, what events we considered significant, and how we hope we will be remembered. Public Sculpture in New Jersey examines 150 years of past and current patterns in the commissioning and placement of outdoor art in the Garden State. The book contains essays that profile 100 of the state's most significant works as well as the artists who created them, and features 84 magnificent photographs that document these works, capturing the effects of time and the environment on each sculpture. Bzdak and Petersen selected these works for the variety of stories they tell and for their range of artistic expression, from traditional to contemporary, rather than focusing only on the best-known or most visible works of public sculpture. By telling the stories behind the sculptures, the book captures New Jersey's history, especially history that may not be well known but that conveys significant information about how our predecessors lived and the official images they sought to leave behind." (text courtesy of (right: front cover of Public Sculpture in New Jersey: Monuments to Collective Identity. image courtesy of Google Books)

Montclair Art Museum. Published 1997 by Montclair Art Museum. Artist colonies. 35 pages. ISBN:0936489553. Exhibition catalog.

The Montclair Art Colony, Past and Present: February 4-April 13, 1997, the ..., By Montclair Art Museum, Diane Pietrucha Fischer, Gail Stavitsky,

New Jersey Arts, by Patricia Herold. 189 pages. Publisher: Rutgers University Press (December 1990). ISBN-10: 0813515548. ISBN-13: 978-0813515540

Public Art in New Jersey During the Period of the American Renaissance, By Museums Council of New Jersey, Nancy Einreinhofer, Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts, Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts. Published by Museums Council of New Jersey, 1990. 96 pages

New Jersey Water Color Society 1938-1988: 50th Anniversary Exhibition, By Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey Watercolor Society, New Jersey Watercolor Society, Montclair Art Museum, Noyes Museum, Noyes Museum, Monmouth Museum, Monmouth Museum. Published 1988 by Montclair Art Museum. Watercolor painting, American. 64 pages. Catalog of an exhibition held at the Montclair Art Museum, Nov. 13, 1988-Jan. 8, 1989; the Noyes Museum, Jan. 22-Mar. 6, 1989, and the Monmouth Museum, Apr. 30-June 4, 1989.

The Public Monuments & Sculpture of Morristown, New Jersey, By Virginia L. Bostick, Morris County Free Library, Morris County Free Library. Published by New Jersey State Council on the Arts, 1978. 32 pages

New Jersey Arts and Crafts: The Colonial Expression, by Monmouth Museum. Monmouth Museum (1972)

Montclair Artists, 1868-1968, By Montclair Art Museum, Montclair Art Museum. Published 1968 by Montclair Art Museum. 10 pages. Catalog of an exhibition held Mar. 24-Apr. 28, 1968.

Painting and Sculpture in New Jersey, By William H. Gerdts. Published by Van Nostrand, 1964. 276 pages

New Jersey Art in Retrospect: Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture at the New Jersey State Museum, Department of Education of New Jersey, Trenton, New Jersey : from February 12 Through June 18, 1961, By New Jersey State Museum, Published by New Jersey State Museum, 1961. 20 pages

The American painting collection of the Montclair Art Museum, By Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair Art Museum, Hirschl & Adler Galleries. Published 1961. Painting, American. 68 pages. On cover: The Hirschl & Adler Galleries present the exhibition Montclair in Manhattan; a selection of American paintings on loan from the Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey, November 7-25, 1961. (possibly pubished by Hirschl & Adler Galleries)

Early New Jersey Artists: 18th and 19th Centuries: March 7th-May 19th, the Newark Museum, 1957, By Newark Museum. Published by Newark Museum, 1957. 30 pages

Art in New Jersey from 1776 to 1876, By Montclair Art Museum, Montclair Art Museum. Published by Montclair Art Museum, 1945. 8 pages

Art and Artists in New Jersey, by Lolita Flockhart. Publisher: C.P. Hoagland Company (1938)

Artists in Amboy: George Inness, Edward Kemeys, Vittorio A. Ciani, F. Luis Mora, Lindsay Morris Sterling, By Woman's Club of Perth Amboy, Woman's Club of Perth Amboy. Published by [Woman's Club of Perth Amboy, 1925. 33 pages. "One hundred and ninety-nine copies were printed to be sold."-- verso of t.p. (text courtesy of Google Books)



Roy Pedersen: "Impressionist Painters of the New Jersey Shore" American Art Review September-October 2003 (Volume XV, Number 5)

Gail Stavitsky: "The Montclair Art Museum" American Art Review July-August 2002 (Volume XIV, Number 4)


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