Fall 2018 Open House


Sunday, October 14th

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, RSVP HERE: manacontemporary.com/openhouse

Visitors to Mana Contemporary will enjoy the unveiling or continuation of major projects by six canonical art-world figures—John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Bernard Kirschenbaum, Arnulf Rainer, Fred Sandback, and Andy Warhol—alongside a major exhibition of Minimalist works on paper and a dazzling variety of activations, open studios, and special exhibitions by artists working at or associated with Mana’s extraordinary Jersey City campus. Continue reading

JCTC Connection Art Show Opening


Friday, October 5th at 6PM at Jersey City Theater Center

What are the social, political and personal ramifications of hyper-communication? Through technology we can connect with people all over the world, yet why do we so often seem disconnected to our communities, families and each other? Join JCTC as we begin our next series topic “Connection”. Immerse your senses in this collaboration between Kati Vilim (MFA University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary/Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ) and Brooklyn-based artist Thomas Lendvai (MFA SVA).
Oct 5-7 ONLY:
The Connection series opens with an immersive art installation at Merseles Studios in conjunction with the 28th
annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST).
In the Blackbox theater we will have a temporary light installation with projections and sound. DJs, schedule below:
*Fri Oct 5, 6PM – 12AM, Octonomy and DJ Kevin /Dot/ Galaxy
*Sat Oct 6, 5-10PM, Screening of digital animation by Kati Vilim with the music of Nicolas Namoradze
*Sun Oct 7, 1-5PM, DJ Joya Angola Thompson The Wild Woman of House Music
ARTIST TALK Fri. Oct 12, 7-9pm
Installation by Kati Vilim and Thomas Lendvai runs through November 30, 2018

In keeping with the spirit of the studio tour, Merseles Studios resident artists will have their studios open to the public during the JCAST weekend.

Vigil | Photography by Joe Velez

29177792_10156339590498324_5164155302458687488_nArtist Reception on Friday, March 30th from 7 PM – 9 PM 

389 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City, New Jersey. A hop, skip, and a jump from the Pavonia-Newport Light Rail Station and Grove Street.

Exhibition will be up through April.

• • • Artist Bio
Joe Velez has been a visual artist for almost 20 years. Although his main focus has been painting and drawing, he has recently widened his scope to include theatrical sound design, videography and Photography.

‘VIGIL’ is his first exhibition of photographs since taking up the art form. It includes prints from both digital and vintage film cameras. Joe views photography as an extention of his other work, yet as the antithesis of it. Whereas a painting is an accumulation of the time spent creating it, a photograph depicts an instant fraction of a second. Recorded either electronically or chemically, not by hand, but (to put it somewhat romantically) by the eye itself.

Natural Causes Opening Reception


TONIGHT at the Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace

Natural Causes, curated to support the Rush Education Year of Nature and will be visited by classes from Rush partnership school PS 6 in Jersey City, celebrates the astounding natural resources in our midst, addresses humankind’s deep devastation of nature, and aims to stir up positive fervor to do our best to cherish and protect our environment as we go forward. I do believe that we can and must find it in our nature and for our nature to care and to care deeply.

Meridith McNeal, Curator

Rush Arts is dedicated to providing underserved youth with contemporary art education, and developing and supporting artists, curators and new audiences.


WANDERING MOTION: Artist Talk & Closing Reception

27972065_10160043174710261_6136814788136103412_nFriday, March 2 at 5 PM – 7 PM

PRIME Gallery is pleased to announce the Artist Talk & Closing Reception for their current exhibition, Wandering Motion, an exploration of light and motion through multiple mediums of art. Open to multiple interpretations, each piece is a reflection and revealment of self. Join the featured artists, Alissa Laurie, Maria De Los Angeles, Ginger Del Ray, Danielle-Marie Muneca Mullins, Danielle Russo and Kayt Hester as they discuss the making of their thought-provoking works of art.

Where: PRIME Gallery | 351 Palisade Ave, Jersey City

When: Friday, March 2nd, 5-7PM in conjunction with JC Fridays!

Event is FREE and open to the public (please RSVP). Complimentary drinks will be provided.

Prime Gallery is located at 351 Palisade Avenue

Seen/Unseen Opening Reception


Sat, November 18, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Clara Arts, 709 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City

Seen/Unseen is a dual exhibition between two artists, Tom Day and Kathryn Mecca capturing the interconnectedness of humanity in their work. Exploring the nuances of portraiture, these two artists provide a fresh look at what it means to be seen and still unseen.

About the Artists:

Tom Day is an Indianapolis based portrait artist that works traditionally, digitally, and in mixed media trying to bridge the gap between people and their culture.

Kathryn Mecca is a Jersey City and Indianapiolis based mixed media artist whose The portraits deliberately simplify the subject, omitting the wealth of information supplied by the face, while flattening and stylizing what is presented. The result is an abstraction that seeks to convey the essence of a subject.


clip_image002PANEPINTO GALLERIES, in collaboration with SPEAR STREET CAPITAL, presents THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ARTIST highlighting artwork by 56 artists from Jersey City, Hoboken, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx. The more than 70 extraordinary works of art showcased in this group exhibition explore the theme of an artist’s perception of contemporary life.

  • JCAST: Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15, 12pm6pm
  • OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, October 24, 6pm 9pm
  • OPEN WEEKLY: Starting October 30, 2017, Monday through Friday, 9am – 6pm

      Additionally available by appointment and private events

LOCATION: 70 Hudson Street, Jersey City, New Jersey

The intimate subject matter – through the eyes of an artist – articulates a narrative on the world we live in today as seen through an artist’s eye. This eclectic body of work creates a meaningful experience to visitors, comprised of a range of mediums from figurative oil paintings to abstract acrylics, to works on paper, photography, and mixed media sculpture. Continue reading

27th Annual JCAST


On October 14 and 15, 2017, more than 150 artist studios, galleries, museums and other art-activated venues across Jersey City will be inviting the public in to enjoy and purchase art in all forms of media. As the second largest city in New Jersey, Jersey City is a hot pot of imaginative creators. During the JCAST weekend, thousands of residents and visitors from the tri-state area will engage with more than 500 of these talented individuals on their own turf.

The weekend includes live performances, curated bus, bike and walking tours of indoor and outdoor art in every neighborhood (Jersey City boasts more than 100 public murals alone), live music, panel discussions, dance performances, and so much more! Complimentary shuttle buses will be driving tour-goers throughout the city from noon to 6 PM both days, to ensure that they can view exhibits with ease and comfort. All JCAST events are free and open to the public.

The JCAST weekend will kick off with an evening reception, Friday, October 13, 6 to 9 PM, at the illustrious Mack-Cali Harborside Atrium, 210 Hudson Street, located near the Hudson River waterfront and Exchange Place PATH station.

The event is open to the public and will feature live music, demonstrations, live painting, coloring book art, etc.; allowing JCAST artists an opportunity to let loose after months of hard preparatory work while interacting with their art fans. Attendees will have a sneak-peak at the Pro Arts exhibit, which will be showcasing in a gallery adjacent to the Atrium.

The weekend will culminate with an artists’ reception on Sunday, October 15, 5 to 8 PM, at the stunning Hudson County Community College Department of Cultural Affairs’ Benjamin J. Dineen III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery, located in Journal Square.

The gallery will be featuring a show called “Each State of the Mind is Irreducible: Spanish & Latin Artists,” including artists based in Mana Contemporary New Jersey (on Newark Avenue in Jersey City) and Chicago. Mana Contemporary is dedicated to providing a platform for contemporary art and artists through exhibitions, studio programs and public programs.

The Jersey City Art & Studio Tour is presented by Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council and the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs.