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An Exploration of Art and Identity

May 11, 5–8 p.m.



On Friday, May 11, MAM is hosting an interactive art event for young adults, ages 13 - 18. The night, titled “An Exploration of Art and Identity,” provides a place for teens to appreciate and participate in art. The museum will be exhibiting artwork by local talented young artists at the event, as well as showcasing the beautiful exhibition, "Kay Walkingstick: An American Artist", whose artwork is the main inspiration and theme for this night. Other activities include a hands-on art activity, listening to live music, and enjoying refreshments, including food trucks outside. This fun event is not only free, but it is organized by young adults, for young adults.





Teen Space

Thursdays, 7–9 p.m.



A new open studio program for teens–Teen Space. Work on projects among peers in a professional studio space. Bring a project from school, a MAM studio class, or an independent project from home. Don’t forget your supplies! Please check main MAM calendar for schedule updates.



Scholastic Art Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is an 91-year-old national program that identifies and develops creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. The Montclair Art Museum has served as the sole affiliate sponsor of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New Jersey since 2009. The competition at MAM focuses on visual art. Its area of service includes the counties of Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren. To find your guidelines and deadlines, you must locate your Affiliate Partner. Please visit artandwriting.org to determine if you are within the Northern NJ Affiliate Region or the NJ Region-At-Large.


The submission Deadline for the 2018 Scholastic Art Awards: Northern New Jersey Region was Wednesday, January 3, 2018. The 2018 Regional Award Ceremony & Reception took place on February 15, 2018. The exhibition is on view through March 26, 2018.


View the complete list of all 2018 Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention Awards


View a slideshow of all the award-winning works


History & Past Winners




The Winter Session of Bridges takes place over the course of 7 Friday afternoons, 3:30–5 p.m., starting on February 23, 2018.


Students in grades 7 and 8 are invited to participate in Bridges, a free intergenerational art program that brings together people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and middle school students for interactive explorations of artworks, storytelling, and creative expression. The program takes place at the Montclair Art Museum over the course of seven Friday afternoons, 3:30–5:30 p.m.


The program consists of:

  • An initial afternoon training workshop that will offer insights on dementia and introduce students to tools and strategies for engaging with patients.
  • Gallery conversations in which students will be paired with adults with dementia.
  • Several hands-on workshops where students will have the chance to work collaboratively with seniors on a range of creative projects involving, art, music, and storytelling.
  • Students receive a total of 10 hours of community service credit for participating in the full program.


To sign up, please email Noaa Stoler, Assistant Director, K–12 Learning and Gallery Interpretation at nstoler@montclairartmuseum.org.



New! Teen Artist Talk & Workshop: Dan Fenelon

March 29, 4–6 p.m.

$15 per person (teachers are FREE with school groups). Purchase tickets online or email teens@montclairartmuseum.org to reserve your spot.


Meet the artist! Bring your friends to the MAM to hear from a professional artist, ask your burning questions about working in the arts, and get creative in an interactive workshop! This year, MAM is launching a new Teen Artist Talk & Workshop series. Dan Fenelon, whose signature “urban tribal” style is instantly recognizable on murals at the Montclair Library, Luna Stage in West Orange, and other public spaces throughout the country, trained at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dan works in a range of media—acrylic on canvas, 3D printed figurines, and larger-than-life sculptures. He teaches students of all ages at schools across the country, including locally with MAM’s Art Truck and mobile studio. Dan will lead an interactive mask-making workshop following the artist talk. All art supplies—and snacks—will be provided.




Pictures Concert

Thursday, June 7, 5–9 p.m.



This annual spring event is a unique concert experience as New Jersey students explore the intersection of music and visual art. For the last decade, NJ students have been asked to compose music inspired by works of art found in the MAM collections. Guest musicians perform pieces written by students, and student honorees discuss their art-inspired music in a preconcert talk.


More information on applying for the Pictures Contest


This program is produced by the New Jersey Arts Collective.



Portfolio Review Day

October 2018


MAM Portfolio Reviews allow college-bound students to receive feedback on their visual art portfolios from college art school admission officers. Over 25 schools will be on site and available to meet with students. Please bring 12 to 20 pieces of original work including sketchpads if available. You may bring work in any medium including clothing, jewelry, and sculpture if you can carry it. If you wish your digital work to be viewed, bring your own laptop as well as an additional battery.



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