New Jersey Art Association
The NJ Art Association (originally called the Millburn-Short Hills Art Center), is one of the oldest art associations in New Jersey. It was formed in 1940 as a not for profit organization with simple purposes.
NJ Art Association, as it is now commonly known, encourages art education and appreciation; commends the work of its members and other individuals and arts groups; offers opportunities for growth in the arts and the development of local talent, and sponsors programs by highly qualified presenters for its members and the community. Most NJ Art Association members are visual artists — amateurs and professionals and whatever is in between — who share those goals and a love of art. In addition to mounting their own exhibitions and demonstrations, the center’s members join together several times a year to show their work in such venues as the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn and the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown as well as libraries, hospitals, community centers and corporate offices.
NJ Art Association was originally founded on Sept. 18, 1940, as the Millburn-Short Hills Arts Center (MSHAC), a nonprofit, supportive community organization with simple but important purposes:
- encourage and promote art education and appreciation
- commend the talent and work of members, and other individuals and arts groups
- offer opportunities for growth in the arts and an enthusiastic exchange of ideas
- promote the development of local art talent
- sponsor art programs by highly qualified presenters for our members and the community
Why exhibit at MCL?
To expand membership in your organization, increase awareness about an important subject, share your collection with other people who share your interests or celebrate a particular event, holiday or anniversary.
What are MCL exhibits about?
We’ve shown all kinds of things! Rock and roll of the 1950s; history of bubble gum; an outstanding doll collection; service history of the USS New Jersey; musical instruments of the world; work of a local Chinese painting group and editorial and political cartooning.
Who exhibits at MCL?
Public and private institutions, collectors, corporations, historical societies, special interest groups, painters, sculptors, photographers or anyone with a shared interest. MCL hosts local juried art shows (Volunteers for Morris County, Roxbury Art Association &c.).
Where are exhibits displayed?
Our primary gallery runs the length of our 1st floor renovated brick building face. The gallery is roofed with skylights, so is airy, light and feels spacious. There are also elevated gallery views from the stairwell landing, up to the second floor, and a second floor overlook through a large window. Additional exhibit space is available on the 2nd floor, near the computers & periodicals area. Display case is located in the first floor lobby.
How do I contact MCL?
Contact our exhibit staff (973-285-6966) to discuss a possible show at the library.
Exhibit policy & application
NOTE: signed application is required before we can accept items.
When can I exhibit at MCL?
Exhibits are generally scheduled eight months to a year in advance. Scheduling hinges on several factors including the type of exhibit, local and annual events, celebratory months and national holidays.
Can I host a reception for my showing?
Yes! You can reserve either the large or small meeting rooms on the first floor for your event. Library will advertise your reception. You are responsible for room set up and refreshments. Please ask your guests to keep their food & beverages in the room.