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1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Gallery Hours During Exhibitions:
Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm

1978 Maplewood Arts Center provides a forum for artists to work, exhibit and interact.  We invite you to view our online galleries of shows and events.


Selected works from the annual Advance Placement Studio Art program. Students are from New Jersey high schools - Columbia High School South Orange, Arts High School in Newark and Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights NJ and West Caldwell High

Ageless Creativity

Selected work from artists Ed Hoffner, Mel Holston, Phyllis Carlin and Bohuslava Reiss


Let's Mix It Up

April 2012 : When photographers explore mixed media.

Curated by Dorothy Kuehn, creative surfaces artist

Sacred Spaces, Resting Places

Nov 2012 : Exploring the places we go to reflect, to pray, to contemplate or connect with the inner self.


The Quarter Mile Print

May 2013 and October 2013

Using art as a way to bring people together for the purpose of sharing in a fun creative experience...with a steam roller

A Different Perspective

March 30th - April 28th, 2013 Experience the visual poetry of three of New Jersey's most gifted abstractionists Larry McKim, Peter Arakawa and Vivian McDuffie


4th July 2013

Check out the cool ideas for this years Annual 4th of July Art Installation

Send your photos to jo@bradney.com

Pinhole Photography with Debra Trebitz

Using both science and art to create photo images without the aid of computer technology, the kids will explore making images using light, time and movement


Gladys Barker Grauer

February 2014
Black History and Women's History Month(s)

A double celebration with an exhibit of the art of Gladys Barker Grauer - the "mother" of Newark's African American art community.

NJ Photography Forum : Experimental / Experiential

This juried exhibit features experimental and non-traditional photographic works that think "outside th frame"


Shadowbox Workshop

Artist Mansa K Mussa's workshop explored how the medium of shadow box making can be used to make a personal statement about your life and times.

Phyllis Carlin : A Life Remembered

It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our dear friend, wonderful human being and a great artist, Phyllis Carlin.

We will miss her.



October 19 - November 22, 2014

The Generations exhibit features the art of parents and their children in an eclectic blend of paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, collages, and shadow boxes.

Joan Goldsmith and Amy Charmatz
Carol Black-Lemon and Lana Lemon
Mansa K. Mussa and Abeni Mussa
Onnie Strother and Shaanti Williams

Victor Davson : Dub Factor Redux

February 8th - March 15th
Celebrating Black History Month with an exhibit of the art of Victor Davson - artist and founding director of Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ.



Chairs of Inclusion

Chairs of Inclusion : A Seat at the Table for Everyone
August 2nd - August 28th, 2015
Opening Reception : Sunday August 2nd, 2-5pm

The Chairs of Inclusion is a collaborative project representing the convergence of inclusion, expressive arts, and community.

Juan Antonio Picasso : The Creative Cuban Connection

Black History Month 2016
February 13th - March 20th

Juan Antonio Picasso, who resides in Havana and is a descendant of Pablo Picasso, was invited to be the featured artist to celebrate Black History Month at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center.


Off the Shelf : A Tribute to June Cater

Gallery 1978 remembers our good friend and mentor, June Cater, who passed away this past April 2016. She gifted the building, which now houses 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, to the Township of Maplewood in 2000.

Transformations of Fire and Earth

March 19th - Sunday, April 23th 2017
Carole Wong Chesek, William McCreath, Barry Zawacki, and Tricia Zimic illustrate the range and versatility of clay works. Their works range from delicately detailed porcelain to life size organic stoneware creations.


Dolores Stewart

Memorialized Moments
capturing the soulful spirit of human nature

February 3rd - March 18th 2018

Fresh 11.0

Selected works from the annual Advance Placement Studio Art program. Students are from New Jersey high schools - Columbia HS, Arts HS, West Essex Regional HS, Governor Livingston HS, Montclair HS and Central High