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.
Take Five Opening
Scenes from the opening reception of Take Five, an exhibition of Jazz images by Bill May, Mansa Mussa, Steve Ellis, Joel Crooms, Mc Donald Wright, Evelyn Graves and Larry Hilton.
Gallery images from BANG - Buy Art Now Guys - small art for gifts and collecting 1978's annual small works fundraiser in December
The Annual show of Comtemporary Artist Forum - 1978's artist critique group.
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
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
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
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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
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.
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.