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Ann Calandro's artwork titled 'Rowboat'
Ann Calandro's artwork titled 'Rowboat'

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The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University is launching an exhibit so big two locations are needed to display the works.

“Mother Nature vs. Human Nature: The Inequity of Climate Resilience” is the New Jersey Arts Annual Exhibition for 2023. The display, which features 105 artworks by 103 artists who either live or work in New Jersey, will be held at both the Noyes Arts Garage in Atlantic City and at Stockton’s Kramer Hall in Hammonton.

“It is the largest group of participants in the museum’s history,” said Noyes Museum Executive Director Michael Cagno. “And it’s compelling evidence of New Jersey’s dedication to and passion for the arts.”

The exhibition runs from Feb. 1 to June 24 with an opening reception to be held at the Noyes Arts Garage from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 4. The Arts Annual Exhibition is a co-sponsored project of the Noyes and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The museum received a $50,000 grant from the state last summer to stage the climate-themed exhibit. The host of the state Arts Annual Exhibition rotates each year among different museums throughout the state. Cagno said the Noyes last hosted in 2016.

 Ann Calandro's 'Rowboat

Ann Calandro’s  ‘Rowboat’

“Through this exhibition, the public will gain a profound understanding of the interconnection between life and the disturbances related to the climate,” Cagno said. “The artists have presented a renewed sense of responsibility for action.”

“This was one of the most competitive shows we have juried, and as visual artists we know how much time and effort goes into these submissions,” she said.

The Noyes Arts Garage, located on Fairmount Avenue in Atlantic City, houses two museums, the Noyes Museum of Art Galleries and the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, eight artist studios, shops, a café, and an art classroom. The Arts Garage is open Wednesdays-Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Noyes Galleries at Kramer Hall, located on Front Street in Hammonton add vibrancy to the Arts District in downtown Hammonton. The Noyes Galleries are open Mondays-Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and until 7 p.m. during “Third Thursdays.”