Atlantic City’s latest art initiative, a gallery complex dubbed the “Art Garage” will debut Monday.
The 16,000-square foot facility, located inside The Wave parking garage, will include artists’ studios and galleries including annexes of the Noyes Museum of Art and the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey.
“This is a real opportunity to showcase the museum’s archive for people who can’t drive out to Newtonville,” said Ralph Hunter, who worked Saturday to finish the Heritage Museum’s 2,000-square-foot exhibit space.
Hunter, who founded the museum in Buena Vista Township, said the annex will initially host works by 17 artists, in addition to an exhibit exploring the history of black stereotypes in American and European culture.
The Art Garage came about through a partnership between the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Brian Jackson, chief of staff for the president of Stockton College, said the facility’s 16 studios provide an excellent art venue for the city and for the Heritage Museum, for which he also serves as a board member.
“The museum had been wanting to have a presence in Atlantic City for a number of years,” he said, taking a break from painting furniture. “This was just an opportunity we couldn’t say ‘no’ to. We’re delighted to be one of the anchors.”
In addition to the artist studios and exhibit space, the completed Art Garage will also include a cafe, gift shop and space for film screenings.
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