2023 Collaborative ARTS Exhibit Recap

13 Years of Artist Collaboration
Framed paintings on exhibit at New Jersey Medical School Collaborative ARTS Exhibit 2023.

Since 2010, the artists from Arts Access and JSDD’s WAE Center have brought their talents together to create an inspiring exhibit at Rutgers NJMS. This year was no exception, as the two groups celebrated 13 years of artist collaboration.

The exhibit was once again presented both virtually and in-person. Paintings and drawings adorned the walls of Rutgers NJMS in Newark, while a virtual gallery allowed viewers to enjoy the exhibit from anywhere in the world. This hybrid event was a great success, and broadened the reach of the artists and their talents.

New Jersey Medical School Collaborative Arts Exhibit 2023 virtual gallery with exhibited paintings.

A Virtual Celebration of Artists

On Monday, June 26, artists from Arts Access and JSDD’s WAE Center gathered on Zoom for a stimulating evening to celebrate the opening of the 13th annual Collaborative ARTS Exhibit at Rutgers NJMS.

The artists were thrilled to share their work with friends, family, and art lovers during the virtual event. A slideshow was presented highlighting the artwork on view, and artists shared the inspiration behind their work and talked about the process of creating their pieces. Artists in attendance included Josh Handler, Lee Papierowicz, Tammy Heppner, Ellen Kane, James Lane, Paul Santo, and several artists from the WAE Center.

Thanks to the virtual event, viewers from near and far were able to come together to celebrate this talented group of artists. One attendee said, “I liked hearing from the artists themselves. I could view in the comfort of my home. I was able to ask questions.”

New Jersey Medical School Collaborative ARTS Exhibit 2023 virtual reception with Zoom attendees.

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, and a very special thank you to the incredible artists for sharing their talents with us and the rest of the world! To stay up to date on all the latest news and projects from the Arts Access artists, be sure to join our email list and follow us on social media.

About Rutgers NJMS

The nation’s best medical schools are known for providing the highest quality medical education, research, patient services, and community outreach. At Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, these priorities are combined with a commitment to constant innovation and progress as we keep our mission, vision, and values in mind.

About JSDD’s WAE Center

JSDD’s WAE Center is a holistic, creative and expressive arts learning center for people with disabilities, dedicated to “Finding the Spark Within”.

JSDD (Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled) is a multi-purpose agency dedicated to providing an integrated program of community education, advocacy, and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. At JSDD the expectations for quality extend beyond what services and supports may be available to what life fulfilling experiences are possible. Our philosophy supports the notion that there are no limits to those possibilities.

The WAE Center Art Studio is a place where members are invited to explore creating fine art through painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, jewelry design, and digital art. Members work both independently and with the guidance and support of trained facilitator mentors in an environment that is founded on neutrality and inclusion.

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