Past Exhibitions – Upper Gallery

  • 30 Years of Snow: Calligraphy by Anna Pinto
    November 18 – December 31, 2017
    A hand-crafted card is a gift in itself, in an age when computer-generated “hand-writing” typefaces attempt to mimic the personal touch without quite pulling off the illusion. Hoboken-based lettering artist Anna Pinto has produced snow-themed calligraphic holiday cards for more…
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  • Hoboken Watercolors by Frank Hanavan
    September 24 - November 12, 2017
    A plein air painter’s life isn’t easy, especially in an urban setting. Imagine lugging around close to 20 pounds of art supplies, including an easel and bulky canvases, perched on a bike or squeezed into public transit, just to capture…
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  • In Transition: Works by Artists on the Move
    August 6 - September 17, 2017
    Art teacher Liz Cohen has been teaching weekly classes at the Hoboken Shelter and St. Matthew's lunch program, as a volunteer. After retiring from 40 years of teaching in a private school, she enjoys working with Hoboken’s transitional population, helping…
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  • The Walls of Hoboken: Illustrations by William Magruder
    May 28 - July 2, 2017
    An architectural illustrator by profession, William Magruder has an irrepressible artistic imagination that expresses itself in fantasy-infused drawings, reminiscent of one of his favorite artists, Windsor McKay. A recent series was inspired by Hoboken’s inundation during Superstorm Sandy. Magruder and…
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  • The Essence of Hoboken in Watercolor by Robert Nardolillo
    April 15 - May 21, 2017
    Join us for a free opening reception for our latest Upper Gallery art exhibition: "The Essence of Hoboken: Watercolors by Robert Nardolillo." These dynamic and moody watercolor paintings by the Brooklyn-born artist who now lives in the suburbs, express the…
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  • Hoboken Sweeps: Recent Photography of Jean-Paul Picard
    March 4 - April 9, 2017
    The versatile artist Jean-Paul Picard specializes in web design and digital photography. He teaches courses in these technical skills in evening classes at the Hudson County Schools of Technology. But he started out as a graphic designer and photographer back…
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  • Mile Square Colors: Paintings by Elliot Appel
    November 6 - December 30, 2016
    Elliot Appel has always been interested in capturing the myriad interesting architectural details embedded in the urban landscape.
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  • Extraordinary Hoboken: Paintings by Bill Curran
    April 9 - May 29, 2016
    When most of us pass a flowerpot in full bloom on a stoop or a cat sunning lazily in a window, we might make a mental note of these moments of unexpected beauty, but they are soon forgotten, buried under…
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  • Watercolor Paintings by Alex Morales
    January 10 - February 14, 2016
    The Uruguayan artist Alex Morales has been making art in a wide range of media from an early age, studying and refining his skills at the Museum of Fine Arts in the state of San Jose de Mayo in his…
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  • Capturing Hoboken: The Paintings of Judy Schmitt
    May 10 - July 5, 2015
    The accomplished artist Judy Schmitt may be based in Cape Cod, but since her daughter and son-in-law moved to Hoboken 15 years ago, this city has been a second home for her. Inspired by the artistic tradition of Provincetown, Mass.,…
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  • Litopintura: Paintings on Stone by Walter Barco
    March 22 - May 3, 2015
    Ecuadoran artist Walter Barco creates extraordinary “rock-works” that evoke nostalgic memories of his native Guayaquil’s colonial architecture and 19th century homes, using a technique he describes as "la litopintura," or stone-painting. With incredibly fine detail, including tiny figures in the windows of these…
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  • Kids Map Hoboken Artwork
    January 25 - March 15, 2015
    Hoboken is a kid-friendly city -- just ask a kid! We asked hundreds of children who visited the Museum with their school groups, scout troops and Family Fun Day participants to list their favorite places in town, and the result…
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  • New Paintings by Lou Carbone
    November 9 - December 23, 2014
    With diverse influences that include cubism, surrealism and the Mexican muralists, Lou's paintings are a series of pictorial spaces borne of personal experience as filtered through dreams and illusions. The images of anonymous figures in common settings depict ritual happening…
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  • Art for Life: “Mixed Media Artworks and Glass Paintings by…
    September 21 - November 2, 2014
    Ibrahima Ndoye, who goes by “Ibou,” has been an artist all his life. Born in Senegal to a family who expressed their creativity in tie-dying, embroidery, welding and dressmaking, Ndoye learned from an early age that nearly any material can…
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  • Artworks by Tracie Fracasso
    August 3 - September 14, 2014
    In an age of digital media, Tracie Fracasso’s artworks demand to be seen in person – a flat screen cannot do them justice. Her works are multilayered, two-dimensional images carefully arranged in a three-dimensional space within a glass-fronted frame. She…
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  • Clubhouse Requiem and Graphic Designs by Adam Rodriguez
    July 14 - August 18, 2013
    You’ve probably seen Adam Rodriguez’s art, without knowing it. As a professional artist with the New York-based graphic design firm Success Apparel, he’s created designs for some of the most recognizable brands in the world, including John Deere Apparel, Dickies…
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  • Local Motion: Mixed-Media Sculptures by Jennifer Place & Jodie Fink
    May 18, 2014 - July 6, 2014
    Bowerbirds don’t merely “feather their nests” — they create elaborate art installations to impress prospective mates, using colorful materials collected from around their environment, such as cast-off bottle caps, buttons and trinkets. Jennifer Place identifies with the impulse to collect.…
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  • Important Clouds: Pastels and Giclées by Tim Daly
    March 23, 2014 - May 11, 2014
    Most of us deliberately tune out the scenery along New Jersey highways as we drive past the railroad and highway bridges crisscrossing the Meadowlands marshes. It’s hard to categorize what we’re seeing—neither planned architectural landscaping nor unfettered nature, it’s a…
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  • Uncommon Threads: String Pictures by Robert Forman
    January 26, 2014 - March 16, 2014
    From a distance, an artwork by Robert Forman appears to be many paintings at once, layered in some mysterious way. Up close, the mystery deepens: Instead of paint, the surface is composed of many colored threads, laid downwith as much…
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  • Slices of Beauty on the Hudson: Cut-Paper Works by Hiro…
    December 15, 2013 - January 19, 2014
    Hiro Takeshita was born in Nagasaki, Japan, and from an early age was interested in art and American culture. Born two years after the atomic bomb blast in his native city, he can still recall his mother’s searing memories of…
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  • Let It Fly! Model Airplanes by Peter Gutierrez
    November 3 - December 8, 2013
    Ever since his mother took him to an airshow and let him take a ride in a B-24, at age 9, Peter Gutierrez has been fascinated by airplanes. He started making drawings of aircraft, and then his grandfather, a civil…
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  • Spontaneous Hoboken: Ink Drawings by John Cheney
    August 25 - September 29, 2013
    Hoboken resident and longtime Macy’s Parade Studio float builder John Cheney loves the challenge of drawing in ink. “Ink won’t allow you to go back and erase – you can accommodate errors, but just like in life, you can’t go…
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  • A Child's Innocence, Watercolors by Benjamin Roman
    May 5 - June 30, 2013; June 9, 4 pm: Artist Talk
    Growing up in the Bronx under the watchful eye of a very protective grandmother, Benjamin Roman Jr. and his sister had a lot of time to while away indoors. He would fill hours sketching scenes of his apartment, images from…
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  • Mac Hartshorn, Photographer
    March 17 - April 28, 2013; April 13, 4 pm: Artist Talk
    The Museum is pleased to open a new Upper Gallery art exhibit on the same day as Hoboken's 3rd Sunday Gallery Walk, March 17, with "Mac Hartshorn, Photographer," an exhibit of artistic photographs of babies and children by professional portrait…
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  • Meadowlands, A Wetlands Survival Story: Watercolor Illustrations by Thomas F.…
    January 27 - March 10, 2013
    For Tom Yezerski, all roads seemed to lead to the Meadowlands. Literally. As a recent transplant to New Jersey from Allentown, Pa., Yezerski moved to Rutherford 14 years ago seeking a reasonably affordable community close enough to New York City…
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  • En Plein Air: Seeking a Sensation, by Raymond Smith
    November 11 - December 23, 2012
    Hoboken’s physical character is known for its storied waterfront, its compact and walkable streets, and its rows of well-preserved late-Victorian homes. But not since the Elysian Fields were converted to industrial use in the early 1900s has it been known…
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  • Hoboken from Afar: Photomontages by Roslyn Rose
    September 15 – November 4, 2012
    Sometimes you have to get away—far away—to see your hometown from a fresh perspective. Or, you can stop by the Hoboken Museum’s Upper Gallery this September to see Hoboken From Afar: Photomontages by Roslyn Rose. A New Jersey native and…
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  • Hoboken in Print: Hand-Cut Stencil Screen Prints by Ricardo Roig
    July 29 – September 9, 2012
    Ricardo Roig, a young artist who moved to Hoboken in 2009 after finishing college, has long been an admirer of the Impressionist painters. Hoboken became his muse, he said, in part because its architecture reminded him of the Belle Epoque…
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  • Strange Neighbors: The Art and Imagination of Puppet Heap
    March 18 - April 29, 2012
    Did you know that Hoboken is home to one of the stars of the puppet-making world? The cover story from the Fall 2011 issue of The Puppetry Journal features Hoboken’s own Puppet Heap, an innovative design and fabrication studio that…
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  • Ta-Da! Artworks by Beth Lucas, Macy's Parade Studio Artist
    May 6 – July 1, 2012
    For head scenic artist Beth Lucas, the Macy's Parade Studio's move from Hoboken to Moonachie last year was bittersweet. While the new facility offers better lighting and working conditions, she misses being surrounded by historic details scattered throughout the architectural…
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  • Mostly Rosemary, Paintings by Laura Alexander
    January 29 - March 11, 2012
    Hoboken artist Laura Alexander’s Monroe Center studio is a fixture on the annual Artists Studio Tour. In addition to her paintings, her studio walls are covered with colorful and interesting pop culture artifacts, which are fun to look at, but…
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  • Walkabout: Photographs and Mixed-Media Works by Liz Cohen
    November 13 - December 23, 2011
    Artists’ muses can assume unexpected forms; the artist’s challenge is to be open to the muse’s inspiration. For artist Liz Cohen, a handmade doll from her childhood has emerged as a significant influence in her art. As a little girl,…
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  • Unfolding Landscapes: Books and Boxes by Barbara Mauriello
    September 25 - October 2, 2011
    Unfolding Landscapes: Books and Boxes by Barbara Mauriello September 25 - October 2, 2011 An artist with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in painting, Barbara Mauriello hadn’t given much thought to how the books she loved to…
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  • Louise Gale: Mixed Media
    August 7 - September 18, 2011 As a child growing up in South London, Louise Gale was encouraged to be creative, spending hours after school and during the summer drawing, painting, and creating patterns with her beloved Spirograph. She loved making decorations for Christmas, Easter,…
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  • Deconstructing Hoboken: Photomontages by Sterne Slaven
    January 30 - March 6, 2011
    Artist/photographer Sterne Slaven has an eye for the industrial soul of Hoboken. When he moved here in 1983, after graduating art school, he found himself drawn again and again to the old factory buildings in his uptown neighborhood: Ferguson Propeller…
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  • A Passion for the River: Paintings and Pastels by Bill…
    May 2009
    A born artist, Bill Curran was fascinated with the interplay between shapes, colors, and light on the Hudson River from the moment he laid eyes on it from a stunning new vantage point, the Stevens Institute of Technology campus overlook.…
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  • Poster Art by Robert Burczy
    May 2006
    If you travel Hoboken by foot, you no doubt have seen those eyecatching posters on telephone poles and empty storefronts around town promoting local artist Robert Burczy. An art form of their own, these promotional posters have become a fixture…
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  • A View for All Seasons: Paintings by Bill Curran
    November 13, 2005
    “Down all the side streets, people have wonderful hidden gardens,” artist Bill Curran told a reporter from The Hudson Dispatch in 1986. Today, the painter says, “Seeing other backyards helped me see my own.” Curran loves nature and looking out…
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  • Fernandez Shipyard Photos
    September 2005
    Acclaimed photographer Benedict J. Fernandez went to work at Hoboken’s Bethlehem Steel Shipyard right after high school. His father, who had gone to work at the yard in 1936 and stayed until it closed, got him the job. Ben Fernandez…
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  • The Town: Paintings by Antonio DeJesus
    March 20,2005
    A native of the Dominican Republic, painter Antonio DeJesus moved to Hoboken only three years ago. When he first arrived, DeJesus took long walks around town and developed an appreciation of Hoboken’s architecture. His paintings of local architecture and highly…
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