New Jersey State Teen Arts Touring Art Exhibit will be on display in Stark & Stark’s first and third floor reception area galleries from April 4 through June 3, 2005.

The State Teen Arts Touring Art Exhibit is an extension project of the New Jersey State Teen Arts Program, coordinated by Friends of Teen Arts. The exhibit is the only one of its kind in New Jersey to feature adjudicated works from teenage artists in all 21 New Jersey counties.

The exhibit has been an ongoing event for over three decades, showcasing the incredible talent, creativity, originality, emotional depth, and artistic abilities of teenagers, 13 – 18, from urban, suburban and rural communities. Two to four pieces of artwork per county are selected annually to enter this exhibit. They are chosen by professional artists from among thousands of art entries adjudicated at County Teen Arts Festivals. New pieces replace existing ones in the show after a year on tour.

The show is praised wherever it travels, receiving outstanding artistic reviews. People are amazed to see what teenagers can accomplish, working in watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic, charcoal, silk-screening, scratchboard, collage, photography, computer graphics, and other artistic media. Themes are as diverse as each individual artist, exploring emotions, life cycles, self-discovery, and contemporary issues.

Teenage artists have much to share, yet frequently, they are not given venues beyond the four walls of a classroom. This exhibit extends those boundaries. The exhibit travels to different locations each month throughout the year, both traditional and non-traditional sites in all 21 New Jersey counties. Recent sites have included the Noyes Museum, Baron Arts Center, Monmouth Museum, Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts & Sciences, and PaperMill Playhouse. Non-traditional spaces reach young people and audiences who would not normally visit museums or galleries. They include high visibility, high traffic locations such as Newark Airport, the New Jersey State Aquarium, the New Jersey State House Annex, statewide conventions, corporate lobbies and public libraries. Conservatively, many thousands of individuals view the exhibit annually.

It never fails to receive excellent media coverage. Recently, the exhibit has been featured on Metro Learning Channel’s Schools Out; News 12 New Jersey’s The Morning Show; WPVIs Fast Forward; WPHLs Kid Time News; NJEAs Classroom Close-Up; and KYW News Radio.

The show will open on Monday, April 4 and an opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Stark & Stark’s Lawrenceville office.

Stark & Stark, one of the largest law firms in central New Jersey, is hosting the show as part of a more than 70 year commitment to give back to the community in which we live and work. Stark & Stark is located at 993 Lenox Drive, Building 2, Lawrenceville (at Exit 8B of Route 95, Princeton Pike North). For additional information, call (609) 895-7386.