Now in the Gallery
May 20 – July 12, 2019
Cultural Heritage Exhibition
Opening Reception: Sunday June 9, 4 – 6 pm
Maria Naumik, Board of Trustees, Vice President, Arts and Education Center; Chairperson of the Monroe Twp Cultural Arts Commission; and Educator of Visual Arts in Monroe Twp.
Bethany Widrich, Associate Director of Arts Services for Middlesex County.
Maria Naumik has long been the Chairperson of the Monroe Twp Cultural Arts Commission and an Educator of Visual Arts, also in Monroe Twp. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Trustees for the Arts and Education Center. Maria holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University and a Masters in Educational Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum from Georgian Court University. During several summers off from the classroom, Maria has participated in extensive military, government, cultural, health and education related travel or has taken on the roll of Producer for the Monroe Township Community Theater Group, the Might Oak Players.
Bethany Widrich has been Associate Director of Arts Services for Middlesex County since December 2014. She manages the Local Arts Program for regrants, the “Gateway to the Arts” regrant program as well as projects focusing on Art & Wellness and public art. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Art History from Rutgers University, as well as an Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Seton Hall University. Prior to her employment at Middlesex County, Bethany worked in several private art galleries in Manhattan, Montclair State University’s George Segal Gallery, the Newark Museum and the Jersey City Museum. She is an advisory Board member with the Jersey City Arts Council and volunteers at the historic Loew’s Theater of Jersey City.
About Exhibitions at WWAC
The West Windsor Arts Center (WWAC) establishes a calendar of exhibits that draws on emerging and established local and regional artists and beyond that reflects the diverse cultural makeup of our community. The WWAC Exhibition Committee selects themes based on media, community interest, tie-ins to events and educational value.
The six exhibits we present each year focus on high artistic quality art that showcases diverse multicultural themes and genres. For each exhibit the committee selects a juror from notable regional art educators, professional artists and museum/gallery directors, who choose works consistent with their standards of excellence and our artistic selection criteria.
Criteria for selecting artwork to exhibit at WWAC:
- Competent use of media and artistic technical skill
- Artistic sensitivity and emotional impact
- Creative and innovative work to educate the public
- Wall appeal to attract the public
- Relevance to show theme (if applicable)