Drag my Body, Atlantic City beach sand, plaster, and burlap

Drag my Body, Atlantic City beach sand, plaster, and burlap

  • January 15 - March 25, 2018
  • Third Thursday: January 18 -

What does it mean to adopt a new homeland, language and way of life? What kind of conditions make someone abandon their country, moving sometimes across oceans without prospects, without papers? What land will that immigrant's children and grandchildren feel to be their own? These are questions that Without Papers seeks to answer through personal narrative, sculptures and historical documents.

All of my ancestors immigrated to the United States before the first World War, before immigration papers were required. They, unlike many other Southern Italian immigrants all found their way to South Jersey. These families have called places such as Atlantic City, Egg Harbor City, and Hammonton home for over 100 years. My family is American in everything but cuisine, losing the language, religion and all cultural customs that our ancestors carried with them from Italy.

From 2005 until 2010, I lived and worked seasonally in Italy and, much like early Italian immigrants to the United States, I would travel back and forth between the two countries. When the financial crisis began to affect Italian tourism, it became hard to do my job as a tour-guide. Though I had found my dream job and the country I wanted to call home, my lack of citizenship made staying an impossibility. Having experienced the fear of deportation, as well as the desire to succeed and become accepted in my adopted home, I empathize with the plight of the immigrant, but I am fully aware of the privilege my American passport gave me compared with immigrants I met from the Middle-East, Bangladesh and Africa. As the subject of illegal immigration has become a heated issue in this country in light of the refugee crisis, I think it is all the more important to examine our own immigration history to the United States, no matter how long ago, or how legal the status.

I recently became the caretaker of my grandmother's house in Egg Harbor City. In moving to this house, I discovered documents closely tying my family to Egg Harbor City, Hammonton, and their ancestral homes in Italy. These documents, previously unknown to anyone in my family save my grandmother, tell the story of our family's immigration to the United States and give a first hand account of life as a first generation Italian immigrant in NJ. Without Papers refers to these documents that are the basis of the artworks created for the show. By exploring my family's immigrant journey from Italy to South Jersey, Without Papers is an exhibition where my familial experiences in Hammonton and Egg Harbor City will contextualize an empathic understanding of immigrants both past and present. 

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Kevin Husta, New Jersey Transit - Bellevue Avenue, photograph

Kevin Husta, New Jersey Transit - Bellevue Avenue, photograph


  • Exhibition dates: November 2, 2017 - January 28, 2018
  • Opening reception: Third Thursday, November 16, 6-8 pm (Free)
  • Third Thursday, 11.16.17: Free vintage portrait booth RSVP: 

Kevin Husta’s interest in exploring, researching, and photographing historic sites around Hammonton was sparked as a child when he took walks along an old railroad track with his grandfather. Husta focuses on some of the more iconic historic locations in Hammonton, places that give the town its character.

Education Guide


Jerome Kaplan, Forest Girl, 1953, lithograph

Jerome Kaplan, Forest Girl, 1953, lithograph

Jerome Kaplan (1920-1997) was a respected Philadelphia artist who contributed to the recognition of printmaking as a fine art turning out many monotypes, lithographs and automatic drawings. The drawings were his most expressionistic works, as he was free from the constraints of printing technologies. Kaplan received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his exceptional creative ability. His work can be found in museums both nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the British Museum.

Benton Murdoch Spruance (1904-1967) was one of the most influential and prolific color lithographers in the history of twentieth-century modernism. His advances in color lithography revived a near-dead medium that had not flourished since the turn of the century. His body of work primarily consists of lithographs of social, religious and mythological subjects.  Spruance's artistic expression focused on individuals struggling with enduring moral dilemmas and the metaphysical meaning of life. He was the recipient of a long list of awards and fellowships including two Cresson Scholarships to travel in Europe and two Guggenheim grants.

 Hulda D. Robbins (1910-2011) was inspired by Kathe Kollwitz, a German artist whose work captured a harsh account of the human condition in the early 20th century. Robbins became a prolific printmaker producing series of serigraphs, lithographs and woodcut prints throughout the 1940s, 50s and the early 60s. The Jersey shore was the home of Robbins’ family where she would often visit, and in 1963 she moved there to live. New Jersey provided many subjects that she would later capture in her large expressive oils.



  • January 5 - January 31, 2018
  • Opening Reception, Second Friday - January 12, 6 - 8 pm

The Noyes Arts Garage is proud to host a youth art showcase initiative in the Galleria. Our Youth Art gallery is a dedicated space for student artwork, which The Noyes has been dedicated to providing to young artists for decades.

This month, work will be featured from students at Mainland Regional High School in Northfield. Instructors Lori Vannini, Lauren Ashley and Scott Semet have guided their students towards the impressive success exhibited in the pieces featured. Mediums include acrylic, watercolor, origami, mixed media, scratchboard, and more. 







Scott Troxel, Collective Joy for the Multitudes

Scott Troxel, Collective Joy for the Multitudes

  • December 1 - January 28, 2018
  • Opening Reception, Second Friday - December 8, 6 - 8 pm
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The Noyes Associate Artist Members exhibition showcases the work of thirteen artists creating outstanding artwork throughout the state. Works in mixed media, painting, photography, and sculpture are featured. This annual exhibition continues the tradition of celebrating recent work from New Jersey artists, all selected by jury to be a part of the prestigious Associate Artist Member’s group.

Diane Tomash, Red Door

Diane Tomash, Red Door




Noyes Associate Artists Members included in this exhibition are: Phyllis Anderson, Jacqueline Boyd of Brigantine, Charles Branigan of Egg Harbor City, Vicky Culver of Howell, James Kent of Oceanport, Dennis Loughlin of Galloway, Christina Sanes of Manasquan, Judith Saylor of Linwood, Mary Trivelli Schatz of Cherry Hill, Diane Tomash, Scott Troxel, Grace Zambelli of Basking Ridge and Michael Zambelli of Basking Ridge.






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  • January 9 - February 25, 2018

Joe Lugara took up oil painting at the age of 11 after his father discarded it as a hobby. A film enthusiast and former film student, he made his first paintings by copying the covers of a favorite childhood fan magazine devoted to horror movies. An interest in monster faces (“human faces stretched to emotional extremes”) combined with two decades of fiction writing resulted in a long period of painting imaginary portraits, or “fictional biographies,” which eventually gave way to abstracted, frequently ominous images containing bastardized natural forms and inexplicable phenomena. It was in the early 2010s that Mr. Lugara began creating abstracted digital images.

His paintings and works on paper have appeared in more than 40 exhibitions, including the New Jersey State Museum; Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery (as part of that company’s “New Jersey Artists” series); Visual Arts Center of New Jersey; Curious Matter (Jersey City); Banana Factory Arts Center (Bethlehem, Pa.); and across New York City.

My digital work, like my paintings, conveys the opinion that happenstance, in the infinity of space or on the scale of a single cell, is the boss, the Big Boss. The natural wonders at which we marvel are rife with unseen perils. We can’t always read nature’s true disposition, and certainly not by taking a simple look. The shapes in my work should cause the viewer to ask: “If those things were real, would I risk touching them?” - Joe Lugara



Valeria Marcus, Eye, Oil on paper

Valeria Marcus, Eye, Oil on paper

  • January 9 - February 25, 2018

Painting has become a way to express my inner feelings with shapes, lines, and color. I find as much interest in abstract painting as I do in drawing the human form. What remains constant is the attempt to master illusion without making paintings that are realistic to the human eye, and to feel an emotion, whether it be joyous or somber. Because in a world full of confusion and chaos, there is still beauty. I want my art to speak about life in a modern aesthetic way that will allow the viewer the freedom to come to their own conclusions. For modern art must speak to the times from the depths of the artist’s soul.

- Valeria Marcus



Steve Kuzma, Rainbow Wetland Sunset

Steve Kuzma, Rainbow Wetland Sunset

  • January 9 - February 25, 2018

This exhibition documents some of Steve Kuzma's artistic journey and career, shedding light on his early illustration work in New York. The scope of his local work includes large panoramas, seascapes (many painted on location), and landscapes. Recent awards include a  Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild residency, and grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Gottleib Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, healing artwork for AtlantiCare, the Carrier Clinic, and Enlightened Solutions addiction recovery buildings.





  • January 10 - April 1, 2018

With wood engravings by Michael McGarvey and poems by Peter E. Murphy, Atlantic City Lives explores the stories of the people of  “America's Favorite Playground,” during and after its gambling heyday. 

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Each of the paintings is based on one of the stages in the archetypal hero myth outline in Joseph Campbell's, The Hero with a Thousand Faces.  The series deals with the transformative journey of the creative spirit. These themes somehow emerged in the engravings for Atlantic City Lives, many years later.

Peter E. Murphy was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a nightclub and drove a cab. He is the author of seven books and chapbooks including Stubborn Child, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. Peter has received awards and fellowships from The Millay Colony for the Arts, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Yaddo, The Folger Shakespeare Library, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the New Jersey Council on the Arts. Retired from Atlantic City High School, he continues to teach creative writing at Stockton University. He is also the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University which offers the Winter Poetry & Prose GetawayInservice Solutions Professional Development and other programs for poets, writers and teachers.

Michael McGarvey received his MFA from Temple University's Tyler School of Art, and now teaches illustration, graphic design, and computer animation at Stockton University. He has exhibited worldwide, including his extensive work with the Wood Engravers' Network.




Location: Shore Medical Center, 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point, NJ 08244

Fine and folk art objects from the Permanent Collection of the Noyes Museum of Art are temporarily on view at Shore Medical Center. Selected works include fine duck decoys, chosen from the Museum's vast holding of artifacts that help to highlight and preserve the history and culture of South Jersey. The unique Purple Martin Palace, created in 1935 by Leslie Christofferson, can also be found at Shore Medical Center.

Leslie Christofferson, Purple Martin Palace Birdhouse, ca. 1935, Noyes Permanent Collection - Folk Art

Leslie Christofferson, Purple Martin Palace Birdhouse, ca. 1935, Noyes Permanent Collection - Folk Art




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Anthony J. Rudisill is a self-taught artist with an abiding love of nature and art. Upon these two loves, Anthony J. Rudisill has built his entire life’s work, garnering local, national, and international recognition for his painting and carving. He is adept at portraying the abundant wildlife indigenous to the coastal marshes of southern New Jersey and the natural landscapes of the United States.

As a young boy, Rudisill made field sketches of birds. After moving from Haverford, Pennsylvania to the shore, his father introduced him to Fred Noyes, who later founded the Noyes Museum of Art. He arranged for him to take art lessons from Noyes. However, Rudisill got restless, abandoned his art lessons, and instead took to the plentiful marshes of South Jersey to explore in his boat. Later, he began working as a commercial artist, illustrating model airplane boxes, postcards of hotels and motels, and other a variety of work. In his spare time, he made wildlife paintings and, subsequently, began creating detailed bird carvings. The carvings won him “Best in the World” in 1978 and 1983. Rudisill currently lives and works in South Jersey.