Art in the Atrium (Facebook photo)

Urban News Staff Reports

New Jersey’s largest African-American art show, Art in the Atrium (ATA), is taking place online this year instead of at its usual venue in the expansive halls of the Morris County government headquarters in Morristown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s exhibit, entitled “Dream With Your Eyes Open,” is currently featured on the walls and in the halls of the Morris County Administration & Records Building, thanks to the efforts back in February of Art in the Atrium volunteers.

COVID-19 has closed the building to the public, along with the opportunity to see the art in person.

Art in the Atrium established an online version of its art collection, where people can view — and also purchase  — the works of artists such as Jerry Gant, Janet Taylor, Alonzo Adams, Leroy Campbell, and others.

Art in the Atrium is dedicated to exhibiting works by emerging and established black artists. The nonprofit volunteer organization began in 1992 thanks to the efforts of Victoria and Charles Craig.

Viki Craig passed away in late 2018, and this year’s exhibit honors her efforts. She was honored by the Morris County Board of Freeholders earlier this year at the annual Morris County Martin Luther King Jr. Day community breakfast.

Proceeds from artwork sales are split, with 60 percent going to the artist and 40 percent to Art in the Atrium (prices determined by the artist). ATA’s commission defrays annual exhibition costs and benefits the Oliphant/Murray Scholarship Fund, which has given more than $25,000 in college scholarships to deserving matriculated college students majoring in Fine Arts.

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