ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of photography and oil-painted black & white photographs by Neal Korn of Union in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located at 633 Pearl St. in Elizabeth. A selection of his work entitled “Visual Music: Then & Now” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery until October 24. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
“We are pleased to have Mr. Korn’s beautiful works on display,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “The exhibit demonstrates his mastery of both photography and design.”
Korn was born in Haverstraw, N.Y., and studied art and education at Brooklyn College and Kean University. He has taught photography, foundations in studio art, drawing/painting, open studio/advanced art and AP studio art at Elizabeth High School and Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights.
“Recently, I had the good fortune to have a memory card corrupted in my camera (as a result of superstorm Sandy),” Korn said. “It caused my images to look cut up and put back together. The slices, colors, shapes, lines and textures become visual sounds that I compose to make my own visual music.”
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation awarded Korn a 1999 Arts Initiative Grant and in more recent years, four mini-grants to support his art-in-the-schools programs. He was awarded H.E.A.R.T. (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grants in 1998 and 2002 from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Korn has exhibited extensively and earned many Best in Show awards. His paintings, drawings and photographs have shown in 84 exhibitions since 1990 in New York and New Jersey. Some local venues include: The Arts Council of the Morris Area; Studio Montclair; Morris Museum; Alijira, Newark; Newark Arts Council; Jersey City Museum; Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway; NJ Center for Visual Art, Summit; and the Watchung Arts Center. To see a variety of images from his work in painting, drawing and photography, visit www.nealkorn.com.
Union County artists (whose works can be hung on a wall) interested in exhibiting in the gallery are welcome to apply. For more information about the Pearl Street Gallery or other programs, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl St., Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone (908) 558-2550. NJ Relay users can dial 711. E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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