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Zimmerli Art Museum At Rutgers Announces Teacher Workshops For Spring2014


NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University is pleased to announce the schedule of Teacher Workshops, which includes “Not About Face: Portraits” (February 21), “Math in Art” (March 28), and “Writing and the Visual Arts” (April 4). Developed in conjunction with special exhibitions and the permanent collection, workshop content equips educators with the professional development opportunities needed to integrate art and aspects of the museum into their curriculum. Each participant receives six professional development credit hours for attending the program. Each workshop is $50 per participant; fee includes light breakfast, lunch, and supplies. All programs take place at the museum, located at 71 Hamilton Street on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Space is limited and early registration is recommended. To register or request more information, contact the Education Department at

On Friday, February 21, “Not About Face: Portraits” spotlights the Zimmerli’s new major exhibition, “Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture.” In the morning, staff members Donna Gustafson, project director and the Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator, and Mike Norris, of the Education Department, lead a conversation through this special exhibition. Following lunch, Randy Williams—award-winning artist, professor, and educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—reveals specific approaches and activities that engage students with portraiture. All participants receive a copy of the exhibition catalogue.

“Math in Art,” on Friday, March 28, explores New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Standards of Geometry, Measurement, and Data through works of art from the Zimmerli’s collection of American Art. How do artists configure lines and shapes to represent space and solids? How do painted landscapes relate to maps and topography? This workshop includes hands-on activities that integrate math and science with art and New Jersey history.

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On Friday, April 4, “Writing and the Visual Arts” welcomes Alfredo Franco, Director of Education at the Delaware Art Museum and a Part-Time Lecturer at Rutgers, who examines the interconnection between these two forms of expression. The visual arts, often excluded from the core curriculum, can aid in developing good writing skills, which are essential tools in education. Participants learn how to incorporate art images that inspire fiction, poetry, and descriptive writing in their classrooms. This workshop is held in collaboration with the National Writing Project at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

Teacher Workshops are supported in part by the J. Seward Johnson, Sr. 1963 Charitable Trust.


The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum houses more than 60,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in nineteenth-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, as well as art inspired by Japan and original illustrations for children’s books, provide representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching message at Rutgers. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.


The Zimmerli’s operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment, and the Voorhees Family Endowment, among others. Additional support comes from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; and donors, members, and friends of the museum.


The Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street at George Street on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, midway between New York City and Philadelphia.


Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month (except August), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Z Café featuring the Food Architects is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack items. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.


Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for 65 and over; and free for museum members, children under 18, and Rutgers students, faculty, and staff (with ID). Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 848.932.7237 or visit the museum’s website:


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