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Not since 1964 has a book been written on New Jersey art history. This ground-breaking volume features many of the entire state’s painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, illustrators, and cartoonists, and celebrates New Jersey’s 350th anniversary, 2014.
Although many artists are gone now, their legacies are still vibrant; the ones who are working and exhibiting here are providing the important legacies of the future in this comprehensive overview of a wealth of artwork. How exciting that many of these artists are known nationally and internationally!
You will get to know them, discover more about them, and you will be delighted to know that New Jersey’s art world stands tall and most proudly between New York and Philadelphia. Readers of all ages finally have a treasury and inspiration that promises to keep New Jersey brimming with art for years to come.
Tova Navarra is a magna cum laude art history graduate of Seton Hall University and former art teacher at Seton Hall Preparatory School, South Orange, NJ. She was the first and only designated art writer/critic in the history of the Asbury Park Press, as well as the first writer in the then-111-year history of the Press to be internationally syndicated by Copley News Service, San Diego, CA, before the Press was purchased by Gannett. Navarra is the author of more than thirty books on diverse topics, including a book of her photographs, The New Jersey Shore: A Vanishing Splendor (Philadelphia Art Alliance, 1985). One of her books, Playing It Smart, has been translated into six languages. Navarra was born in Newark in 1948 and has been an artist and published writer since age nineteen.
Among her many solo exhibitions are O. K. Harris Works of Art, NYC; Gallery Axiom, Philadelphia; a fifteen-year retrospective, 1991 (and a two-person show with Santo Pezzutti, 2007), both at the 800 Gallery, Monmouth University; Atlantic City Art Center; Caldwell College; Millburn Public Library (its first art exhibition). Navarra was also invited to exhibit in Monmouth University’s Inaugural Exhibition, November 2012–March 2013, for its new Rechnitz Hall. In addition to numerous group shows including Monmouth Museum’s annual juried exhibitions, Navarra exhibited her photographs in a 1992 three-person show with Clarence H. Carter and George Segal at the Payne Gallery of Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. She served as juror for shows including the 43rd Annual Monmouth Festival of the Arts, 2013. She is a biographical subject in Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World, from 1997 to 2015.