I’d like to extend my sincerest gratitude to everyone who gathered at our 113th Annual Meeting on March 28 and a special welcome to our newest trustees – Dahlia Elsayed, Artist; Joseph Lee, Vice President/General Manager of NJ PBS, a subsidiary of the WNET Group; Christine Mason, Managing Director and Head of Operations and Compliance at HarbourView Equity; Ron Norsworthy, Artist; and Phillip K. Smith III, Artist.

April is also National Volunteer Month. All of us at the NMOA applaud our dedicated volunteers, docents, and Board Members who have chosen this Museum year after year as a place deserving of their creativity, energy, and commitment. Thank you for choosing us. The feeling is mutual.

Our trustees and volunteers are as diverse and varied as our collections, advancing our mission and guiding our path forward. This month, the Museum continues on its path– but with a little help from the ancestors.

Adama Delphine Fawundu, Palii~Seat of the Ancestors and Water Spirits, 2022‑2023. Still from three‑channel video installation . © Adama Delphine Fawundu  

On April 21, we open Adama Delphine Fawundu: In the Spirit of Àṣẹ, presenting new work by the photographer and visual artist of Sierra Leonean and Equatorial Guinean descent whose work explores themes of indigenization and ancestral memory. The exhibition is part of our Global Contemporary series of year-long installations showcasing new work by living artists in dialogue with the Museum’s collections.

This fourth iteration will feature woodcuts, screen prints, sculptures, photographs, and a three-channel video installation all made in 2022 and 2023, along with three works on paper by the late Sierra Leonan modernist Olayinka Miranda Burney-Nicol from our collection. We’re thrilled that we’ll be putting these inspiring artworks from two different generations on view for the first time. We hope to see you at the opening!

We’re calling all art lovers, makers, and visionaries. On May 13, NMOA invites you to Art Ball, the Museum’s most spectacular party of the year, celebrating art, advocates, and artists!

Your generosity makes a big impact! The Art Ball funds NMOA’s much-loved education and family programs, community engagement events, and our cutting-edge exhibitions that benefit over 70,000 people every year, along with free Museum admission for all Newark residents.

As always, these exciting events are made possible by our donors, large and small. Thank you to all who make the Museum so full of wonder – our donors, members, volunteers, staff, and artists. And, of course, the ancestors. See you all soon!

In gratitude,

Linda C. Harrison
Director and CEO
The Newark Museum of Art