The Jersey City Art and Studio Tour (JCAST) in its 33rd year moves under the umbrella of Art Fair 14C and becomes part of a larger Jersey City Art Week in October 2023.
JCAST began as an invitation to visit artists’ studios, retailers and other downtown spaces, including the historic 111 First Street art collective and has been re-imagined several times over the ensuing decades.
The original artist studio tour was started in 1990 by Charles Kessler and Pat Donnelly of Gold Coast Magazine (a Jersey Journal weekly).
From 1994 to 2013 it was presented by nonprofit Pro Arts, a professional artist membership organization, in partnership with the City of Jersey City, and then the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs took over sole operations from 2014 through 2022.
In 2023 JCAST will become part of a larger Jersey City Art Week, which will also include the 5th Edition of Art Fair 14C and the 31st International Scupture Center Conference.
A steering committee will work to provide advice, expertise and long-term planning for Art Week.
Committee members: (list still in formation)
Elizabeth Cain – Executive Director Exchange Place Alliance
Melissa Cuccinello – Visual Arts Supervisor Jersey City Public Schools
Kristin DeAngelis – Community Outreach Director Mana Contemporary
Jenna Geiger – Owner Deep Space Gallery
Christine Goodman – Director Office of Cultural Affairs
Robinson Holloway – Executive Director Art Fair 14C
Johannah Hutchison – Executive Director International Sculpture Center
Jonathan LeVine – Owner & Proprietor Jonathan LeVine Projects
Bryant Small – co-President Pro Arts
MacAdam Smith – Executive Director Jersey City Arts Council
Alysis Vasquez – CEO MMFB Productions
Michelle Vitale – Director of Cultural Affairs Hudson County Community College
Q. What will be different about JCAST in 2023?
That’s still an evolving answer. If you had already planned to curate an exhibition or open your studio during JCAST, the proceedure will be largely the same – you will register on the website and be put on the JCAST map.
We are planning at least one large and curated community exhibition on the waterfront.
Q. When can I apply for JCAST?
The application for the curated exhibition will open in May 2023. Further deadlines will be released later in the year.
Q. I have more questions!
We will host an information session on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 PM via Zoom. The Zoom registration will be sent out the first week of April. To be added to our mailing list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.