Founded in 1994, the Pierro Gallery of South Orange (PGOSO) presents the work of diverse, established, and emerging visual artists in a non-commercial, user-friendly venue. Through its programs and exhibitions, PGOSO enhances the cultural environment of South Orange and the surrounding communities aiming to educate, enrich and engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds. PGOSO is a facility of the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs.
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Pierro Gallery’s mission is to offer experience and exposure to contemporary visual artists and to our communities through an array of gallery functions. Our goals include: exhibiting diverse works of art; fostering community involvement with art; serving as a vital force in the arts community; creating and conducting educational programs; and providing resources for artists.
The Gallery produces up to seven exhibitions a year in a non-commercial, user-friendly atmosphere. Established and emerging artists are featured with special sensitivity to regional artists but without precluding consideration of work by any visual artist.
The Gallery strives to play an important role in the life of our communities through education and public awareness. Experience and exposure to the arts are regularly scheduled through Artists Gallery Talks, lectures, panel discussions, workshops and special events, free of charge for the widest accessibility to all.
PGOSO also works with various school districts in arts support that is complimentary to their curriculum.
To schedule a free school tour or exhibition related professional development workshop for teachers contact Sandy Martiny at firstname.lastname@example.org
To further extend our reach beyond the gallery walls, PGOSO also partners with other institutions to offer greater impact and accessibility for our exhibitions and programs. These collaborations include a curatorial partnership with the Seton Hall Graduate Program in Museum Professions, extensions of our exhibitions and programs with the Lennie Pierro Memorial Arts Foundation, the Book Arts Roundtable, the Montclair Art Museum, Gallery Aferro, and more.
SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS
Exposure to art and artists is our primary mission, and the Gallery has now presented over 800 visual artists and approximately 600 craftspeople. But support to our artist community does not stop there. We have provided networking opportunities for artists to share ideas, resources and collaborations.
The programs at Pierro Gallery of South Orange are made possible in part by funds from New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, the Village of South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, individual donations, and corporate sponsors.
The Gallery of South Orange was officially renamed the “Pierro Gallery of South Orange” on November 16, 2001, in honor of the late Lennie Pierro. He co-founded of the gallery with his wife Judy Wukitsch, and he was recognized for his impact and advocacy of the arts in the Village. Pierro, who was a fine artist, longtime South Orange resident, and an active member of the community, sought to bring fine art to his town as a co-operative effort between town, the residents and artists.