Montclair Art Museum Turns 100

The Montclair Art Museum is currently celebrating its 100th birthday; join in on the fun at the Centennial Ball on Saturday, April 26.

Montclair Art Museum celebrates 100 years of education.

The Montclair Art Museum was founded in 1914. According to their website, “the museum, along with its Yard School of Art, engages a diverse community through its distinctive collection of American and Native American art, exhibitions and educational programs that link art to contemporary life in a global context.”

The Montclair Art Museum is one of the only museums in the country with exhibits featuring American and Native American art, totaling over 12,000 pieces.  The American collection encompasses paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and more dating from the 18th century to the present. Additionally, the museum features the work of George Inness. It is the only gallery in the world dedicated solely to the work of painter Inness. He lived in Montclair from 1885 to 1894 and painted in the area.

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After opening its doors in 1914, the Montclair Art Museum paid its thanks to the donations of artwork and funding of its two founders, Montclair residents William Evans and heiress Florence Osgood Rand Lang. Today, the Montclair Art Museum is looking to its residents to help keep the exhibits in tip-top shape.

One way the Montclair Art Museum is raising money is hosting a Centennial Ball on Saturday, April 26. Cocktails will start at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served under the big tent at 8 p.m. The event is black tie optional, but the chairs of the event invite guests to dress in fashions from their favorite decades.

The event co-chairs are Lisa Amato and Lyn Reiter, the honorary art co-chairs being Nick Cave, Willie Cole and Kiki Smith. All centennial celebration proceeds go towards the Montclair Art Museum’s 100-year tradition of “excellence in presenting exhibitions and programs that enrich the lives of our visitors.”

Tickets are available online today at Prices range from $500 for one ticket to the Centennial Ball and one ticket to the Fashionably Late Dance Party, and up to $25,000, which provides a premier table for 12 at the Centennial Ball, 12 tickets to the Fashionably Late Dance Party, a commissioned artwork by Tom Nussbaum, a table for 10 at the Decades Luncheon including one-hour exclusive pre-luncheon access to Cameron Silver’s Trunk Show, full-page color ad in Tribute Journal and a listing in printed materials. $20,000 of the highest ticket level goes directly toward promoting arts education for the next generation.

There are multiple different levels of ticket prices. They include various perks for different amounts of people. For more information on what is offered for each ticket level, please visit the Montclair Art Museum event page.

Come celebrate 100 years of promoting art, education and versatility with the Montclair Art Museum at their Centennial Ball. The museum is located at 3 South Mountain Avenue and can be reached by phone at 973-746-5555. Visit their website at to find out more about the museum, becoming a member or donating.

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