One of New Jersey's most-notable and beloved artists, W. Carl Burger, will be holding a solo exhibit in the Art and Design Gallery at County College of Morris (CCM).
The exhibition marks the first solo exhibit in the renovated CCM gallery. The exhibition runs from October 23 – January 20 on the college’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road. A reception will be held on Wednesday, November 9.
“Having Carl as the first solo show in our renovated gallery is a no brainer,” says Todd L. W. Doney, professor of visual arts and gallery director at CCM. “He started painting professionally in the 1950s and he’s been creating great work ever since. I think that qualifies him to be our first solo exhibitor.”
The renovation of the Art and Design Gallery was completed in 2014 and significantly expanded display space at the college, allowing for a broader and more expansive range of exhibitions at the campus.
A Stockton artist, professor emeritus of art from Kean University and former CCM adjunct professor, Burger will have 29 of his works on display. Those works range from large 4’ X 6 ‘ oil paintings to smaller 27” X 35” watercolors and charcoal drawings.
Born in Germany in 1925, Burger came to the U.S. as a child and has resided in New Jersey for nearly his entire life. He served during World War II with the U.S. Army's 1651st Engineering Utilities Detachment and was later transferred to Military Intelligence serving in France and Germany. Honorably discharged in 1946, Burger earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Fine Arts Education from New York University. After earning his degrees, he taught at Westfield High School for 10 years and then at Kean University for more than 30 years. He retired from Kean in 1993.
During his long career, Burger has exhibited throughout the U.S., including the Lincoln Center and the National Academy of Design in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Newark Museum, Montclair Museum, New Jersey State Museum and the Morris Museum, to which he gifted 62 paintings. Burger's works are held in many corporate collections including British Airways, Warner Communications, American Telephone and Telegraph, Johnson & Johnson, Nabisco World Headquarters, Schering-Plough and Ortho Pharmaceuticals.
In his work, Burger likes to emphasize the “garden in the Garden State,” presenting landscapes and natural scenes.
“People tell me there’s a life and energy in my paintings that excites them, that they never tire of,” he says. “That’s because I love it — the best part of painting is while actually doing it.”
Art and Design Gallery hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m., Fridays noon to 4 p.m., and the first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Photo: Beyond Time, oil on canvas, by W. Carl Burger