As the end of the semester starts approaching, most students get ready to study for final exams. Second-year students in the Visual Arts program at County College of Morris (CCM), on the other hand, prepare for a different type of final exam: an exhibition of their artwork and projects, reflecting the scope of their completed coursework.
The college’s portfolio exhibitions normally are held in the CCM gallery located in the Learning Resource Center but that building now is closed for renovation. Hoping to ensure that the exhibitions could take place, Professor Todd Doney reached out to the Morris Museum to form a partnership that will allow the student portfolios to be displayed there through the beginning of May.
The exhibitions came about while Doney was working with Morris Museum’s executive director Linda Moore in preparation for his own exhibition. His solo exhibition, “Nature Sublime: Landscape Painting by Todd L. W. Doney,” features more than 20 of his works depicting New Jersey’s Great Swamp. It will be on display at the Morris Museum until June 23.
During our visit at the museum, Clay Allen, chair of the Visual Arts department, and I asked if they had any extra space to hold the student exhibitions,” explained Doney. “They did and the rest is history.”
The student exhibitions will be divided into four distinct groups. The Photography Exhibition takes place until April 10. The Fine Art Exhibition takes place April 11 – 18 with a reception at 5 p.m. on April 18. The Design Exhibition takes place April 19 –29 with a reception at 5 p.m. on April 25. The Graphic Design Exhibition takes place May 1 – 8 with a reception at 5 p.m. on May 2.
The Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. Hours and directions can be found on the museum’s website,
“The exhibitions are the summation of all of a student’s work from two years of creative studies,” said Doney. “The students have been working very hard toward these exhibitions.”