ArtYard, a non-profit contemporary art center and residency is set to open its newly completed 21,000 square foot home with two floors of exhibition space, and a 162 seat state-of-the-art theater. This arts complex is located in Frenchtown, New Jersey, a beguiling small town perched at the Delaware River’s edge within a little more than an hour’s drive of Philadelphia and New York.  

With the inauguration of its new arts complex this May, ArtYard aims to create a welcoming communal resource and deploy the power of art to unsettle, engage, bridge divides, and provide occasional moments of arresting beauty. 

Three major exhibitions per year anchor a program of related offerings in theater, poetry, dance, and film, as well as idiosyncratic communal celebrations such as ArtYard’s Hatch, a New Orleans-inspired parade of giant birds. An artists residency program is also in development and will launch in 2022 with an inaugural collaboration with the Baryshnikov Art Center in New York. 

Architects Ed Robinson and William Welch collaborated on the design of the new building, embedding a sophisticated modern art center within a structure that respects the architectural idioms of a once-industrial town. ArtYard’s Managing Director Kandy Ferree, with assistance from architectural advisory board member Bob Hsu, managed the project with builders William S. Cumby. 

ArtYard’s inaugural year in the new space will feature two major art exhibitions: Girl You Want, opening early May, a meditation on gender in America curated by Bennington College professor and art historian J. Vanessa Lyon, and Going to the Meadow, a collaborative installation curated by Ulla Warchol and Robin Hill, in which teams of artists working with the same original materials will reinvent the exhibition repeatedly over a three-month span. The coming year will also feature an outdoor installation of monumental sculptures by the South African artist, Ledelle Moe, and a program of artists talks, performances, workshops, and films predicated on the theme of A Year of Mending.

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