MISSION

We connect and build communities through socially engaging arts practices rooted in papermaking and printmaking.

 

CORE VALUES

  • Connect existing communities & build new communities through experiential papermaking and printmaking, connecting artists to each other, to communities, and to the public
  • Foster a culture of trans-disciplinary collaboration & participation through partnerships and an inclusive, growing social arts practice
  • Educate new, emerging, and established artists in the fine arts of printmaking and papermaking in all its varied forms
  • Sustain a Think Tank environment to establish new connections, stay in front of contemporary discourse, engage new ideas and people, and embrace change
  • Conduct Research and share our findings on connective practice, community building, less-toxic and non-toxic studio practices, and social change impact
  • Make and Show Art; Everything is through making, doing, and telling

 

HISTORY

Frontline Arts, formerly known as the Printmaking Center of New Jersey, was incorporated on December 10, 1974. Originally founded as the Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Founders Lois Berghoff, Zelda Burdick, Florence Wender, Carol Yudin and Peter Chapin, envisioned an organization that would help local artists as well as promote the fine art of printmaking statewide.

In 1978, the mobile program Roving Press attracted the attention of the Somerset County Parks Commission, which had recently acquired 35 acres of property donated by Ralph T. Reeve to be used as a statewide cultural complex bearing his name. The organization was offered three acres and a two-story framed building, which once housed the offices of a lumber company, through an ongoing lease with the Somerset County Parks Commission. The Ralph T. Reeve Cultural Center located in Branchburg, New Jersey has been home to our offices, gallery, mobile programming, and fully-equipped printmaking and papermaking studios ever since.

We are currently in transition restructuring our mobile and in-house programming and re-branding the organization, from the Printmaking Center of New Jersey to Frontline Arts. We've updated our mission to connect and build communities through socially engaging art practices rooted in papermaking and printmaking, and we're currently working on our next three-year strategic plan. We're excited to continue and further the work of the original Founders, connecting artists with communities through mobile socially engaging papermaking initiatives, while continuing to offer groundbreaking exhibitions, artist residencies, an Artist Series, and communal space with shared equipment for printmakers and papermakers across our state and larger region.