Art Fair 14C, an initiative of Art House Productions, has announced the exhibitor list and Juried Show for its 2021 edition of the Art Fair, featuring over 120 regional and international artists and galleries. The fair will take place November 12-14, 2021 in the Glass Gallery at Mana Contemporary – featuring 40,000 sq feet of continuous exhibition space.
Art Fair 14C was created in 2018 to provide local and area artists and arts organizations with the international art fair experience that is now crucial to making a living in the arts. The annual fair provides a showcase for hundreds of artists from New Jersey, New York and around the world, giving area art lovers exposure to a wide variety of visual artworks, in all media and for all budgets. In just its third year, Art Fair 14C has become the largest and most important visual arts event on the New Jersey calendar. After two years on the Jersey City waterfront at the Hyatt Regency, Art Fair 14C moves in 2021 to an expansive new space – the 40,000 sq ft Glass Gallery at Mana Contemporary.
Art Fair 14C strives to make art fairs more inclusive, the efforts of which are reflected in the diversity of its exhibitors. Due to the significant expense of participating in traditional art fairs, small and mid-sized galleries, as well as individual artists, are often left out of this critical opportunity of art sales. 14C’s lower participation costs, targeted community outreach, and accessible application process ensures the fair’s exhibitors represent a wide variety of artistic mediums, styles, and sizes. Several exhibitors will be participating in their first ever art fair, including AKWAABA GALLERY (Newark, NJ), 4 Flavors Art Gallery (Montclair, NJ), Office Space (Salt Lake City, UT), and more.
The Glass Gallery at Mana Contemporary is surrounded by dramatic natural light on the north, south and west sides and features 15-foot-high hanging space, making it an ideal location to display and experience art. The airy layout, furnished by FB International, was designed with social distancing and safety for all exhibitors and attendees in mind. The fair will also feature five installation spaces, allowing the fair to include unique, immersive art installations for the first time.
The installation booths will feature ANNE DUSHANKO DOBEK (New Providence, NJ), DEBBIE HESSE (New Haven, CT), Frank Ippolito (Jersey City, NJ), Rita Jimenez (Lyndhurst, NJ), and Shell Space: Margaret Roleke (Easton, CT).
Furthering its commitment to increase opportunities for artists and enhance New Jersey’s reputation as a leading arts destination, Art Fair 14C will once again feature The Juried Show, showcasing 40 New Jersey artists, with almost half from Jersey City. Artists selected to The Juried Show are given a central showcase during Art Fair 14C, and offered further exhibition opportunities throughout the year. The judges for the 2021 Juried Show include Ronni Anderson (Anderson Contemporary), Diana Burroughs (Marlborough Gallery), and Krista Scenna (Ground Floor Gallery).
“After Hours,” a new feature at the fair, will take place on November 12 from 6pm-9pm. Patrons looking for a fun Friday night out will enjoy music from a DJ, mingling with other arts lovers, and wandering the fair at a reduced ticket price. Food trucks and a cash bar will be available. After Hours tickets are $15.
Art Fair 14C will implement all applicable COVID-19 safety procedures recommended by the CDC and New Jersey Department of Health. Safety measures will include mandatory vaccination for all exhibitors, artists, staff, and attendees, mandatory face masks, and sanitation stations throughout the venue. Art House Productions will continue to monitor recommendations and update protocols accordingly.
The Art Fair will take place November 12-14, 2021. Attendees of the art fair will also receive admission to view some collections at Mana Contemporary. All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination at the door. Day Passes range from $10-$30. $100 VIP Passes include a VIP cocktail reception and early admission hours on all fair days. $1000 Lifetime Passes include VIP admission for all future fairs. Discounted tickets will be available for students and patrons with disabilities. Complimentary tickets will be available for veterans and active military personnel to visit the fair on November 11. Tickets will go on-sale on October 1.
“The visual arts need to be seen – that’s why it was so important to us to have an in-person fair in 2021, and there’s no better venue we can imagine than the Glass Gallery at Mana Contemporary,” says Robinson Holloway, founder and director of Art Fair 14C. “Art Fair 14C was created because fairs are where the art world and art lovers come together, and participation is vital for the survival of galleries, the careers of artists, and the opportunity for the public to enjoy fine art. We’ve heard from our artists and our exhibitors how difficult the pandemic has been on them – with galleries closing, artists’ income reduced and often months of isolation. Art Fair 14C has always been one of the most fun events on the arts calendar, and its return this fall is providing joy for our participants.”
“For the past two years Art House has been an Art Fair 14C exhibitor, and this year we’re very excited to be producing it alongside the Art Fair 14C team for the first time since the merger,” says Art House Executive Director Meredith Burns. “We are particularly proud of the large number of exhibitors from Jersey City and New Jersey. We’re thrilled to be hosting this event at Mana Contemporary, and look forward to a fantastic fair that will be both safe and exhilarating!”
“Mana Contemporary is committed to supporting Jersey City’s cultural organizations and artist community. We are delighted to partner with Art House Productions’ Art Fair 14C and for it’s 2021 edition to take place in our premier Glass Gallery venue. We look forward to welcoming both area and international artists and galleries and continuing to celebrate Jersey City’s expanding cultural reach,” says Catherine Sippin, Director of Operations, Mana Contemporary.
Mana Contemporary is a distributed institution, dedicated to celebrating the creative process, supporting artists, and bridging creative hubs worldwide. It offers world class exhibitions, residencies, career development, and conversation, in person and online. Practitioners specializing in a variety of disciplines work alongside each other in forward-thinking environments that foster experimentation, collaboration, and mutual inspiration, building a profound and personal approach to contemporary art.
Based in a vast 1920s former tobacco warehouse, the flagship space in Jersey City unites exceptional artist studios, exhibition spaces, and ancillary services in a single location, facilitating conversation and collaboration. Visitors receive unparalleled access to projects taking place inside, experiencing a range of art-making techniques and presentations first-hand.
Art Fair 14C is an initiative of Art House Productions, with a mission to expand opportunities for artists and arts businesses through residencies and exhibitions. The organization’s central program is New Jersey’s only international art fair, providing support and growth opportunities for small and medium sized galleries. Art Fair 14C also provides 6-month residencies at Art 150 in Jersey City for artists with a disability and recent MFA graduates.
Art House Productions is committed to accessibility and inclusivity in all public programming. Art House Productions produces work with a shrewd sense of social responsibility. For more information about Art House Productions, please visit our website at www.arthouseproductions.org. Follow us on social media @arthouseproductions @arthouseprods. To sign up for Art House’s mailing list, please click here: http://eepurl.com/hd1FCj.
Art House Productions is generously supported by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, SILVERMAN, The Princeton Foundation, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, The Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Alliance of Resident Theatres / New York.