Frontline Arts


440 River Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876
County: Somerset


Mrs. Manda L Gorsegner

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For general operating support to build capacity and increase service to artists and communities.

Organization Background

Established in 1973, PCNJ is a strong, relevant arts center offering unique programs to artists, veterans, youth and the public. PCNJ toiled to respond quickly to the evolving needs of constituents. Its community responded in-kind by participating in record numbers. PCNJ's achievements are acknowledged by NJSCA through five consecutive Citation of Excellence awards.

PCNJ's members come from 16 NJ counties and 23 states to learn, share, create and grow. Our facility is NJ's only professionally staffed, full service printmaking studio with everything artists need to create original fine art using traditional and contemporary techniques in intaglio, silkscreen, relief, plate lithography, letterpress, digital media, handmade paper and book arts. The organization is also a respected leader in adult and youth arts education, and an effective collaborator working with organizations like ArtPride New Jersey, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, Arts on Division, Center for Contemporary Arts, Gallery Aferro, Hunterdon Museum, Middle Earth, Walter Reed Military Medical Center, and Men Mentoring Men.

PCNJ is committed to inspiring growth and transformation by coaxing fresh approaches to art-making in its member artists. We engage brilliant curators to bring new ideas and influences to PCNJ's exhibitions. Combat Paper NJ has given veterans safe spaces to use printmaking to explore the physical, psychological, and emotional effects of their military experiences. We had the courage to take on a project of veterans for veterans, support them, see them grow and get established. Now we are habilitating them to move on. Combat Paper has become "Frontline Arts" and PCNJ is currently their umbrella nonprofit organization, authoring grants and providing a "home base" for meetings, studio work, storage, equipment and van. Additionally, PCNJ provides 2 of 7 days (30%) per week facility usage for Combat Paper. PCNJ has exhibited Combat Paper art in dozens of VA facilities, hospitals, universities, community centers, art organizations and pop-up galleries. Through artist talks and poetry readings civilians bear witness to veteran stories. In the process, PCNJ helped break the code of silence that has kept generations of veterans from opening up about their experiences.

PCNJ's staff is comprised of professionals including our interim Director, Patricia Franchino who took over her position in October 2016 and is an artist, experienced business woman and pursuing graduate studies in arts administration; Studio Program Manager, Rachel Heberling, an experienced printmaker; and Part-time staff Catalina Castells, Administrative and Technical Associate; and Greta Anderson, Roving Press Educator.

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