Printmaking Center of New Jersey


440 River Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876
County: Somerset


Ms. Sandra C Fernandez

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For general operating support for programs for artists, veterans, youth, and the public.

Organization Background

Established in 1973, PCNJ is a strong, relevant arts center offering unique programs to artists, veterans, youth and the public. PCNJ has expanded services, deepened impact and broadened reach resulting in 500% growth in six years. 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 four 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 cutting edge 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 Art House, ArtPride NJ, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, Arts on Division, Gallery Aferro, Pyramid Atlantic, Middle Earth, Haystack Mountain, 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. Through the Corporate Portfolio we market, sell, frame, deliver and install fine art prints to corporations, passing on tens of thousands of dollars in commissions to artists. 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 stablished. Now we are habilitating them to move on. Combat Paper has become "Frontline Arts" and PCNJ is currently their umbrella organization. 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 seasoned professionals including our new Director, Sandra C. Fernandez who took over her position last July; Studio Program Manager, Rachel Heberling; and Part-time staff Matt Kooser, Exhibitions Manager; Glady Arika, Bookkeeper; and Judy Wheat, Administrative Associate.

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