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1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Gallery Hours During Exhibitions:
Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm

Emma Amos

Emma Amos - art that inspires


"I hope that the subjects of my paintings dislodge, question, and tweak prejudices, rules, and notions relating to art and who makes it, poses for it, shows it, and buys it."

The 1978 Annual Black History Month Exhibit

Emma Amos, a renown artist and former professor at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Rutgers University is the featured artist for our annual Black History Month Exhibit.

Her multi-layered work uses applications from several disciplines; combining painting, printmaking and textiles. These large works may be bordered with African fabric, incorporate sewing, applique and quilting or her own weavings, each element combining to make a seamless work of art, echoing the large European tapestries.

Amos has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally and is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the New Jersey State Museum, and the Newark Museum. She has also won prestigious awards and grants.

Interviewed for the Smithsonian archives, she said

“I don’t want to be segregated into a black community of artists. I don’t think it’s important the color of the artist. I think the color of his work is important.”

curated by

Nette F Thomas & Evelyn Graves

Opening Times

February 2nd - March 24th, 2013

Hours : Saturday and Sundays, 2-5pm

Opening Reception : Sunday February 10th 2-6pm

Emma Amos with "Curly Topsy"
©2001 Emma Amos
photo: Becket Logan

See more at her website