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Operating under the aegis of the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the Pierro Gallery’s mission is to offer experience and exposure to contemporary visual artists and to our communities through an array of gallery functions. Our goals include: exhibiting diverse works of art; fostering community involvement with art; serving as a vital force in the arts community; creating and conducting educational programs; and providing resources for artists.


The Gallery provides continuous exhibitions in a non-commercial, user-friendly atmosphere. Established and emerging artists are featured with special sensitivity to regional artists but without precluding consideration of work by any visual artist. PGOSO presents solo exhibitions, a semi-annual “Essex Exposed” juried exhibition open to any artist living or working in Essex County, and special exhibitions of notable artists through an outside curator that includes a color catalogue and special events. Some of the Gallery’s special exhibitions—such as the recent
”Women On Top; Breaking Barriers, Resisting Limits”—have brought in praise and recognition on a national level. Another special exhibition “Resisting Categories: Prints,” reflected the various ways printmaking has evolved beyond traditional etching, and was accompanied by an award-winning catalogue.


The Gallery is highly aware of the need for edification in contemporary arts and strives to play an important role in the life of our communities through education and public awareness. Experience and exposure to the arts are regularly scheduled through Artists Gallery Talks, lectures, panel discussions, workshops and special events, free of charge for the widest accessibility to all. The production of a four-color catalogue yearly brings our exhibitions to a broader audience.

PGOSO also works with various school districts in arts support that is complimentary to their curriculum. An artist-in-residence program brings a professional artist into the school providing another vision or experience for the class. A co-operative working relationship with Art Clubs and teachers results in concurring or collaborative works with the Gallery. Special ArtWorks days reflect a broader spectrum of a specific theme providing in-depth exploration.

To further extend our reach beyond the gallery walls, PGOSO also partners with other institutions to offer greater impact and accessibility for our exhibitions and programs. These collaborations include extensions of our exhibitions (New Jersey Printmaking Center), workshops complementing our exhibitions (Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, Newark Museum), and reaching focus groups (inclusion in the College Art Association Tour).


Exposure is our primary mission, and the Gallery has now presented over 800 visual artists and approximately 600 craftspeople. But support to our artist community does not stop there. We have provided networking opportunities for artists to share ideas, resources and collaborations. An active artist board is updated with current exhibitions, call for artists and residency opportunities. PGOSO has also presented workshops specific to the working artist such as Photographing Your Work, and Acrylic Techniques. Soon, The Print Center—now being established through the Gallery—will help facilitate our supporting role allowing limited edition print opportunities. Acting as a resource and advocate for artists is an ongoingaspect of our role in supporting the arts.


The programs at Pierro Gallery of South Orange are made possible in part by funds from New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Departmentof State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts and also by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Individual funding for PGOSO is through Friends of the Arts and private donations and other corporate sponsors.


The Gallery of South Orange was officially renamed the “Pierro Gallery of South Orange” on November 16, 2001, in honor of the late Lennie Pierro. A co-founded of the gallery with his wife Judy Wukitsch, and he was recognized for his impact and advocacy of the arts in the Village. Pierro, who was a fine artist, longtime South Orange resident, and an active member of the community, sought to bring fine art to his town as a co-operative effort between town, the residents and artists.



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