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Jewish Art Now is a central portal for the convergence of Judaism and contemporary art with a fresh and innovative perspective. We build community, guiding participants to available resources, as well as hosting our own programs and events. Jewish Art Now recharges Jewish identity and its relationship to the visual through engaging exhibitions, interactive events, and dynamic media content on the web .
Our mission is to build an appreciation for contemporary art in Jewish communities and build respect for Jewish art in the contemporary art world. Jewish tradition states that the world rests on three pillars: Torah (Study), Avodah (Worship), and G’meelut Chasadim (Acts of Kindness). Jewish Art Now adapts these pillars for our motto: “Create. Educate. Inspire.”
By showcasing contemporary Jewish artists from around the world in a unified place, Jewish Art Now provides a guide for Jewish art as a whole. The website JewishArtNow.com features the latest news, reviews, upcoming events and resources for our community of artists and art appreciators. The latest social media is incorporated allowing distinctive contributors to participate in the conversation, each lending unique insights and experiences.
In making this network as comprehensive as possible, Jewish Art Now often collaborates with other organizations, museums, galleries, and religious institutions to create programming and provide platforms for new Jewish artists to have their work cultivated, exhibited, and appreciated. These interactive art shows, gallery exhibitions, and educational lectures connect to audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds.
Our print publication is an anthology of the best and brightest cutting-edge artists, featuring a unique range across the religious and cultural spectrum. We feature multitudes of disciplines from street artists to sculptors, filmmakers and architects. The publication is a primer for anyone exploring Jewish art for the first time and acts as a yearbook for this ever-growing innovative group. Readers who are deeply invested in the life of their Jewish communities come to Jewish Art Now because they care about what happens when Jewish artists take a look at themselves, and then turn their gaze outward.
Throughout history the arts have played many roles in sustaining Judaism and making ancient traditions relevant in evolving times. Having never been confined by geographic or political boundaries, Jewish culture can engage the globalized world in especially relevant ways. This balance of tradition and modernity is the core of Jewish Art Now.
Elke Reva Sudin – Founder, Executive Director
Saul Sudin – Co-Founder, Creative Director
Yona Verwer – Exhibition Relations
Tanya Gutsol – NY Hillels Liason
Jonathan Greenstein – Judaic Art Market Consultant
Chava Evans – Advisor
Sarah Schmerler – Book Editor
Eszter Margit – Contributing Writer
Dena Schupper – Contributing Editor
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