Tuesday, June 21, 2022



WHEN: June 26 – August 12, 2022; Opening Reception: Sunday, June 26, 2 – 5pm. Gallery Hours, check SMI website (
The Leach Gallery, 641 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ
Website: Montclair Contact Info:, 862-500-1447

Studio Montclair (SMI) is delighted to celebrate its 25th anniversary by presenting State of the Art 2022 as the inaugural event at our spacious new venue—the Leach Gallery. (Above: Jennifer Anne Moses, Dreaming of Spring in Spring, mixed media on canvas)

SMI is grateful for the generosity of both David Placek, Managing Partner of BDP Holdings, LLC, and the Montclair Center BID. Until he begins further development, Placek is providing the space for SMI to utilize the first floor of the Leach Building. We are also indebted to The Montclair Center BID, which provided a generous grant to renovate the space for use as a state-of-the-art gallery. SMI is hard at work writing additional grants to cover programming and expenses. Donations are very welcome! (right: Bud McNichol, Paradise Palms, Oil on Canvas)

State of the Art 2022
is our annual member exhibit, featuring the work of over 180 artists from throughout the United States in a great variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, photography, and installation. It encompasses pieces ranging from eight inches to five feet, and stylistically includes work running the gamut between abstraction and hyperrealism. Equally impressive is SMI’s 14-foot-high soaring new venue, the Leach Gallery, which is three times larger than our flagship gallery located at 127 Bloomfield Avenue. (left: Sayeed Syed, Mysterious beauty, Acrylics on canvas)    

The Leach Gallery will provide abundant expanded member opportunities, displaying works affiliated with SMI’s Incubator Program, curated exhibits, popup exhibits, and installations.

About Studio Montclair
: Studio Montclair is celebrating its 25th year as an inclusive, nationwide non-profit organization of exhibiting, professional, and emerging artists and others interested in the visual arts. The mission of the organization is to promote culture, education, equality, and tolerance through art. Studio Montclair is committed to diversity at every level. Founded in 1997, the organization includes almost 500 members. Visit Studio Montclair’s downtown gallery or virtual exhibit website ( to view and purchase contemporary art. Find out more about classes at SMI’s Art Academy at For more information, go to our website:, call or text 862-500-1447, or email us at (above: 
Laura Lou Levy, 'Cloud Series: Flood', Oil + oil stick on panel)

: BDP Holdings LLC is a New Jersey based real estate investment company specializing in the acquisition, development, and repositioning of real estate in the New York Tri-State area and select markets throughout the United States. The firm’s leadership has over 27 years of experience investing in over $6.5 billion of value-driven real estate in more than 30 states. As active real estate investors, the BDP Holdings team works to create and add value to our investments, both through the repositioning of existing properties, or the development of new property and communities. BDP Holdings approaches every opportunity with fresh perspectives, gaining an understanding of each property’s sense of place while looking to foster long-term relationships with all stakeholders. (left: 
Michael Mckeown, Nest 1, Ink, conte, pencil on paper)

About the Montclair Center BID: Representing more than 500 businesses, 200 property owners and over $400 million worth of property in downtown Montclair, the mission of the Montclair Center BID is to create a visually appealing, prosperous and inclusive downtown through continuous cleaning and beautification, programming, marketing, economic development, and advocacy. For more information, visit