May 2016 Web Exclusive Article

New Exhibit Salutes the Garden State

Mixed-media show opens at Morristown Medical Center


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enlarge | A map of New Jersey by Julius Bien, 1826-1909, from The Geographical Atlas of New Jersey.
The idea for Jersey Strong, a new mixed-media show celebrating the Garden State at the Morristown Medical Center, came to Danielle Anne Millican one day while she and her husband were driving through the state enjoying the natural surroundings. “New Jersey is beautiful,” says Millican, principal of Danielle Ann Millican at R House Inc. in Florham Park, “and people sometimes forget that.”

Millican kept that thought close when developing Jersey Strong to raise funds on behalf of the Women’s Association at Medical Center as well as to lift the spirits of patients, visitors and staff at the hospital.

On display now through June 4, Jersey Strong features modern-day images of New Jersey by photographers Gina Bellando, John L. DeChiara, Rick Hauser, Gerald Hilden and Suzanne Kuziola.

Complementing the modern-day photography are original 18th and 19th century works on paper illustrating some of New Jersey’s historical landmarks, natural history subjects and everyday events from Danielle Ann Millican Inc., which curates one of the country’s premier collections of museum-quality antique prints, including woodcuts, engravings and lithographs. Anchored by 19th century maps by renowned American cartographer Julius Bien, the exhibit explores the coastlines, mountains, valleys and streams of New Jersey, including Revolutionary War operations in Monmouth, Princeton and Trenton. Horticultural works include one on violets, the state flower, published in 1613. Rounding out the show are works illustrating apples, pears, chickens and fish.

“Placing art along the vast entrance corridor at Morristown Medical Center creates a scenic path for the staff, patients and visitors,” Millican says. “Jersey Strong shares memories of times and/or places in our great state. Whether stopping to explore a map or gaze at a familiar scene, viewers all take it personally – bringing a bit of their life into the framed image.

“Too often we forget about what is right outside our window or just down the street (okay, Parkway).”