Nassau County Museum of Art

Nassau County Museum of Art Ranked among the nation's largest, most important suburban art museums, Nassau County Museum of Art is 145 acres of art, gardens & sculpture
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Nassau County Museum of Art is located about 25 miles east of New York City in Roslyn Harbor, Long Island on the former Frick Estate, a spectacular property in the heart of Long Island's fabled Gold Coast. The main museum building, named in honor of art collectors and philanthropists Arnold and Joan Saltzman, is a three-story Georgian mansion that exemplifies Gold Coast architecture of the late 19th century. In 2017, the museum inaugurated The Manes Family Art & Education Center. This new facility has allowed the museum to expand its menu of programs and works on view. Nassau County Museum of Art preserves, enhances, and interprets its collections for the people of Long Island, the State of New York and beyond. The museum is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of the arts, with particular emphasis on the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries; to enhancing and adding to its outdoor sculpture garden, to continuing to improve its historic gardens and to keeping an active schedule of exhibitions and educational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.

We miss our members and visitors, and think of you often, hoping you are well. We are taking this hiatus while we are cl...
05/08/2020
Nassau County Museum of Art and COVID-19 Survey

We miss our members and visitors, and think of you often, hoping you are well. We are taking this hiatus while we are closed to re-imagine how the Museum will operate in this new reality, keeping everyone safe while providing exhibitions and programs that provide inspiration and support to the public.

Can we ask you to take a moment and help us with your valuable thoughts about how the Museum can serve you and the whole community?

Your response will guide us in so many ways as we take on the immense challenge of planning for our re-opening. Help us write the next chapter in the history of the Nassau County Museum of Art, by giving us your valuable feedback. In the meantime, our grounds remain open, and socially distanced visitors have been enjoying the Spring blooms among the sculptures.

Thank you for your time in filling out the survey. Looking forward to seeing you soon, whether online with our digital content or at the Museum.

Dr. Charles A. Riley II

Museum Director

Thank you for being a part of the Nassau County Museum of Art. We appreciate your time and we look forward to opening when safe to do so. Your opinions are important to us and your responses are anonymous.

Happy 🌎 Day! On this beautiful day there are so many ways to celebrate nature, from plantings at home to hikes and walks...
04/22/2020

Happy 🌎 Day! On this beautiful day there are so many ways to celebrate nature, from plantings at home to hikes and walks through our arboretum or near a beach. While out, create your own land art activity with found natural objects like twigs, pebbles, fallen leaves and petals. Instructions can be found at nassaumuseum.org. Share your art with us #NCMAcreates
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#MuseumFromHome #earthday2020 #nature #landart

04/09/2020

Here it is, day 10 of drawing lessons! Thanks for joining us along the way.

Day 10 - Putting It All Together

You need: pencil, at least 2 pieces of paper, and at least three objects to draw in a still life. It is up to you what objects you want to draw, but choose objects of different sizes and even of different textures.

Arrange your objects on your table in front of you, making sure to have some overlap. Whatever is in the front will appear closest to the viewer in your still life, and will cover up some of the objects behind it. If you want to, you can use a flashlight or lamp off to the side to create stronger shadows from your objects.

On your first paper, draw three small rectangles to create thumbnail sketches and try out different compositions. Will you still life drawing be vertical or horizontal? How can you crop or zoom in on the still life to fill most of your page? We want to try to not leave too much open space on both sides of your page, or to center everything exactly in the middle of your page. What looks the most interesting to you?

Choose the composition which looks the most interesting to you to enlarge. Start by making light marks on your page to indicate the top, bottoms and sides to help guide you. Sketch the largest shapes first, always checking one shape to another and looking at the negative space between them. Notice where one object touches another or overlaps or where there is space between them. Draw slowly, having your eyes and your pencil work together.

Once you have your contour lines, or outlines of your objects, then start adding value to build up the form. Use hatching, stippling and cross hatching to show the highlights or brightest areas, the middle tone areas, and the shadows.

Take a step back and look at your drawing from farther away, or even turn it upside down. Does the scale of the objects to one another seem to make sense? Do the darkest areas on your page seem to match the darkest areas of your objects? Keep drawing and checking until you are satisfied!

"The Nassau County Museum of Art started sharing its exhibition, Blue, a gallery of artwork based on the color of the sa...
04/09/2020
Eight museums in Long Island put their exhibits online catering to quarantined children – The Osprey

"The Nassau County Museum of Art started sharing its exhibition, Blue, a gallery of artwork based on the color of the same name, online on March 20, 2020 to allow people quarantining at home take a look at the artwork remotely."

Eight museums in Long Island put their exhibits online catering to quarantined children April 8, 2020 Kelly Alvarado Community, Culture, Education, Local art, NY 0 The Nassau County Museum of Art started sharing its exhibition, Blue, a gallery of artwork based on the color of the same name, online o...

We are sharing another Museum staff favorite pick from our exhibit "blue." We didn't have much time to observe the works...
04/09/2020

We are sharing another Museum staff favorite pick from our exhibit "blue." We didn't have much time to observe the works hanging in the galleries, as our temporary closure began on the final day of installation, but we've been closely looking, studying and immersing ourselves in the works to share content, meaning, intention and process with our viewers once we open again. #NCMAstaffpicks #MuseumFromHome

"I quite like (ok love) the Callum Innes painting in gallery 2. I find the painting quite soothing and peaceful yet strong. What I admire about the Minimalism Movement is the difficulty and precision in the process ending in a seemingly simple and balanced composition that in turn can provoke countless emotions in the viewer. I don't know what Callum Innes' intention was but I believe he has given us a glimmer of himself through this painting and for me that glimmer is beautiful."
- Noemi Fletcher, Education and Public Programs Coordinator

Callum Innes
Oil on linen
70 x 68 inches

04/08/2020

Just two more drawing lessons left for this series!

Day 9 - Overlapping Objects
Vocabulary - Overlapping: when one part of an object covers part of another object, it seems to be closer to the view

You will need pencil, paper, and 2 objects to draw. One should be larger than the other, such as a teapot and tea cup.

Today we are practicing setting up a still life, using what we've learned about negative space and proportion. We are also going to use overlapping objects to make one of our objects seem closer, and the other farther away.

Place your two objects in front of you, with one slightly behind the other but still keeping both visible. Decide which one you you want to be the focus, this will be the one that is covering up part of the other object and will now seem closer.
Make light marks on the page to indicate the tops, bottoms and sides of your objects. Pay careful attention to the space in between them and around them, using this negative space to help you draw your objects in proportion. Keep looking back at your objects, then back at your page. Notice where one shape touches another, or how big or small the shape are next to each other.
You can add value to your objects, using the lightest and darkest areas of each object to help guide you in drawing them in proportion and to emphasize that one is in front of the other.

#museumfromhome #ncmacreates #drawinglesson #observationaldrawing #artactivitiesforkids #artactivitiesforadults #learnfromhome

We asked our staff who are busy working from home to take a break and share their favorite works in our exhibition "blue...
04/07/2020

We asked our staff who are busy working from home to take a break and share their favorite works in our exhibition "blue." Check back daily for #NCMAstaffpicks and more #MuseumFromHome inspiration.

"My favorite work in the exhibition is Blue Nude by Matisse. I was lucky enough to see the original at the Musée Matisse in Nice, France. While I enjoyed the peaceful affect of the sinuous lines, what I loved the most was seeing the evidence of the process: many layers were visible, showing how the artist modified the edges to get the shape he wanted. Even a master like Matisse took an iterative approach, not achieving his desired result on the first attempt!

I have also always admired how Matisse innovated his cut out technique later in life when he could no longer paint. The drive to creative expression, an indomitable spirit to continue against the odds and the resilience to adapt to changing conditions are hallmarks of the human spirit that offer hope as we face our current challenges together."
-Tara Keblish, Manager, Membership and Corporate Relations

04/06/2020
Drawing Lesson Day 8

Day 8 - Cast Shadow + Value Study
Vocabulary: Contour Line, Value, Cross Hatching

You need: Pencil, paper, and a simple shaped object like an apple or an egg. If you have a flashlight or a lamp you can use that to make an even more dramatic shadow.

Today we are practicing drawing an object and paying attention to its different values. Place your object in front of you, near a window or with an extra light source such as a flashlight, so that you can see a shadow underneath your object. Look closely at your object to see where the brightest area is, the shape of the shadow, and where the middle value of your object is.

Begin by drawing your object using contour lines, focusing on just the edges of the object. You can add a one or two lines of detail if you want to, but the focus is going to be on the form of the object and the value.

Once you have the form down, use cross hatching or shading with your pencil to darken the shadow. Make the shadow the darkest value in your drawing. Now use hatching to make the midtone, and leave the brightest area open so you can see the white of the page.

To take this a step further, try another drawing with multiple objects focusing on showing three distinct value. You can try combining this with blind contour line drawing, or try drawing your subject matter to scale.

#museumfromhome #ncmacreates #drawinglesson #lessonsforteachers #athomeactivities #artforkids #artforadults

04/03/2020

Just a few more days of drawing lessons left in our 10 days of drawing!

Day 7 - Mark Making & Cross Hatching
Vocabulary- Cross Hatching: a set of diagonal lines that criss cross over each other to create value, the closer together the lines and the more lines you have the darker the area appears

You will need: A pencil, paper and an object to draw. A plant, shoe or crumpled sweater have interesting textures and details to draw.

On a scrap piece of a paper, draw 3 squares. In one square draw a series of diagonal lines all facing the same direction. Experiment with adding more lines in to make the square appear darker, this is called hatching.
In your second square, draw a series of diagonal lines in one direction and then in the other direction, again experimenting with adding more closer together to make it appear darker. This is called cross hatching.
In your third square draw many small dots or circles to make the square appear darker, layering them close together. This is called stippling.
With hatching, cross hatching, and stippling you are varying your type of line to create value (the lightness or darkness of an object). Now that you've practiced these types of marks, you are going to use all three of them to create a drawing of your object with areas of light and dark. Set up your object in front of you and look at it, where would each type of mark work best? What mark would work for lighter areas and which would work for darker areas? Start by creating a quick, gestural drawing of your object. Now go back and refine your lines of the object, and start adding in value using your variety of marks.

RAINDATE IS ON! Join us for a Fall Sculpture Stroll on our new date Thursday, October 17 at 5:30pm with Museum educators...
04/03/2020

RAINDATE IS ON! Join us for a Fall Sculpture Stroll on our new date Thursday, October 17 at 5:30pm with Museum educators Laura and Katie. Tour the grounds and discover works by Mark DiSuvero, Richard Serra and more. Pre-registration available. nassaumuseum.org/programs

Childs Frick along with his daughters soaking in some sunshine outside the mansion affectionately named Clayton house af...
04/02/2020

Childs Frick along with his daughters soaking in some sunshine outside the mansion affectionately named Clayton house after his childhood home. Life on their Gold Coast estate included a deep appreciation for the natural world surrounding them. Overlooking Hempstead Harbor, and surrounded by acres of forest and grass, the family of six along with their variety of pets, found comfort, adventure and opportunities for educational exploration in nature. - If you are visiting the property today, download a trail map at https://nassaumuseum.org/the-outdoors/ #30thThursdays #NCMAcelebrates30 #TBT

Blooming cherry blossoms and magnolia trees at #springtime in our arboretum signal warmer summer days ahead. Although th...
04/01/2020

Blooming cherry blossoms and magnolia trees at #springtime in our arboretum signal warmer summer days ahead. Although their bloom is fleeting, it is often replaced by new life until the change in seasons occurs again. We are reminded of the lifespan of these blooms in the floral studies of local artist Abby Youngs Weir in "The Medium as Muse" exhibit, which depict wilting lilies against illuminated golden canvas. Reminding the viewer that nature's beauty is present in each stage of a plant's life cycle.

03/31/2020

Our ten days of drawing continues, and today you are going to use the view from a window in your home as drawing inspiration.
Day 5- Thumbnail Sketches
Vocabulary - Composition: the placement of forms, shapes, colors, and light and dark areas in an artwork.

You will need a pencil and paper.

Today we are going to practice creating compositions, the placement of forms, shapes, and areas of light and dark in an artwork. We'll dive deeper into building a composition, but for now this exercise is to practice drawing what you find interesting by creating thumbnail sketches. On your one piece of paper, draw 4 rectangles. You are going to create one mini drawing inside of each of these rectangles. Sit in front of a window and draw what you see outside the window in one rectangle. Now "zoom in" and just draw part of what you see in your next rectangle. "Zoom in" on a different part and draw that in your third rectangle. Now zoom all the way out and draw the window smaller, and include what is on the walls surrounding the window. Which small thumbnail sketch looks the most interesting to you? Why?

#museumathome #ncmacreates #athome #artforthesociallydistanced #longisland #artmuseum #artmakingathome #nassaucounty #studio #viewfromhom #viewfrommywindow

03/30/2020

A rainy day at home is a perfect opportunity to try some drawing. Day 4 in our drawing series is "Large as Life drawing"
Vocabulary - Scale: how big an object is compared to other objects

You will need a paper, pencil, and a twig. (Or a fork! Or a spoon! Or another household object you want to try drawing that fits on your paper)

Artists need to be able to draw something in all different sizes, and today we are practicing drawing something the size it actually is or to scale.

Turn your paper horizontally (landscape format). Place your twig or object at the top of your paper, and then mark the left and right side of your page to match where your object reaches to. Begin carefully and slowly drawing your object, always looking back at your object to note any details and textures. Try to draw as slowly and carefully as possible.

#museumathome #ncmacreates #athome #artforthesociallydistanced #longisland #artmuseum #artmakingathome #nassaucounty #studio

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A reminder that brighter days are ahead. If you are feeling a bit cooped up after a day of homeschooling, learning or wo...
03/28/2020

A reminder that brighter days are ahead. If you are feeling a bit cooped up after a day of homeschooling, learning or working from home and need some fresh air, our arboretum and sculpture park are open. The open space allows us all to continue our safe practice of #socialdistancing while looking at sculptures and the vibrant hues of #spring

03/27/2020
Drawing Slowly

Day 3 - Drawing Slowly
Vocabulary - Proportion: how big or small one part of an object is compared to the other parts

You will need two pieces of paper ( one to rip up ) and a pencil.

Take one piece of paper and cut it into three strips of paper. Accordion fold one strip, curl one around your pencil to make a curving shape, crumple the last one. Set all three changed papers together in an arrangement that you think looks interesting. Now you're ready to draw! Today we are practicing drawing slowly, looking closely and thinking about proportion (how big or small one part of an object is compared to the other parts). Set a timer for 8 minutes. You must draw the entire 8 minutes. Slowly move your eye and pencil together, focusing on the folded papers. Use their shapes to guide you. Where does one shape meet another?

Set to open on the weekend of our temporary closure, "blue." explores the history, range and use of the color blue in pa...
03/27/2020

Set to open on the weekend of our temporary closure, "blue." explores the history, range and use of the color blue in painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, and the decorative arts. Take a sneak peek into the exhibition with Director and curator Dr. Charles A. Riley II at nassaumuseum.org #MuseumFromHome #NCMAathome #NCMAblueperiod

03/26/2020

Ready for Day 2 of our #museumfromhome drawing lessons?

Day 2 - Blind Contour Line Drawings
Vocabulary - Contour Line: A line that defines the edge of a form

You will need a piece of paper, a pencil and something to look at and draw. This can be your reflection in a mirror, a stuffed animal, a bunch of flowers, or even the view out your window.

Today we are practicing observing subject matter (what an artwork is about) and training our eye and pencil to work together as we draw.

In this type of drawing exercise, artists are challenged to never pick up your pencil AND never look at their paper as you start to draw the outlines of what you see. Your lines will criss cross and overlap and may look silly as your pencil moves back and forth, but this is all drawing practice!

You are going to look at your subject matter, and slowly start moving your pencil on the page drawing what you see.

*An alternative for younger artists, you can try drawing by touch. Have a family member hide objects inside a paper bag, and don't look inside! Using one hand, carefully feel the object inside the bag and with your other hand draw what you feel. Try to figure out what you're drawing!

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Roslyn Harbor, NY
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Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive (just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Rd.) in Roslyn Harbor. Admission to the main building, the Arnold & Joan Saltzman Fine Art Building, is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+) and $4 for children ages 4-12. Members are always admitted free of charge. Hours for the main building are 11 am to 4:45 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Docent-led tours of the main exhibition are offered at 2 pm each day; free with museum admission. Meet in the lobby, no reservations are needed. Family art activities and tours are offered Sundays from 1 pm; free with museum admission. The Museum Store is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am-4:30 pm. Call (516) 484-9338 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org. Visit http://nassaumuseum.org/visitors.php for additional information.

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Thursday 11:00 - 16:45
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Today's lesson is a bit more guided to start, but then we encourage you to use what you've learned to create your own landscape drawing. Day 6 - Creating Space Vocabulary- Foreground: the part of an artwork that appears closest to you, generally the bottom of a composition. You need a pencil and paper. Today we are exploring a way to organize our artwork, using a foreground, middle ground and background, to give an idea of depth in your artwork. When you look out at a landscape the things that are closest to you are in the foreground, and are much larger than things in the distance (background). Imagine you are standing on a pathway, and next to you are large trees reaching towards the sky. Your pathway stretches and curves as far as your eye can see, and it gets smaller and smaller as it reaches into the distance. There are more trees along the but they look smaller. On the horizon line, where the land and sky meet, you can see a range of mountains stretching from left to right. Can you picture this landscape in your mind? Now we are going to try drawing it. On your paper draw 2 lines to divide your paper into thirds. These don't have to be equal thirds, have the bottom section be the largest. Put your pencil on the bottom of your page and draw a curving line to your middle line, and continue it to your third line. This is one side of your path. Now draw another line mirroring it, making your path wide on the bottom and narrow at its farthest point. On the line you drew closest to the top, draw your mountain range stretching from one side of your page to the other. Have the bottoms of your mountains rest on that top line. On and near your line near the middle of the page, draw some medium sized trees. Any trees close to your mountains need to be drawn much smaller than the ones drawn near the middle of your page. Finally, close to the bottom of your page draw a large tree whose top branches reach to the very top of your mountain range and whose roots are near the very bottom of your page. This tree is in the foreground of your landscape. #museumathome #ncmacreates #athome #artforthesociallydistanced #longisland #artmuseum #artmakingathome #nassaucounty #studioscenes #landscape #learntodraw #drawinglesson
We visited Nassau Museum on January,14 and joined the tour. The guide -Stella made our visit just great ! She is very knowledgeable, professional , loving what she is doing.. We'll be back for Stella's tours in the future. Galina Gandelman
Join us to celebrate "The Seasons" Exhibition! Opening this weekend!
we love taking photo's of the grounds . it is always fun seeing what we can create -------
One of the most unwelcoming museums I’ve ever had the displeasure of visiting. They might’ve well have said whites only.
Please join me for the opening reception of "Selections from the Manes Collection" and the book signing for "Collecting Art for Pleasure and Profit" on Friday, Jan. 25, from 5:30-7:30. It will be a fun and informative event. HM
One of my favorite people at one of our favorite places
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Hi, is the Marko Remec Sculpture are on?
The historic Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney exhibit of her sculptures from the Old Westbury estate Studio & Gardens continues to be shown at Stam Gallery, Port Washington. This is an AMAZINGLY important exhibit not to be missed, Now thru July 15th, Wed-Sun, 11AM-5:30PM.
Great and fun sculpture exhibit on the property by Marko Remec (photo:TabHauserPhoto.Com)