Clerestory Fine Art showcases artists from Montclair and surrounding northern New Jersey towns by presenting museum-quality work and collaborating with local arts organizations and collectors.
“Clerestory” is the architectural term for the most elevated row of windows in a church, designed to “let light in.” The term has also come to symbolize all that is new and fresh – enlightenment, fresh air and aspiration.
Clerestory Fine Art plays on these and other aspects of term, as the gallery’s sweeping windows overlook historic Church Street in Montclair, New Jersey, home to major commercial and walking traffic.
The name is also a play on our representation of local artists. “Montclair” is derived from the French ‘mont’ + ‘clair’ -meaning “clear mountain.”
About Kathryn Waggener McGuire
Owner and Director, Clerestory Fine Art
Kathryn Waggener McGuire is a painter, art historian, museum educator and host of the Montclair Figure Drawing Group. She moved to Montclair, New Jersey after working with special exhibitions in the education department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and completing her master’s degree in Museum Education and Historical Research at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has since written and curated extensively on American Artist A.B. Jackson, and focused on developing programs for museum audiences with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Most recently, Kathryn served as Co-Director of Studio Montclair Inc’s “Incubator for Emerging Artists,” teaching artists professional practice in selecting artwork for well-curated exhibitions; writing label copy; composing and distributing press releases; refining bios and artist statements; and installing exhibitions. While conducting studio tours and meeting artists in northern New Jersey, she was astounded at the amount of high-quality artists with large collections of artwork, stunted by a lack of scholarly, for-profit exhibition venues or gallery opportunities, thus inspiring her to open Clerestory Fine Art.
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