National Pastime

Curated by Susan Evans Grove 

Baseball is often referred to as America’s Favorite Pastime. Since the first game was played in Hoboken on June 19, 1846, baseball has mirrored the American way of life. When war was upon us and men were sent to foreign soil to fight, women stepped in and played the game just as they stepped into factories to fill the void there. Racism was deeply embedded in the game with a separate Negro League until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier by signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. As America became faster and bigger, so did baseball. Performance enhancing drugs crept into the dark sides of the game just like they did in everyday life. Artists were invited to submit work that uses baseball in a personal, political, historical, or societal message in order to express what baseball means to them personally and how they think baseball has tracked the progression of American Society over time.

Exhibition dates: August 5 to August 28, 2022

Opening reception:

Friday August 5, 6 – 9pm

Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 1-4pm

Location: ART150 Gallery, 150 Bay Street, Jersey City, NJ

About the Curator: Susan Evans Grove

Susan Evans Grove is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in NYC with a BFA in Photography, Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. She has been published in numerous books, magazines, and newspapers and has pieces in public and private collections both in the United States and Europe. Her love of baseball goes back to her childhood when her grandfather would watch his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates on television with the sound off because he hated the commentary.

Participating Artists: 

Ann LePore, K Wiseman, Elise Dodeles, Jennifer Morris, Luis Alves, Frank Ippolito, John Botti, Tarik Mendes, Greg Jezewski, Sydnei Smith Jordan, Donald Rieck, Susan Evans Grove, Guillermo Bublik, Neal Korn, Akil Roper, Jim Fischer, Kevin McCaffrey

Important Dates:

Drop off: Sunday, July 31– 1 to 4pm

Pick up: Sunday, August 28- from 3-4pm