Traveling portrait artist, Micah Williams (1782 – 1837) was a prolific artist who has 272 known existing paintings.
With over 35 paintings in view, visitors can come face to face with Middlesex and Monmouth County residents. The exhibition traces the transformation of the artist from his first career as a New Brunswick silver plater to a traveling portrait artist, placing his work into the larger context of social change and American economic development. The exhibition offers viewers the opportunity to explore family relationships among the sitters as well as a glimpse into a prospering agrarian society of central New Jersey.
Visitors will be able to try their hand working with pastels and learn more about the making of materials used. Children will be encouraged to add their artwork to our Student Gallery and have it become part of the exhibit.