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Photo by John Masi

Athena Barat, artists Jerry Gant and Kevin Darmanie, collector Patricia Bell, artist Willie Cole and friend strike a pose during the Barat Foundation’s Art Auction fundraiser at the home of Patricia A. Bell. The Willie Cole Scholarship was also announced at the event. The Barat Foundation is a not-for-profit educational corporation dedicated to expanding creative opportunities through immersion programs designed to maximize artistic and intellectual achievement and personal growth. For more info on the foundation and its work, log onto

Photo courtesy of Rutgers Business School

Pharmaceutical Management students from top universities gather for a friendly photo during the otherwise fierce 2nd Annual Rutgers Business School Biopharmaceutical Case Competition in Newark. Nine teams reviewed an original case and created presentations for a panel of judges from sponsoring companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Janssen and Novo Nordisk. Teams had to resolve a marketing problem created by Rutgers faculty members. Carnegie Mellon copped the $6,500 first prize. Go Tartans!

Photo by David Orrell

New Work: Newark in 3D, the six-minute art film selected by the Port Authority for Newark Liberty Airport, opened at the Exhibition Gallery and Visitors’ Lounge in Terminal B in January. Poet Jon Curley, art curator Beth Venn, and Emmy-nominated filmmakers Jerome & Marylou Bongiorno make up the creative team behind the gallery exhibition.

Photo by Daniel Hedden

NJPAC CEO John Schreiber takes a breather with legendary jazz pianist George Wein during a Jazz Ambassadors event in the Chase Room celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival. Wein, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, performed with the Newport All-Stars.

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