History & Mission
Drawing Rooms moved to the Topps Building in Journal Square!
Drawing Rooms is a new gallery on the first floor of the Topps Building, having moved from a former convent on Grand St. where we were since 2012. We are a nonprofit space showing works in all media by emerging to mid-career artists in JC and the NY metro area. We provide a place where artists can gather, connect and advance their careers. Our innovative and exciting exhibitions, public programs and publications enrich the lives of our community through an appreciation of and involvement with contemporary art.
Drawing Rooms is operated by Victory Hall Inc. a 501c3 non-profit organization producing exhibitions, programs and public art projects in the NJ/NY area since 2001. Other Victory Hall Inc. programs include Rainbow Thursdays Artists (art classes for developmentally disabled adults), Victory Hall Press and The Art Project, exhibition development for Art House, The Oakman and Hamilton House.
Victory Hall Inc. began its enterprise in an old Elks Club Hall in Jersey City in September 2001. As the neighborhood was shaken by the the events of 911, we became a gathering place for hundreds weekly in our community. We slowly renovated the building to become, from 2001 to 2007, a vibrant space for the arts in Jersey City and the surrounding metropolitan area, presenting contemporary art, original theater, spoken word, performance, poetry, film, music, and dance events. We regularly drew thousands of visitors each year to Arts weekends, films, and classes.
Despite the loss of our original space in 2007, over the next five years we continued producing art exhibits, public art projects and interactive educational programming in public buildings, businesses and institutions throughout the NY/NJ community. During this period, worked with K Hovnanian, LeFrak, Mack-Cali, Mestrovest at the Beacon, Silverman Brothers among others. Projects included a 50 banners of artists works surrounding the 77 Hudson/70 Greene building, murals and parking lot "street art" with Snyder High School students at MLK HUB, Jersey City, and "Drawing Together" an exchange of artworks between Jersey City Public School children and children from Cotagaita, Bolivia.
In 2012, after a year of preparation and development of a former convent building on Grand St. in Jersey City, Victory Hall Inc. once again procured its own space, culminating in the opening of Drawing Rooms in October of that year. A month later, Hurricane Sandy damage forced a temporary seven-month closing during which time we once again worked to clean and renovate the building until finally re-opening our arts center in May of 2013. We showed hundreds of artists in the six to seven exhibitions we did per year in nine gallery rooms. We also had Artist Workspaces, and the Tenth Room Gallery Shop. In 2018 we moved to the Topps Building in the Journal Square neighborhood of Jersey City.
Victory Hall connects artists and the community in order to create meaningful cultural experiences for all. Through its gallery exhibitions and community programs, Victory Hall welcomes and supports artists so they can contribute to the creative life of our community.