Frenchtown, New Jersey

ArtYard, a nonprofit contemporary art center and residency, has opened its newly completed 21,000-square-foot home with two floors of exhibition space, and a 162-seat state-of-the-art theater. With its new art center, ArtYard aims to create a welcoming communal resource and deploy the power of art to unsettle, engage, bridge divides, and occasion moments of arresting beauty.

W.S. Cumby served as the General Contractor for the ArtYard’s new venue and worked in collaboration with Architects Ed Robinson and William Welch on its construction. The 2 story steel structure is clad in brick masonry and stucco and was designed constructed to blend with the industrial fabric of historic Frenchtown. Sited within the flood plain of the Delaware River and supported by steel piles, the building’s foundation is completely waterproofed and its ground level entrances are protected by flood doors.

Located at the site of a former hatchery and overlooking the Delaware River, ArtYard’s main building at 13 Front Street, completed in May 2021, is home to our year-round exhibition, live performance, and film programs. This building houses the Jack & Lynn Kearney Gallery, the River Gallery, The McDonnell Theater, complete with Café and a bar, administrative offices, and a spacious riverside courtyard for outdoor installations and gatherings.

The 162 seat, Stephen McDonnell Theater, will feature live performances and film programs including poetry, music, film screenings, artist talks and symposia.



Bryn Mawr Film Institute