Alan Wins a Place in the Palisades Highway Art Gallery

Ocean Grove Pier

My entry, “Ocean Grove Pier,” was selected as one of 13 artworks to be included in the Palisades Insurance Company’s “Drive With a Smile” campaign. The art will be displayed on billboards along the highways of New Jersey. My billboard is on Route 35 at West Park Avenue in Monmouth County, beginning the week of August 17. The press release follows.


Alan Barnett’s Art Piece Named Winner in
Statewide Competition to Help Beautify NJ’s Highways

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – August 10, 2009 – Congratulations to Alan Barnett of Asbury Park, whose NJ-inspired landscape entitled “Ocean Grove Pier” was announced   as one of 13 winning pieces in the Palisades Highway Art Gallery competition. His photograph will be displayed on Rt. 35 at W. Park Ave. in Monmouth County beginning the week of August 17, making passersby smile every time they drive by.

“This competition seemed like it was just perfect for me, since I specialize in New Jersey landscapes,” said Barnett. “It’s amazing to be part of something so unique. I think being included in a group like this is even grander than being in a group show in a gallery.”

Barnett grew up in Union and graduated with a BA in communication from Rutgers College. The son of a math teacher and an art director, he became an art director himself and worked for large publishers designing books and marketing materials. In 1994, he left to start his own graphic design firm. Barnett soon discovered that his love of fine art photography was the perfect complement to his skills as an art director. He enrolled in classes at the International Center of Photography and studied under H. Eugene Foster, Harvey Stein, and Joel Meyerowitz.

The Palisades Highway Art Gallery is the state’s first-ever highway art gallery, using prominent billboards to display the work of local artists throughout New Jersey. The initiative was officially launched on July 13th with the unveiling of two billboards by renowned New Jersey artists Tim Daly of Hoboken and Gary Godbee of Westfield. The contest inspired state artists to submit over 940 original paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media interpretations of the state’s beautiful landscapes to the Palisades Drive With a Smile Web site. Visitors to the site viewed the submissions and voted for their favorites pieces over four weeks this summer. In the end, Alan Barnett’s “Ocean Grove Pier” was one of the public’s top favorites and selected to be one of the featured artists of the Palisades Highway Art Gallery. All submissions to the Highway Art Gallery are on display on the Palisades Drive With a Smile Web site.

The Palisades Highway Art Gallery is the first initiative of the Palisades Drive With a Smile campaign, with the goal to remind drivers about the best the Garden State has to offer and create nicer New Jersey driving moments and more smiles all around. For more information about the Drive with a Smile campaign or the Palisades Highway Art Gallery, visit

For information about Palisades or any of its more than 300 independent agents across the state, visit


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