Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
During the Fall and Spring semesters:
Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Select Sundays, 12 - 4pm
The Galleries will be closed during the summer with exhibitions returning in September 2015. You may continue to contact the gallery staff to make an appointment to view artworks in the collection or to schedule an outdoor sculpture tour.
Directions and Parking Information
From Route 23:
Take Alps Road exit (Wayne). (From Route 23 North: exit directly onto Alps Road. From Route 23 South: proceed to stop sign; make a right onto Alps Road.) Proceed approximately 2 miles to the traffic light at intersection of Alps and Ratzer Roads. Turn extreme right onto Ratzer and proceed approximately 2 miles to the traffic light at the intersection of Ratzer Road and Hamburg Turnpike. After crossing intersection, Ratzer becomes Pompton Road. Proceed about 200 yards. Once on Pompton Road, turn left onto University Drive at campus Entry #1. Pass the Campus Police and Mail Center. Park in Parking Lot #2 on your left at the top of the hill. Enter rear of Ben Shahn Center and proceed upstairs to the main level.
(Note: From Route 23 and Alps Road, the distance to campus is 5.5 miles with an approximate travel time of 10 minutes.)
From Northern New Jersey via Garden State Parkway:
Take the Garden State Parkway South to exit 159, Route 80 West. Proceed to Route 23 North. *See directions from Route 23.
From New York City via George Washington Bridge or Lincoln Tunnel, or from Eastern New Jersey:
Take either Route 46 West, 80 West or 3 West. Proceed to Route 23 North. *See directions from Route 23.
From New York City Via Port Authority Bus Terminal:
The New Jersey Transit bus number 198 provides service between New York Port Authority and William Paterson University. The 198 bus services Port Authority via its main bus terminal. The 198 bus services the University via Lot 5 Bus Plaza, which is located at the end of Lot 5 that borders Wayne Hall and the Library. The other major stop along the bus' route is the Willowbrook Mall.
From Southern or Central NJ via Garden State Parkway:
Take Garden State Parkway North to Exit 153B (on left), marked Route 3 and 46, West Paterson. Take Route 3 to Route 46 West. Proceed to Route 23 North. *See directions from Route 23.
From Western New Jersey:
Take Route 46 East to Route 23 North. Or, take Route 80 East to Exit 54 (Minnisink Road). Turn right to access Route 46 West. Proceed to Route 23 North. *See directions from Route 23.
From Route 208:
Take Ewing Avenue/Franklin Lakes exit. (From 208 North: proceed to stop sign, make a left onto Ewing. From 208 South: proceed to stop sign, make a right onto Ewing.) Proceed to end of Ewing Avenue. Turn left onto High Mountain Road. Continue approximately one mile to fork. Take right fork onto Belmont Avenue and proceed approximately two miles to second traffic light. Turn right onto Pompton Road. Proceed up hill approximately one-half mile. From Pompton Road, turn right onto University Drive at campus Entry #1. Pass the Campus Police and Mail Center. Park in Parking Lot #2 on your left at the top of the hill. Enter rear of Ben Shahn Center and proceed upstairs to the main level.
Directions for the NJ Transit Bus from NYC
From the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City, take the 198 NJ Transit bus (listed on the schedule here) from gate 233 to the William Paterson University - Main Campus stop. Travel time is approximately 54 minutes.