Artist Calls

The Paul Robeson Galleries periodically issues artist calls for individual submissions to themed group exhibitions. To receive email notifications of artist calls, please sign up for our eblast on the home page  by typing your email in the gray box on the right side, or emailing us at with the subject heading “please add to eblast”.




Express Newark Community Media Center

Express Newark, a university–community collaboratory and the Community Media Center (CMC) are pleased to announce two opportunities to learn and hone your skills as a filmmaker, editor and producer and a place to engage the community in an artistic environment through storytelling in Express Newark, located in the former Hahne & Company Department Store. In addition to the access to specialized equipment, systems and applications detailed below, Express Newark also offers access to the fourth-floor reception lounge, conference room, meeting and production spaces.


Community Partners and Community Residents are responsible for their own tech support and are invited to make presentations to Rutgers University-Newark Video students of the work they are doing as a requirement of the program and, schedule permitting, allow students to sit in during edit sessions. In addition to the spaces detailed below, Community Partners and Community Residents will be given access to the production studio to be scheduled in collaboration with Video Production program staff.


CMC Partner

The CMC Partner will have full access to the Editing Lab, private Artist Studio for 2 days of the week, conference room upon reservation, and access to the fourth-floor reception lounge of Express Newark.  The Editing Lab will consist of iMac Retina 5k running Adobe Creative Cloud: Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Photoshop and other programs plus studio monitor audio speakers.  The Artist Studio has a large screen monitor and iMac Retina 5K for playback.


The Community Partner will be responsible for supervising the Editing Lab’s use by the short-term users (non-resident partners).  The CMC Partner will also be responsible for coordinating with Express Newark personnel to organize the scheduling, and oversee the use of space by other users.


Initial Partnership duration will be six months with an evaluation and possible renewal after first term.


CMC Resident

The CMC Resident will have access to an Editing Laboratory, a conference room upon reservations and including access to the reception area on the fourth floor. This residency is open to all people in the greater Newark area. Artists, entrepreneurs, community et cetera are all welcome to apply.  Not eligible to apply: Rutgers University-Newark staff, faculty or students.


Application Instructions

Artists applying for CMC Partnership and CMC Residency must provide the following:


  1. Indicate if application is for the CMC Partner or CMC Resident. Applications for the Partnership or Residencies are not interchangeable
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume of person or persons applying
  3. Description of the type of work that will take place during the partnership and residency and how this will benefit the Newark community
  4. Schedule of availability. For example, currently available: 2 days/week.
  5. Links to representative video work.


An Express Newark Selection Committee will review applications and select artists for initial iteration of these programs.  Please send applications to the Express Newark Selection Committee at no later than Wednesday, March 28, 2018.  Notifications will be emailed to the selected participants on Monday, April 9, 2018, for residencies beginning June 6, 2018.

Download Open Call here.


Criminal Justice Gallery, Rutgers School of Law – Newark

The Paul Robeson Galleries curates small-scale exhibitions of two-dimensional and/or low-relief works in the Criminal Justice Gallery located in the Rutgers School of Law – Newark, 123 Washington Street 5th floor, Newark, NJ.  We are looking for artists whose work addresses such issues as: the legal system, crime, justice, police, law enforcement, prisons, prisoners, correctional systems, incarceration, reentry into society, and so on.  Please see below for details below about how to submit a proposal. This is an ongoing open-call; please send proposals at any time.


The Window Gallery, Express Newark – Hahne’s Building

The Paul Robeson Galleries curates small-scale exhibitions of two-dimensional and/or low-relief works on the third floor of the Hahne’s Building. The Window Gallery occupies the hallway spaces leading to the Express Newark Main Gallery and Shine Portrait Studio. This is an ongoing open-call, please send proposals at any time.


The Box Gallery, Express Newark – Hahne’s Building

The Paul Robeson Galleries curates small-scale exhibitions. The Box Gallery is located across from the Window Gallery. This is an ongoing open-call, please send proposals at any time.


How to Submit a Proposal

Please send hard copy submissions to:

Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark
Rutgers University – Newark
54 Halsey Street, Room 305
Newark, NJ 07102 USA


A proposal should consist of:

  1. Completed, printed copy of Artist Proposal Submission Form – ask front desk or find on our website
  2. Resume/CV
  3. CD with images (JPEGs only, 300dpi or larger, any number as necessary to show proposed artwork) or video, if applicable.  Image or video files should be labelled in the following format: “#1_LASTNAME_Firstname”
  4. Image list with tile, date, media and dimensions of images provided

Do not send electronic proposals, they will not be reviewed. Please do not contact the PRG to check on the status of your application; we will notify you in due course. Proposals will not be returned, therefore do not send original material as we will not return them to you.  If you wish to know if your proposal reached us, please purchase tracking for your parcel, or include a stamped, self-addressed postcard in your package.


Paul Robeson Artist Submission Form can be found here.