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”.


The Paul Robeson Galleries is pleased to announce the open call of our third Artist in Residence opportunity at the initiative known as Express Newark (located in the former Hahne Department Store). This program is dedicated to Newark artists only. A Newark artist is defined as someone who was born, lives, or works in the city of Newark, NJ. Visual arts are defined in the broadest sense.


Artist in Residence (AiR)

This six month residency will include a studio space in the Hahne Building (54 Halsey Street, Newark) and an exhibition at the end of the residency. The residency will occur from April 9, 2018 to October 12, 2018.

During the residency, artists are expected to participate in the life of EN through hosting one open studio, participating in one critique of student work, and participating in one public program (for example, an artist talk). Artists are expected to be in their studio at least 50 hours per month. Artists must also be available for about 5 hours of studio visits with groups organized through the PRG education program during their residency. In addition to the studio, the artist will be provided with a $400/month stipend to a total of $2400.

Artists applying for AiR must provide the following in the indicated file formats:

  1. Current artist CV with all contact details (PDF)
  2. An artist statement – 250 words about how and why you make art (PDF)
  3. Statement about objective – 250 words potential project or goal for residency (PDF)
  4. Up to 8 images of work created in the last two years (JPEG or TIF) or three time-based works (2 minutes in length or shorter). File names should follow the format “1_LASTNAME_Firstname”
  5. An image list with the details for the works – title, date, medium, dimensions/duration (PDF) Applications are accepted via email only:

All applications are due by 11.59pm Friday March 2, 2018. The selected artist will be notified the week of March 19. Note – please do not phone or email about the status of your application. The PRG will advise of the outcome as soon as possible. Please do not send any additional material, it will not be considered.

A panel of arts professionals and artists will review applications and select artists for the Spring-Summer 2018 season. Selection criteria include an assessment of prior practice and determination about the potential impact of the program on the individual’s artistic practice.

Additional information about the Paul Robeson Galleries can be found here:

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.