Upcoming Exhibitions

Main Gallery

Sep 01 2015 - Dec 17 2015

The (Not So) Secret Life of Plants

Plants are the foundation on which most visible life on the planet exists.  They are under stress, with diminishing natural environments and the very real possibility that many plants may become extinct even before humans are aware of their existence.  This exhibition will explore the nature of plants and how humans interact with them, from the forest to the home.

This exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog.

Opening reception Thursday, September 10, 5-7pm

Jan 01 2016 - Apr 01 2016

The Undesirables

Spring 2016 – exact dates TBD

It is a reality that we all share our homes with others.  These other occupants may be people of whom we are aware, but also a large number of creatures who have taken up residence without invitation.  This exhibition will feature artworks representing creatures we commonly (and often reluctantly) cohabit with in urban and suburban environments.  This includes all manner of critters, such as mice, rats, bed bugs, ticks, cockroaches, spiders, squirrels, raccoons, pigeons, flies, mosquitoes, wasps, and so on.  Our relationship with these creatures may be shaped by love or hatred.  The artists in this exhibition will explore the many ways that these creatures have inspired artworks.

This exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog.

Submissions for inclusion accepted until August 31, 2015.  For instructions on how to apply, click here.

Orbit 1

Sep 01 2015 - Dec 24 2015

Pig Wars & Migration: Maria Lupo

Maria Lupo’s work explores the personal, societal, and environmental impacts of war and migration.  Both are driven by basic needs such as food, safety, and freedom, but can lead to tense societies where equality and peace seem hopeless.  Lupo writes, “We are a global, world network and we are all held prisoner by the terror of war and its slaughter of the human spirit.”  Lupo’s use of pigs in her work references both human actions and reactions, as the pig (a source of food) circles the globe, seeking food and safety of its own while being hunted by predators.  The appearance of  battle maps of the American Civil War (considered one of the bloodiest in history) comments on the war’s polarizing effect on a nation already divided.

Nationally recognized artist Maria Lupo received her BFA from Rutgers University – Newark, her MFA from Hunter College, and her Post-Masters Specialization in Art Therapy from Caldwell College.   Lupo is a Registered Art Therapist and holds a second Masters in Counseling Psychology.  Her work is included in many public and private collections.

Maria Lupo, "Porca Migration," 2012, giclee print mounted on foam core, 24"x24", courtesy of the artist

Maria Lupo, “Porca Migration,” 2012, giclee print mounted on foam core, 24″x24″, courtesy of the artist

Orbit 2

Sep 01 2015 - Dec 24 2015

Subway Series 2012-Present: James Wilson

James Wilson’s ongoing “Subway Series” is composed of the artist’s observational drawings from life on Path and subway trains in and around Newark.  In rapid lines, Wilson captures moments of privacy and solitude in public places.

James Steven Wilson is a born-and-raised Newark artist, a graduate of the city’s famed Arts High, and a fixture of the Newark skateboard and graffiti scenes.  Wilson writes, “Through my art I hope to tell stories of whimsical irony, pensive despair, and playful joy.  One theme present throughout my work is that of the dispossessed youth.”  In addition to his art practice, which includes murals, drawings, paintings, and 3 dimensional works, Wilson is an art handler, artist educator, and mentor for local youth.

James Wilson, "1.11.2014," 2014, pencil on paper, 8 1/2"x11", courtesy of the artist

James Wilson, “1.11.2014,” 2014, pencil on paper, 8 1/2″x11″, courtesy of the artist

Pequod Deck

Sep 01 2015 - Oct 22 2015

Exploring Global Leadership in Tanzania

Tanzania2015For the past five years, the Paul Robeson Campus Center has been committed to designing student development programming that challenges participants as they move through critical stages of identity development. Through a series of intentional service learning initiatives, we offer our students an opportunity to serve as global citizens and active social change agents.

This exhibition features photographs from the Robeson International Leadership Exchange. This ten-day initiative based in Tanzania and Zanzibar, encourages students to engage models of leadership through a global lens. This partnership with Zanzibar University and our non-profit allies, prepares and challenges Rutgers students to cross boundaries of difference, gain cultural competency, and further their professional development.

Criminal Justice Gallery

Sep 01 2015 - Dec 24 2015

I Might Be Next: Jerry Gant & Bryant Lebron

In the midst of recent headlines about unarmed Black individuals killed by white police officers, Newark artists Jerry Gant and Bryant Lebron are investigating the Black experience with criminal justice in modern America.


Sep 01 2015 - May 12 2016

Bloom: Patricia Arias-Reynolds & Sarah Lamont

The works in this exhibition celebrate and meditate on the burgeoning energies found in nature—visible and invisible, implied through interactions of color and gesture.  Both artists, Patricia Arias-Reynolds and Sarah Lamont, are recent graduates from Rutgers University-Newark’s Department of Arts, Culture & Media.

Sarah Lamont’s process is one of exploration, chance, and control.  Lamont drips, splatters, and pours her materials onto saturated canvases to arrive at color interactions reminiscent of those created by foam bath bombs on the surface of water.  Lamont writes, “Nature now affects the final outcome of the work, which is not determined until completely dry.  Now all is chance.”

Patricia Arias-Reynolds’ work uses trees as a starting point to explore spirituality, nature, energy, and healing.  Beginning with photographs taken during her travels, Arias-Reynolds manipulates the images digitally and with paint in vivid, contrasting colors.  She writes, “The works attempt to manifest an internal energy that evokes a memory from my experience within nature.”

Messier Gallery

Sep 10 2015 - May 15 2016

One Worm at a Time: Armisey Smith

Armisey Smith, "Rudiments," 2011, acrylic on paper and canvas, 48"x30", courtesy of the artist

Armisey Smith, “Rudiments,” 2011, acrylic on paper and canvas, 48″x30″, courtesy of the artist

This series of murals tells the story of a person of color navigating mental illness, working through the stigma and taking the journey through this disability to find balance, peace, and resilience.  Armisey Smith is a Newark-based illustrator, graphic designer, curator, and painter.