Current Exhibitions

Main Gallery

Apr 10 2014 - Apr 24 2014

Senior Fine Art Exhibition

Senior FA exhibition 2014

An annaul exhibition of work by graduating Fine Arts seniors from the Arts, Culture, & Media Department at Rutgers-Newark

Artists in this exhibition: Jessica A. Giao, Linda Hu, Soojoung Hyung, Krissia Keck, Regina Lawrence, Douglas Reyes, Corrie Siegenthaler, Steven Simoes, Vaughn Spann, Eldon M. Thomas, Jermaine Yelverton.

Orbit 1

Jan 21 2014 - Jul 30 2014

One Stitcher’s Stories: Commemorative Quilts by Gail Mitchell

Gail Mitchell

Gail Mitchell began making quilts for her children from articles of cast off clothing.  She soon began to incorporate photo transfers into her quilts, documenting historical events and honoring the accomplishments of African American artists, authors, poets, academics, and politicians.  She writes, “Americans need to remember and to be reminded that African American history is American history.”

Mitchell’s work has been exhibited at institutions of higher education across New Jersey and at the Newark Museum.  Mitchell is a retired educator and teacher of English as a second language.

Orbit 2

Jan 21 2014 - Jul 30 2014

Salubrious Justice


Vivian McDuffie, "RED ROOTS II," 1998, oil on canvas, 72"x54", Courtesy of the artist

Vivian McDuffie, “RED ROOTS II,” 1998, oil on canvas, 72″x54″, Courtesy of the artist

An exhibition of work by New Jersey artists Eleta Caldwell, Gladys Grauer, Vivian McDuffie, Bisa Washington, Florence Weisz, and Adrienne Wheeler.  This group show is presented in conjunction with Women in Media-Newark’s 5th Annual Women’s History Month Film Festival, which will take place from March 6-8, 2014, at the Robeson Campus Center.

Women in Media-Newark is an organization that advocates for and educates the public about issues affecting the lives of women using film, video and new media as its platform.  Merging culture and academia, it rallies behind the brave women who courageously struggle to assume leadership roles in the film industry with a conscious effort to present a balanced image of women, dispelling stereotypes, and changing public perception of their sisters worldwide.

Pequod Deck

Jan 30 2014 - Jul 30 2014

Our Common Cause: Rutgers Newark Students Engaging Women’s Health in Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, one of Central America’s poorest nations, preventable maternal mortality and childbirth complications plague the nation.  The photographs in this exhibition show the efforts of Rutgers-Newark students to improve these conditions.  Through the six-day International Service Learning and Leadership Exchange to the capital city of Managua, Rutgers leaders immersed themselves in Nicaraguan culture, engaged in critical dialogues on community health and gender, and helped to forever change the face of international women’s health advocacy and service.

Messier Gallery

Sep 03 2013 - Jul 31 2014

Cake Soap Panorama: Kevin Darmanie

Kevin Darmanie writes, “The mural is an amalgamation of images drawn together to elicit the conflict and sense of possibility spawned from a blending of two identities: the distant aggressiveness of the Caribbean and the liberal individualism of the American. I employ motifs from my current body of work: a manual construction, a popular phrase, the artist as hero and a map of Trinidad reconfigured to express American sentiments. The work is a spying glass for freedom; the viewer perceives a freedom seemingly apparent in each identity from the confines of the latter identity. The piece also asks, how much of each identity and its social values are lost in exchange for immigrant self actualization?”

After receiving his education in Trinidad & Tobego, Darmanie came to

Kevin Darmanie, sketch for "Cake Soap Panorama," 2013, mixed media, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist

Kevin Darmanie, sketch for “Cake Soap Panorama,” 2013, mixed media, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist

Newark and has since exhibited in a number of venues including Lex Leonard Gallery, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Gallery Aferro, and the Paul Robeson Galleries.  He is a largely self-taught artist with some formal training , whose work is comprised of comic books, works on paper, paintings, murals, and installations.  His work melds such seemingly disparate elements as critical art theory and the techniques of fine art with comic illustration.

Criminal Justice Gallery

Sep 03 2013 - Jul 30 2014

Inside Out: Perspectives on Social Justice by Carol Shapiro

Carol Shapiro, "Framed at the Border," mixed media, dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist

Carol Shapiro, “Framed at the Border,” mixed media, dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist

“I am questioning, ‘What is justice?’  The need for innovation and risk in reform efforts and the impact of our prison industrial complex on poor families must be seriously considered.  Too often, we overlook the imperative to incorporate creative methods to stimulate social justice reform.  Family is used as a metaphor in my imagery encouraging the observer to engage in discourse and challenge assumptions.  The title ‘Inside-Out’ refers to both the prisoner and the impact on the family dynamic.”

Carol Shapiro visited her first prison at the age of 16, and has since been a powerful force in pushing justice reform.  She studied art and criminology at Carnegie Mellon University and founded a not-for-profit organization called Family Justice.  Family Justice uses the visual and performing arts to raise awareness and organize interventions that engage social networks and staff of correctional facilities.  Shapiro’s life has seen an inextricable twining of her passions for art and reform.