Current Exhibitions

The Wall

Feb 15 2014 - Jul 31 2015

Nelson Mandela Tribute Mural by Warcheerah Kilima

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist and the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.  This tribute mural by Warcheerah Kilima celebrates Mandela’s achievements on the world stage, and his lifelong commitment to equality for all.

About his use of a tree to symbolize Mandela’s life and work, Kilima writes: “Trees represent the movement from what something (or someone) has been into what it has become over time… Tree roots can run deep, travel far, and fit and attach themselves to places, around things, and survive in inhospitable locations.”  Kilima draws upon diverse African and global arts traditions, incorporating symbols, significant historical events, and lyrics from popular songs.

Warcheerah H. S. Kilima was born in Tanzania and raised near Dar es Salaam.  He studied at the Bagamoyo College of Art (TASUBA) and helped develop opportunities for local artists, including co-founding an artists’ market in an old slave market.  Kilima’s work has exhibited in Africa, Europe, and the United States.  He is also an educator, leading programs and workshops that teach many aspects of art making, including puppetry, murals, recycled art, and spoken word poetry.

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This mural is brought to you by the Robeson Campus Center and the Paul Robeson Galleries.

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.

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.