The Paul Robeson Galleries periodically issues artist calls for individual submissions to themed group exhibitions in our Main Gallery. To receive email updates of artist calls, exhibitions, and events, please navigate to our home page and enter your email address in the gray “Connect with Us” box on the right, under “Receive updates by email.”
Submissions for the Criminal Justice Gallery and the Satellite Galleries are accepted year-round.
Please scroll all the way down to view instructions on how to submit a proposal.
The (Not So) Secret Life of Plants
Applications must be postmarked March 30, 2015
This exhibition will explore all aspects of plant life, and specifically how humans interact with plants. Plants are the base on which most life on the planet exists. Plants are under stress, with diminishing natural environments and the very real possibility that many plants may become extinct even before we are aware of their existence. This exhibition will explore the nature of plants, from the forest to the home. This exhibition will be accompanied by an exhibition catalog.
Applications must be postmarked August 31, 2015
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 an exhibition catalog.
Criminal Justice Gallery
The Paul Robeson Galleries curates smaller-scale exhibitions of two-dimensional works in the Criminal Justice Gallery located in the Rutgers Newark Law and Criminal Justice Building, 5th Floor, 123 Washington Street, Newark. This gallery is located in the department interstitial spaces, and is accessible Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Exhibitions are on display from September to December or January to July. 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. Preference will be given to artists based in New York City and New Jersey. Works must be two dimensional, presented framed and ready to hang. Please see details below about how to submit a proposal. This is an ongoing open-call; please send proposals at any time.
Satellite Galleries, Robeson Campus Center
The Paul Robeson Galleries curates smaller-scale exhibitions of two-dimensional works in three satellite galleries located on the ground and second floors of the Robeson Campus Center. These galleries are located in interstitial spaces, and are accessible all hours the RCC is open to the public. Preference is given to artists of this region, in particular New Jersey artists. Exhibitions are on display from September to December or January to July. Please see details below about how to submit a proposal. This is an ongoing open-call, please send proposals at any time.
How to Submit a Proposal
A proposal should consist of:
1. Statement – what is the rationale behind your work and how does it relate to the theme of the show?
2. Resume – including name, postal address, email, telephone number
3. CD with images (JPEG format, any size, as many as is necessary to show your work on the theme)
4. List of works - title, date, medium, dimensions
Proposal materials should be posted to:
Exhibition Department, Paul Robeson Galleries
Rutgers,The State University of New Jersey
350 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd
Newark, NJ 07102
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.