Professional Development for Artists

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A series of lectures and events designed to provide artists with the skills necessary to negotiate their careers in the art world.

All programs are free of charge.


Resources Library Mondays-Thursdays, 10am-5pm

Books and related materials available for reading in the Main Gallery which cover issues of being an artist, including overviews of how to manage your career, as well as books related to living a creative life.  For each current Main Gallery exhibition there is also a selection of books providing additional information about exhibition themes.

See the PRG Resources Library PDF for a list of resources available.

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Past Events

Legal Issues Thursday, October 10, 2013 1230pm

Having a general understanding of the legal issues involved in the art world is useful for any artist.  Some of the issues that will be discussed are: copyright, intellectual property, contracts, censorship, appropriation, and where to go when you need help.  Amy Goldrich’s legal practice focuses on counseling, transactions, dispute resolution, and general private client representation in the contemporary art world, both domestically and internationally.  Her clients include artists, collectors, galleries, arts organizations, as well as other creative businesses beyond the art world.  A member of both the New York and California bars, she serves on the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, where she was the founding chair of its Art Insurance subcommittee.

In Conversation Tuesday, October 29, 2013 12noon

Artists discuss their lives and how they are actually “making it work” in the real world.  An informal discussion and Q&A, speaking directly about the experiences they have had, both positive and negative, and how they support themselves in parallel jobs as preparators, gallerists, administrators, and artist educators, while maintaining their core studio practice.  Speakers will be So Yoon Lym, David D. Oquendo, and Beth Whitney.

Financial Literacy Thursday, November 14, 2013 12noon

Earning money and making a living–how can you make it happen?  Join us for a lecture about selling your work, pricing your work, managing income and expenses, seeking sponsorship and support, and grant writing.  Speaker for this topic will be Maria Michails.  Michails is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout North America, France, and Greece.  She has received grants and fellowships in support of her projects from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Quebec Arts Council, Arizona State University, New York State Artists Workspace Consortium, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, Sculpture Space, Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, and, most recently, was the 2012-2013 Barstow Artist in Residence at Central Michigan University.

The Landscape Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12noon - 

“The Landscape” has been canceled,

Who Are You? Thursday, November 21, 2013 12 noon

Defining who you are as an artist is important, and the ability to communicate this to others is one skill that should be cultivated.  This presentation will touch on the following topics: developing an artist statement, how to promote your artwork (traditional and media based means), networking, websites and other issues of interest relating to developing a marketing plan for an individual artist.  This presentation will be given by Heidi Riegler, the founder and owner of Riegler Media & Marketing, a boutique PR agency that provides services in marketing, public and media relations, and event planning, specializing in the performing and visual arts. Riegler agency has a proven track record delivering highly successful communications campaigns, serving cultural organizations and individual artists. She is also the currently Director of Marketing and Communications at the National Academy.

The Big Time – a series of artist bio-pics and art documentaries, screened in the video room of the Main Gallery

Wednesdays, February 5, February 19, February 26, March 5, March 12, 2014
230pm – 4pm

February 5: “Beautiful Losers” – This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-It-Yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world.

February 19: “Little Ashes” – About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dali, filmmaker Luis Bunuel, and writer Federico Garcia Lorca.

February 26: “Con Artist” – A docu-comedy feature film about a once-famous millionaire “business artist” forced to confront his own legendary obnoxious behavior, while trying to find love through fame.

March 5: ” The Life & Times of Frida Kahlo” – A documentary feature about the life of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

March 12: “Painting Rules” – An engaging look at the philosophy and technique of process painter Jerry Carniglia.

Portfolio Review & Art Resource Fair Saturday, March 8, 2014, 1pm-4pm

The Paul Robeson Galleries will be hosting a free Portfolio Review and Resource Fair.  This event offers artists the opportunity to have their work reviewed by distinguished individuals, and to learn more about the art scene of the Greater Newark area.  Reviewers who will be present on the day are:

Shlomit Dror - Consulting Curator of American Art, Newark Museum & Curator of READY OR NOT: 2014 New Jersey Arts Annual

Gabriel de Guzman - Curator of Visual Arts, Wave Hill

Rebecca Jampol - Founder and current director of the alternative gallery space & artist studio residence, Solo(s) Project House (SPH) and NYC space, S & J Project(s)

Stuart Topper - Paul Robeson Galleries Advisory Board Member. Former Professor, Design & Fine Arts Departments at Kean University.

Artists may bring in their portfolio on the hard drive of a portable electronic device (preferred method) or if the work is small/portable it can be presented to the reviewer. While there is no fee to participate, artists interested in having their portfolios reviewed are encouraged to reserve a review slot in advance.  Artists with reservations will be given priority.  Each session is 20 minutes in duration.  Due to demand, artists who are more than 5 minutes late for their allocated review time will risk loosing their appointment.

For reservations and additional information, contact Anonda Bell, Director & Curator, Paul Robeson Galleries, at or 973 353 1609.

Location: Rutgers University, Robeson Campus Center, 350 Dr Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Newark, 07102.  Room #255.