Professional Development for Artists

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Download the PDF flier for 2014-2015 Professional Development for Artists series here.

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

Programs are free of charge and open to the public.

All events will take place at the Paul Robeson Galleries’ Main Gallery, Robeson Campus Center first floor, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102.

For more information, contact Caren King Choi,, 973 353 1625.  RSVP is appreciated for groups larger than ten.


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 Art Resources Library PDF for a list of resources available.


Past events:

FREE Portfolio Review & Art Resource Fair Saturday, February 28, 2015, 1pm-4pm

Location: Paul Robeson Campus Center Room #255, 350 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102

This free portfolio review offers artists an opportunity to have their work reviewed by distinguished professionals in the industry:

Jeanne Brasile is the Gallery Director of Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University (NJ).  She has also worked at renowned venues such as: Storm King Art Center, the South Street Seaport Museum, the Montclair State University Art Galleries, City Without Walls, and the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts.

Kevin Blythe Sampson is a self-taught Artist (NJ), former police officer, and arts educator whose varied experiences have made him a unique and important voice in the contemporary art world, and one of the most notable Outsider artists in the country.

Jason Patrick Voegele is Co-Founder & Director of The Lodge Gallery (NYC) and Founder & Co-Director of Republic Worldwide, a curatorial team and fine art solutions firm that is involved in exhibitions, public arts programming, digital arts programming, and charitable work.

Jasmine Wahi is Co-Curator of The Gateway Projects (NJ) and Co-Founder and Director of Project for Empty Space (NYC).  She is also an activist, a contributing project instructor for the Girls Empowerment Mentoring Services organization, and a member of the South Asian Women’s Cultural Collective.

Emma Wilcox is Co-Founder of Gallery Aferro (NJ), an alternative space in Newark.  She is also a photographer concerned with environmental justice, land usage, eminent domain, and the role of individual memory in the creation of local history.

While there is no fee to participate, artists interested in participating are encouraged to reserve a review slot in advance.  Artists with reservations will be given priority.  Each session is 25 minutes in duration.  Due to high demand, artists who are more than 5 minutes late for their appointment risk losing their reservation.

We will begin taking requests for reservations on February 16th.  Bookings will be made on a first come, first served basis.  To make a reservation, please contact Anonda Bell, Director & Curator, at

Download the flyer here.

In Conversation Tuesday, February 24 @ 530pm

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: Dahlia Elsayed, Joseph Gerard Sabatino, James Wilson


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