Artist in Residence

Newark Spring Open Studios

German Pitre, 7 Lincoln Heads, 2017, casting wax. Courtesy of the Artist.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 12-5 p.m. | Free & open to everyone

The Paul Robeson Galleries pleased to present programming in concert with Newark Spring Open Studios.


German Pitre Open Studio
Room 416, Express Newark
54 Halsey Street, 4th Floor

Our Artist in Residence, German Pitre, will open his studio in Express Newark to the  public.


Disenfranchised Dissent: See Me Now
Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery
350 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Ground Floor

There will be special viewing hours for Disenfranchised Dissent: See Me Now at the Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery.

German Pitre is the 2019 Artist in Residence

Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark is pleased to announce that German Pitre is the next Artist in Residence.

The Artist in Residence is selected by a jury of art professionals. During their six-month tenure as Artist in Residence, a Newark artist works in a studio located in the former Hahne Department Store and participates in the dynamic cultural community of Express Newark.

Of his practice, Pitre states that his “intention is to overwhelm the viewer. Various layers of material and ideas form tension as an individual interacts with the work. The experience may make the person uneasy as they try to find the words to best express what that they’re feeling.”

Open Call: 2019 Newark Artist in Residence

The Paul Robeson Galleries is pleased to announce the open call of our fourth Artist in Residence opportunity at the initiative known as Express Newark (located in the former Hahne Department Store).  This program is dedicated to Newark artists only. A Newark artist is defined as someone who was born, lives, or works in the city of Newark, NJ.  Visual arts are defined in the broadest sense.

This six-month residency will include a studio space in the Hahne Building (54 Halsey Street, Newark) and an exhibition at the end of the residency. The artist will also be provided a stipend of $2,400. The residency will occur from March 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019.  During the residency, the artist will be expected to participate in the life of EN through hosting at least one open studio, participating in one critique of student work and at least one public program (for example, an artist talk), and attending at least two additional public programs and/or exhibition receptions as an active presence in the PRG community.  The artist will be expected to be in their studio at least 50 hours per month. The artist must also be available for about 5 hours of studio visits with groups organized through the PRG education program during their residency.  The artist will be a member of the selection committee for the following Artist in Residence.

Artists applying for AiR must provide the following in the indicated file formats:

  1. Current artist CV with all contact details (PDF)
  2. An artist statement – 250 words about how and why you make art
  3. Statement about objective – 250 words potential project or goal for residency
  4. Up to 8 images of work created in the last two years (JPEG or TIF) or three time-based works (2 minutes in length or shorter).  File names should follow the format “1_LASTNAME_Firstname”
  5. An image list with the details for the works – title, date, medium, dimensions/duration
  6. A brief explanation of the artist’s Newark connection. If selected, you will be expected to provide proof (e.g. Newark ID card, driver’s license, utility bill, birth certificate, etc.)

Submit your application online.

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, November 12, 2018.  The selected artist will be notified the week of November 30th. Note – please do not phone or email about the status of your application.  The PRG will advise of the outcome as soon as possible. Please do not send any additional material, it will not be considered.

A panel of arts professionals and artists will review applications and select the AiR.  Selection criteria include an assessment of prior practice and determination about the potential impact of the program on the individual’s artistic practice.

Please note that the following are ineligible to apply:

  • Full- or part-time Rutgers staff and faculty and their immediate families. “Immediate family” is defined by the following relationships: child, parent, sibling, spouse
  • Currently enrolled full-time students of any institution
  • Individuals who have been enrolled at Rutgers University within the last four years
  • Previous Paul Robeson Galleries Artists in Residence

Genesis Tramaine Open Studio

Genesis Tramaine, “Night Nurse” from the series “God Is. Trans,” 2018, mixed media on canvas, 40”x30, courtesy of the artist

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 12:00pm-5:00pm
Room 417, Express Newark

In conjunction with the Newark Arts Festival, an opportunity to visit Artist-in-Residence Genesis Tramaine in her studio at Express Newark.

Artist in Residence: Genesis Tramaine

Photo credit @thekam_era

Announcing the New Paul Robeson Galleries Artist in Residence: Genesis Tramaine!

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Genesis Tramaine is a highly motivated, self identified Black- Queer- Female- Bodied Urban Expressionist and Educator with passion in creative justice through the arts’ in urban communities and academic centers that encourage blended learning systems, liberal arts and social justice models for students of color, alternative learners and students along the LGBT spectrum.

As an urban expressionist she creates abstract portraits of men and women who transcend gender, color, and social structures as political or representative. Through a mixture of collage, acrylic and oil based mediums, Ms. Tramaine’s portraits are layer upon layer of real moments and imagined metaphors. She explores ethics and insanity, the mundane and the inhumane, spirituality, and sexuality. She digests the everyday experiences of living and serving in disenfranchised communities and regurgitates it as work that evokes déjà vu, beckoning memories of past lives and glimpses of undiscovered futures.

As a Mathematics and Urban Arts Teaching Artist her professional portfolio is comprised of experiences in instructional coaching, direct classroom instruction, gallery represented student art shows, project management, ed-policy and community organizing. One of her proudest career highlights was fulfilling the role of a Middle School Director for the Explore Schools Network in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn, NY. There, she created individualized teacher development plans, professional development workshops, and facilitated parent group meetings which led to sustained student character and behavioral growth, while exhibiting her art nationally and internally. Genesis’ solo and group exhibitions include The Tree House, Governors Island, NYC, The Salt Space, Chelsea, NYC, The Raging Spoon Gallery, Toronto, Canada, AOF Gallery, NYC, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ, and Paul Robeson Gallery, Newark, NJ. She has spoken on panels at Harvard University and The New School in NYC. She has also been featured in Afro Punk, Blavity, and Knack Magazine.

During this six month residency (April 9, 2018 to October 12, 2018), Genesis will contribute her experience and expertise to the life of Express Newark through hosting open studios, participating in critiques of student work, and participating in public/education programs among other exciting things!

Genesis and her work can be found on Instagram @genesisTRAMAINE.

Artist in Residence: Ceaphas Stubbs

Ceaphas Stubbs, “…Come Inside, Shut the Door…,” 2015, archival inkjet print

Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark is pleased to announce that Ceaphas Stubbs will be the next Artist in Residence.

The Artist in Residence is selected by a jury of art professionals. During their six-month tenure as Artist in Residence, a Newark artist works in a studio located in the former Hahne Department Store and participates in the dynamic cultural community of Express Newark.

In his work, Ceaphas Stubbs explores black sexuality, nostalgia and pleasure through a queer lens. His process begins by creating sculptures from materials such as fabrics, printouts, wires, yarn, and found objects, which are then photographed and dismantled. Working at the intersections of photography, sculpture, and painting, Stubbs work suggests the sometimes slippery relationship between expectation, perception and reality.

Stubbs holds a Master in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. His work has been shown widely, including in exhibitions at Reginald Ingraham Gallery, Culver City, California; The Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, Gimpo-si, South Korea; The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey; and FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, amongst many others. Stubbs has previously participated in residences at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Jamaica, New York and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine. He lives and works in Newark, New Jersey.

Artist in Residence: Kati Vilim

Kati Vilim, “common space,” 2016, oil, canvas on wood

Paul Robeson Galleries is pleased to announce that Kati Vilim is the inaugural Artist in Residence at Express Newark.

Kati Vilim holds Master of Fine Arts degrees from both the University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary, and Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey. She works across a range of media, including oil painting, printmaking, digital animation, and multimedia installation. Her work has been shown at institutions nationally and internationally, such as Flux Gallery, Budapest, Hungary; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska; Untitled Art Fair, Miami Beach, Florida; Gateway Project, Newark, New Jersey; Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey; and her work is found in numerous private collections.

The Artist in Residence is selected by a jury of art professionals. During their six month tenure as Artist in Residence, a Newark artist works in a studio located in the former Hahne Department Store and participates in the dynamic cultural community of Express Newark.

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