Past Exhibitions

Sep 04 2018 - Dec 10 2018

Cuba Today: Through the Eyes of Eleven Photographers

CJ Gallery
Center for Law & Justice, Fifth Floor
123 Washington Street, 5th Floor | Newark NJ 07102

Barbara Berger Brill
Inkjet print
Courtesy of the artist

Cuba is much more than old cars and cigars. This exhibition brings together a diverse group of photographers whose journeys have taken them from Santiago De Cuba and Guantanamo in the east to Camaguey, Trinidad, Santa Clara, and Havana in the west. Their work give us an opportunity to see the Cuban people with new eyes. Their images are a testament to richness of the Cuban peoples’ heritage, culture, history, diversity, and ingenuity as well as the Cuban government’s reminders of their revolution. With work from Cyndie Burkhardt, Barbara Berger Brill, E. Jan Kounitz, Marsha Michel, Nancy Ori, Franc Palaia, Karen Rossen, Jay Seldin, Constance Sterling-Engman, Heidi Sussma, and Peter Tilgner.

Curated by Peter Tilgner.

Sep 04 2018 - Oct 07 2018

Exquisite Corpse: Selections from the Paul Robeson Galleries 30th Anniversary Exhibition

Robeson Campus Center Gallery | 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 1st Floor, Newark, NJ 07102

Jen Keshka, Tara Raye Russo, David Rios Ferreira
Why don’t you just get married and get a subscription to Better Homes & Gardens already/ Torso in Super Saturated Light/ Legacy
Collage, digital photograph transfer, colored pencil, gouache on paper
Courtesy of the artists

The Exquisite Corpse (Cadavre Exquis) was a favorite Surrealist game from the 1920s onwards. The game involves multiple participants contributing to a single drawing. Traditionally, participants create their section of the drawing and then cover it so the next person is ‘drawing blind.’ Once all participants have finished, the drawing is unfolded and revealed.

In 2010, we commissioned 92 artists of the region to produce 30 drawings, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Paul Robeson Galleries. In the spirit of Paul Robeson, we sought to promote free speech and creative expression, reflecting a multitude of voices through our exhibitions, programs, and publications. The anniversary exhibition manifested Paul Robeson Galleries’ mission of inclusivity, participation, and community outreach, and we are please to present a selection of the works.

Artists: Perry Angelora, Nakeya B, Nina Lola Bacchuber, Suzanne Kammin Baron, Alaine Becker, Lauren Simkin Berke, Pat Brentano, Michele Brody, Karen Brummund, Emanuele James Cacciatore, Rodriguez Calero, Robert Carioscia, Megan Cedro, Nancy Cohen, Yvette Cohen, Copie, Laura Cuevas, Patricia Dahlman, Agnes DeBethune, Paul Di Zefalo, Molly Dilworth, Marisa Dipaola, Asya Dodina, Nisha Drinkard, Jordan Eagles, Eileen Ferera, David Rios Ferreira, Sean Patrick Gallagher, Jerry Gant, Florencio Gelabert, Irene Gennaro, Beth Gilfilen, Bonnie Gloris, Dan Gluibizzi, Jr, Michelle Orsi Gordon, Matt Louis Gosser, Jaz Graf, James Horner, Jenny Kanzler, Jen Keshka, Ana Garces Kiley, Sol Kjok, Nick Kline, Nadine LaFond, Yen-Hua Lee, Greg Leshe, I-Ling Eleen Lin, So Yoon Lym, Mary Kate Maher, China Marks, Caitlin Masley, Caroline Anne McAuliffe, Anne Queeny McKeown, Terina Nicole McKinney, Darren McManus, Meridith McNeal, Lucia Warck Meister, Emmy Mikelson, Hannah Joanne Mishin, Jason Mones, Narciso Montero, Brian Oakes, Amy Ortiz, Roberto Osti, Courtnay Papy, John A. Patterson, Jaanika Peerna, Chris Pennock, Slava Polishchuk, Alina Poroshina, Stephanie Rauschenbusch, Babs Reingold, John Ros, Tara Raye Russo, Claudia Sbrissa, Sasha Su Shaw, Katherine D. Singh, Laurinda Stockwell, Amy Tamayo, Nancy Tobin, Leah K. Tomaino, Robin Treadwell, Raul Villarreal, Amanda Wachob, Shoshanna Weinberger, Eileen Weitzman, Alison Weld, Usoon Woo, Suhee Wooh, King-Yan Yeung, M Zlotkin, Deborah Zlotsky

May 17 2018 - Aug 02 2018

Ceaphas Stubbs: Phantom Limb

Robeson Campus Center Gallery | 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 1st Floor, Newark, NJ 07102

Ceaphas Stubbs
...Disappearing Act…
Latex inkjet print
Courtesy of the artist

Reception: May 24th from 5 to 7 p.m., with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m RSVP on Facebook

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Phantom Limbis a solo exhibition of recent works by Ceaphas Stubbs. The works in Phantom Limbsuggest the experience of desire and loss as altered states of embodiment. Stubbs creates sculptures from found, commonplace materials, such as discarded plastic bottles, scraps of fabric, bits of wire and yarn, chemically stained photographs, and pornographic magazine clippings. These sculptures are then arranged in and photographed against colorful, patterned backdrops, and the final image is printed at large scale.

The viewer is drawn to a photograph by its use of high key color and the flashes of flesh, like the line of a long neck or a muscled leg bent at the knee, all arranged in a fragile framework of string and scraps. The initial pleasure in looking is quickly followed by crisis of vision: determining the scale of the sculptures and the depth of the picture plane is a difficult task. This ambiguity is drawn out in the titles of works, with their repeated use of ellipses, pointing to the state of uncertainty and the temporality of anticipation. When in love or loss, the field of vision and feeling narrows dramatically. Phantom Limbpulsates with the claustrophobic effect of desire and puts the viewer in the position of the lover, always waiting, ever uncertain, obsessively analyzing the beloved’s words and gestures.

Phantom Limbis the culmination of Stubbs’ six-month residency at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark. The Artist-in-Residence is selected by a jury of art professionals and receives a stipend and free studio located in the former Hahne and Co. Department Store. During their six-month tenure, the artist is an active member of the dynamic community of Express Newark and Rutgers University – Newark.

Stubbs holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. His work has been shown widely, including in exhibitions at FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn; Reginald Ingraham Gallery, Culver City; Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, Gimpo-si; Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark; The Print Center, Philadelphia; and The Center for Photography at Woodstock, amongst others. He was the recipient of a Christopher Lyon Memorial Award from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and nominated for the Master of Fine Arts Fellowships in Painting and Sculpture from the Dedalus Foundation in 2012. Stubbs has previously participated in residences at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning; Express Newark; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His works have been reviewed in The New York Times; Brooklyn Rail; SPACE/LAUNCH; Expose Magazine; and Agave Magazine. Stubbs lives and works in Newark, New Jersey.

Apr 26 2018 - May 09 2018


Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102



Opening Reception: Thursday, April 26, 2018 5:00pm – 7:00pm

This work explores the creation of an integrated transmedia experience united by notions of across—beyond—through defined by each student’s own research and “trans” word as their point of departure. According to Henry Jenkins, “Transmedia refers to a set of choices made about the best approach to tell a particular story to a particular audience…Transmedia provides a comprehensive and coordinated experience of a complex story.”
The exhibition is the collective Senior Capstone work of: Dalia Abdalla, Shawn Collins, Elise Folkerts, Will Gilligan, Wilfredo Jimenez, Jonas Larbi, Michelle Medina, Ronald Mendoza, Yosmany Michaca Vivar, D. Pamela Molina, Gustavo Morais, Evan Parrott, Kelvin Peebles, Franc Pena, Donald Portillo, Antoinette Prioletti, Marsha Shnayder and Alan Weingast

Apr 05 2018 - Apr 18 2018


Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102


Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 2018 5:00pm – 7:00pm

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Rutgers University-Newark is proud to showcase artworks made by this year’s graduating seniors. While all of the artists are working in the figurative tradition, each brings their own unique perspective to their subject matter. Art by Athena Barkley, Axell Sanchez and Francisco Peña.

Mar 15 2018 - Aug 25 2018

The Shadows of Houses

The Box Gallery, Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street, 3rd Floor | Newark, NJ 07102

Cesar Melgar, “Icee Mami,” 2015, inkjet print, 12 x 16 inches, courtesy of the artist

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 15, 6:30-8pm | RSVP on Facebook

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The Shadows of Houses is a three-person show featuring black and white photographs from Terry Boddie, Shakia Lewis, and Cesar Melgar. The title of exhibition is taken from Newark native Amiri Baraka’s poem “Legacy,” a mediation on history and home. Melgar’s street photography cast a sharp eye on the inhabitants and city of Newark. Selections from Lewis’ series, The Value of Hope, focus on the small details of the subjects lives in an attempt to transform over-determined narratives of homelessness. Boddie’s pictures capture fleeting moments of intimacy between people and their environments.

Feb 15 2018 - Mar 28 2018


Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., 1st Floor, Newark, NJ 07102

Kay Reese, Hearing It, 2013, photograph printed on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, courtesy of the artist

Kay Reese, Hearing It, 2013, photograph printed on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, courtesy of the artist

February 15 – March 28, 2018
Opening reception: March 15, 2018, 5-6:30pm | RSVP on Facebook
Curated by Adrienne Wheeler and Gladys Grauer

Participating artists: Rachel B. Abrams, Suzanne Anan, Aliza Augustine, Kathy Bruce, Donna Conklin King, Lisa Conrad, Anne Dushanko Dobek, Deanna Lee, Anne McKeown, Rachel Rampleman, Kay Reese, Nette Forné Thomas, RoByn Thompson, Genesis Tramaine, Noelle Lorraine Williams, Amanda Thackray, Jennifer Coard, Bisa Washington, Eleta Caldwell, Miriam Stern

Each year Women In Media – Newark presents a thematic exhibition of works by visual artists that coincides with their annual film festival. This year’s theme is Women in Transition. On view at the Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery from February 15 to March 28, Transitions features work from 20 artists in a range of media, curated by Adrienne Wheeler and Gladys Grauer. The exhibition attempts to examine the ways in which transitions or the state of transitioning impacts the works of women artists. These transitions are inclusive of, but not limited to gender identity transition, transition to motherhood, transition in aging, transition in work, transition through loss, transition in grief, transition in death.

Feb 19 2018 - Dec 20 2018

Mirror Mirror

Main Gallery, Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ 07102

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Stop Telling Women to Smile, 2018, wheat paste installation, dimension variable, courtesy of the artist

Opening reception: March 1, 5-8pm | RSVP on Facebook

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Mirror Mirror presents works in a variety of media from thirty-two international emerging and established artists and one artist collective: Manuel Acevedo, Zoë Charlton, Paolo Cirio, David Antonio Cruz, Kevin Darmanie, E.V. Day, Leah DeVun, Nona Faustine, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Anne-Karin Furunes, Phyllis Galembo, Chitra Ganesh, William Kentridge, Riva Lehrer, Ani Liu, Jessamyn Lovell, Hyphen-Labs (Carmen Aguilar y Wedge, Ece Tankal, Ashley Baccus), Peggie Miller, Anna Ogier-Bloomer, Polixeni Papapetrou, Patricia Piccinini, Wendy Red Star, Faith Ringgold, Kevin Blythe Sampson, María Verónica San Martín, Leo Selvaggio, Laura Splan, Dread Scott, Beat Streuli, Arne Svenson, Shoshanna Weinberger, Deborah Willis, and Martha Wilson.

Mirror Mirror plumbs the relationship between identity, cultural norms, and representation. In the most abbreviated of forms, a portrait is a depiction of a person, usually a face, occasionally a torso, sometimes more of the body, or even a symbolic presentation of an aspect of an individual’s character. The artists in the show have approached the subject of portraiture in a multitude of ways. Historically, portraiture was utilized in service of the ruling classes, and some of the works in the exhibition explore the machinations of the powerful, touching upon the fraught histories of colonialism, slavery, American inference abroad, and eugenic practices. Photography is presented in both documentary modes and as a means to deconstruct representations of femininity, adolescence, and motherhood. Other artists work in non-traditional media, exploring the portrait painted by our data and bacteria, and radical possibilities of self-invention through new virtual and bio technologies. Taken as a whole, the works in Mirror Mirror communicate the connected nature of representation and self-determination.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 140-page illustrated catalog with essays from Susan Bright, Amanda Cachia, Nell Painter, Dorothy Santos, Jay Stanley, Anne Swartz, Jorge Daniel Veneciano, and Carla Christopher Waid, amongst others. Mirror Mirror includes a dynamic schedule of free, public and educational programs that include a performance of David Antonio Cruz’s green,howiwantyougreen; artist talks from Kevin Darmanie, Riva Lehrer, Peggie Miller, Kevin Blythe Sampson, Laura Splan; curator tours; workshops, and more.

Apr 12 2018 - Jul 07 2018

Faces Not Forgotten

Window Gallery, Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ 07102

Opening reception on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 6-8pm | RSVP on Facebook

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This important and powerful portrait project founded by artist Christine Ilewski commemorates young victims of gun violence and offers support and comfort to their families. Local artists are invited to paint portraits of the victims, which are donated to the families. A digital image of the original portrait is incorporated into a quilt. The Faces Not Forgotten: New Jersey quilt will be unveiled for the first time in this exhibition, featuring artwork by Audrey Anastasi, Lawrence Ciarallo, Linda Karlsberg, Diana Kurz, Jimmy Leslie, Jennifer Mack, Amanda McCutcheon, Eric Velasquez. This exhibition is co-curated by Christine Ilewski and Jim Bergesen. Other quilts on display in this exhibition include Chicago, Houston, and Georgia. The quilts have been exhibited in locations including the Vaughn Cultural Center, the Central Reform Congregation, the Foundry, the University of MO-STL, Blackburn College, Soulard Art Market, the Maryland Heights Community Center, The Regional Arts Center, and Christ Church Cathedral. The project has been featured in St. Louis Post-Dispatch and recently on BBC news.

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Jul 12 2018 - Sep 29 2018


Window Gallery, Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ 07102

Dong Kyu Kim
The United Stitches, 2017
Hand Stitch with Paper Receipts on Swiffer
63 x 55 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Opening Reception: Thursday, July, 12, 2018, 5-7:00pm | RSVP on Facebook

Fashioning Memory Panel Discussion: Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6-7:30pm | RSVP on Facebook

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Paul Robeson Galleries is pleased to announce Dressed, a group exhibition co-curated by Caren King Choi and Kristen J. Owens. The exhibition is on view from July 12 through September 29, 2018 at the Window Gallery (54 Halsey Street, 3rd Floor). A public reception will be held on July 12th from 5 to 7 o’clock in the evening, with short talks from participating artists Fabiola Jean-Louis, Sneha Ganguly, Dong Kyu Kim, Lauren Silberman, Joseph Liatela, LaKela Brown, and Dario Calmese beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Dressed showcases a diverse group of eight artists working in a variety of media: LaKela Brown, Dario Calmese, Sneha Ganguly, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Dong Kyu Kim, Joseph Liatela, Whitney Lynn and Lauren Silberman.

The presentation of one’s physical appearance intersects with opportunities to communicate a variety of messages—aesthetic as well as social, cultural, and political. Dressed explores both the idiosyncratic and universal ways adornment, clothing, costume, and fashion are used to communicate ideas about identity and representation in relationship to a variety of cultural, historical, and personal narratives. The artists in Dressed use elements of dress in their work to not only acknowledge traditional methods of representation, but to interrogate contemporary narratives in relation to topics such as race, beauty, gender, and to imagine other possible futures.

The exhibition is accompanied by a panel discussion on Thursday, September 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the evening in the Main Gallery at Express Newark. Fashioning Memory will explore the connections between dress and personal narrative, particularly how the symbolisms imbued in the objects we choose to adorn ourselves with allow us to engage in the concealing or revealing of our identities. Discussants include artist Fabiola Jean-Louis; artist Dong Kyu Kim; curator Kalia Brooks Nelson, PhD; and fashion designer Marco Hall, and will be moderated by Dressed co-curator Kristen J. Owens.

Sep 20 2017 - Apr 07 2018

Resistance Across Time

Window Gallery, Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ 07102

"Every Body Moves Against Control", 2004, 23"x17", Courtesy of the collection of Interference Archive

“Every Body Moves Against Control”, 2004, 23″x17″, Courtesy of the collection of Interference Archive


“Resistance Across Time” is a selection of posters from Interference Archive meant to remind viewers of the long history of social movements led by and in support of women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and the rights and safety of people of color. Social movements and the fight for justice, fairness and equality have being taking place for centuries of human history. In the U.S. the Civil Rights Movement of the sixties is often taught and discussed as the most defining series of actions and events towards social justice. Archives like Interference’s show us that the struggle is multifaceted, ceaseless, and ever evolving.

Movements often help us develop and employ the language that we use to describe our experiences and desires, that language is developed within the context of time, community and people, and that language changes to reflect the charging atmosphere and evolving contexts that it functions to serve.

This exhibition is created to honor the women, LGBTQ people and People of Color who have led the way in the past, often at great personal sacrifice and high cost, while also encouraging next generation social justice warriors to learn from our history while they develop and create new methodologies and practices to try and carry us forward toward a better future for all people.

Interference Archive is an all-volunteer run community archive in Brooklyn, NY. The mission of Interference Archive is to explore the relationship between cultural production and social movements.

Opening reception for ‘Resistance Across Time’ will be on Saturday October 7th, 2017 from 3pm – 5pm at the third floor lobby in Express Newark Hahne’s Building. RSVP on Facebook.

Curated by Evonne M. Davis


Sep 05 2017 - Apr 27 2018

Pavel Romaniko: A Guide to Collective Melancholy

Criminal Justice Gallery
Center for Law & Justice, Fifth Floor
123 Washington Street 5th Floor, Newark NJ 07102

Join us on November 2nd from 3 to 5 p.m. for a reception and artist talk. Reception will begin at 3 p.m. in Room 571, followed by an artist talk at 4 p.m. in Room 025. RSVP on Facebook.


Pavel Romaniko, “Untitled (Accident)”, 2016, digital chromogenic print, 16”x20”, courtesy of the artist

Pavel Romaniko, “Untitled (Accident)”, 2016, digital chromogenic print, 16”x20”, courtesy of the artist

“My work has long dealt with change, and specifically with the opposites of that concept. On the one hand, the world and society have sped up and the rate at which everything is changing has become immeasurable. On the other hand, some societies have resisted that change—constructing bubbles and keeping them afloat. Post-Soviet Russia is one of those places.

“For many years, I had travelled between the United States and Russia to look for and photograph signs of change; I eventually stopped bringing a camera. I realized that I was reliving and producing the same images over and over again. I felt as though I were making copies, therefore I chose to take a different approach to constructing copies. I bought paper and scissors, a knife and glue, and I started remaking the content of my images into small paper sets later to be photographed.

“Just like Russia itself, my act of making these images anew has become metaphoric of the country’s problematic relationship with its own past. At the moment of remembering something, the Russian people seem to forget that very same thing that they had just tried to recall. And this process repeats. The same image is re-made over and over again. In psychology such behavior is often attributed to people that have lived through traumatic events. This in itself often blocks experiences from converting into memories, and instead leads to forgetting.”

Aug 14 2017 - Mar 11 2018

Justseeds: Migration Now!

The Box Gallery at Express Newark
54 Halsey Street, Newark NJ 07102

Lalo Alcaraz, "Migration Now!" 2012, screenprint, courtesy of Justseeds

Lalo Alcaraz, “Migration Now!” 2012, screenprint, courtesy of Justseeds

Justseeds is a loose print collective with members working in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers who believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action.  This exhibition is constituted by one portfolio they produced on the theme of migration.  Justseeds want to re-imagine migration as an inevitability, as a social practice that is not to be prevented but to be related to, like weather. All migration starts with social relationships. When people move, they are going either towards their families or communities, or more often, away from them. They move to help their relatives, or support them by leaving. People migrate because their homes stifle them, because those homes become burdens they need to shed in order to have full lives. They move in search of opportunity, or to escape their past, or to simply survive. They move because of lies they are told and that they come to believe, and they move to fulfill the most beautiful and fragile of dreams. Migration is fundamentally about our right to move freely across planet Earth, in search of our fullest and best selves.

Opening reception for ‘Justseeds: Migration Now!’ will be on Saturday October 7th, 2017 from 3pm – 5pm at the second floor lobby in Express Newark Hahne’s Building. RSVP on Facebook.

Sep 05 2017 - Feb 08 2018

Plexity: Kati Vilim

Robeson Campus Center Gallery
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark NJ 07102

Kati Vilim, “Forces,” 2017, oil, canvas on panel, 39.5”x39.5”, courtesy of the artist

Kati Vilim, “Forces,” 2017, oil, canvas on panel, 39.5”x39.5”, courtesy of the artist


Kati Vilim is a Hungarian born, Newark based geometric abstractionist. The work presented in this exhibition is the result of her time as the Robeson Galleries inaugural Artist in Residence at Express Newark.

Opening reception for ‘Plexity’ will be on Wednesday September 13th, 2017 at the Paul Robeson Campus Center from 5pm – 7pm. RSVP on Facebook.

May 10 2017 - Jun 01 2018

Pam Owens: Inverted Architecture

Pam Owens, "Move Toward Open Arms," 2008, digital print, 30"x40", courtesy of the artist

Pam Owens, “Move Toward Open Arms,” 2008, digital print, 30″x40″, courtesy of the artist

Conklin Hall, Department of African and African-American Studies
175 University Ave 3rd Floor, Newark NJ

Pam Owens is a Newark born and raised artist.  She has a B.A. in History and an M.F.A. in Photography.  Owens does not use photography as a medium for literal representation of the world.  She is instead interested in her medium as a way to see with the invisible eye, to experience something beyond a depiction of an object or space to a sensation, an energy contained within a two dimensional plane.  The title of the exhibition provides a clue as to her intention.  Architecture may be defined as forming a unified, coherent form or structure, but when inverted there is room for something much less concrete.  This is the space that Owens occupies with her photos.

Curated by Adrienne Wheeler

This exhibition is made possible by Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s Seed Grants. The purpose of the Seed Grant Galleries is integration: of spaces, of voices, and of intellectual/aesthetic disciplines.  Each of the five year-long pop-up exhibitions will appear in a non-art space in order to enhance Rutgers’ academic environment by expanding on the ways in which knowledge can be acquired outside the classroom.  Seed Grant Galleries will be established through the collaborative efforts of those within and without the University context, will highlight the relevance of visual literacy in understanding our intellectual landscape, and will provide platforms for voices that historically may have been excluded from the History of Art or recognized academic pursuit. 

Click here for more information on Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s Seed Grants.

May 02 2017 - Sep 10 2017

Brick by Brick, Ironbound Oral History Collection

The Glassbook Project Flyer (3)

Unveiling Event
Monday April 24, 2017
Express Newark Room 312
54 Halsey Street, Newark NJ 07102

Window Gallery at Express Newark
54 Halsey Street 3rd floor, Newark NJ 07102

GlassBook Project: Brick by Brick, The Ironbound Oral History Collection was created by Artists-in-Residence paulA neves and Adrienne Wheeler in collaboration with Dr. Tim Raphael and students in the Honors Living and Learning Community course “Ironbound GlassBook Project.” This urban research and studio-based art course  immersed students  in the Ironbound neighborhood  of Newark and the Oral History of the Ironbound Project archive a collection of over 250 interviews with Lusophone migrants that was founded in 2002 by Dr. Kimberly DaCosta Holton. The interviews served as inspiration for books  produced by the student artists with Newark-based GlassRoots. The books are abstract portraits of the individuals and their stories from the archive’s oral recordings. They are on display as a catalyst for public dialogue about the Ironbound and the role of immigrants in shaping Newark and its history.

The GlassBook Project, ongoing since 2009, is a socially engaged artwork by Nick Kline that attempts to bear truthful witness to lived experience, particularly of those who have undergone struggles and psychological trauma. Together with students in a Rutgers Book Arts class and visiting artists-in-residence, Kline facilitates the collaboration creation of unique artists’ books that are literally made out of glass. The GBP is not focused on depicting a trauma event itself, nor a clinical definition of trauma, nor is it art therapy. Rather, GBP’s main concept is to step into the shoes of another and from this experience, create compelling abstract portraits.

Brick By Brick was created in partnership with  Newest Americans  and the Center for Migration and the Global City, at Rutgers University-Newark. The project received support from the Honors Living Learning Community, the Office of the FASN Dean and the Office of the Chancellor at Rutgers University-Newark. Students received training in glass book production at GlassRoots, Newark, NJ. Brick by Brick is the 11th collection of the GlassBook Project. A special thanks to Ironbound project consultant Dr. Kimberly DaCosta Holton, playwright/screenwriter Richard Wesley and poet/essayist Hugo Dos Santos who generously shared their knowledge of the Ironbound with the student artists.


Jan 17 2017 - Jul 22 2017

Looped Dialogue: Dominique Duroseau

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The Box Gallery at Express Newark
54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ 07102

Hours: Mon-Wed, 12-5pm, Thurs 12-8pm, Sat 12-5pm

“The narrative which I create, as an artist, urges viewers to reexamine the world around them, notice patterns, human behavior, cause and effect, analyze subjects from different viewpoints, and ask questions even if they cause discomfort.” – Dominique Duroseau.

Clusters- BA Graduate Exhibition


Bachelors of Art Graduate Exhibition
Opening reception Thursday April 27, 5pm-7pm
Exhibition will be on display in the Paul Robeson Galleries Campus Center, April 27 to May 11, 2017

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Rutgers University- Newark is proud to showcase a cluster of art works made by this year’s graduating seniors.

Works vary from illustrations to paintings.

Elaine Reinoso – Sketch Artist & Painter

Exhibiting “Fluidity”, a series of large abstract images of the sky

and water made entirely of colored pencils and pastels.


Andreà Cassar – Painter & Sculptor

Exhibiting “What’s Under the Make-up?”, a series of cartoon

sketches of the 2016 Presidential Election made out of lipstick.


Desireè Montalvo – Illustrator & Painter

Exhibiting “Beyond the Wall”, a series of paintings depicting the

narrative of four characters traveling through a mysterious land.


Jennifer Edhomeriegue – Illustrator

Exhibiting “Anybunny”, a collection of illustrations showcasing the variety of the illustrator’s skills.

Lauren Treadwell – Illustrator & Watercolor Artist

Exhibiting “Tale of the Forest Folk”, a collection of watercolor art

works illustrating mystical beings from the Forest.




The exhibition will be on display in the Robeson Campus Center Gallery April 6 to May 20, 2017. The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

INTRODUCING: Jeremy Avilles, Sarah, Barcelos, Rochelle Bernal, Timothy Cahill, Andrea Cassar, Bianca Dasne, Angel David, Jennifer Edhomeriegue, Tinhinane Khelifi, Yousef Lakhrif, Dean Matarrese, Donald Portillo, Maria Quinchiguango, Sharon Sarfati, Nii-Owusu Solomon, Lisa Weng

Mar 08 2017 - Mar 31 2017

FROM REBELLION TO REVIEW BOARD: Fighting for Police Accountability in Newark


In March 2016, the Newark city council created a civilian complaint review board with oversight of the police.
The American Civil Liberties Union of NJ called this act the culmination of a “50-year  fight” for reform.

This exhibit examines that fight from the perspective of the activists and organizations that led it: women and men like Louise Epperson and Ramon Rivera and organizations as different as CORE and Garden State Equality.

Police accountability was never the only issue. These activists saw it as part of bigger struggles over civil rights, political power, social services and spaces of their own.

This is not a simple story of success. How did differences within and between these communities help and hurt their efforts? What can we learn from this history to make a more just and equitable Newark today?

The companion Spanish-language exhibit, Acción Latina: Protesta y Transformación Socio-cultural en Nueva Jersey, broadens the story beyond Newark by examining the forgotten Latinx riots that took place in four New Jersey towns in the 1960s and 1970s.

While some of these stories are familiar, they have never been put together in an exhibit that helps us understand the present moment of reform in Newark and discussions over police-community relations everywhere.

We want to hear what you think – share your thoughts on social media with #R2RNewark

This exhibit has been created by graduate and undergraduate students at Rutgers University–Newark.

The ideas expressed here do not represent those of the Rutgers University.

Jan 17 2017 - Feb 28 2017

Our Anxious Times

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, "Parasite X (Persephone)", 2005, digital c-print, 11”x14”, courtesy of the artist

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, “Parasite X (Persephone)”, 2005, digital c-print, 11”x14”, courtesy of the artist

Curated by Kevin Darmanie

“Our Anxious Times” presents works by artists whose various practices tackle issues that are currently at the forefront of our collective conscience. From the Donald Trump election, to Standing Rock and from Black Lives Matter to the Women’s March on Washington, the artists presented here view the body—the physical body—as a battleground where complicated issues play out. The works here all go beyond the surface; each artist has invested his or her own body into the production of the work whether as subject, through performance, or by location.

In Sujeto by Carlos Martiel, the artist seems to have washed up on the shores of Cuba yet he is painfully connected to the land mass even as he today lives in the United States. Photographer Ventiko shoots a self portrait where she channels Ana Mendieta and Velázquez’s the Rokeby Venus. She proves the woman artist’s power to control her own image and challenge gender roles. Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow’s fabric hose depicts a man-made tool used to draw and spill, if you will, the earth’s natural resource, water. For a performance, the artist squeezes her own body into the hose. Kevin Darmanie’s selfie watercolors are of and composed by Luma the model who then texts them to the artist. The artist then renders the photos, becoming a type of filter. The work raises issues of authorship, over-sharing, and the qualities of watercolor to photography.

Artists in this exhibition: David Antonio Cruz, Kevin Darmanie, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Carlos Martiel, Ventiko

Jan 23 2017 - Dec 22 2017

Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50

The Main Gallery at Express Newark
54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ

The Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) has been collecting jazz records at Rutgers University—Newark and sharing them with a wide audience for the past 50 years.  These not only include sound recordings of jazz music, but also the “record” of jazz history found in photographs, documents, written music, and historic artifacts.  Expanding on the original vision of IJS founder Marshall Stearns, the Institute has grown to become one of the biggest centers in the world for the study of jazz history.  Most importantly, the IJS preserves these valuable materials that document jazz history so that people can use them now and into the future.  IJS users listen to recordings, study archival documents, read books about jazz, or look for a piece of music to play, to name a few common uses. *Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50* is the first time the IJS has exhibited so many of its treasures at once.  Although they represent only a small fraction of the Institute’s collections, the artifacts, documents, and sound recordings in this exhibit provide a record of IJS history and the music at its core.

Jan 17 2017 - Mar 29 2017

Women in the World

Located at the Robeson Campus Center Gallery, Paul Robeson Campus Center 1st Floor, 350 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark NJ


Ela Shah, "Faith or Fate", 2009, mixed media on wood, 9"x11"x1/2", courtesy of the artist

Ela Shah, “Faith or Fate”, 2009, mixed media on wood, 9″x11″x1/2″, courtesy of the artist

Throughout much of the world, women and girls are objectified, discriminated against, and subjected to intimidation and emotional, physical abuse.  Despite social, economic and educational subjugation, women are strong, innovative, resourceful, and determined to triumph over adversity.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Women in Media’s 8th Annual Women’s History Month Film Festival.

Dominique Duroseau’s Looped Dialogue can be viewed at The Box Gallery at Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ.

Curated by Gladys B. Grauer and Adrienne Wheeler

Artists in this exhibition: Sybil Archibald, Dominique Duroseau, Rosalind Nzinga Nichol, Sarah Petruziello, Danielle Scott, Ela Shah, Dolores Stewart, Noelle Lorraine Williams, Florence Wint

Apr 04 2016 - May 30 2018

Seed Grant Galleries

A New Initiative

The purpose of the Seed Grant Galleries is integration: of spaces, of voices, and of intellectual/aesthetic disciplines.  Each of the five year-long pop-up exhibitions will appear in a non-art space in order to enhance Rutgers’ academic environment by expanding on the ways in which knowledge can be acquired outside the classroom.  Seed Grant Galleries will be established through the collaborative efforts of those within and without the University context, will highlight the relevance of visual literacy in understanding our intellectual landscape, and will provide platforms for voices that historically may have been excluded from the History of Art or recognized academic pursuit. 

Click here for more information on Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s Seed Grants.

The Seed Grant Gallery exhibitions are as follows:

“The Ade Series: Ade Bunmi Gbadebo”

“Articulations: Jaz Graf”

“Re-made Garden: Ira Wagner”

“Beneath Such Dreamy Moments: Joan Pamboukes”

“Pam Owens: Inverted Architecture”

Sep 06 2016 - Dec 22 2016

31 Central

Kati Vilim, "Conditional Probability," 2015, oil and canvas on panel, 39.5"x39.5", courtesy of the artist

Kati Vilim, “Conditional Probability,” 2015, oil, canvas on panel, 39.5″x39.5″, courtesy of the artist

This exhibition is located in the Robeson Campus Center Gallery, 350 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd 1st Floor, Newark NJ 

Reception Thursday, September 22, 5-7pm

31 Central is a building located in the downtown area of New Jersey’s largest city—Newark.  It is an unofficial arts hub for the city, as within this site many creative individuals have intersected.  Their resulting artworks have made an indelible mark on the city.  This exhibition presents an array of works across many media and subject matter.  It is a testament to the dazzling creativity of the featured artists.

A parallel exhibition, “Intersection 2016,” featuring artists associated with 31 Central Ave and 237 Washington Street and curated by Lowell Craig, will be on display at Index Art Center from October 21-November 17, 2016.

Artists in this exhibition: Katrina Bello, Lowell Craig, Akintola Hanif, Stephen McKenzie, German Pitre, Kati Vilim

Sep 06 2016 - Dec 16 2016

Partner in Crime

Josh Begley, "Prison Map," 2014, c-print, 60”x66 ½”, courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco

Josh Begley, “Prison Map,” 2014, c-print, 60”x66 ½”, courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco

This exhibition is located in the Criminal Justice Gallery, Center for Law and Justice, 123 Washington Street 5th Floor, Newark NJ

Exhibition reception Thursday, December 1, 2016 @6-8pm, free and open to everyone.  Light refreshments provided.

Artists in the exhibition: Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, Josh Begley, Ashley Hunt, Sable Elyse Smith, and Sarah Ross

The exhibition Partner in Crime on view in the Department of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University’s Newark campus, examines the spatial representation of prisons, and the connection between geography and imprisonment. This group show contains work by artists of different disciplines, who use cartographical elements to express their concern about the sprawling developments of prisons across the United States. In a time when incarceration rates are growing, prisons are overcrowded, and discussions about prison reform are widely debated, many are investigating how prison populations and facilities can be reduced. The artists in this exhibition represent this reality by incorporating aerial views, maps, charts and architectural illustrations, through which they problematize the existing mechanism of mass incarceration. The geographical content in these works, highlights their conceptual and representational components, and also raises the following questions: what does imprisonment look like? What is the relation between prisons and land? And what is the correlation between crime, society and mass incarceration?

The growing presence of prisons and policing in the United States has contributed to the reshaping of the country’s physical as well as its social landscape, so much that the country is referred to as “the carceral state.” Despite the drops in crime, prisons are still full and continue to rise. With over 6,000 confinement facilities (be it state prisons, federal prisons, local jails, etc.), the United States currently has more than 2 million people behind bars with significant racial disparities. As some of the works in the show demonstrate, more money is distributed towards increasing the amount of prison facilities than on investments to nurture education, health and other basic social needs in the areas where crime is highly concentrated. The works express a great necessity and concern to understand the reasons for having the largest incarceration system in the world, the disproportionate numbers of imprisonment, and the growth of prisons in this country.

This exhibition aims to form and galvanize an exchange of ideas about this highly complex and expanding subject matter – indeed, a number of recent exhibitions across the country have been dedicated to this topic. In preparing for this show, various online platforms became a valuable source of material and inspiration. It is imperative to highlight them here in order to continue raising awareness and furthering the dialogue.

Curated by Shlomit Dror

Apr 04 2016 - Apr 04 2017

The Ade Series: Ade Bunmi Gbadebo

This exhibition is located in Conklin Hall 3rd floor, 175 University Ave, Newark NJ


Opening reception Tuesday April 12 @ 6pm
324 Conklin Hall, 175 University Ave, Newark NJ
Free and open to everyone.

Ade Bunmi Gbadebo writes: “Historically, the dominant legacy of paint has not been inclusive of people who look like me, so I in return excluded paint from my practice. This decision to abandon paint forced me to adopt a material that was connected to my culture, history, and identity. This material was human Black hair. My material is my people. Not only is Black hair dripping with cultural and historical content, but also human hair is DNA, which makes it tangible information. I purposely do not solely address women’s issues within the Black hair community, such as the perm and weave epidemic, because the historical issues involving hair impact men as much as they do women. I aim for my work to be genderless, so that men too can see themselves in my work.

“Before the Atlantic slave trade, many African cultures believed that a person’s spirit resided in his or her hair because hair was the closest part of the body to God. ‘One of the first things slave traders did to their human cargo was shave their head…which to the African was tantamount to erasing one’s identity”’ (Tharps).

“Informed by this heritage, I enact very little manipulation into my material. Instead I organize the hair, letting the material speak for itself. I am more interested in manipulating and conducting small acts of vandalism to Western materials. In Black Gold, the hair does not share with the white canvas, instead it overwhelms it. In this piece I replace my paintbrush with a needle stabbing the canvas, and interjecting my own medium, establishing a new definition of  ‘a painting”’ In Dada I puncture ‘white walls’ and insert erect locks at heights that force the viewer to look up to Black hair, both physically and metaphorically. The hair invades not only the wall’s surface, but also the physical space.

“Ironically, my decision to let the hair speak for itself, has put my work in direct conversation with the very history I am trying to reject. I am in dialogue between my work and Abstract Expressionist, Minimalist, and color field painting, and I have embraced this reality. How the Abstract Expressionists used scale, the proportions of the rectangle, how they emphasized the viewer’s experience of the painting, are all devices I incorporate in my work.

“David Hammons is an artist I am influenced by, not only because he uses Black hair– but how he uses materials intrinsic to Black culture, and how he pushes the viewer to reconsider art with a big ‘A’. El Anatsui’s work has also been a major influence. That he takes a single item and proliferates it to produce majestic works is my analogous to taking a single strand of hair from one person and uniting that hair with thousands of other strands.

“I have to relinquish control in my process. I do not know from whom or what type of hair I will receive. I cannot force the hair to do what it will not. I have to listen and submit to the hair and allow it to speak and through this ongoing Ade Series I aim to have it speak to viewers through the canon of art.”

Ade Bunmi has been a featured artist in Glocally Newark’s website and has exhibited at Newark Open Doors, the Jacob Javits Center, and other venues in New York and New Jersey.  In addition to her artistic practice, she is involved in volunteer and activist work on subjects such as literacy, race, and inhumane conditions in prisons.

Curated by Adrienne Wheeler


This exhibition was made possible by funding from Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s Seed Grant Initiative.

Apr 04 2016 - Jul 29 2016

Curating the Future of Family & Community Health in Nicaragua

The International Leadership Exchange (ILE) takes a select group of Rutgers University-Newark students to Nicaragua each winter to be immersed in the cultural and local leadership of family and community health centers. This exhibition conveys the sustainable and reciprocated impact as the student leaders aimed to improve health conditions for mothers and children.

Nicaragua 2016

Jan 19 2016 - Jul 29 2016

“…We Say Fight Back!”

Photography exhibit by Julieta Salgado

Opening Reception Thursday, January 28, 5-7pm

“…We Say Fight Back!” is an on-going visual account of various social justice movements led by and for trans, gender non-conforming, two-spirit, and queer people of color in New York City.  This particular exhibit examines the intersections of immigration, policing, and people’s access to self-determination and freedom of movement from 2013-2015.

Julieta Salgado is a queer femme Latina artist & aspiring sociologist from Brooklyn, NY via Manabi, Ecuador.  She is a photographer, an occasional poet, a secret singer, and habitual insurgent.

Her visual work documents social justice movements in both Ecuador and the US, most recently focusing on trans and queer immigrants of color in NYC.  Through her self-portraiture, she also explores themes of queer sexuality, gender expression, femme identity, desire, depression, death, trauma, ancestry, coloniality, diaspora & creative tactics for destabilizing white power structures.

Picturing Justice: A Workshop on Photography for Political Change Monday, February 8, 230-350 p.m

Speakers: Julieta Salgado, photographer; Denise Lupita Romero, field organizer, Brandworkers International; Jijian Voronka, SSHRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Women’s and Gender Studies

Sponsored by Department of Political Science, FASN Cultural Programming Grant, Paul Robeson Galleries, LGBTQ and Diversity Resource Center, Global Urban Studies

Nov 09 2015 - Mar 29 2016

Rutgers University-Newark Students Engaging Rural Sustainability Projects

November 9, 2015 – March 29, 2016

The International Leadership Exchange (ILE) initiative to India allows students to critically explore various forms of grassroots community leadership within India with the intent of understanding how communities can effectively create sustainable initiatives that address their needs. This exhibition of pictures showcases the transformative journey of Rutgers University-Newark students as they strive to create global impact in India. Presented in partnership with the Paul Robeson Campus Center’s Office of Service Learning and Student Development.

Sep 01 2015 - Dec 24 2015

Subway Series 2012-Present: James Wilson

James Wilson, “10.4.2013”, 2013, pencil & colored pencil on paper, 9”x12”, courtesy of the artist.

September 1 – December 24, 2015

James Wilson’s ongoing “Subway Series” is composed of the artist’s observational drawings from life on Path and subway trains in and around Newark. In rapid lines, Wilson captures moments of privacy and solitude in public places. James Wilson is a born-and-raised Newark artist, a graduate of the city’s famed Arts High, and a fixture of the Newark skateboard and graffiti scenes. Wilson writes, “Through my art I hope to tell stories of whimsical irony, pensive despair, and playful joy. One theme present throughout my work is that of the dispossessed youth.” In addition to his art practice, which includes murals, drawings, paintings, and 3 dimensional works, Wilson is an art handler, artist educator, and mentor for local youth.

Includes the work of James Wilson.

Sep 01 2015 - Dec 24 2015

Pig Wars & Migration: Maria Lupo

Maria Lupo, “Pig Wars Series 1”, 2013, mixed media on Civil War battle maps, 25”x19”, courtesy of the artist.

September 1 – December 24, 2015

Maria Lupo’s work explores the personal, societal, and environmental impacts of war and migration. Both are driven by basic needs such as food, safety, and freedom, but can lead to tense societies where equality and peace seem hopeless. Lupo writes, “We are a global, world network and we are all held prisoner by the terror of war and its slaughter of the human spirit.” Maria Lupo is a nationally recognized artist, a Registered Art Therapist, and holds a second Masters in Counseling Psychology. Her work is included in many public and private collections.

Includes the work of Maria Lupo.

Sep 01 2015 - May 11 2016

Bloom: Patricia Arias-Reynolds & Sarah Lamont

Sarah Lamont, “Study 2, 2015”, acrylic paint and wood primer on canvas, 20”x16”, courtesy of the artist.

September 1, 2015 – May 11, 2016

The works in this exhibition celebrate and meditate on the burgeoning energies found in nature—visible and invisible, implied through interactions of color and gesture. Sarah Lamont drips, splatters, and pours her materials onto saturated canvases to arrive at color interactions reminiscent of those created by foam bath bombs on the surface of water. Patricia Arias-Reynolds’ work uses trees as a starting point to explore spirituality, nature, energy, and healing. Both artists, are recent graduates from Rutgers University-Newark’s Department of Arts, Culture & Media.

Includes the work of Patricia Arias-Reynolds and Sarah Lamont.

Sep 01 2015 - Jul 29 2016

I Might Be Next: Jerry Gant & Bryant Lebron


Jerry Gant,
Stephen McKenzie, & Jahmane West, “Hanging on the Truth” (detail), 2008-2015, metal and silkscreened textile, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist.

September 1, 2015 – July 29, 2016

In the midst of recent headlines about unarmed Black individuals killed by white police officers, Newark artists Jerry Gant and Bryant Lebron are investigating the Black experience with criminal justice in modern America. Historian and artist Nell Painter writes: “Solidarity has been our talisman, our key to sanity within an insane system of racial denigration… In these times, the weekly drumbeat of murder turns solidarity into an endlessly renewed grief, as a person is killed as each week goes by. We may be personally safe. But our solidarity connects us, week by week, to each murdered black person. ‘That could have been me,’ we feel, we say, each time another loses her or his life senselessly.”

Includes the work of Jerry Gant and Bryant Lebron.

This exhibition is accompanied by a didactic essay by Nell Painter.

Sep 01 2015 - Nov 05 2015

Exploring Global Leadership in Tanzania

September 1 – November 5, 2015

This exhibition features photographs from the Robeson International Leadership Exchange. This ten-day initiative based in Tanzania and Zanzibar, encourages students to engage models of leadership through a global lens. This partnership with Zanzibar University and our non-profit allies, prepares and challenges Rutgers students to cross boundaries of difference, gain cultural competency, and further their professional development. Presented in partnership with the Paul Robeson Campus Center’s Office of Service Learning and Student Development.


Sep 01 2015 - Dec 17 2015

The (Not So) Secret Life of Plants

Yeon Ji Yoo, “Exodus 1”, 2011, paper mache, wood, bottles, thread, plastic fauna, garbage bags, ink, glue, 52”x15”x38”, courtesy of the artist.

September 1 – December 17, 2015

Plants are the foundation on which most visible life on the planet exists. They are under stress, with diminishing natural environments and the very real possibility that many plants may become extinct even before humans are aware of their existence. This exhibition will explore the nature of plants and how humans interact with them, from the forest to the home.

Includes the work of Thea Clark, John Edmark, Dana Fritz, Jim Jacobs, Ming-Jer Kuo, Jessica Lagunas, Sam Metcalf, Lina Puerta, Lindsay M. Robbins, Linda Stillman, Adam Swart, Yeon Ji Yoo, and Rachel Yurkovich.

This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with contributions by Anonda Bell, Caren King Choi, Peter J. Cohen, Naomi Sachs, and Peter Singer.


Sep 01 2015 - Jul 19 2016

I Might Be Next: Jerry Gant & Bryant Lebron


See State of the Art NJ’s feature on “I Might Be Next”

In the midst of recent headlines about unarmed Black individuals killed by white police officers, Newark artists Jerry Gant and Bryant Lebron are investigating the Black experience with criminal justice in modern America.

Newark historian and artist Nell Painter writes:

Wonderful things about being black abound, from the physical to the cultural to the social. Blackness is beautiful in the body, the skin, the vigor that shows in muscle and sinew. (Let us here praise Serena Williams.) Beauty in the music and the poetry and the art. (Let us here praise 2Pac and Duke Ellington and Elizabeth Alexander and Kara Walker and Stanley Whitney.) And the beautifully almost un-American sense of solidarity.

I want to talk about solidarity, as Bryant Lebron depicts it, and solidarity as Jerry Gant depicts the sadness when it is missed.           

That sense of community—of solidarity, of being connected over time and space and even clashingly different experiences—distinguishes Americans of African descent from the mainstream loudly proclaiming its individualism, stony, self-reliant individualism. But we who have been so persistently lumped together, discriminated against, even beaten as embodiments of a group, have long embraced our group identity. Solidarity has been our talisman, our key to sanity within an insane system of racial denigration. Where would we be without our peers to reassure us that we were not insane? How to survive as an isolated individual, when individualism would condemn a single person to insanity. No, individualism does not serve us when we are mistreated as part of a group. Solidarity has saved the sanity of most of us, even though legions have fallen victim to racism’s insanity.

In these times, the weekly drumbeat of murder turns solidarity into an endlessly renewed grief, as a person is killed as each week goes by. We may be personally safe. But our solidarity connects us, week by week, to each murdered black person. “That could have been me,” we feel, we say, each time another loses her or his life senselessly. This cruelty stretches back farther than Bryant Lebron says. In my mid-twentieth-century generation, it was the vicious torture-murder-drowning of Emmett Till in 1955. Then it was the three young men in Freedom Summer of 1964. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense began in 1966 to combat anti-black police brutality. Each of the urban uprisings of the twentieth-century began with the fact or rumor of police brutality.  In each instance, we mourn the victims in racial solidarity and in the knowledge that it could have been me. It could have been me, walking down the street in a hoodie with Skittles in my hand. It could have been me avoiding the overgrown sidewalk. It could have been me in the dark stairway or in the street selling loose cigarettes. It even could have been me inviting the stranger into our prayer meeting. It could have been me changing lanes without signaling and smoking in my car. Yes. In solidarity, I know it could have been me.

Nell Painter, Newark, New Jersey, July 2015

Sep 10 2015 - May 15 2016

One Worm at a Time: Armisey Smith

This series of murals tells the story of a person of color navigating mental illness, working through the stigma and taking the journey through this disability to find balance, peace, and resilience.  Armisey Smith is a Newark-based illustrator, graphic designer, curator, and painter.

Armisey Smith writes:

An acknowledgement of my biological shortcomings has always been an undercurrent in my work.  Although I was trained as an illustrator, I spoke to issues related to race, gender, sexuality and now the mental and physical well-being of African-American women.  My latest body of work depicts the struggle between mind and body.  Art-making is a mechanism which speaks to my clinical depression and serves to illuminate/dispel stigmas related to clinical depression in women of color. Historically black women are labeled with the “Strong Black Woman” moniker; thereby irresponsibly undermining potential mental disorders. Embracing the “Strong Black Woman” mantle means vulnerability within social and familial circles.

I choose to expose the organic and chemical disjunction of the mind/body with individual amorphous shapes layered with paint and objects sealed in resin. These shapes obliquely resemble neural pathways, cell structures, organs and musculature; the components of which make us human yet fallible. The movement or sculptural relief of each individual piece further emphasizes the disconnection between mind and body.  Eventually, by physical movement of the pieces or the convergence of the mind’s eye, the re-association begins. 

Apr 30 2015 - May 14 2015

The 6: BFA Fine Arts Exhibition

April 30 – May 14, 2015

The Paul Robeson Galleries presents the works of six Bachelor of Fine Arts students. Each of these students chose to address a different concept in their work. With a range spanning the flow of energy to personal identity, this year’s graduating students aim to illuminate aspects of the world around us.

Includes the work of Patricia Arias-Reynolds, Austin Gilker, Zamar Khan, Sarah Lamont, Bryant Lebron, and Sasha Pratt.

Apr 09 2015 - Apr 23 2015

Define/Refine/Edify: BFA Graphic Design Exhibition

April 9-23, 2015

The Paul Robeson Galleries presents the collective work of 18 BFA graphic design students who have devoted their final semester to the edification of design solutions addressing local social issues. In line with our school’s mission to make Newark a better place, each student will reveal their process of experimentation, ideation, participatory interventions and data collection to contextualize their proposals in relation to their engagement with the public. Time, energy, dedication, and unbridled ambition, are all key components to this process. Includes the work of Roshni Asawla, Mariam Badie, Karen May Cunanan, Diana dos Santos, Mark Fournell, Elmer Gutierrez, Daniel Jamroz, Prudhvi Killada, Monika Kmita, Kristina Malinowski, Melissa Matos, Eric Ng, Ryan Saavedra, Sindy Sanchez, Johanna Sierra, Giovanny Verano, and Alyson Whitehead.

Feb 16 2015 - Jul 30 2015

Our Common Cause: Rutgers Newark Students Engaging Women’s Health in Nicaragua, Spring 2015

An exhibition of photographs documenting a seven-day International Service Learning and Leadership Exchange, in which Rutgers University-Newark students worked to improve health conditions for mothers and children in Managua, Nicaragua. Presented in partnership with the Paul Robeson Campus Center’s Office of Service Learning and Student Development.

Jan 20 2015 - Jul 30 2015

Clark Stoeckley: The United States Versus Private Chelsea Manning

Clark Stoeckley, “Providence Inquiry, February 28, 2013”, 2013, ink and colored pencil on paper, 8 ½”x12”, courtesy of the artist.

January 20 – July 30, 2015

Drawing and writing in real time from inside the courtroom, artist and WikiLeaks activist Clark Stoeckley here captures first-hand the extraordinary drama of The United States vs. Private Chelsea Manning, one of the most important and secretive trials in American history. This exhibit is based on the book The United States vs. Private Chelsea Manning: A Graphic Account from Inside the Courtroom (OR Books, 2014) by Clark Stoeckley.

Includes the work of Clark Stoeckley.

Jan 20 2015 - Jul 30 2015

Fertile Soil

Rosalind Nzinga Nichol, “American Family Tree,” 2011, mixed media, handmade paper embedded with antique textiles, thread, acrylic, 33”x48”, courtesy of the artist

You may write me down in history

With your bitter twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

-Maya Angelou

In 2014 the world lost two great female artists, Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee. Not only were they artists but also political and social activists. This exhibition, curated by Gladys Grauer, coincides with the Women in Media Film Festival and features four female New Jersey artists.

Includes the work of Yvette Lucas, Rosalind Nzinga Nichol, Sarah Petruziello, and Nette Forne Thomas.

Jan 20 2015 - Jul 30 2015

Healing Through Art: A Collaborative Exhibition

Trung Pham, “Crack i,” 2014, acrylic on paper, 5 ½”x7”, courtesy of the artist

This juried exhibition is a collaboration between the Healing Arts Program of Atlantic Health System and Paul Robeson Galleries of Rutgers University-Newark. To celebrate their shared vision for art and its engagement with the community, Healing Arts and Paul Robeson Galleries invited artists from the community and around the world to share their vision of the restorative effects of art. Many artists have experienced art-making as a healing tool to help them navigate through life’s physical and emotional difficulties and to improve their spirit and well-being.

Includes the work of Mini Arora, Sandra Deanda, Jane Dell, Chloë Feldman Emison, Rida Fatima, Michael S. Fenton, Kate Matthiesen, Trung Pham, Kathleen Rebek, Karen Starrett, Ellen Waldstein, Florence Weisz, and Jave Yoshimoto.

This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog.

Jan 20 2015 - Apr 01 2015

Empire of Dirt

Allison Cekala, “Untitled No. 3, Boston, MA,” 2013, archival inkjet print, framed, 19 ½”x29”,
courtesy of the artist

Dirt is a substance so common that it is known to all. It may be dust, soil, earth, clay, loam, grime, silt, filth, or mud. It is waste, excrement, rubbish, and bacteria. It is reviled and cherished, an enemy in the home or laboratory and a foundation for plant life and mighty buildings. Includes the work of Kim Abeles, Allison Cekala, Wim Delvoye, Alisha McCurdy, Laura Moriarty, Nancy Ori, Alexandre Orion, Dorene M. Quinn, Raquel Rabinovich, and Shelby Shadwell. This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with contributions by Katherine Ashenburg, Anonda Bell, Caren King Choi, William Bryant Logan, Vin Ryan, and Nükhet Varlick.

Sep 02 2014 - Jul 30 2015

Under/Over: Dahlia Elsayed

Dahlia Elsayed, “Under/Over” (installation detail), 2014, acrylic, 119”x138”, courtesy of the artist.

September 2, 2014 – July 30, 2015

Dahlia Elsayed writes, “The murals are all based around the idea of celebrating the brutalist architecture of the Newark Campus. The much-maligned architectural style features strong geometric shapes, repetition of modular elements, and raw materials. I wanted to use the physical experience of walking around the campus and viewing the buildings from multiple points—from eye level, from above and from below. So the painted shapes that appear on the walls are directly linked to those research navigations and echo the shapes of the buildings—the side view of the concrete awning on Boyden Hall, the thin windows in between concrete slabs of the Dana Library, the overhang of the roof of Smith Hall, etc.”

Dahlia Elsayed’s paintings and installations have been exhibited in group and solo shows in the United States, Poland, the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Italy, Armenia, and Egypt. Her work can be found in the collections of The Newark Museum, the US Department of State—Art in Embassies, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, The Jersey City Museum, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Noyes Museum of Art, Ritz Carlton Hotel NYC, and many more. Elsayed is currently an assistant professor of fine arts at CUNY LaGuardia Community College.

Includes the work of Dahlia Elsayed.

Sep 02 2014 - May 01 2015

Sojourn: Linda Hu & Krissia Thaiane

Krissia Thaiane, “Rope Piece #1” (detail), 2014, polyurethane rope, 63”x36”, courtesy of the artist.

September 2, 2014 – May 2015

Though vastly different in style and medium, both Linda Hu and Krissia Thaiane’s practices are marked by a meditative, progressive building-out from simplicity to complexity. These emerging artists are recent graduates from Rutgers University-Newark’s Department of Arts, Culture and Media.

The bulk of Linda Hu’s work consists of traditional pen and ink on paper. The black and white drawings expose a practice that is obsessive and precise, with complex detail rippling outward from a foundational framework. Krissia Thaiane writes, “My work explores the strength and frailty of the fabric of family and tradition through knitted industrial materials.” Each individual knot is magnified by the ponderousness of the materials and multiplied by the outsized act of knitting, drawing attention to the relationship between part and whole.

Includes the work of Linda Hu and Krissia Thaiane.

Feb 15 2014 - Jul 31 2015

Nelson Mandela Tribute Mural

Warcheerah Kilima, “Nelson Mandela Tribute Mural” detail, 2014, mixed media, 72 ½”x230”, Courtesy of the artist and the Robeson Campus Center.

February 15, 2014 – July 31, 2015

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who was the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. This tribute mural celebrates his achievements on the world stage, and his lifelong commitment to equality for all. This mural is presented in partnership with the Robeson Campus Center.

Includes the work of Warcheerah Kilima.

Jan 30 2014 - Jul 30 2014

Our Common Cause: Rutgers Newark Students Engaging Women’s Health in Nicaragua

January 30 – July 30, 2014

An exhibition of photographs documenting a six-day International Service Learning and Leadership Exchange, in which Rutgers-Newark students worked to improve health conditions for mothers and children in Managua, Nicaragua. Presented in partnership with the Paul Robeson Campus Center’s Office of Service Learning and Student Development.

Jan 21 2014 - Jul 30 2014

Salubrious Justice

Vivian McDuffie, “RED ROOTS II”, 1998, oil on canvas, 72”x54”, Courtesy of the artist.

January 21 – July 30, 2014

An exhibition of work by New Jersey artists, presented in conjunction with Women in Media – Newark’s 5th Annual Women’s History Month Film Festival, March 6-8, 2014, at the Robeson Campus Center.

Includes the work of Eleta Caldwell, Gladys Barker Grauer, Vivian MicDuffie, Bisa Washington, Florence Weisz, and Adrienne Wheeler.

Jan 21 2014 - Jul 30 2014

One Stitcher’s Stories: Commemorative Quilts by Gail Mitchell

Gail Mitchell, “Princeton the Color Purple” (detail), 2005, mixed media, 38.5”x39”, Courtesy of the artist.

January 21 – July 30, 2014

An exhibition of quilts by Gail Mitchell, documenting historical events and honoring the accomplishments of African American artists, authors, poets, academics, and politicians.

Includes the work of Gail Mitchell.

Jan 21 2014 - Apr 02 2014


Loren Munk, “Aesthetic Discomfort Chart”, 2005-2006, oil on linen, 54”x60”, Courtesy of the artist and Freight + Volume, New York.

January 21 – April 2, 2014

The need to convey data, statistics, and territory in a creative manner is a challenge embraced by artists who have used data abstractions—including maps, charts, and diagrams—as the basis for their work.

Includes the work of Manuel Acevedo, Alice Attie, Rob Carter, Dahlia Elsayed, Nick Lamia, Mark Lombardi, Loren Munk, John Jerome O’Connor, Nell Painter, Joseph Gerard Sabatino, and Fred Wilson.

This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with contributions by Anonda Bell, Caren King Choi, Stephen S. Hall, Hand Drawn Map Association & Kris Harzinski, Darin Jensen, and Peter Turchi.

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