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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

Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark
Organized by Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Artists Kevin Blythe Sampson and Renée Stout will have a conversation about their artwork, the themes represented therein, and their processes.

Sampson’s work is currently on display at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, under the exhibition title Kevin Blythe Sampson: Black and Blue, which will be on view through January 27, 2019. The work presented incorporates mixed-media sculptures, drawings, a site-specific mural, and a recent series of porcelain sculptures responding to the Black Lives and Blue Lives Matter movements. Sampson’s work is also on display in the exhibition Olde Soul at PRG’s Box Gallery at Express Newark through February 23, 2019. This show presents a selection of rarely-seen drawings alongside early mixed-media sculptures and ephemera from Sampson’s studio.

Renée Stout is an American sculptor and contemporary artist known for assemblage artworks dealing with her personal history and African-American heritage. Born in Kansas, raised in Pittsburgh, and now living in Washington, D.C., she is strongly connected through her art to New Orleans, and has strong ties to these regions of the US. Her art reflects these connections with a thematic interest in African diasporic culture throughout the country.

David Antonio Cruz
Puerto Rican Pieta
2006
Oil on canvas
70 x 70 in. (177.8 x 177.8 cm)
Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York / Museum purchase through a gift from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation / acc.# 2015.7 / Artwork © David Antonio Cruz
Image courtesy of the artist

Monday, October 22, 2018 | 10:00am-11:30am
Main Gallery, Express Newark

David Antonio Cruz is a multidisciplinary, New York-based artist fusing painting, video, and performance to explore the invisibility and silencing of brown and black queer bodies. His work is currently on view in the exhibition, Mirror Mirror.

Anne-Karin Furunes
Of Faces X (Portraits of Archive Pictures)
2016
Acrylic on canvas, perforated
98 3/8 x 177 1/8 inches
Courtest of the artist

Friday, October 5, 2018 | 12:30pm-2pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

Contemporary Norwegian artist Anne-Karin Furunes is best known for hyper realistic portraits created through a rigorous process of perforating the surface of the canvas.

Peggie Miller
“Peggie Miller”
2009
Digital Print
11×17 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 4:00pm-6:00pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

With Mirror Mirror artist Peggie Miller, showcasing Butch identified models, designers and entertainers.

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.

Fabiola Jean-Louis, “Madame Beauvoir’s Painting,” 2016, photograph and paper shoes, 26 x 33 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 6-7:30pm
Main Gallery, 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. This conversation is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Dressed.

Lauren Silberman, “First Lady Tammy Dunmore,” 2016, archival pigment print, courtesy of the artist

Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 5-7 p.m.
Window Gallery, Express Newark

Join us on Thursday July 12th at 5 p.m. for the opening reception of Dressed. Dong Kyu Kim, Joseph Liatela, LaKela Brown, Lauren Silberman and Sneha Ganguly will speak about their work in the exhibition at 5:30 p.m.

About the Exhibtion | For centuries, the presentation of one’s physical appearance has intersected with opportunities to communicate a variety of messages—aesthetic as well as social, cultural, and political. Dressed showcases artists who use elements of fashion in their work to not only acknowledge traditional methods of representation, but to imagine contemporary and future narratives in relation to topics such as age, race, beauty, gender, sexuality, politics, and more.

Participating Artists: LaKela Brown, Dario Calmese, Sneha Ganguly, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Dong Kyu Kim, Joseph Liatela, Whitney Lynn, Lauren Silberman

From @genesisTRAMAINE on Instagram

Thursday, July 12, 2018
6-8pm | Room 417, Express Newark

PRG Artist in Residence Genesis Tramaine is a self-identified Black-Queer-Female-Bodied Urban Expressionist and Educator with a passion for creative justice through the arts. Through a mix of collage, acrylic and oil-based media, Tramaine’s portraits are layer upon layer of real moments and imagined metaphors. Preview Tramaine’s work on her Instagram account before you see what she’s working on in her studio!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 2:30-4pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

 

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh & Salamishah Tillet in conversation about issues of gender based harassment and the role of the arts to galvanize change, to educate, and to empower.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a Brooklyn-based artist, a 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30, and the creator of Stop Telling Women to Smile, an international street art series that tackles gender based street harassment.

Scholar, author, and activist Salamishah Tillet is co-creator, with her sister Scheherazade Tillet, of the documentary Story of a Rape Survivor and co-founder of A Long Walk Home, Inc, a Chicago-based national non-profit that uses art to educate and empower young people to end violence against girls and women.

Maria Veronica San Martin, “In Their Memory. Human Rights Violation in Chile. 1973-1990,” 2012, screen print on paper and ink, courtesy of the artist

April 18, 2018 | 2:30-4:30pm
Room 312, Express Newark

María Verónica San Martín discusses her work and leads participants in a hands-on art making activity inspired by the materials, methods, and perspectives of her practice. All skill levels welcome! María Verónica San Martín (b. 1981, Santiago, Chile) is an artist, graphic designer and printmaker living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work, In Their Memory. Human rights violation in Chile, 1973-1990 is a book of resistance that carries forward the protest begun by the families of the disappeared in Chile during the military dictatorship (1973-1990). This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mirror Mirror. Free and open to everyone, art materials and refreshments provided.

Still image from “Wanted” composite sketch session

April 16, 2018 | 11:30am-1pm
Room 312, Express Newark

Kevin Blythe Sampson is a sculptor, painter, muralist, and airbrush artist who is recognized for tackling difficult issues that concern him and his Newark, NJ neighbors. A retired police officer and composite sketch artist, Sampson is a mentor for local youth and an arts educator. He has been represented by Cavin-Morris Gallery since 1992. In this art-making workshop, Sampson will use as a starting point the project Wanted, in which Sampson collaborated with artist Dread Scott to address the criminalization of youth in America. All skill levels welcome! This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mirror Mirror. Free and open to everyone. Art materials and refreshments provided.

Image courtesy of Alaina Simone and Quiana Adams

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 2:30-3:30pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

 

David Antonio Cruz’s Green,howiwantyougreen is based on the last eleven poems, Sonnets of Dark Love, by the Spanish poet Garcia Lorca. The poems are fused with personal narratives and text from Lillian Hellman’s The Children Hours and Oscar Wilde by Leslie and Sewell Stokes, both written around the time of Lorca’s assassination. The multilingual performance clashes high art against queer slang, playing with language, music and double entendres particular to Latino and Black underground gay culture. The music is composed by Daniel de Jesus based on the last poems. Green,howiwantyougreen was developed during David Antonio Cruz’s residency at Project For Empty Space and LMCC. Green has been performed at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, The Whim Estate Plantation in St Croix, The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Leslie Lohman Museum, and Gateway Projects. The performance is altered for each location to address the history of the building and/or neighborhood. This performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mirror Mirror.

Ian Cofre, Jeanne Brasile, Jacqueline Mabey and Anonda Bell

Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 1-3pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

 

Curators Jeanne Brasile, Ian Cofre, and Jacqueline Mabey discuss their philosophies and practices, including insights on interacting with artists and the day-to-day life of a curator both within an institutional context and as independent practitioners. This event is presented as a part of Art Biz, a series of lectures and events intended to provide artists with skills necessary to negotiate their careers in the art world.  All programs are free of charge and open to the public.

Ceaphas Stubbs, “Unrequited Love/…Only Willing Participants…” 2015, archival inkjet print, courtesy of the artist

April 4, 2018 | 2:30-4:30pm
Room 312, Express Newark

Ceaphas Stubbs leads participants in a hands-on art making activity inspired by the materials, methods, and perspectives of his practice. All skill levels welcome! In his work, Ceaphas Stubbs explores black sexuality, nostalgia and pleasure through a queer lens. Working at the intersections of photography, sculpture, and painting, Stubbs work suggests the sometimes slippery relationship between expectation, perception and reality. This is presented in conjunction with Stubbs’ residency at the Paul Robeson Galleries and his forthcoming exhibition, Phantom Limb.

March 28, 2018 | 2:30-4:30pm
Room 312, Express Newark

Kevin Darmanie discusses his work and leads participants in a hands-on art making activity inspired by the materials, methods, and perspectives of his practice. All skill levels welcome! Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Darmanie lives and works in Newark, New Jersey. He has produced paintings, murals, installations, comic books, and works on paper. Darmanie’s watercolors originally incorporated tropes of graphic novels to re-examine Caribbean attitudes, social critique, and introspection. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mirror Mirror. Free and open to everyone. Art materials and refreshments provided.

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.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 | 10am-1pm
Lecture Hall, Express Newark

Combining two strategic planning tools from NYFA’s Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp program, NYFA staff wll provide practical advice to help you support your artistic practice and self-evaluate your strategies from a big picture perspective using SWOT Analysis to SMART Goal setting that provides practical advice for setting long and short term goals. The workshop will provide an opportunity to work in small groups/pairs and identify action steps for your arts career. Free and open to everyone. Light refreshments provided.

Part of Art Biz, a series of lectures and events intended to provide artists with skills necessary to negotiate their careers in the art world.

 

Saturday, March 3 | 2018, 2-5pm
Lecture Hall, Express Newark

The portfolio review session provides artists with an opportunity to get feedback on their work from industry professionals. Feedback may relate to aesthetics or general advice about career management. Reviewers include David Xu Borgonjon, Jasmin Hernandez, Roddy Schrock and Wendy Vogel. This event is part of Art Biz, a series of lectures and events intended to provide artists with skills necessary to negotiate their careers in the art world.

 

Riva Lehrer, “66 Degrees,” 2016, acrylic on wood panel, collection of Laura and Larry Gerber

March 1, 2018 | 5-pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

Riva Lehrer’s work focuses on issues of physical identity and the socially challenged body. She is best known for representations of people with impairments, and those whose sexuality or gender identity have long been stigmatized. In this talk, Lehrer examines the history of the visual representation of people with disabilities. This artist talk is presented as part of the exhibition, Mirror Mirror.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 5:30-7pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

 

A wine and cheese event including a tour and discussion of the exhibition Mirror Mirror, which utilizes the concept of portraiture to challenge dominant paradigms about gender, race, age, societal norms, technology, and beauty. Paul Robeson Galleries staff will speak informally from their own artistic, curatorial, and/or personal perspectives about artworks and themes in Mirror Mirror. This event is co-hosted by Bozzuto-Hahne & Co.

Speakers
Anonda Bell: PRG Director and Chief Curator; visual artist
Caren King Choi: PRG Associate Director of Programs; visual artist, writer, illustrator
Bryant Lebron: PRG Administrative Assistant; visual artist
Jacqueline Mabey: PRG Assistant Curator; independent curator, Haligonian, secret merperson
Kristen Owens: PRG Program Assistant; fashion lecturer
Joseph G. Sabatino: PRG Head Preparator; multidisciplinary visual artist

Sharon Louden

February 15, 2018 | 5:30-7pm
Room 312, Express Newark

 

This workshop led by Sharon Louden is designed to share information on how an artist can sustain their creative life including setting up goals, building an audience, reaching out to people to create opportunities and to work with people in the field. This event is part of Art Biz, a series of lectures and events intended to provide artists with skills necessary to negotiate their careers in the art world. All programs are free of charge and open to everyone.

Thursday February 8, 2018 |  5:30pm-7pm
Workshop 2 (Room 312), Express Newark

A panel discussion on grassroots arts organizations and the role of collaboration in creating accessible, democratic, and community-driven arts initiatives. Free and open to everyone, light refreshments provided.

Speakers
Lisa Conrad, Newark Print Shop
Evonne Davis, Gallery Aferro
Josh MacPhee, Justseeds & Interference Archive

Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 6:00-8:00PM
Main Gallery, Express Newark

An evening performance of passion, prose, music and an experience unlike any other as the legendary greats are celebrated in the exhibition Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 6pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

The decade from late 1969 to 1979 saw major shifts in the American social, political, cultural, and artistic landscape.  The turbulence of the previous decade carried over to the next and brought with it changes that had a great impact on the music we call jazz, the people who performed and curated it, and the listeners for whom it was a part of the soundtrack of their lives. Join us as we traverse the decade of recorded jazz with the exhibition Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50 as a physical and metaphorical backdrop. Afros, dashikis, denim jackets, and platform shoes welcome.

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 | 2:30-4:00PM
Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery, Rutgers University – Newark Campus 

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

Thursday November 9, 2017 | 6-8pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

 

Song’s Crossing, a performance by vocalist, songwriter and visual artist, Nadïne LaFond, will feature tunes both original and classic that celebrates the evolution of Jazz is inspired by and mixes African based call and response ring shouts, Blues, standards and beyond to share a musical bridge through history. This performance coincides with the exhibition Records at Play: Institute of Jazz Studies @50.

Featuring
Marcela Peñalva – guitar
Vel Johnson – alto sax
Calvin X. Jones – bass
Matthew Wade – piano
Justin Jones – tenor sax
Gerg Searvance – drums

October 15, 2017 | 1230pm-2pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

Caleb and Allison Rumley Quintet

Join us for a free, fun, family-friendly concert right in the middle of the exhibition Records at Play: Institute of Jazz Studies @50. This exhibition and concert gives audiences of all ages the chance to learn about jazz, improvisation, and musical collaboration.

Workshop 2 (Room 312) | 10am-3pm (drop-in)
Family Refresh Zone

A laid-back area for weary art-goers of all ages to cool their heels. Featuring art activity stations and light refreshments. Relax with a Jazz coloring book – featuring famous jazz musicians provided along with colored pencils and fine-tip markers. Or take part in You’re A Star! – create and decorate a “microphone” out of recycled materials. Take a polaroid photo of yourself striking a pose with your creation with props such as sunglasses and hats.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 1230-2pm
Room 312, Express Newark

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, while maintaining their core studio practice. This event is presented as a part of Art Biz, a series of lectures and events intended to provide artists with skills necessary to negotiate their careers in the art world.  All programs are free of charge and open to the public.

Speakers
Visual artist, arts advocate, and curator Jo-El Lopez
Arts administrator and professional artist, Armisey Smith
Curator and Co-Founder of Gateway Project Spaces, Jasmine Wahi

Mary Lou Williams, Decca Records studio, New York, 1940, Mary Lou Wiliams collection, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University Libraries

Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 6pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark, 3rd Floor

Join Elizabeth Surles, archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies, for a curated listening session featuring recordings by the female performers, composers, and arrangers highlighted in the exhibit Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50.  From Bessie Smith to Carla Bley, the evening will present a smorgasbord of women in jazz and include a wide variety of jazz styles.

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.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 6-8pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

Experience the First Lady of Song in sound and video touching on over 50 years in the career of the woman who, over 20 years after her death, remains the gold standard. Tad Hershorn of the Institute of Jazz Studies on the Rutgers-Newark campus, who photographed Fitzgerald extensively between 1971 and 1991, will provide an evening of songs and reminiscence of this great artist. This program is presented as a part of the exhibition,  Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50.

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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