(NEWARK, NJ) -- The Paul Robeson Galleries (PRG) recently announced the open call of their 6th Artist in Residence (AiR) opportunity at the initiative known as Express Newark (EN), located in the former Hahne Department Store. This program is dedicated to visual artists in New Jersey. Visual arts are defined in the broadest sense. Applications will be accepted until October 28th at midnight.
This residency will include a studio space in the Hahne Building (54 Halsey Street, Newark), an exhibition at the end of the residency and a $1,00 stipend. The residency will occur from the week of November 15, 2021 to August 31, 2022. 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 20 hours per week. The artist must also be available for about 5 hours of studio visits with groups organized through the PRG education program during their residency.
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 students of any institution; Individuals who have been enrolled at Rutgers University within the last four years; and previous Paul Robeson Galleries Artists in Residence.
You can apply online here until October 28, 2021 at 11:59pm. Notification of results will take place the week of November 1. During the week of November 15, artists will move into studio. At the end of August 2022, the exhibition will be installed. The exhibition will open on September 1st and run to March 2022. Artist will move out of the studio on September 2, 2022.
To apply, you will need: a current artist CV; an artist statement (250 words max); a statement on your goal for the residency (250 words max); up to 8 samples of work; and an image list with artwork details. Please do not phone or email about the status of your application. The PRG will advise of the outcome in due course. Please do not send any additional material, as it will not be considered.
This year’s artist in residence will be selected by Ifeanyi Awachie. Ifeanyi is an Atlanta-raised Igbo writer and curator based between New York and London. She has a B.A. in English and creative writing from Yale University and an M.A. in Global Creative and Cultural Industries from SOAS University of London. Ifeanyi is Founder, Director, and Chief Curator of AFRICA SALON UK, a global contemporary African arts festival. She is also Co-Creative Director of FUNCTION. Ifeanyi’s curatorial and creative work is shaped by her interest in representing interdisciplinary, contemporary, and celebratory images of Africa and the diaspora; pleasure politics; Black quiet and interiority; notions of luxury as a diasporic space; and everyday Black life. Ifeanyi has worked as Assistant Curator at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts and is currently a PhD candidate in Cinema Studies and a Corrigan Fellow at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Paul Robeston Galleries is located at Express Newark, Rutgers University - Newark (54 Halsey Street, Room 305) in Newark, New Jersey. Established in 1979, the Paul Robeson Galleries’ mission and programming embody Paul Robeson’s life-long commitment to unfettered artistic freedom, cultural democracy, and transnationalism.
The Paul Robeson Galleries is dedicated to presenting art and cultural artifacts as well as educational and public programming in the spirit of the diverse metropolitan context of Rutgers University – Newark. This mission is carried out in the presentation of visual arts exhibitions, gallery education, and public programs, in a network of exhibition spaces across the Rutgers University – Newark campus and Express Newark. The Paul Robeson Galleries works collaboratively with individuals and organizations to achieve this mission.
Image: German Pitre, Detail of Disambiguation, 2018. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.