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The Paul Robeson Galleries of Rutgers University in Newark have announced their spring 2012 schedule.  All galleries are open to the public free of charge. All dates and locations are subject to change; for updated information and additional events, visit  Paul Robeson Campus Center is wheelchair-accessible.


The Wicked Twins: Fame and Notoriety, Main Gallery – Jan. 17 – April 19, 2012, Reception Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 5 p.m -7 p.m. (Photo shown aboveSusan Anderson, "Ashley, Age 7, Nashville, Tennessee", 2008, Lightjet print on Fujiflex Supergloss mounted on Dibond, 33"x33", Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Painter, Inc.)

The United States has been described as having a fame hungry culture, which has been fuelled in recent years by the plethora of communication devices, social networking sites which facilitate the dispersal of information in real time, and a slew of reality programming on both television and the internet.  This exhibition will focus on the work of artists who address  ideas about fame and infamy, celebrity culture, current idols, imitation of celebrities, and attempts to secure at least 15 minutes in the spotlight. 

Artists in this exhibition: Susan ANDERSON, Emily Bennett BECK, Meredith DANLUCK, Richard DREW, Daniel EDWARDS, James HORNER, Christa MAIWALD, Polixeni PAPAPETROU, Tom SANFORD, Mark STOCKTON, Beth WHITNEY. 



As I See It: Julie Dermansky Documents a World of Changes,  Orbit 1 Gallery, Jan. 26 – July 25, 2012

Multi-media artist Julie Dermansky travels the world, photographing stories of social, environmental, and political change. ”For me the connection between changing politics and global warming is easy to explain-as the world’s climate changes and economic conditions become more dire, protest/revolution will follow. Governments are run by and for the one percent,” Dermansky says, but “the 99 is rising up.”

Dermansky is an Affiliate Scholar at Rutgers’ Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights whose work has been published internationally by clients including The Washington Post, The Guardian, Essence Magazine, Fund for Armenian Relief, and The Times of London and has her own column on the Atlantic’s website.  Her work has been exhibited in galleries across the USA and Europe.


Life After Incarceration: Long Shot or Picture Perfect?   Orbit 2 Gallery, Jan. 17 – July 25, 2012  

Funded by the National Institute on Mental Health through the Center on Behavioral Health Services & Criminal Justice Research, the research project “Living Re-entry from Inside the Community” was led by Liliane Windsor, Ph.D., MSW and Nancy Wolff, Ph.D. to seek to understand the lived experience of individuals transitioning from incarceration into communities in Newark.  Ten individuals with a history of incarceration were recruited to participate in the study.  Each participant received a digital camera and was asked to take photographs to depict his or her experiences with re-entry.  Photographs were to depict the challenges of re-entry, resources available in Newark to aid in the transition, and potential solutions to the challenges.  Participants reviewed one another’s photos and discussed their experiences in a focus group.

The paintings were commissioned as part of the project, to depict some of the major challenges and obstacles that individuals from disadvantaged communities may face in the struggle to function successfully in society.


The Grand Conversationalist: Jacques Bredy  Pequod Deck Gallery, Jan. 17, 2011 – July 25, 2012  

 Newark artist Jacques Bredy employs traditional methods to create his artwork, which he calls “honest, obsessive, arduous, and liberating.”  He continues, “Subtlety of texture, the sensitive characterstic of line, the fluid aspects of gesture, form and tonality are integral to the process.”


The Nova Gallery

The Nova Gallery features a display of works by participants in Paul Robeson Galleries’ outreach and education programs. 


Gallery Website

For additional information please contact:

Carla Capizzi, Senior Public Relations Specialist, 973 353 5263; e-mail

Anonda Bell, Director & Curator, Paul Robeson Galleries, 973 353 1609, e-mail

The Paul Robeson Galleries’ programs are supported, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations. We are also supported by the Robeson Campus Center, the Office of the Chancellor and the Cultural Programming Committee, Rutgers-Newark.