This Semester, Art Exhibitions Bloom at Rutgers University-Newark

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Image: The Undesirables - Catherine Chalmers, "Pile of Legs" (detail), 2003, resin, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist

The launch of the spring semester brings the launch of 2016's first exhibitions atThe Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University-Newark.  The galleries, in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, are open to the public free of charge. The campus center galleries -- the main gallery, Orbit 1 and Orbit 2 galleries, and the Pequod Deck -- are at 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark; for gallery hours please go to

Here are the spring exhibitions:

The Undesirables
Main Gallery – January 19 – March 23, 2016; Reception Thursday, January 28, 2016 5pm-7pm

It is a reality that we all share our homes with others—people and pets, but also a large number of creatures that have taken up residence without invitation, such as mice, cockroaches, spiders, flies, and so on.  This exhibition features work by artists considering our relationship to these creatures with which we commonly (and often reluctantly) cohabit in urban and suburban environments. Artists in this exhibition: Hetty Baiz, Catherine Chalmers, Cara DeAngelis, Adam Farcus, Emily Fleisher, Lorrie Fredette, Asha Ganpat, Kate Kern, Melinda Merinsky, Antonella Piemontese, and Mary Sweeney

“…We Say Fight Back!” Julieta Salgado
Orbit 1 Gallery, January 19 – July 29, 2016; Reception Thursday, January 28, 2016 5pm-7pm

“…We Say Fight Back!” is an ongoing 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 to 2015.

Women Like Jazz
Orbit 2 Gallery, January 19 – July 29, 2016; Reception Thursday, January 28, 2016 5pm-7pm

“Like jazz, women are smooth, soulful and swinging; they are masters of improvisation and they sing the blues. As is jazz, women are ragtime, bebop, and cool. Women are jazz musicians and have jazz bands.”

Curated by Gladys Barker Grauer and presented in conjunction with Women in Media-Newark’s 7th Annual Women’s History Month Film Festival.  Artists in this exhibition: Cathleen McCoy Bristol, Bisa Butler, Evelyn Graves, Grace Graupe Pillard, Donna Conklin King, Toni Thomas

Rutgers University-Newark Students Engaging Rural Sustainability Projects
Pequod Deck Gallery, 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.

Images are available for media use; please contact Caren King Choi, Gallery Manager & Education Coordinator, 973 353 1625,



For additional information please contact:

Carla Capizzi, Senior Public Relations Specialist, Telephone 973 353 x17, Email
Anonda Bell, Director & Curator, Paul Robeson Galleries, Telephone 973 353 1609, Email

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, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and by private donations.  We are also supported by the Robeson Campus Center, the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, and the Cultural Programming Committee, Rutgers University-Newark.