The 6: BFA Fine Arts Exhibition On Display through May 14 at Paul Robeson Galleries

The 6: BFA Fine Arts Exhibition On Display through May 14 at Paul Robeson Galleries

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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.  Artists in this exhibition: Patricia Arias-Reynolds, Austin Gilker, Zamar Khan, Sarah Lamont, Bryant Lebron, and Sasha Pratt.


Healing Through Art: A Collaborative Exhibition, Orbit 1 Gallery
through July 30, 2015.
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.

Artists in this exhibition: 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.

Fertile Soil, Orbit 2 Gallery
through July 30, 2015

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.

Artists in this exhibition: Yvette Lucas, Rosalind Nzinga Nichol, Sarah Petruziello, Nette Forne Thomas

Sojourn: Linda Hu & Krissia Thaiane, U-Gallery
through 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.  The long periods of strenuous and meditative concentration, she writes, “provide the time and quiet for me to construct connections with people, ideas, environments.”

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.

Our Common Cause, Rutgers University – Newark Students Engaging Women’s Health in Nicaragua: Spring 2015; Pequod Deck Gallery
through July 30, 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

Clark Stoeckly: The United States Versus Private Chelsea Manning, Criminal Justice Gallery, Center for Law and Justice, 5th floor, 123 Washington St., Newark NJ
through 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.

In the course of the trial, Private Manning insists that her release of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs to WikiLeaks was an act of conscience, justified by the urgent need to reveal to the world the atrocities committed by the US military in the ostensible cause of freedom. At the prosecution table, military lawyers for the American government seek to set an example and discourage future whistleblowers by locking away Manning for decades, possibly the rest of her life.

Under/Over: Dahlia Elsayed, Messier Gallery, Robeson Campus Center, 3rd Floor
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. There are also references to the natural elements (day sky/night sky) but these too are presented in hard-edged forms, echoing the architectural shapes.  The three walls of the mural present three different readings of the sketches made during those walks. One is presented as a long panorama/scroll, another as a triptych, and the third as an unbound diagram. The title Under/Over relates to the different viewpoints when I was looking at the buildings and also to the formal elements and painting process of the murals.”

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

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


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Carla Capizzi, Senior Public Relations Specialist, telephone 973/353-5263, email,

Anonda Bell, Director & Curator, Paul Robeson Galleries, telephone 973,353-1609, email,