Rutgers University-Newark’s Influence on Local Arts Scene Is Reflected in Gateway Project Gallery and Its Opening Exhibition, “Color Polemics"

Rutgers University-Newark’s Influence on Local Arts Scene Is Reflected in Gateway Project Gallery and Its Opening Exhibition, “Color Polemics"

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For decades the visual and performing arts have flourished at Rutgers University-Newark, and the planned opening of Express Newark arts collaboration next year will further anchor RU-N as a catalyst of culture in its home city. But sooner than that – April 30, to be exact – the expanded Gateway Project Gallery will open, and it will further leverage the assets of RU-N in partnership with other anchors of the arts in Newark.

Gateway Project co-director Rebecca Jampol is a product of RU-N’s Arts, Culture and Media Department who earned her degree from RU-N’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2013.  Moreover, an RU-N professor is one of the artists in the opening show, “Color Polemics: Unpacking the Movement Towards Racial Equality and Identity in America.”  That same professor, Nick Kline, along with students in one of his RU-N classes, also will spearhead a second major exhibition at the gallery. “Glassbook Project: Provisions,” will be on display  June 4-Aug. 14, featuring books made from glass, books based on oral histories from RU-N’s Krueger-Scott African American Oral History Collection (  Details on the Glassbook exhibition will be forthcoming.

 “We are thrilled to be expanding opportunities for artists and creative businesses not only at a local level, but by opening more doors with connections nationally and internationally as well,” said Jampol, co-director with Jasmine Wahi.

Since graduating from RU-N, Jampol has become a Newark-based arts educator, gallery director and independent curator with deep involvement in the city’s arts scene.  She is a driving force in a myriad of cultural and educational initiatives in the city, including Jajo Gallery, Glocally Newark, The 239 Collective, the Halsey St. initiative, the Rutgers Future Scholars “I Am” Program, and NeWWalls Newark Public Art Conference.

Jampol also is founder and current director of the alternative gallery space and artist studio residence at Solo(s) Project House (SPH) and NYC space, R.Jampol Project(s). 

“The Gateway Project gallery is an important addition to the arts scene in Newark, co-founded and co-directed by RU-N alumna Rebecca Jampol, an uncannily energetic and increasingly influential gallerist,” noted Peter Englot, RU-N’s senior vice chancellor for public affairs and chief of staff.  “The multiple intersections of this opening at the Gateway with RU-N reflect the university’s contributions as an anchor institution in Newark that is making a concerted and sustained effort to leverage the arts and culture to increase Newark’s vitality.  There is no question that Newark is a city of the arts and New Jersey’s cultural capital.  We need to leverage that aspect of our identity not only in the cultural sector, but in education, economic development, and community capacity building.”

The Gateway Project Expansion will usher in a vast growth in programs and opportunities for multidisciplinary artists. The new facility will span over three floors in the Gateway Two Center, adjacent to Newark’s Penn Station. The Gateway Project will offer affordable studios to artists and cultural practitioners.  The Gateway Project is also cultivating bi-monthly open studio events, and a program for artists to interface with visiting critics, curators, and collectors.

About The Gateway Project
The Gateway Project began in 2012 as a series of pop up art exhibitions that were activated intermittently throughout the Gateway Center. The Gateway Project’s mission is to enliven the community through interactive and stimulating art exhibitions. The gallery space rotates exhibitions every six weeks, providing participation opportunities to regional, national and international curators and artists. Gallery exhibitions are open to the public, Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.