Artist Jerry Gant, photographed by Colleen Gutwein
Associated Public Programs
The Paul Robeson Galleries 40th Anniversary celebration will dedicate a solo exhibition to the life and work of Newark Artist, Jerry Gant titled, Bulletproof Ambition: Remembering Jerry Gant. For Jerry Gant, life and art were inextricably linked. His compulsive creativity was without boundaries, imbuing all aspects of his existence. Through his nuanced and bountiful output, he strived to create a legacy which has transcended his life and exists today through his artwork, and the impact he had on the lives of others.
Gant was a ﬁxture on the local arts and culture scene for almost four decades. His long list of accomplishments spans the literary, performing and visual arts with numerous performances, solo projects, and group exhibitions. Gant was a multi-disciplined visual ﬁne artist, arts educator, mentor, and activist. He created work which reﬂected many of the particulars of his own life as a black male growing up in Newark and was motivated by a profound and genuine desire to truly know and understand the human condition.