2021 Artist in Residence

Open Call for New Jersey Artists

The Paul Robeson Galleries (PRG) is pleased to announce the open call of our 6th Artist in Residence (AiR) opportunity at the initiative known as Express Newark (EN), located in the former Hahne Department Store. This program is dedicated to visual artists in New Jersey in need of studio space. Visual arts are defined in the broadest sense.

Please note that the following are ineligible to apply:

  • Full- or part-time Rutgers staff and faculty and their immediate families. “Immediate family” is defined by the following relationships: child, parent, sibling, spouse.
  • Currently enrolled students of any institution
  • Individuals who have been enrolled at Rutgers University within the last four years
  • Previous Paul Robeson Galleries Artists in Residence

About the Residency

This residency will include a studio space in the Hahne Building (54 Halsey Street, Newark) and an exhibition at the end of the residency. The artist will also be provided a $1,000 stipend. The residency will occur from the week of November 15, 2021 to August 31, 2022.  During the residency, the artist will be expected to participate in the life of EN through hosting at least one open studio, participating in one critique of student work and at least one public program (for example, an artist talk), and attending at least two additional public programs and/or exhibition receptions as an active presence in the PRG community.  The artist will be expected to be in their studio at least 20 hours per week. The artist must also be available for about 5 hours of studio visits with groups organized through the PRG education program during their residency.


October 28, 2021
Applications accepted until 11:59 p.m.

Week of November 1, 2021
Notification of results

Week of November 15, 2021
Move into studio

End of August 2022
Installation of exhibition

September 1, 2022
Exhibition opens

September 2, 2022
Move out of studio

March 2023
Exhibition closes

Selection Process

Selection criteria include an assessment of prior practice and determination about the potential impact of the program on the individual’s artistic practice. This year’s artist in residence will be selected by Ifeanyi Awachie. Ifeanyi is an Atlanta-raised Igbo writer and curator based between New York and London. She has a B.A. in English and creative writing from Yale University and an M.A. in Global Creative and Cultural Industries from SOAS University of London. Ifeanyi is Founder, Director, and Chief Curator of AFRICA SALON UK, a global contemporary African arts festival. She is also Co-Creative Director of FUNCTION. Ifeanyi’s curatorial and creative work is shaped by her interest in representing interdisciplinary, contemporary, and celebratory images of Africa and the diaspora; pleasure politics; Black quiet and interiority; notions of luxury as a diasporic space; and everyday Black life. Ifeanyi has worked as Assistant Curator at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts and is currently a PhD candidate in Cinema Studies and a Corrigan Fellow at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

How to Apply

Submit Your Application Online

To apply, you will need: a current artist CV; an artist statement (250 words max); a statement on your goal for the residency (250 words max); up to 8 samples of work; and an image list with artwork details.

Please do not phone or email about the status of your application.  The PRG will advise of the outcome in due course. Please do not send any additional material, as it will not be considered.