2020 Artist In Residence

Open Call for New Jersey Artists

The Paul Robeson Galleries (PRG) is pleased to announce the open call of our 5th 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. 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 six-month 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 $1,300 stipend. The residency will occur from March 2, 2020 to September 2, 2020.  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 50 hours per month. The artist must also be available for about 5 hours of studio visits with groups organized through the PRG education program during their residency.  The artist will be a member of the selection committee for the following AiR.


December 31, 2019
Applications accepted until 11:59 p.m.

Week of January 27, 2020
Notification of results

March 2, 2020
Move into studio

End of August 2020
Installation of exhibition

September 1, 2020
Exhibition opens

September 2, 2020
Move out of studio

March 2021
Exhibition closes

Selection Process

A panel of arts professionals and artists will review applications and select the AiR.  Selection criteria include an assessment of prior practice and determination about the potential impact of the program on the individual’s artistic practice. 

How to Apply

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.