B-Boys and Butterflies: The Stencil Art of Jerry Gant

B-Boys and Butterflies:
The Stencil Art of
Jerry Gant

An exhibition of original stencils
and stenciled images on cloth.

Jerry Gant, Artist Jerry Gant, Artist, cut paper stencil.

On view
Nov. 4, 2011 – Jan. 28, 2012

Main Library
Fourth Floor Gallery





Jerry Gant
Jerry Gant

B-Boys and Butterflies: The Stencil Art of Jerry Gant features a collection of original stencils created by the artist between 2001 and 2011, and spray-painted images on cloth created from them specifically for the present exhibition. While Gant’s art has been shown extensively in galleries, museums, and other institutions, the present exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on his stencil work.

Jerry Gant, Buttaflya
Jerry Gant, Buttaflya, cut paper stencil.

To many Newark residents and visitors, the art of Jerry Gant may be more familiar than his name. A master of many media, from textile and clothing design, to metal sculpture, woodcarving, wall murals, and even spoken word, Gant has been a fixture of the Newark Art Scene for decades. In the words of fellow artist, Kevin Blythe Sampson: “If Newark were to look for an artist that most represents it, it would be Jerry Gant. […] No artist in this city has had a more visible presence or impact on the people of Newark.”

B-Boys and Butterflies is a collaborative project between Jerry Gant and Jared Ash, Special Collections Division. It is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, For Decoration and Agitation: An Exhibition of Stencil and Pochoir Books and Art, which is on view in the Third Floor Gallery, Main Library, from November 16, 2011 through January 21, 2012.

Jerry Gant, lamps
Lamps featuring stencil images by Jerry Gant. These and other works by Gant will be available for puchase at the program on December 14.


• An Evening with Jerry Gant
Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 6:00-8:00pm
Main Library, Centennial Hall
Presented by the Friends of the Newark Public Library

6:30pm: Screening of the documentary, Bulletproof Ambition: the Art and Courage of Jerry Gant by Jerry Gant and Timothy Brown (Brown70Films, 2009, 29 min), followed by a discussion with the artist.

Original and unique works of art, objects, and jewelry designed by Jerry Gant will be available for viewing and purchase before and after the screening.

RSVP appreciated: 973-733-7793

• Stencil Workshop for All Ages with Jerry Gant and Friends
Saturday, December 17, 2011, 1:00-4:00pm
Main Library, Auditorium

Whether you’re a stencil master, or a first-timer, this event is sure to delight! Why spend time and money shopping for holiday cards when you can make your own with us? Step up your protest sign-making game, or re-awaken your slumbering creativity. Drop in anytime between 1:00-4:00pm. All materials provided, and it’s completely free! And you get to hang with Jerry Gant: who could ask for more?

All programs are free & open to the general public. For additional information about the exhibition or programs, please call 973-733-7745 (Special Collections Division), or email jash@npl.org.