Newark Art and Artists: Prints, Photographs, and Other Works on Paper from the Special Collections of the Newark Public Library

Newark Art and Artists is co–curated by Jared Ash, Special Collections Division, and Matthew Gosser, College of Architecture and Design, NJIT. Newark Art and Artists is a two–part exhibition of prints, photographs, books, and other works on paper, that either have Newark as their subject, or are created by artists who have lived, studied, worked, or were born in Newark. The exhibition includes works created between 1800 and 2012, and is drawn entirely from the holdings of the Special Collections Division of the Newark Public Library.

Part I of the exhibition, opening October 3, includes works from the 19th and 20th centuries, by artists who are now deceased. Featured artists include: Enid Bell, George Bradshaw, Minna Citron, Robert Conover, Stuart Davis, Ralph Fabri, Henry Gasser, Bernard Gussow, Jorgen Jorgensen, Adolf Konrad, Michael Lenson, Peter McCord, and Luigi Rist, among others. Part 2 of the exhibition, which opens on January 23, 2013 and runs through May 25, 2013, will feature works by a wide range of contemporary, living Newark artists of multiple generations, from internationally renowned, to newly emerging.
Wednesday, October 3, 6:00–8:00pm
Main Library, Centennial Hall
5 Washington St.
Opening reception and kick off for a year–long celebration of “Newark Art and Artists at the Newark Public Library.” Featuring an informational overview of art–related events, initiatives , and resources for Newark artists at NPL, and remarks by the curators about the exhibition.

Peter B. McCord (American, c.1870–1908).
Snake Hill Seen from under West Approach of Plank Road Bridge [Newark], c.1905.
Watercolor and ink. Gift of the artist.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Library will be hosting a series of related programs and events at the Library, including: free portfolio reviews by outside curators and other art professionals; art resource fairs with information about opportunities to show art, see art, sell art, and make art in Newark; artists’ talks; film screenings; and panel discussions.

To receive email notifications of program updates and announcements as they are posted, please email with subject line “Art at NPL.”
Art Portfolio Review and Resource Fair
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 1:00–4:00pm
Centennial Hall, Main Library

Organized by NPL’s Special Collections and Reference Divisions, to provide art organizations an opportunity to educate visitors about places to show art, see art, sell art, and make art in Newark. Curators and other art professionals will also be providing free portfolio reviews for Newark Library cardholders. As portfolio review slots are limited, interested artists are advised to reserve a time slot in advance by calling (973) 733–7745, or emailing

Artists, art–lovers, parents and educators are encouraged to visit the fair and learn about the rich offerings of Newark’s galleries, educational art centers, public libraries, and other art organizations and initiatives, including:

• ArtBound
• City Without Walls
• GlassRoots
• The Newark School of the Arts
• The Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers-Newark
• Reference Center, The Newark Public Library
• Special Collections Division, The Newark Public Library
• Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center

Art and Artist Resources

The Reference Center at the Library maintains a guide to online resources and internet links related to art broken down into several categories including art history, image collections, opportunities for artists, photography, prints, and sculpture. The guide is available at:
Funding for the exhibitions, portfolio reviews, and resource fairs has been provided in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Adolf F. Konrad (American, 1915–2003).
Quartet, 1953.
Exhibits and exhibit–related programs are free and open to the general public during regular library hours, Monday through Saturday. Group visits and tours of the exhibition are available by arrangement. For additional information, please visit, or contact the Special Collections Division through email at, or by calling (973)–733–7745.