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NJSCA Citations of Excellence 1998-2000, 2001-2003, 2007-2009

NEW JERSEY STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

JUNE 13 - JULY 27, 2013

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AN URBAN GALLERY for EMERGING ART

Funded in part by the Prudential and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundations, the City of Newark, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and through the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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ArtReach XXI + NEWARK NEW MEDIA

city CITY WITHOUT WALLS GALLERY 6 Crawford Street, Newark, NJ 07102


*Artists

Patrons American Recovery and Reinvestment Act The Children’s Hospital of NJ at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center City of Newark Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Groundswell Community Mural Project Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Kessler Foundation La Casa de Don Pedro Metal Management Montgomery Street Urban Renewal Northeast, Inc. New Jersey Cultural Trust NJ State Council on the Arts Prudential Foundation Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway

Benefactors

BENEFACTORS (Indiv.)

SPONSORS Lanette Beatty, Upper Saddle River Joaquin Matias, Newark Vickie J. Snoy, Keyport

CONTRIBUTORS Sonia Andrade, Union City

Sustainers Jennifer Anderson, Monmouth Beach Caridad Aquilante, Little Falls Patricia Belfanti, New York Eva Bouzard-Hui, W. Caldwell Suzanne Burnette, W. Orange Michelle Butler, Florham Park Jean Ray Campbell, South Orange Victor Davson, Newark Larry Dell, Maplewood Eileen Della Volle, Brick Mark S. Desveaux, Hoboken Samuel G. Forlenza, Rutherford Continued: Inside Back Cover

Supporters

The Benny Andrews Foundation The Centre Daryl Cormier Crawford Street Partners FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development Marion Farina George Ulanet Company Ironbound Community Corporation Jerry’s Artist Outlet Hiroshi Kumagai La Casa de Don Pedro Lowenstein Sandler PC

Jersey City

Nene Humphrey, Brooklyn Ben Jones, Jersey City Pat Kettenring, Summit Ben Ko, Brooklyn Connie Kocur, West Orange Gregory Lamorte, Florham Park Milton Medina, Newark Evelyn Murphy, Bradley Beach Susan Napack, South Orange Alyson Nash Linwood Oglesby, Maplewood Mary Puryear, East Orange Gregory Ratcliff, Kearny Michael Rees, North Bergen Allen and Bonnie Shefts, West Orange Colleen Thornton, Alexandria Joe Waks, Bayonne Joseph Waks, Caldwell Jacqueline Wickenheisser, Avon By The Sea

Friends

Judith Brodsky, New Brunswick Stephen Burns, Maplewood Keith Green, Newark Dennis Hull, Secaucus

Milagros Collazo, Newark Crawford Street Partners Benjamin J. Dineen, Greater Newark Secaucus Conservancy Dan Frohwirth, Jersey City Ironbound Community Ian Fuller, Ozone Park Corporation Lois Goldman, Weehawken Newark Public Schools Anne Hartnett, South Orange Madeleine Kurtz, S. Orange Partnership in Eve Levy, Maplewood Philanthropy Vivian McDuffie, West Orange Pearson Education Isimeme Omogbai, Newark PSE&G Amanda Van Hoesen,

IN-KIND

supporters

Continued from Inside Front Cover

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Paul Belfanti* Milagros Collazo Larry Dell* Benjamin J. Dineen Nunzio G. Esposito Ian S. Fuller Ann Hartnett Eve A. Levy Leslie R. Peters Vinayak Viswanathan Joseph A. Waks* Michael Wyetzner*

NJ Department of Transportation New Jersey Devils Newark Arts Council NJ Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Nonprofit Finance Fund Partnership in Philanthropy Pro Bono Partnership Prudential Center Rock Entertainment Management Spotlight on Girls Television & New Media Consortium Andrew Teheran Mike Tynio United Community Corporation Westside Park Community Center Urban League of Essex County Verona Industrial & Building Supply Company Yendor Productions

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Trustees

vanOs, West Orange Marcus Aviles, Newark Gwendolyn Barnes, West Orange Paul Belfanti, Warwick Alan Bigelow, Buffalo Ernest Bigelow Annie Chen, Sparta Imran Chowdhury, New York Bernice A. Conic, Newark Gina Cowins, Newark Michael Davis Nunzio Esposito, Wallington Tracey Femiano, Medford Mary Flahive, Rumson Anthony Johnson, New York Olabisi Kuye, Teaneck Robert Lobe, Long Island City William R. Mikesell, A.I.A., Newark Owen Mitchell Donald Moore, West Orange Jennifer Morris, Hoboken Jeremy Moss, Maplewood Marshall Okin, West Orange Caren F. Olmsted, Basking Ridge Leslie Peters, Newark Jeffrey Powell, Elmwood Park Joan Reutershan, Brooklyn Gail Rothschild, Brooklyn Ellen Sawicki, Wayne David Shaughnessy, Fords Roger Tucker III, Bradley Beach Vinayak Viswanathan, L.I.C. Bill Westheimer, West Orange Brenda Young

Members Kenneth Agnello, Suffern Happiness Akaniro, Wyckoff Nissreen Almazouni, Wanaque Katelynn Altgilbers, Bordentown Timothy Applebee Aliza Augustine, West New York Marianne Barcellona, New York Josephine Barreiro, Springfield Aileen Bassis, Jersey City Cyn Bird, Emerson Vicki Blodnick, Hopatcong Barbara Brady, Jenkintown Timothy Brown, Newark Phillip Buehler, New York Cortney Burke, Phillipsburg Imran Chowdhury, New York Deborah Christmas, Newark RitaMarie Cimini, Caldwell Rachel Citrino, Philadelphia Santiago Cohen, Hoboken Nicholas Colbert, Waldwick Lisa Conrad, Newark Giselle Cuevas, Pequannock

Dennis Dalelio, Highland Lakes Liz Demaree, South Orange Kate Dowd, Newark Kathryn Eddy, Montclair Rodolfo Eduards, New York Diane Englander Andrea Epstein, Berkeley Heights John Erianne, Essex Fells Maggie Fehr, Princeton Dan Fenelon, Madison Leslie Ford, Montclair Mikel Frank, Maplewood Jonathan French, Washington Karen Friedland, Brooklyn Ritika Gandhi, Wayne Andrea Geller, Paramus Andrew Gilfillan, Bloomfield Steve Green, Newark Susan Greenspan, Suffern James Hamilton, West Orange Yoon Chung Han, El Cerrito Stan Harris, Wayne Alice Harrison, Morristown Ted Hayward, Chiayi County, Chiayi Jeanne Heifetz, Brooklyn Allison Hugh, South Orange Patricia Huizing, Flemington MLJ Johnson, Jersey City Arlene Kaczka, Newark Daniel Kaslow, Maplewood Ilona Kennedy, West Orange Marta Kepka, Lawrenceville Afieya Kipp, Irvington Bernard Klevickas, Long Island City Melissa Kurtz, Lodi Zachary La Rosa, Hoboken Jody Lee, South Orange Jackson Lenochan, Orange Howard Levine, Bound Brook Wendy Lewis, Union City Kim Love, Newark Joseph Lugara Nancy Mahl, Jersey City Michael Manning, Montclair Natalie Marino, Springfield Leigh Mathews, New York Jack McGovern, Voorhees Michael Messing, Short Hills Janie Milstein Uli Minoggio, New York Marshall Minshew, Newark Andrea Morganstern, Bridgewater Somina Mosaku Jennifer Anne Moses, Montclair Harthula Nevling, Union Adam Nowicki, Haledon Alice O’Neill, Providence Kathryn Okeson, Red Bank Istra Orlando Paula Overbay, Brooklyn Duda Penteado, Jersey City William Pfaffman, Brooklyn Ben Pranger, Maplewood Robert Richardson, Madison Patricia Ritchie, West Orange Stephen Romano, Lake Hopatcong Gregg Rosen, Jersey City Firas Saadeh, Edison Sharon Sayegh, East Brunswick Kat Schneck, Brooklyn Naomi Schwartz Joyce Silver Balam Soto, Hartford Leona S. Steiner, Jersey Cty Perris Straughter, Newark Sharon Sullivan-Rubin, Montville Charlee Swanson, Montclair Toni Thomas, Newark Mollie Thonneson, Jersey City Yoko Toda, New York Angela Toomer, Montclair Cortney Torres, Phillipsburg Loura van der Meule, Jersey City David Vega, New York Yona Verwer, New York Balachander Vijayakumar Vinayak Viswanathan, New York Charles Westfall, Athens Beth Whitney, Jersey City Noelle Williams, Newark Regina Wilson, Whitehouse Station Michael Wyetzner, New York Herzel Yerushalmi, Springfield Gary Zelko Jenny Zoe Casey, Tavares Susan Zwick, Summit

COVER: Marcellis Counts & Daniel Brophy, Times are Changing (detail), mixed-media. silkscreen, pen, pencil, paint, 42.5” x 76”.


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Aeishah Abdul-Raheem 4 Psalm 120 POR

ARTREACH XXI STUDENTS + MENTORS

Sarina Aquino 4

untitled* 1,300

Estephany Balbuena 4

Leafless Time POR

Of Stems & Clocks POR

Stem of Memories & Polaroids POR

Victor Batista 4

Broken 100

James Blake 4

Cold War 350

Comic Book 350

Christian Bonilla 4

Believe (All Things Are Possible) I* 300

Believe (All Things Are Possible) II* 100

Daniel Brophy 4

Times are Changing*

Iricelly Caban 4

Shoots and Ladders 650

Lisa Conrad 4

Disappearing Horizon III 650

Marcellis Counts 4

Times are Changing*

Angel Cruz 4

Mind My Mines* 300

Still Life at Newark Printshop 50

Na-Samad Debreax 4

untitled 300

Dominique Duroseau 4

My Reputation is This I 600

Derek Franklin 4

VDNK 800

Steve Green 4

Color Splash* 300

Colleen Gutwein 4

When I Was 18, Sept. ‘00, 1

90

When I Was 18, Sept. ‘00, 2

90

When I Was 18, Sept. ‘00, 3

90

Nnamdi Nwaoguh + Malik Hardaway-

When I Was 18, Sept. ‘00, 4

90

Whitaker

When I Was 18, Sept. ‘00, 5

90

When I Was 18, Sept. ‘00, 6

90

Akintola Haniff 4

Mended 100

Vikki Michalios 4

Urban Options 150

Nnamdi Nwaoduh 4

Anti-American 45

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Truth 45

Destiny Thomas + Jennifer Watson

The Joke 45

Nadirah Walker + Dominique Duroseau

More Than What Meets The Eye 45

Talitha Patton 4

Growth 50

Richard Paz 4

Punk Rock 350

Ryan Pompey 4

Believe (All Things Are Possible) I* 300

Believe (All Things Are Possible) II* 100

Olijah Ray 4

Color Splash* 300

Destiny Thomas 4

Destiny* 1,000

Nadirah Walker 4

The Road Less Travled 150

Jennifer Watson 4

Destiny* 1,000

Adrienne Wheeler 4

untitled* 1,300

Malik Whitaker 4

Newark: Rainy Day 175

Asha Williams 4

Lotus POR

James Wilson 4

Mind My Mines* 300

Portrait of “Angel” 50

1,500

Large-print text is available upon request.

Estephany Balbuena + Colleen Gutwein Christian Bonilla + Ryan Pompey BELLEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL Richard Paz + James Blake EAST SIDE HIGH SCHOOL Victor Batista + Akintola Hanif TECHNOLOGY HIGH SCHOOL Olijah Ray + Steve Green ST. BENEDICT’S PREPARATORY SCHOOL Angel Cruz + James Wilson

UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL Iricelly Caban + Lisa Conrad Marcellis Counts + Daniel Brophy

Price list

* indicates Mentor & Student collaboration. NFS: Not for Sale. POR: Price on Request. Prices subject to change without notice.

Sarina Aquino + Adrienne Wheeler

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1,500

ARTS HIGH SCHOOL

WEEQUAHIC HIGH SCHOOL Na-Samad Debreaux + Derek Franklin WEST SIDE HIGH SCHOOL Asha Williams + Aeishah Abdul-Raheem Talitha Patton + Vikki Michalios

ARTREACH XXI LECTURERS & VENUES Christa Clarke Ph.D, Curator, Arts of Africa Newark Museum Gary Garrido Schneider, Director of Education Montclair Art Museum

NEWARK NEW MEDIA See inside….


It’s been a great honor being this year’s ArtReach program coordinator. The participants were all truly great to work with. It’s been a blast to experience the long lasting lessons and relationships that have been established throughout the program. To see alumni mentees James Wilson and Ryan Pompey come full circle and return to the program as mentors has been a testament to the importance of creating a synergic and sustainable arts community in the City of Newark. Our community is greatly enhanced by ArtReach’s continuing goal to bring together youth and artists from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to not only create works that are of such a fine caliber, but also to have an immeasurably positive and lasting impact on 15 young lives. ArtReach is an admired and respected program that continues to uplift and connect artists in a city that we love and cherish. The mentors and mentees have dedicated themselves to produce an

PLEASE JOIN! Support one of the oldest alternative spaces in the metro-area. Build your career as an artist or curator. See the hottest emerging art. Please join online at cWOW.org, or you may detach and mail this form with a check payable to: City Without Walls, 6 Crawford Street, Newark, NJ 07102 (All memberships are valid for one year; donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.)

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ArtReach student artists are selected on the basis of a series of interviews, teacher recommendations and portfolio submissions, as well as on student enthusiasm for the program. Each student is paired with an experienced artist chosen for their commitment to sharing their art-making experiences with a young artist in a studio environment. Program participants go through every step of creating and exhibiting artwork jointly with their mentor. cWOW provides a stipend for each participant to purchase materials. The pairs then enter the studio for four hours a week over three months (48 hours in all). The collaboration culminates with an opening reception and six-week exhibition at cWOW’s main gallery.

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City Without Walls (cWOW) is proud to present the twenty-first season of ArtReach. This award-winning education program bridges the divide between aspiring young artists and accomplished professional artists. The program helps young artists gain an understanding of the workings of the art world while inspiring seasoned professionals to refresh their own creative process. The ArtReach experience helps young artists prepare portfolios for college applications and provides support, guidance and insight into the reality of being an artist in today’s competitive climate. The program teaches student participants how to work in collaboration with others, as well as academic and life skills. ArtReach demonstrates cWOW’s commitment to Newark’s talented community of professional artists, young artists and arts educators.

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AR TR E A C H Funded i n part by t he U .S. Housing & U rban D evelopment Community Block Grant administered by the City of Newark, and Children’s Hospital of NJ at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Jackie Cruz, Gallery and Program Manager City Without Walls June 2013

SPECIAL THANKS We are very grateful to the following individuals for their help with ArtReach: cWOW interns: Alissa Longo, Janelle Medina, Christina Delli Santi Ronald Patterson, Mature Workers program of the Urban League of Essex County Hiroshi Kumagai; Full Point Graphics

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impressive group exhibition. I hope you enjoy the show and congratulations to all!

Dorothy Dahlberg, Technology High School; Odetta, Barringer High School; Margaret El, Arts High School; Glass Roots; Ivan L. Homes, Newark Public School Office of Extended School Day Programs; Comfort Ndukwe, West Side High School; The Bard School; Andrew Teheran, East Side High School; Newark Public Schools Office of Visual and Performing Arts; Malissa YambaButler, American History High School; Yanique Taylor, Newark Innovation Association, NJIT; Yema Gallery; YouthBuild; and Wendy Cubano. Newark new media is indebted to the following folks: Desiree Barber, The Student Advancement Center at Barringer High School which is sponsored by The Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and NewarkWORKS; Jennifer Berruti; John Bochiaro; Jim Cima; Anne Sciaino; Robert G. Sommer; and Rock Entertainment Management.

ArtReach XXI participants at the February, 2013, orientation meeting.


Using old French doors that Sarina’s family were tossing away, she wanted to repurpose them and experiment with carving into a three dimensional object. The collaborative installation deals with the topic of abuse and violence against women—a topic that Sarina and Adrienne researched and wanted to shed light upon. Left: Sarina Aquino: untitled (detail), mixed media installation, 83” x 30” x 8”. Right: Adrienne Wheeler, untitled (detail), mixed media installation, 82” x 26” x 6”.

Sarina Aquino + Adrienne Wheeler

Adrienne is an independent curator, arts advocate, arts educator and artist. It is her desire to witness the end of social injustice that drives her art practice. Steeped in African ancestral and spiritual practices, the work is a spiritual source for healing the individual, the community and the society. Each piece is a sacred medicine, carefully chosen materials considered powerful enough to heal when mixed together in bundles or containers, both visible and invisible. This is Adrienne’s second year as an ArtReach mentor.

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Sarina Aquino is a Junior at Arts High School. She is enrolled in the AP fine arts program. She experiments with painting, mixed media and sculpture. She says working with Adrienne has been an exciting and humbling experience. She is grateful to have met and connected with professionals though Adrienne. She loved working and talking to Adrienne and says she can not only work with her so easily but listen to her for hours. She is glad she met Adrienne and plans to continue to be in touch with her as a mentor and friend.

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Top: Adrienne Wheeler. Bottom: Sarina Aquino


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Estephany Balbuena + Colleen Gutwein

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Left: Estephany Balbuena. Right: Colleen Gutwein.

Estephany Balbuena is a senior from Arts High School enrolled in the honors arts program. She is interested in pursuing a career in photography and graphic design after high school. Since elementary school she has been photographing family and school events. She says she has learned a lot from Colleen in both technique and lighting. Colleen Gutwein studied and holds a BA in Photography from Montclair State University and is the owner of Small Forest Productions, Inc. She has shot documentary style photography throughout the American MidWest as well as Southeast Asia. Her project Time and Tide documents the rebuilding of Cambodia in Post-Khamer Rouge times. She is based in the Newark/Montclair area. After visiting the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York with Colleen, Estephany was inspired by the ICP Triennial Exhibition. She approached Colleen with a new body of work exploring still lifes and street photography taken in New York. Together Colleen and Estephany developed work based around the concept of time. Colleen began developing images from 35mm negatives that she had taken when she was Estephany’s age. This grew into a connection between their 18 year old selves.

Left: Estephany Balbuena, Of Stems & Clocks (detail), digital print, 10.5” x 13.5”. Right: Colleen Gutwein, When I Was 18, Sept. ‘00 #1 (detail), digital print from 35mm negative, 5” x 7”.


Akintola and Victor worked on improving movement and lighting in fashion photography shoots. Victor also applied Akintola’s method of capturing human emotion and documentary style portraiture in his fashion shoots. Left: Victor Batista, Broken (detail), digital print, 20” x 30”. Right: Akintola Haniff, Mended (detail), digital print, 20” x 30”.

Victor Batista + Akintola Hanif

Akintola Hanif is an independent filmmaker, photojournalist, founder of HYCIDE Magazine, resident documentarian for Youth Build Newark and creative director of the Amplification Project, an initiative of the New Jersey Institute of Social Justice. His research interest is heavily rooted in documentation of quality-of-life and class issues. His photography as been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the TriState area.

Newark New Media 2013, the sixth season of City Without Walls’ artist residency and apprenticeship program at the cutting edge of digital technology and contemporary art, premieres with a preliminary screening at cWOW.

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Victor Batisa is a senior from East Side High. Ever since he held his first video camera at the age of eleven, filming his friends in homemade horror films, he has been interested in the field of video and photography. He realized he wanted to continue a career as a photographer under the guidance of his newmedia high school teacher Andrew Terehan. Getting to know Akintola has changed his perspective and real-life expectations as a photographer. He says he has learned a lot from Akintola and appreciates his mentor’s and teachers’ guidance throughout the program. He has plans to attend the Brooks School of Photography in California.

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Left: Akintola Hanif. Right: Victor Batista.

Manuel Acevedo and Barringer High School apprentices. Youth (detail), still image, 2013.

Former Newark New Media teams visit Prudential Center (2010, Sophia Sobers).

This year’s artists in residence include Manuel Acevedo with apprentices at Barringer High School, and Andrew Teheran with the following from East Side High School: Apprentices: Dorsey Woods, Marlene Sequeira. Annabelle Mazagwu. Hugo Santos. Andre Marques, Carina Silva, Dave Barbosa, Victor Batista. Former Apprentices: Joao Tarouco, Andre Zatta, Leonardo Gulli, Jose Sousa. Gallery Volunteers: Ana Gonzalez, Dylan Alves, Marcel Lopes

Andrew Teheran and apprentices, Magic Dream (detail), still image, 2013.


Left: Asha Williams, Lotus (detail), spray paint, pastel chalk, 24” x 28”. Right: Aeishah Abdul-Raheem, Psalm 120 (detail), wood, charcoal, wax, feathers, copper, spray paint, 24” x 28”.

Asha Williams + Aeishah Abdul-Raheem

Aeishah Abdul-Raheem is a fine artist and art educator. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from Montclair State University. She is currently an art teacher at Hart Complex School for Children in East Orange and performing arts instructor at the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson. This is her first year as an ArtReach mentor.

Christian Bonilla + Ryan Pompey

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Asha is a senior from West Side High. She has enjoyed her experience with Aeishah throughout the program. She plans on attending nursing school in the fall at Felician College and says she now has an “older artist sister” and long-time friend in Aeishah. Asha appreciates the time she spent with her, from visiting her classrooms to family and friend events.

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Left: Aeishah Abdul-Raheem. Right: Asha Williams.

Left: Ryan Pompey. Right: Christian Bonilla.

Christian Bonilla is a senior at Arts High School. He is the recent winner of the Leslie Family Reunion Logo Contest and representative of Arts High in the Amtrak Black History Month Art Competition. Christian is also involved in varsity soccer and is the schools’ band leader. Ryan Pompey is a freelance graphic design artist at NBC Universal, Inc. Studios. He has worked for BET Networks, TaiLand Recording Studios and he holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Kean University in Union NJ. Ryan is also the founder and CEO of Pompeii Clothing Co. Ryan Currently has a studio at Solo(s) Project House in Newark, NJ. Ryan participated in the ArtReach program in 2005 as a mentee, he returned this year as a mentor, which has been a full circle and says it is a great honor to return and give back to the arts community in Newark. Ryan and Christian worked a brand concept called Believe. They collaborated and brainstormed a non-profit brand that would benefit and raise funds for students who are in need of financial help in pursuing a degree in the arts field after high school.

Left & Right: Christian Bonilla & Ryan Pompey, Believe (All Things Are Possible) (details), acrylic spray paint on foam board, 32” x 40”.


Left: Iricelly Caban, Shoots and Ladders (detail), cyanotype, serigraph, watercolor on paper, 22” x 30”. Right: Lisa Conrad, Disappearing Horizon III (detail), serigraph and watercolor on paper, 22” x 30”.

Iricelly Caban + Lisa Conrad

Exploring different mediums of printmaking (monotypes, thermofax screen, etching, etc), Lisa and Iricelly focused their projects on recent protests by the Newark Public Student Assoc. on the current state of public schools and city-wide cutbacks. Iricelly, a member and student activist feels her work in the exhibition titled Shoots and Ladders chronicles her involvement as a student activist to better the quality of education in the Newark Public School system.

Nadirah Walker + Dominique Duroseau

Lisa Conrad is an artist and art educator living and working in Newark, NJ. She seeks to create the conditions necessary for authentic artistic engagement through a structured, exploratory and sensory-based pedagogical approach. She has created a multifaceted body of work including ceramics, works on handmade paper, artist books, paintings and prints. Her work references a range of influences from memory, regeneration, the natural world and the urban environment. She is the Founder and Director of the Newark Printshop, a printmaking studio in Newark.

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Iricelly Caban is a senior at University High. Her art teacher, Ms. Graham, taught her how to use art as a way to express herself. With the skills she learned from her art classes and from Lisa as a mentor, she feels that she has a better understanding of how artists sustain themselves financially and professionally. She would like to continue her education in the arts or education fields.

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Left: Lisa Conrad. Right: Iricelly Caban.

Left: Dominique Duroseau. Right: Nadirah Walker.

Nadirah Walker is a senior from University High School. She plans on attending Bloomfield College in the Fall to study Nursing. She uses art as a release and way of expressing issues from everyday life. She considers her art as a visual journal and says Dominique has helped her confidence and self awareness as a female of color. Dominique Duroseau lives and works within the Irvington and Newark area. She holds an MFA from Kean University, Union NJ. She has shown works at Index Art Center, The Nancy Dryfoos Gallery, Gallery Affero and City Without Walls. She focuses her art on an exploration and documentation about existentalism. She is a multi-media artist working in sculpture, painting, printmaking and photgraphy. This is her first year participating in the ArtReach program.

Left: Nadirah Walker, The Road Less Traveled (detail), acrylic ink on foam core, 30” x 18”. Right: Dominique Duroseau, My Reputation is This I (detail), cotton curtain, house paint, acrylic, graphite, 25” x 35”.


Left & Right: Destiny Thomas & Jennifer Watson, Destiny (details), oil on canvas, 68” x 38”.

Destiny Thomas + Jennifer Watson

Jennifer Watson holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. The work of Jennifer Watson deals with gender, mass consumerism, transformation and the objectification of women, which often is portrayed through a type of Barbie Doll avatar. Watson’s recent work has become dreamlike, suggesting narratives within the prism of humor, beauty and incisive intellect. They also synthesize childhood memory and nostalgia; innocence and worldliness; and themes of play and danger.

Marcellis Counts + Daniel Brophy

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Destiny Thomas is a junior from University High School. Coming into the program she wanted to gain first-hand knowledge from an artist who had experience in figurative painting and portraiture. Meeting Jen was a surprising lesson. Destiny says she was impressed by the time Jen dedicated to creating one of her paintings. Destiny learned how to use acrylic and oil-based paints for the first time and also learned how to stretch her own canvas. Her perspective on artists has changed tremendously and she has gained a new appreciation and respect for them since becoming Jen’s studio assistant and mentee.

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Left: Jennifer Watson. Right: Destiny Thomas.

Left: Marcellis Counts. Right: Daniel Brophy.

Marcellis Counts is a Junior at University High. His interest in art stems from being surrounded by artist family members. He says his experience with Dan has been a successful collaboration and he related with Dan not only has an artist but as a friend. He learned how to funnel his thoughts and ideas with new techniques like screen-printing and illustration. He feels that Dan challenged him to step out of his comfort zone and be different. Daniel Brophy is a Newark artist who graduated from Kean University with a BFA in painting a BA in Art History. He has exhibited at Index Art Center, Solo(s) Project House, NJIT School of Architecture and Design and City Without Walls. His art draws from the experience and memory of growing up in a large family. Many of the drawings and paintings reference the house he grew up in, a broken house with a busted furnace and bruised walls. Everyday life and the things that happen or don’t happen are his inspirations. Dan and Marcellis worked on exploring different aspects of Newark—architecture, people and urban decay. Having two different interpretations, with Marcellis living in the South Ward and Dan in the Central/Downtown Ward, they wanted to interpret the history and future of Newark’s urban landscape. Left & Right: Marcellis Counts & Daniel Brophy, Times are Changing (details), mixed-media. silkscreen, pen, pencil, paint, 42.5” x 76”.


James Steven Wilson is a product of Newark and a graduate of Arts High School as well as a former ArtReach student. As an ArtReach alumni student and mentor he continues to participate in the program for its valued experiences of mentoring youth and for professional growth. James worked in cWOW’s City Murals project, with diabled students from Newark’s JFK School, to create the work Still Eye Rise, and most recently a mural at Jesse Allen Park entitled Get Ya Mind Right. James continues to grow his career as a fine artist and muralist.

Left & Right: Angel Cruz & James Wilson, Mind My Mines (details), theromofax silk screen, 18” x 39”.

Angel Cruz + James Wilson

Experimenting with silkscreen printmaking techniques, Mind My Mines addresses the topic of bipolar disorder. Angel, who is diagnosed himself, wanted to show people his thoughts about his experience with the disorder. He says it has been a challenge for him to speak out loud about the topic but through his painting he was allowed an opportunity to express his thoughts.

Olijah Ray + Steve Green

Left: Olijah Ray. Right: Steve Green.

Olijah Ray is a senior at Technology High School and will be attending Rutgers-Newark University for Business. He says he wanted to improve his painting skills, and through Steve’s mentoring he was able to accomplish and exceed his own expectations as an artist. Even though he wants to pursue a career in business he would like to continue with his art and painting. He would like to continue learning under Steve after the program and expand his skills.

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Angel Cruz is a Junior at St. Benedict’s High. Going into the program he wanted to express ideas about mental health in teens and also fine-tune his drawing skills. He says James helped him do both by taking him on real life sketch sessions throughout the city. This grew his confidence and willingness to draw more often.

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Left: James Wilson. Right: Angel Cruz.

Steve, of Blackbird Artists & Design Studios, is a local artist originally from East Orange, NJ, whose artistic origins began in street and mural art. He is an ordained minister and has done extensive commercial work for various magazines and publishing companies. Steve recently completed a mural with artist Ibrahim Ahmed III at the Academy Street Firehouse this past year for cWOW’s City Murals program.

Left & Right: Olijah Ray & Steve Green, Color Splash (details), oil on canvas, 18” x 35.


Left & Right: Richard Paz & James Blake, Comic Book (details), mixed media sculpture, 28” x 18” x 10” ea. of 3.

Richard Paz + James Blake

Richard has been a GlassRoots student since he was nine years old. He is familiarized with many glass blowing techniques but wanted to experiment and try new sculpture techiques for the ArtReach program. With the help and mentoring of James he created mixed media collage plaster busts of his favorite topics: Comics, Punk Rock and The Cold War.

Na-Samad Debreaux + Derek Franklin

James Blake graduated from Boston College with a bachelor in studio art focusing on drawing, painting and ceramics with a minor in education. He also attended intensive glass classes at The Pilchuck Glass School in the summer of 2011. James is also a muralist who worked on the 2010 Greater Newark Conservancy mural Time to Build, Time to Grow as part of cWOW’s City Murals program. James is a kilnforming and drawing instructor at GlassRoots.

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Richard Paz is a senior at Belleville High School. He plans on going to school for Cosmetolgy in the Fall.

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Left: James Blake. Right: Richard Paz

Left: Derek Franklin + Right: Na-Samad Debreaux.

Na-Samad Debreaux is a senior at Weequahic High School. He says he enjoyed his time with Derek and has learned new types of art such as sculpture. Derek Franklin received his MFA from Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University and a BFA in Printmaking at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He hails from St. Helens, Oregon. His work has been in exhibited throughout the Northwest in galleries including PDX Contemporary, Pulliam Gallery, and New American Art Union. His projects are held in the collections of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation and the City of Seattle. As an independent curator Franklin has mounted exhibitions at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland Community College, and the Half Dozen Gallery. Derek and Na-Samad first started exploring the realm of painting in the beginning of the the program but Na-Samd wanted to attempt three-dimensional work. This is Na-Samad’s first sculpture and says he is very proud of it and wants to continue to do more under Derek’s guidance.

Left: Na-Samad Debreax, untitled (detail), styrofoam resin, 72” x 24” x 24”. Right: Derek Franklin, VDNK (detail), inkjet archival, 24” x 16”.


Talitha Patton + Vikki Michalios

Left: Nnamdi Nwaoguh, The Joke, acrylic on canvas, 9” x 12”. Right: Malik Hardaway-Whitaker, Newark: Rainy Day (detail), acrylic, 18” x 24”.

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Malik has studied at Rutgers University and The Art Institute of America, along with several art programs and workshops. He has shown in multiple venues throughout the tristate area and is a former Aferro Gallery artist in residence. From his studies he has translated his style into a complete disciplinary form which he uses to mentor students since 2010 through City Without Walls’ ArtReach Program. His illustrations have appeared in many poetry books, publications and logo designs. Malik is also a 10 year experienced tattoo artist. He is an accomplished muralist and is currently program coordinator for the City of Newark Public Art Program, Yendor Productions and City Without Walls.

Nnamdi Nwaoguh + Malik Hardaway-Whitaker

Nnamdi Nwaoduh is a senior at St. Benedict’s High who plans on attending Rutgers University in the Fall. He says he fully enjoyed his time spent with Malik. He appreciated Malik’s marketing and entrepreneurship abilitles. As a St. Benedict’s alumni, Nnamdi related to his mentor as not only an artist but as a peer. He says he valued the lessons he learned from his experience and has gained confidence in his abilities because of Malik.

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Left: Malik Hardaway-Whitaker. Right: Nnamdi Nwaoguh.

Left: Talitha Patton. Right: Vikki Michalios.

Talitha is a junior at Central High. Her art incorporates drawings and illustrations that she makes on a daily basis. She says the act of drawing allows her to express herself in ways she could not in school. Vikki Michalios is a visual artist in the New York City and Newark Metro areas with a studio/lab in Jersey City. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree program from Evergreen State College in 1992. While working toward her MFA degree from the University of Oregon, Vikki was awarded fellowships at the Chautauqua Institution during the summers. She relocated from her native Pacific Northwest residence to New York City upon completing the MFA program in 1995. Her work deals with environmental systems and concerns using painting, drawing, experimental print-making, and installation. This is her fourth year as an ArtReach mentor. Inspired by Vikki’s installations of miniature gardens using hydroponic technology addressing art, horticulture and sustainable technologies, Talitha incorporated foliage and natural enviroments in her final project.

Left: Talitha Patton, Growth (detail), color pencil on paper, 14” x 20”. Right: Vikki Michalios, Urban Options (detail), glass vessels, growlights, rockwool, vegetables, wire, size variable.

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