Express Newark announces Bulletproof Ambition: The Art of Jerry Gant, an exhibition opening at the Paul Robeson Galleries, Express Newark Thursday, July 16, 2020

Image: Artist Jerry Gant, photographed by Colleen Gutwein

Express Newark

The Paul Robeson Galleries 40th Anniversary celebration will dedicate a solo exhibition to the life and work of Newark Artist, Jerry Gant titled, Bulletproof Ambition: Remembering Jerry Gant. For Jerry Gant, life and art were inextricably linked.  His compulsive creativity was without boundaries, imbuing all aspects of his existence.  Through his nuanced and bountiful output, he strived to create a legacy which has transcended his life and exists today through his artwork, and the impact he had on the lives of others.

Gant was a fixture on the local arts and culture scene for almost four decades.  His long list of accomplishments spans the literary, performing and visual arts with numerous performances, solo projects, and group exhibitions. Gant was a multi-disciplined visual fine artist, arts educator, mentor, and activist. He created work which reflected many of the particulars of his own life as a black male growing up in Newark and was motivated by a profound and genuine desire to truly know and understand the human condition. This exhibition is organized for Paul Robeson Galleries by Linda Gartrell Street and Crystal M Grant.


Event: Bulletproof Ambition: The Art of Jerry Gant.
Location: Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark
Express Newark is located at 54 Halsey St. Second Fl, Newark NJ 07102
Date: Opening Reception 6-8pm, Thursday, July 16, 2020
Exhibition Dates: 7/16/20 – 3/20/21


Paul Robeson Galleries

Named after famed Rutgers alumni and established in 1979, the Paul Robeson Galleries’ mission and programming embody Paul Robeson’s life-long commitment to unfettered artistic freedom, cultural democracy, and transnationalism. The Paul Robeson Galleries is dedicated to presenting art and cultural artifacts as well as educational and public programming in the spirit of the diverse metropolitan context of Rutgers University – Newark. This mission is carried out in the presentation of visual arts exhibitions, gallery education, and public programs. The Paul Robeson Galleries works collaboratively with individuals and organizations to achieve this mission.


Express Newark

Occupying 50,000 square feet of the renovated, historic Hahne & Company building in the heart of Newark’s downtown, Express Newark is the Rutgers University-Newark community arts collaboratory  –   a third space that is neither the community or the University, where artists and community residents convene, experiment, and innovate in partnership with faculty, staff, and students to nurture talent, cultivate engaged scholarship and promote social practice.

Currently, Express Newark has more than 80 contributors: its partners include Artistic Passion & Purpose, Community Media Center, Design Consortium, Form Design Studio, Humanities Action Lab, Institute of Jazz Studies, NewAnce, New Arts Justice, Newest Americans, Paul Robeson Galleries, Shine Portrait Studio, Visual Meansand XPress. Located at 54 Halsey Street, Express Newark’s neighbors in the Hahne & Company building include Marcus B&P restaurant, Whole Foods, Kite & Key computer store, Launch Pad Coworking Space, Barnes & Nobles, various other businesses and 160 residential apartments.

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