Welcome to Brick City Stories, the place to engage with Newark and the arts community.
Check out the virtual exhibition Art + Tech: Perception | Access | Power virtual exhibition, part of the 2020 Newark Arts Festival featuring many Newark-based artists.
A new series of short videos exploring the work of Newark contemporary artists.
Studio Snapshot: Layqa Nuna Yawa
Artist Layqa Nuna Yawar discusses his work, how being an immigrant from Ecuador informs his practice, and why he sees Newark as the best place to create art.
Studio Snapshot: Danielle Scott
Artist Danielle Scott discusses her background and how mentors within the Newark art scene helped develop her practice.
Studio Snapshot: Nell Painter
Artist and historian Nell Painter discusses her work, as well as her influences and the Newark art scene.
Studio Snapshot: Patricia Dahlman
In this video, artist Patricia Dahlman discusses how she was inspired by the arts scene of Newark and how her work responds to our current times.
Studio Snapshot: Clara Aden
Lagos-based artist Clara Aden gives an overview of her practice and discusses working as an artist in the time of a worldwide pandemic.
TALKS & PANELS
Roundtable: What Does it Mean to be an Artist in Newark in 2020?
Dexter Wimberly, independent curator and entrepreneur, is in conversation with five Newark artists. Panelists will explore their work, the Newark arts scene, and questions around the impact of recent events (pandemic, fight for social justice issues, economic fallout) and how this has affected their work.
Artist Talk: Jo-el Lopez
Newark-based artist Jo-El Lopez discusses his work in this presentation and Q&A session. Lopez uses the visual storytelling of traditional realism to comment on the intersection of faith and modernity, the strength of family, and the multidimensional contemporary urban experience.
Artist Talk: Willie Cole
In this talk, Newark-based contemporary artist Willie Cole focuses on his more recent work, The Water Bottle Giant. Made up of 10,000 water bottles collected and assembled with the help of the community, this work highlights issues such as the lack of clean drinking water and accumulation of plastic waste.
These videos have been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Photo courtesy of Harry Prott.