Brick city live, 2016
"Many artists have called the city of Newark home, from literary giant Amiri Baraka to visual artist Jerry Gant. Newark is a city rooted in art, and the influx of programs like Newark Open Doors, and the increasing availability of galleries and art spaces, have contributed to what feels like a revival of art in the city.
Even with these developments, a quick Google search of “Artists in Newark, New Jersey” will only lead to a flurry of articles about gentrification and a list of gallery spaces, instead of a conclusive list of who and what to look out for in the Newark art scene.
Artist Colleen Gutwein is changing that with The Newark Arts Photo Documentary Project. Although Gutwein’s project focuses primarily on visual artists, she has built a digital Rolodex of the city’s finest photographers, painters, sculptors and much more." -Ashley Okwuosa, Brick City Live
newark bound, 2015
"The Newark Arts Photo Documentary Project record's the city's artistic community at a time of expansion and change, driven by the city's redevelopment and influx of young artists choosing Newark over New York City. " - Carrie Stetler, Newark Bound
FULL ARTICLE HERE (article starts on page 40)
newark happening, 2015
"She set out about 2 ½ years ago to interview and photograph and document the energy and creative spirit of the people involved in the current Newark art scene, as well as the physical sites of studios, galleries, and museums. There are now about 45 photo sessions completed, with new photosets added constantly to the project site www.newarkartsphotodoc.com. An interesting aspect of the project is that it is actually comprised of two halves, the second of which consists of interviews, and accompanying portraits taken with a 1940's Jem Jr 120 box camera, manufactured by J.E. Mergott Co in Newark, NJ. These images will only be on view as a full collection, once the project is completed, and will be accompanied by a book including all of the images. Reading below, you will see we have a lovely and thoughtfully contradiction between finished/not finished that runs through the whole project." - Emma Wilcox, Newark Happening