Gallery Aferro


73 Market St
Newark, NJ 07102
County: Essex


Ms. Emma C. Wilcox

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For general operating support of Gallery Aferro's arts and artist support programs, and arts partnerships in Newark.

Organization Background

Gallery Aferro was founded in 2003 by artists Emma Wilcox and Evonne M. Davis, inspired by concerns over barriers to public arts engagement and the need for access to resources for artists. Based on the strength of four exhibitions in Newark in an initial location in 2004, the gallery was able to secure its current rent-free 20,000 sq ft building in 2006.

Reviewing the 7 years we have been on Market Street, we can count certain milestones in terms of our track record and reputation with artists and the public: we have mounted well over 100 exhibitions, and almost 100 events. As of year-end 2013, an alumni group of almost 100 local, national and international artists have benefited from our residency program. A new collaboration formally launched in 2012 with Aljira marks a new chapter for the development of our residency program as a cultural resource both for artists and the general public, via a joint artist alumni pool estimated at 300+. Our events offered include screenings, workshops, performances, talks, demonstrations and a symposium. In 2007, the publication line launched and includes essays, catalogs, artist books, a sound art CD, and an educational art history handout set, available in our gift shop (launched 2009). Since 2006 we have offered demonstrations and tours to visiting school and adult groups, and in Spring 2011 launched Identity Blueprint, a 3-month youth arts intensive for Newark's high school age women in photography and animation connecting to STEM skills and empowering leadership experiences, now in its 3rd year. Our publication line includes artist books, exhibition catalogs, essays, a sound art CD, and educational handouts, available in our gift shop (2009). We have been systematically accessing consultation with master printmakers as part of research towards limited edition prints. Our newest program is Activate: Market Street (2013), public art curated in 5 contiguous vacant storefronts on Market Street and focused on 24/7 engagement brightening our street with challenging, unexpected artworks, many interactive.

Our fulfillment of our mission to bring cultural engagement with contemporary issues to all people equally continues to expand and evolve. Founders Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox act as Co-Directors, with former intern Jacob Mandel reporting to them as Gallery Manager and helping direct committed volunteers and interns. The board takes active roles in fundraising and development, with committees also working to support our work.

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