Tuesday, October 13, 2015




WHEN: Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18
Two Gateway Center, Newark

The Gateway Project announces its schedule for Newark Open Doors 2015. Newark Open Doors is a citywide arts tour and community event organized by the Newark Arts Council that celebrates Newark’s unique and diverse contributions to arts and culture. Three days of events will be hosted at The Gateway Project. The events are free and open to the public.

The Gateway Project Hosted Events

  • Friday, October 16 from 6-9pm: NAC Gallery Crawl & Performance by Ventiko
  • Saturday, October 17 from 3pm-6pm: Magnitude and Bond: em(Power) Dynamics Forum & Yoga Session
  • Sunday, October 18 from 12pm-6pm: Open Studios Brunch

Open Studios Events at The Gateway Project

  • Friday, October 16
    Post Pocket Utopia/Austin Thomas Opening: Seeing Newark featuring Dahlia Elsayed and James Prez
    · CREDIT Studio Exhibition Opening
    · Endless Editions Open Studio
    · LIPS {Living Incubator Performance Space} Performance with Mia X and Friends
  • Saturday, October 17
    · LIPS {Living Incubator Performance Space} Taboo Identities in Luso-American Womanhood hosted by Marina Carreira with Paula Neves, Kelly Ann Pinho, and Cindy Concalves
    · Newark Times One Year Anniversary Party

For additional photos, links and info on The Gateway Project events click here. For additional details on all of the Newark Open Doors events visit:

Ventiko is a critically acclaimed artist/community builder working predominantly in photography and performance art. Her work focuses on the (re)construction of moments not in time, but in thought, to expresses social positions on sexuality, persona, and the state of the modern woman. Her interactive performance will invite audience members to engage with her as she navigates the feminist space of the gallery.

Magnitude and Bond: em(Power) Dynamics Forum & Yoga Session
Joined by artist Jaishri Abichandani, curators Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol, and special guest Asia D. Smith, this forum will discuss themes contained in the artist's work. The dialogue invites attendees into a safe and critically engaging space to share their reflections on gender roles, body politics, aging, sexuality, shaming, spirituality and sisterhood. How do these issues affect the daily lives of women? How do we survive, inspire and serve one another? The forum will begin at 3pm with Yoga on the Concourse instructed by Nyota David. The discussion will begin at 4pm.

Open Studios Brunch
Spend the day with The Gateway Project touring our 60 onsite artists studios, galleries and small businesses. Brunch will be provided by the new 2 Gateway Center Cafe Cotidiano and programming will be offered throughout the three levels of The Gateway Project.

About The Gateway Project
The Gateway Project began in 2012, as a series of pop up art exhibitions that were activated intermittently throughout The Gateway Center. On April 30, 2015 The Gateway Project officially reopened as a permanent arts hub, including art gallery and studio spaces. The Gateway Project’s mission is to enliven the community through interactive and stimulating art exhibitions.

The Gateway Project expansion was not only marked by an increase in physical space, but also a vast growth in programs, and opportunities for multidisciplinary artists. The new facility spans over three floors in the Gateway Two Center, which attaches to Newark’s Penn Station. The Gateway Project offers affordable studios to artists and cultural practitioners. Studio tenants are provided with a diverse array of significant amenities including such things as: 24 hour indoor access to Newark Penn Station’s transportation systems (PATH, NJ Transit, Amtrak, LightRail); 24 hour access to secure and monitored studio facilities; high speed WiFi internet; and temperature controlled studios. In addition to building and facility amenities, The Gateway Project also cultivates bi-monthly open studio events, and programs for artists to interface with the community, visitors, art critics, curators, educators and collectors.

The Gateway Project’s non-profit arm is organized through its partner organization, Project for Empty Space, which aims to create spaces and programs that address social issues and inspire social discourse through contemporary art. The Gateway Project Gallery and Residency Program exist within this arena, and directly address this mission. The Gateway Project Residency Program and Gallery Space is for mid-career to established artists whose practices work within the context of social engagement. Participants are selected biannually and present an exhibition in the gallery at the conclusion of their residency.

The Gateway Project is Directed by Jasmine Wahi (Independent Curator and Co Founder, Project For Empty Space) and Rebecca Jampol (Founder, Solos Project House and The Gateway Project).  The Gateway Project is a collaborative endeavor by Solo(s) Project House (Newark, New Jersey) and Project For Empty Space (New York City).

The gallery space rotates exhibitions every six weeks, providing participation opportunities to regional, national and international curators and artists. Gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public, Monday - Friday from 11 am – 6 pm and after hours for events and by appointment.