Director and Curator
Caren King Choi
Associate Director of Programs
“practical, hardworking, thoughtful”
Caren King Choi is an artist, writer, and arts administrator who has worked with the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University – Newark since 2008. As head of programs at the Paul Robeson Galleries, Choi leads a team of 14 local artist educators in bringing exhibition-based artmaking workshops to schools, senior centers, and many other organizations in the Greater Newark area. She is dedicated to providing arts accessibility and visual literacy education to all demographics in the city of Newark.
Services provided by Paul Robeson Galleries: Free exhibitions, receptions, lectures, screenings, concerts, artist talks, and arts events. Free public and educational programming, including tours and art-making workshops. Freelance employment opportunities for art handlers, artist educators, gallery event staff, and assistants. Exhibition opportunities for local, national, and international artists at all stages of career.
Overview of PRG: “In the spirit of Paul Robeson himself, the Paul Robeson Galleries is dedicated to an urban mission with an activist approach. This commitment includes organizing free exhibitions and public/education programs on local, regional, and international contemporary art and culture, as well as developing civic partnerships through community outreach programs. Our aim is to initiate cross-disciplinary and civic dialogues as ways of strengthening the bonds between art, education, and democracy. The PRG consists of nine exhibition spaces showcasing the work of emerging and established contemporary artists.”
What makes PRG unique and necessary?: “With an intentional emphasis on accessibility and democracy, the Paul Robeson Galleries seeks to bring together the seemingly remote spheres of the contemporary art world and the “real” world. Literacy in and engagement with the arts is deeply valuable and relevant for everybody but current arts structures tend to alienate most populations. The Paul Robeson Galleries embraces the task of going above and beyond in order to provide free, relevant, and accessible arts exposure to the Greater Newark community.”