Native Son Annual Members Exhibition 2009

July 31 - September 10

On the occasion of our recent return to our renovated and expanded home named after Princeton’s famed native son

(Annual Membership Exhibition) at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts

Theme: Native Son: Works Inspired
by the Life and Legacy of Paul Robeson


The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) continues the tradition of its annual membership exhibition with a new name, the Princeton Annual. Every year, the Princeton Annual will present artwork by ACP member artists during a summer group show that culminates with a closing reception in September. Member artists will be encouraged to create new work in any media that engages a particular theme, subject or concept. The theme for our 2009 exhibition is Native Son: Works Inspired by the Life and Legacy of Paul Robeson.

On the occasion of our recent return to our renovated and expanded home named after Princeton’s famed native son, the ACP invites member artists to create a new work inspired by the life and legacy of Paul Robeson. Works can ponder aspects of Robeson’s life, his artistic, social and political contributions, as well as his contemporary legacy in the United States and world-wide.

Paul Robeson was a Renaissance man par excellance. The son of a former slave, Robeson was born in 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey in a house adjacent to the Arts Council’s building. A talented athlete, lawyer, actor and amazing singer and
orator, Robeson was a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance, especially known and lauded for his performances in film and on the stage in productions such as Show Boat, Emperor Jones, All God’s Chillun Got Wings, and Body and Soul. Ahead of
his time, Robeson was a committed activist who championed civil and human rights for African Americans and spoke out in support of labor and for world peace. Robeson is especially remembered for having sacrificed his career in the name of his progressive principles.

We encourage our members to avail themselves of the numerous books, websites, and recordings that shed light on Paul Robeson’s life and achievements. To learn more about Paul Robeson, members can seek out these resources:

Official website of the Paul Robeson Foundation

Paul Robeson Centennial Celebration

Books and Recordings:
There are numerous books about Paul Robeson available at your local library or bookstore. The Paul Robeson Centennial
Celebration website also includes an extensive list of books and recordings. Here is a selective list of books:

Paul Robeson, Here I Stand. New York, Othello Associates, 1958 (original edition; republished in 1971 by Beacon Press).

Paul Robeson Speaks: writings, speeches, interviews, 1918-1974. Edited with introduction by Philip S. Foner. Larchmont, N.Y.: Brunner/Mazel, 1978.

Paul Robeson: Artist and Citizen. Edited and with an introduction by Jeffrey C. Stewart. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press: Paul Robeson Cultural Center, 1998.

All artists who are current members of the Arts Council of Princeton are eligible to participate. Non-members may join the ACP in order to be eligible. No entry fee is required. We will accept one work per artist in the following media: painting,
ceramics, fiber or textiles, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and sound. We prefer if member artists create new work; however, artists may present work completed within the last two years, so long as it relates to the exhibition theme and adheres to artwork requirements. Artwork requirements are:

Two dimensional works: Must be no larger than 24 x 36 inches. Multiple component works will be accepted as long as they can be installed within a 24 x 36 inch area.

Sculpture: base no larger than 48 (h) x 18 (w) x 24 (d) inches. Works can be presented on a pedestal, on the floor, or hung from the ceiling.

Video (DVD): Must be no longer than 3 minutes in time; videos will be presented on a monitor.

Sound: Must be no longer than 2 minutes in time; sound works will be installed at a listening station.

All work must be delivered ready to hang or install.

Member artists should hand deliver their work to the ACP between July 27 – July 29, 2009, between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm. Member artists need to include the following information with their submission: artist name, contact
information, member identification number (located on your Arts Card), title and date of work, materials, dimensions, insurance value, sale price (if work is available for purchase)* and statement about the submitted work (statement should not exceed 100 words; statements may be edited for grammar, clarity and style).

If you are submitting a video or sound work, please email prior to submission of
your work to discuss formatting and technical requirements.

Member artists must pick up their works at the ACP between September 14 – September 15, 2009, between the hours of
10:00am and 4:30pm. The ACP is not responsible for works left after pick-up dates.


SUBMISSION OF WORK July 27 – 29, 2009

EXHIBITION DATES July – September, 2009 (exact dates TBD)

CLOSING RECEPTION Thursday, September 10, 2009 (exact time TBD)

RETURNING WORK September 14 – 15, 2009

Send any inquires about this exhibition to Maria Evans at:

* In an effort to provide support to contemporary artists, artwork presented by the Arts Council of Princeton can be offered
for sale. The ACP will take a 30% commission on each sale, the proceeds of which support our exhibition program.


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