The Periodic Table of Elements

“My work has always been inspired, to one degree or another, by my interest and attention to the Sciences. This new body of work, THE PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS, gets to the essence of life and ecosystems by focusing on the natural “elements” themselves which make everything in the natural and synthetic worlds possible. Congruent with this are my own principle interests with surface and materiality as each work is an experiment with materials and texture – mixing a variety of gels and other additives

The Concussion Diaries

“I suffered a serious concussion in April 2017. Alice fell down a rabbit hole; I just fell on the floor. The doctors forbade ‘reading, screens of any sort, and complex thinking.’ For the first four months I couldn’t even listen to music. I wondered if I might go bonkers – and then I wondered if that was complex thinking. Without the capacity for the usual distractions, I found myself in a quiet world of color and composition. In some ways my sensory experience was stripped

Neighborhood Portrait

The Neighborhood Portrait Quilt is part of a permanent exhibition that tells a story of important leaders and residents.

Donor Wheel

More than 2,000 donors are acknowledged in this one-of-a-kind sculpture by Joshua Kirsch

The Paul Robeson Center for the Arts is home to award-winning, beautiful exhibition spaces, both inside the building and out. With few exhibiting spaces devoted to contemporary art in the region, the Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts serves as a key venue for contemporary art in central New Jersey.

taplinThrough exhibitions, public art projects, artist-in-residence opportunities and collaborations with other institutions, the ACP’s exhibitions program engages artists in projects that explore our shared and ever-changing contemporary culture. Through thought-provoking exhibitions and related public programs, the ACP presents projects of broad aesthetic range and social, cultural and political themes relevant to our diverse audience.

Exhibitions, artist talks and related programs are presented in the Peg and Frank Taplin Gallery and other spaces in and around the Paul Robeson Center. The Taplin Gallery, located just inside our front doors, offers a light-filled space for local and regional, emerging and established artists to share their works. Exhibitions are curated by the ACP Artistic Director Maria Evans as well as invited guest curators. To learn more about exhibiting your work in the Taplin Gallery, click here.

Our Lower-Level Gallery features rotating exhibitions, including artwork by ACP Faculty and students. On the top floor, the Solley Lobby Gallery is ideal for community-based exhibitions and showcases work from local and/or emerging artists. To learn more about exhibiting your work in the Solley Lobby Gallery, click here.

Outside of the Robeson Center, on the Michael Graves Terrace, we feature sculptures and outdoor works that fill the space surrounding the building and beckon passersby to consider their surroundings in a different light. Further afield, our Public Art Projects help encourage this consideration throughout our community.

In addition to our galleries, the Arts Council of Princeton and the Princeton Public Library work in collaboration to present art exhibitions in the Library’s second floor Reference Gallery and in the first loor Community Room.

Exhibition Program Mission

The goal of the Arts Council of Princeton’s exhibition program is to present exhibitions and related programs that support the Arts Council’s mission of Building Community Through the Arts by:

  • Highlighting the work of local and regional working artists;
  • Coordinating with the ACP’s teaching and multi-disciplinary programs;
  • Presenting exhibitions that are relevant to our community and reflective of our region’s cultural and socio-economic diversity; and
  • Providing related educational programs for students as well as the general public (such as our Kids at Work program).