Heroes of Comic Art

The Arts Council of Princeton presents Heroes of Comic Art, featuring original published artworks by Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, Curt Swan, John Buscema, Jack Davis, Steve Ditko and other great artists that created many of the comic heroes that we enjoy in today’s books and films.   Each artist in this exhibition have made major contributions to the history of the comic books as we know them. In 1940, Jack Kirby and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character,

Transition: Vietnam

Vietnam is a country in transition. Intrigued by the rapid transformation of Vietnam, one of the fastest growing economies of the world, Mark Ludak and Andrew Cohen have returned multiple times to photograph this region. A dynamic, youthful country, especially seen in mega-cities like Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon), it is a country where the traditional and contemporary are reconstituted into distinctively Vietnamese manifestations.

Narrative Paintings

Featured in the Lower-Level Gallery at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts is Narrative Paintings by longtime ACP instructor, Charles David Viera. Viera’s narrative works have rarely been displayed as a group and are the focus of this exhibition which coincides with a special class Narrative Painting: Making a Statement which will be offered at the ACP during the winter semester.   Charles David Viera’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum ,The Nassau County Museum, Adam Gimbel Gallery ,and the

Interwoven Stories

View a selection of 20 pages from Interwoven Stories, a community stitching project created by 2016 Artist-in-Residence Diana Weymar. More than 200 3-hole fabric pages, stitched with memories, places, and people, were created by Interwoven Stories participants, speaking to the generosity, diversity, spirit, commitment and creativity of this community. Interwoven Stories Update: Pages from The University of Puget Sound and the Arts Council of Princeton collections currently on exhibit: The Municipal Hall of Princeton, Arts Council of Princeton, The Zen Hospice Project (San Francisco), and

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 Exhibition Committee as well as invited guest curators.

On the Lower Level, we are proud to highlight faculty work alongside their students’ work. On the top floor, on the way into our state-of-the-art Solley Theater, is our Solley Lobby Gallery, showcasing work ranging from community paint-outs to collaborations with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

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).