Earth, Fire, Water, Ice, Debris: Five Artists Comment on the Environment

Fire, Earth, Water, Ice, Debris features original work by Helena Bienstock, Diane Burko, Anita Glesta, Susan Hockaday, Martha Vaughn and is curated by Judith K. Brodsky. We are in a period of artmaking in which artists have moved out of the attic into the world. In this age of images, artists are using their powerful visual skills to make us aware of the issues in the world around us as well as the beauty. These five artists, each in her own way, have turned their

Recent Small Still Life Paintings

Joe Kossow received a Master in Fine Arts degree from The American University in Washington, DC in 1982. He was fortunate to have studied with Ben Summerford,Robert D’Arista, and Jack Boul. In 1983, he co-founded the Washington Studio School with Lee Newman, Carlton Fletcher, Jack Boul, Susan Yanero, David Holt, Jo Weiss, and Katie Murray. Joe taught at the Washington Studio School and local Washington area colleges for 8 years. He was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields prize in 1983. His work has been shown in

Local Women in their Crowns: A Portraits and Stories Community Project

  In conjunction with McCarter Theatre Center‘s production of Crowns, directed by Regina Taylor, the Arts Council of Princeton and McCarter have partnered to create Local Women in their Crowns: A Portraits and Stories Community Project. Inspired by the book of the same name from which Crowns was created, this visual storytelling project captures portraits and the shared stories of Black women of all ages and backgrounds in their church hats. The culminating exhibition serves as a celebration of African American culture and tradition on display at

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.

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).