2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | links

Aljira, Emerge 2003, calls for proposals, deadline July 12, 2002

Independent Curator and Critic Dominique Nahas Chairs Selection Committee for Aljira Emerge 2003 Fellowship

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, located in Newark, New Jersey, seeks entrants for the fall session of a fellowship program designed to provide practical and timely career advice for emerging artists. Selected artists will receive 12 free seminars on expanding and advancing their art careers, and will be featured in an exhibition at Aljira. The competition is open to all artists who have at least 5 years of professional experience in the field, are not enrolled as a full-time student in a degree-granting undergraduate program, and are able to fully participate in the series of 12 seminars which will begin on September 30, 2002.

Independent critic and curator Dominique Nahas is the chair of the selection committee for Aljira Emerge 2003. Nahas, along with Program Director Judith Page, will select the 18 artists to participate in the award-winning program. Grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts evidence the critical need for Emerge, a program now in its fourth year, and which Aljira proudly notes will be the first to be held in its new space at 591 Broad Street, Newark.

Dominique Nahas, a former museum curator and museum director, is an independent curator and critic. Mr. Nahas writes frequently for a wide variety of art publications such as Art in America, ARTNEWS, Flash Art, Art On Paper, New Art Examiner, ArtNet Worldwide, Art Asia-Pacific, New Observations, C, Chelsea NY Arts, and TRANS among other periodicals. He is currently the New York editor of dART International, a leading arts quarterly. Mr. Nahas is a frequent guest lecturer at arts institutions, organizations, and universities. His exhibition BROOKLYN!, co-curated recently with Michael Rush for the Palm Beach ICA, received national and international acclaim. He teaches critical theory at Pratt, Parsons, Maryland Institute and Montclair State University.

The deadline for the Aljira Emerge 2003 fellowship is July 12, 2002. Artists wishing to obtain an entry form should contact Aljira at 973-643-6877 or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Aljira, P.O. Box 7506, Newark, NJ 07107. You may e-mail Aljirainc@aol.com if you wish to obtain an entry form electronically. There is no cost to apply to or participate in Aljira Emerge 2003.

The Aljira Emerge program was initiated in response to a gap in the education of artists-few academic or community programs teach the "business of art," an essential component to an artist's success. The 12 seminars conducted by specialists in the field will provide information on subjects such as exhibition strategies and opportunities, financial and legal issues, gallery representation and contracts, and professional presentation. Past seminar leaders include Richard Vine, managing editor of Art In America; Petah Coyne, internationally acclaimed sculptor; Hudson, director and owner of Feature gallery; Lilly Wei, historian, critic and curator; Franklin Sirmans, art critic and curator; and Jeanette Ingberman and Pabo Colo, directors of Exit Art. The seminars will conclude with an exhibition which will give each participant the opportunity to apply information received in the seminars to a "real world" setting.

Comments from participants in Emerge 2002:
A professional artist has to juggle so many things and in art school one usually gains very little "real world" knowledge. Aljira helped me fill those gaps. Besides the wealth of practical knowledge, participating in Emerge 2002 has given me a renewed confidence in the face of the art world. The high caliber speakers and the program's commitment to helping artists is truly inspiring. Jennifer Crupi, Holmdel, NJ

The practice of art is a laborious process of climbing a never ending staircase, one step at a time. The Aljira Emerge 2002 program was a welcome relief-an escalator at your disposal. Robert Marbury, New York, NY

Being informed of the financial, legal, nuts-and-bolts matters of getting along as an artist ultimately frees the artist to create.Annie Murdoch, New York, NY

Aljira is a center for contemporary art which promotes the work of emerging and under-represented artists. Located in downtown Newark, Aljira acts as a home base and focal point for independent, grassroots and community arts groups. Aljira's exhibition program has received national accolades and Aljira was designated a Distinguished Arts Organization in 1996/97 by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for continued "excellence in artistry, public benefit and leadership."

Funding for Aljira has been made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (administered by the City of Newark); JPMorgan Chase; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Johnson & Johnson; Prudential Foundation; Nathan Cummings Foundation; membership and individual contributions.