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The mission of Gallery Aferro is to bring cultural education and aesthetic engagement with contemporary issues to all people equally, and to create an environment where artists can gather and share physical and intellectual resources.

We are working towards an arts community that is available to everyone, without sacrificing standards or quality of experience.

Gallery Aferro is an artist-originated organization serving a diverse community through the import and export of ideas. We offer an average of 12 yearly exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists, a wide range of public events such as interactive public art projects, performances, talks, on and off-site film screenings, portfolio reviews, a year-round residency program, educational offerings and a publication line.

Two floors of our building are devoted to exhibitions taking place in our Main Gallery, Project Room, Liminal Space and New Media Room. The Project Room and Liminal Space are reserved primarily for solo exhibitions by alumni studio residents. Gallery Aferro’s year-round residency program serves artists by offering large studios to continue or create ambitious work.  Selection is based on a demonstrated commitment to chosen field, especially in the face of financial or other personal disadvantage, excellence of artwork, an interest in engaging with the public via one’s art-making process, and by the probable effect of the program as allowing art-making that otherwise would not have been possible to occur. Educational offerings consist of tours, demonstrations and talks for K-12, college or other groups, and   Identity Blueprint, our program for young women from Newark’s Public Schools (grades 10-12), offering 3 months of free workshops in cyanotype photography and digital animation. Our publishing line is now on Publication No. 19, and consists of exhibition catalogs, original essays, and artist books. Art Shop, on the ground floor, offers a curated selection of artist multiples and unique handmade items, encouraging civic pride and offering income opportunities for artisans. Art Shop is open during regular gallery hours.

Please contact us if you are interested in having a free tour, lecture or demonstration arranged for your group. All ages are welcome. Gallery directors Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox will share a presentation with your group, demonstrate interactive pieces, and make themselves, the artists and art professionals available to answer questions and discuss the exhibition and contemporary art in general.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our funders, sponsors and the individual donors who make our programs possible.

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
The New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the national endowment for the Humanities
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts
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Contact us at 973 353 9533 or info@aferro.org. Gallery Aferro is open Wednesday – Saturday from 12-6 and by appointment. Sign up for our email list here!

Gallery Aferro can be visited at:

73 Market Street
Newark, NJ 07102

and for mailing:

Evonne M. Davis
Emma Wilcox
Gallery Aferro
Ironbound Station
PO Box 5668
Newark, NJ 07105

Accessing the Gallery

Gallery hours during exhibitions are every Wed-Sat 12-6pm, come by for a visit! Gallery Aferro is a street level store front gallery and is wheelchair accessible. If you need special assistance, requests, or desire additional information about accessibility, please email our ADA Coordinator, Evonne Davis, at edavis@aferro.org. We believe art is absolutely for everyone and are very happy to accommodate anyone’s needs but please give us 1 weeks notice for any arrangements that will need to be made at the gallery. If you require large print press materials please let us know 48 hours ahead of time.

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Evonne M. Davis, Artistic Director

Evonne is a working artist, as well as the co-founder and Artistic Director of Gallery Aferro and formerly Gallery/Education Director at City Without Walls, both in Newark, NJ. Originally from the Woodstock, NY area, she studied at School of Visual Arts and Cornell University.

Her current practice involves sculptural installations and experimental video. Her work deals with labor, systems, class, language, and the juxtapositions present in everyday life. Her work is informed by a deep love of modern and contemporary poetry, and an insatiable curiosity about human nature. She has exhibited at venues such as the Krampf Gallery, NYC, Theater for the New City in NYC, Walsh Gallery in Orange NJ, Prtizker Gallery in Poughkeepsie, NY, College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY, Alley Culture in Detroit, MI, and countless other galleries and alternative spaces nationwide.

Evonne has curated independent and affiliated exhibitions for the past 14 years in innovative as well as traditional settings, including a vacant lot in Coney Island and the back of a 1978 Volvo. Her goal is connect any willing audience with cultural experience.. Other locations include The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Valley Arts, Ironworks Gallery, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Studio 411, Red Saw Gallery, Arts Guild of New Jersey, Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ, Print Making Center of NJ, Seton Hall University, and 207 Gallery, among many others. Her 2002 exhibition, Nostalgia and Decay, which originated in Coney Island, Brooklyn was moved to Borough Hall at the invitation of the Brooklyn Borough President. This exhibition focused on the ways that artists and residents were inspired by the now-demolished Thunderbolt Rollercoaster, a functional ride that also the caretaker’s family home. Other relevant community-led history work includes videography for WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, the major 2007 exhibition on feminist art and activism 1965-80. Evonne worked on interviews for the NYC-based artists, recording their testimonies.

Evonne has facilitated partnerships with Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark Arts Council, The Polish Cultural Institute, Brick City Development Corporation, Camera Club of New York, The Newark Museum, The Montclair Museum and many others.

She has worked with youth in a variety of contexts including creative writing for at-risk youth at the NYC LGBT Youth Center – The Zone, attendance counseling for the NYC BOE, and as a mentor in City Without Wall’s Artreach Program. She was a member of the Arts High School Advisory Committee, and the NPS AV Committee, and is currently a member of the City of Newark Committee on Arts, Culture, Tourism and Heritage as well as co-chair of the City of Newark Public Art Committee.

Currently, she is also one of 14 senior executives from New Jersey nonprofit organizations selected to participate in the Prudential Foundation Nonprofit Executive Fellows Program at the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School.

Emma Wilcox, Gallery Director

Emma is a working artist and writer as well as the co-founder of Gallery Aferro. Over the past decade, she has worked with co-founder Evonne M. Davis to develop hundreds of exhibitions, residencies, education programs, public art initiatives, as well as 22 publications. Many of these efforts have been highly collaborative in nature, involving other nonprofits and collectives, such as our 2012 digital animation “remixes” by Newark youth of Newark Museum collection artworks, or our 2013 project, Jan Sawka 1946-2012: Reflections on Everyman, which focused on the life and work on Polish exile, artist and activist Jan Sawka, including Sawka’s support of the Solidarity movement. Wilcox maintains an artistic and curatorial interest in history, including the history of artist communities, as well as Newark’s overall history.

As a photographer she is concerned with environmental justice, land usage, eminent domain, and the role of individual memory in the creation of local history. Solo exhibitions: Where it Falls, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA and William Patterson University Galleries, Wayne, NJ, 2012, Emma Wilcox, 2010 at Gitterman Gallery, New York, NY, Salvage Rights, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2009 and Forensic Landscapes, Jersey City Museum, 2007. She is the recipient of a Harpo Foundation Grant for Where It Falls, a  NoMAA Creative Grant, a NJ State Arts Council Fellowship for photography, the Camera Club of NY residency, the Newark Museum Residency and was a core participant in Night School at the New Museum in 2008. She was featured on Women in Photography, the New Yorker, American Suburb X, and Black and White Magazine, was reviewed in Art In America, and has written for Bomb Magazine, Zing Magazine, and Influence. She regularly leads gallery tours for all ages at Gallery Aferro, and is a frequent guest speaker for a variety of universities and other organizations including the NJ Historical Society.

Jacob Mandel, Gallery Manager

Jacob Mandel was born in December 1990. As an artist he primarily works with photography. His work focuses on ideas, introspection, and emotions. Through his practice he reflects on experience using photography as a parallel to the way we see the world. Mandel received a BFA in Photography and a minor degree in Art History from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2012. Since graduating he has planted himself in the Newark arts community and currently works as Gallery Manager at Gallery Aferro in Downtown Newark. In 2013 Mandel was awarded a scholarship as a mentee of Evonne Davis to attend the Nonprofit Emerging Leaders Certificate Program at The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School. His work in a growing art community like Newark’s has shown him that collaboration, self motivating, and idea sharing are crucial to one’s professional and creative success. Mandel is currently a Studio Resident at Gallery Aferro.

Alex Scott Cumming, Exhibition Designer

Alex Scott Cumming is exhibition designer and a working artist at Gallery Aferro. Beginning as a volunteer, his skills and background in installation and design were quickly trusted and utilized. Alex Scott studied interdisciplinary art at Montclair State. Shortly afterwards, he began working with Newark ­based, Oculus Art Collaborative, specializing in curation and project coordination. Their show in 2012’s Newark Open Doors, “Transformation” renovated the Kislak Building in Downtown Newark into multiple installation studios and a performance space. Alex’s practice includes painting, graphic design, photography, and writing. He has also worked in film production, printmaking, and music. Alex’s work focuses on psychological imagery, primitivism, and evolution.