Collections

Untitled Postcard by Gladys Barker Grauer - cropped

Gladys Barker Grauer’s “Untitled Postcard,” screenprint, 5×7, n.d., 78 of 100

Collections

Gallery Aferro serves as a conduit to connect art collectors to numerous marginalized artists whose works span more than 80 years of history and include paintings, drawings, embroidery, watercolors, photographs, and mixed-media installations. These collections are a testament to Aferro’s growth as an institution supporting emerging and established artists — many of them women, LGBTQ+, and generational elders — throughout their careers, including members of the foundational Aferro Studios Residency Program.

Please contact Registrar Juno Zago for more information on how to purchase works or Gallery Manager Candace Nicholson for other ways you can support Aferro’s mission. We are proud to share the work of the following artists who have entrusted Aferro with their art by stewardship and/or curatorial oversight:

Gladys Barker Grauer

From her early days as a student at the Art Institute of Chicago to opening the first art gallery in Newark’s Weequahic neighborhood to igniting a modern mural movement that would help mark her adopted city as one of the Top 20 Most Arts-Vibrant Communities in the U.S., Gladys Barker Grauer was a prolific trailblazer in the world of painting, sculpture, collage, weaving, and mixed media art. Her legacy — spanning 70 years in the art world — has earned her the moniker of “Matriarch of Newark Arts,” and her impact continues to inspire artists near and far to this day. Gallery Aferro is proud to be the exclusive curatorial liaison for Barker Grauer’s work.

Anne Q. McKeown

As the quintessential Master Papermaker, whose work has taken her to four continents, gracing the social circles of some of the most respected names in the art world, Anne Q. McKeown is anything but close to retirement. As a major voice in the bicoastal arts scene, her work has become a mainstay of art collectors moved by the combination of rational and conceptual interpretations of intuitive imagery. McKeown’s collection includes a variety of painting, printmaking, papermaking and wire drawings at Gallery Aferro. 

Heather L. Johnson

In addition to embroideries, photographs and watercolors, Heather L. Johnson brings the spirit of fearlessness to everything she touches. With subjects ranging from the ethereal abstract to unadulterated realism, Johnson’s work has taken her far and wide, but more importantly into the lives of countless individuals whose identities, cultures and experiences are reflected in her creations and her philosophy that we are all bound together by our basic humanity. Gallery Aferro offers a collection of Johnson’s works that are rarely found outside of her ongoing art project.

Kea Tawana

Although Kea Tawana was known primarily for one large-scale work of art that many viewed as her magnum opus — the Ark of Newark — she was also an artist who contributed to the vibrancy of Newark’s artistic community with her advocacy, her assistance, and her passion. Alongside a permanent sound installation in the form of a classic, silver Bell payphone that shares nine tales from Newark residents speaking to Tawana’s life, art and legacy, Gallery Aferro is proud to offer access to her writings, project drawings, and original artworks. 

Katherine McGlynn

Katherine McGlynn may have retired from photography in 2010, but the indelible mark her work has left on the art world continues to influence and shape the appreciation of contemporary photography as an unapologetic witness to culture, fellowship and perseverance. Moving to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 1982 changed her approach to her craft and provided an opportunity to use her lens as a window into the everyday lives of a community many preferred to ignore. McGlynn’s body of images are a welcome addition we are proud to include in the collections at Gallery Aferro.