Programs and Exhibitions


As a creative epicenter for the region, William Paterson University’s Center for New Art is active in hosting a variety of art-centric events and programs to enrich our community and region.  The artist’s lectures and symposia seek to bring varying perspectives to our audiences, while the artist-in-residence programs and exhibitions provide an opportunity to showcase artist’s work in a place that encourages exploration. 

To foster this spirit of exploration, the Center for New Art added an artist’s incubator program in 2014 to provide micro residencies for artists seeking to delve into a specific area of new art or gain knowledge of a specific resource.

Visiting artists have included Hasan Elahi, Mary Reid Kelly, Ron Labaco, Will Pappenheimer, Suzanne Anker, Geoffrey Alan Rhode, Patrick Lichty, Heather Darcy BHandari, Michael Szivos, Eve Andre Larame, Sigrid Cockhan Brell, Bonnie Collura, Michele Segre, Hank Willis Thomas, and many others.

Artists in Residence have included Maria Lux, Ben Phelan, Katy Schimert, Richard Klein, Michael Joaquin Grey, Christopher Manzione, Fabian Maracaccio, Ariana Barat, Cliff Baldwin, and Juana Valdes.


2014 - Maria Lux, Float (2014 Artist in Residence)

2013 – Benjamin Phelan Energy Lattice (2013 Artist in Residence)

2012-2014 – Collaboration with the WPUNJ Education program in a Dodge Grant as part of a STEM to STEAM Initiative at East Side High School in Paterson, New Jersey.

2010 – The Real Fake, co-curated with Rachel Clarke, Claudia Hart and Michael Rees; University Galleries, William Paterson University

2010 – Really Fake, co-curated by Michael Rees and Chris Manzione; an augmented reality exhibition on campus in tandem with the Real Fake. 

2010 – Alpha to Zeta: A collaborative Digital Sculpture Exhibition, curated by Suzanne Anker and Michael Rees; exhibited at the Visual Arts Galleries at the School of Visual Art and Power Art Annex Gallery at William Paterson University. The exhibition included work from students and faculty from The School of Visual Arts and William Paterson Univesity.

2009 – Social Object: Sculpture and Software; Chelsea Art Museum.  Students participated in the creation of 3D alphabets used in the Sculptural User Interface, software.