quietly growing into a
contemporary art powerhouse."
—The New York Times
In 1984, a group of artists came together and launched Aljira, a Center for Contemporary
Art in Newark, NJ. The core group included Carl Hazlewood, Fausto Sevila, Liz
Seaton, Seitz Frankfort and me. We were united in our desire for a place to create
and show our work alongside the work of other emerging and established artists
who were challenging conventional notions about art, connecting art to the issues
of the day, and stimulating new conversations about values, art and culture.
By choosing Aljira as its name, a word from the Australian Aborigines which suggests
open possibilities, the founders signaled their desire to create a space and
a sense of possibility for the art of the “other,” that is, for artists
outside the mainstream.
Nearly 25 years and hundreds of artists later, Aljira is the premiere contemporary
art center in New Jersey. Thought-provoking Exhibitions and public programs are still at the core of our mission. Our professional
development program, Emerge is one of the most well-regarded
fellowship programs for emerging artists in the nation and our Culture Creators program provides transformative experiences for Newark-area
Numerous creative and hard working people have passed through our doors over
the years. We have been nurtured and sustained by their energy and by the investment
that many generous individual and institutional donors have made in Aljira’s
We are deeply grateful to all of our supporters and invite you to join them.
Please explore these pages to learn more about Aljira.
Thank you for your consideration of support. Please contact Susan Stedman at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how you
be a part this
dynamic, creative community.
Victor L. Davson