A HUB FOR MULTIDISCIPLINARY CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT
PES Studios, formerly known as Gateway Project Spaces, is a hub for multidisciplinary creative engagement. The three-level facility is split between a highly competitive and curated residency program, a project-based gallery in collaboration with Project For Empty Space, and rentable artist studio/ work spaces.
Gateway Project Spaces originally opened its doors in 2012 as a pop-up exhibition space as a collaboration between New York based non-profit Project For Empty Space and Newark based Solo(s) Project House. These temporary shows transformed an otherwise inactive office space into an immersive contemporary art arena for the public to enjoy. In 2015, Gateway Project Spaces formalized its presence by renovating and expanding its footprint and scope of work to include creative workspaces and a new gallery space.
As of 2018, Project For Empty Space and Gateway Project Spaces merged programs to become PES Studios.
The purpose of the PES exhibition space is to host socially engaging exhibitions and community programs to cultivate critical social dialogues. It achieves this mission through bold exhibitions, community programming, and support of artists that are creating work for social change. The exhibition space is co-directed by Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol, two curators dedicated to activism, justice, and strong multi-disciplinary art.
PES Studios, a subsidiary of Project For Empty Space, a 501c3 non-profit arts organization, is home to nearly 60 artist studios and shared spaces for creative professionals.
The purpose of the PES program is to cultivate a multidisciplinary artist community that can ultimately benefit all residents. A diverse array of studio practices will not only enhance and inspire our tenants, but also lead to a wider audience of patrons, collectors, clients, and enthusiasts from all different areas.
The overall facility includes a plethora of amenities, including; direct indoor connection to Newark Penn Station (PATH, NJTransit, LightRail etc.), Platinum Wired Certified High Speed WiFi, 24 hour access, 24 hour security, temperature control, free professional development programs, bi-monthly visiting professionals (critics, curators, and collectors), open studios and networking events, access to photo and video facilities, special pricing for event spaces, access to and visibility from the PES Studios, and much much more.