Rebecca Jampol is an arts educator, gallery director and independent curator based in Newark, New Jersey. Graduating from Rutgers University-Newark in 2008, she took a leading role in furthering the development of the city’s burgeoning arts scene. Ms. Jampol moved forward to become the driving force in a myriad of cultural and educational initiatives including; Jajo Art Gallery (08-09); Glocally Newark (2010); The 239 Collective (2010); Rutgers Future Scholars “I am” Program; The NeWWalls Newark Public Art Conference (2014), The Gateway Project Public Art Initiative (2014/present), and Portals, Newark, (2016/Present).
Her work revolves around positive activation of private and public spaces, creating happenings, exhibitions, and programming that provide a platform for social discourse and engagement. Ms. Jampol is the founder and director of the alternative gallery space & studio residence, Solo(s) Project House (SPH). Artists are invited annually from all over the world to work in Newark. She is the founder and co-director of Gateway Project Spaces, a hub for multidisciplinary creative engagement located in 2 Gateway Center, Newark. 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. She is also the co-director of Project For Empty Space, a not-for-profit organization that creates socially engaging, multidisciplinary art exhibitions and programming that encourage social dialogue, education, and systemic change for cultural tolerance.
Ms. Jampol and her many endeavors have received press from a bevy of outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Juxtapoz Magazine, Forbes Magazine, ArtNews, BlouinArtInfo, VICE, Vanity Fair, WhiteHot Magazine and The Star-Ledger. She was engaged by the Newark Downtown District as the curator of the inaugural entryway project, “Gateways to Newark: Portraits”