Abridged CV/Career Highlights

Gladys Barker Grauer, 1923-2019

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Lived and worked in Newark, NJ

Gladys Barker Grauer was a visual artist, art educator, and a founding member of Black Woman in Visual Perspective, New Jersey Chapter of the National Conference of Artists and the Newark Arts Council. Her works have been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, from the Newark Museum of Art to Dakar, Senegal, with works included in the permanent collection of museums, libraries, private institutions, universities and numerous private collectors. She served on the Boards of Theater of Universal Images, City Without Walls, and the Newark Arts Council.


Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago, IL

Loyola University – Chicago, IL

Rutgers University – Newark, NJ

Exhibitions – Partial List

Solo Exhibits

Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

William Carlos Williams Center, Rutherford, NJ

Courtney Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

1978 Arts Center, Maplewood, NJ

Group Exhibits

Paul Robeson Galleries, Express Newark, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

Court Gallery, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

The Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ

Noyes Museum of Art, Hammonton, NJ

City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ

Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ

Passaic County Community College, Paterson, NJ

Douglass Residential College, New Brunswick, NJ

Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

Clock Tower, New York City

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City

African American Museum of Dallas, Dallas, TX

National Art Gallery, Dakar, Senegal

Iandor Fine Arts, Newark, NJ

Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

Art In the Atrium, Morristown, NJ

Cape May Center for Community Art, Cape May, NJ

Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ

Awards, Honors, Fellowships, and Commissions

Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Women’s Caucus for Art

Subject of “Being Gladys” Documentary by filmmakers David & Zelda Patterson

Honoree at the 2nd Annual Badass Art Woman Awards – Project for Empty Space, Newark, NJ

Rutgers Innovative Printmaking Fellowship, Newark, NJ

NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship

Artist-in-Residence, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

1st Prize Watercolor – James Street Commons, Morristown, NJ

Little Houses Commission – Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

Mural – Art Wall at PSE&G Fairmount Heights Switching Station, Newark, NJ

Mural – Arts High School, Newark, NJ

Mural – Marion A. Bolden Student Center, Newark, NJ

Mural – Newark Mosaic, Broad Street, Newark, NJ

Mural – Tribute to Newark Jazz Clubs, Hawthorne Avenue, Newark, NJ

Permanent Collections

The Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ

Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ

Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

Noyes Museum of Art, Hammonton, NJ

National Art Library of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

The Library of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ

Professional Experience

Proprietor, Aard Studio Gallery, Newark, NJ

Commercial Art Instructor, Essex County Vocational and Technical Schools

Painting Instructor, Newark Museum Art Workshop

Art Reach Mentor, City Without Walls

Artist-in-Residence, NJ State Council on the Arts

Biographical References

Gumbo YaYa: Anthology of Contemporary African-American Artists, Midmarch Art Press, 1995, pp 85-86

Art by African-Americans in the Collection of the New Jersey State Museum, pp 54-55

Transcultural in New Jersey, Rutgers Office of Intercultural Initiatives, Vol. 1, p 82

St. James Guide to Black Artists, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Who’s Who In American Art, 17th ed – 25th ed

New York Art Review, pp 390, 606-609