NEWARK, NJ — A little global pandemic won't stop artists from creating, nor will it get in the way of the 2020 Newark Arts Festival that will run virtually starting today until Oct. 11. 

This year's showcase includes local and nationally known artists exhibiting and selling their work, as well as a custom-designed virtual gallery modeled after the Newark Museum of Art, one of the festival's partners. 

“We are beyond excited to exhibit the outstanding creations of these artists to a global audience via a partnership with The Newark Museum of Art,” said Lauren Craig, festival lead and exhibit co-curator. “The world needs artistic inspiration now more than ever, and so it’s amazing that Festival goers will enjoy the stunning genius of our participating artists right from their phones, tablets and computers.”

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The gallery features the work of 21 artists: Clara Aden; Luis Alves; Jenna Arvelo; Ngu Asongwed; Mashall Black; Bisa Butler; Patricia Dahlman; Maurice Evans and Grace Kisa; Adebunmi Gbadebo; M. Gosser; Kween Moore; Nell Painter; Lillian Ribeiro; Danielle Scott; fayemi shakur in collaboration with Adama Delphine Fawundu; Armisey Smith; Onnie Strother; Kati Vilim; Adrienne Wheeler; and Layqa Nuna Yawar.

Newark Arts Festival is produced by Newark Arts and presented by Prudential and Verizon. Additional sponsors and partners include Goldman Sachs; Bank of America; M&T Bank; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Momentum Fund; New Jersey State Council on the Arts; Hanini Group; National Endowment for the Arts; and the City of Newark.  

Visit the 2020 Newark Arts Festival at newarkartsfestival.com.