Conjuring the Ancestors: Invitations to Collective Monument Building
December 1, 2023 - March 31, 2024

Artist Researcher in Residence Jean-Marc Superville Sovak is interested in working with community members to transcribe or render their ideas for remembering and honoring the ancestors who were buried in Newburgh’s “Colored’ Burial Ground. Members of the public are invited to participate in his collectively-built project From the Ground UP, which is part exhibition and part social practice, and includes visual art, offerings from the public, artist talks and workshops, presentations from a variety of community members, performances, readings, and community conversations.

Community members are invited to come by Ann Street Gallery on Saturdays and Sundays 12-4 though March to speak with a gallery attendant, or to email to make an appointment to speak with Superville Sovak, to share their ideas and visions of how we might honor, connect with, and remember those who were buried in Newburgh’s “Colored” Burial Ground, including those 99 individuals who were exhumed in 2008 and await reburial. 

In particular, Superville Sovak makes the following calls for participation to all members of the community toward the building of collective monuments to those buried in and exhumed from Newburgh’s “Colored” Burial Ground:

  • Shared Conversation: Open dialog and questioning surrounding the project and his research on the burial ground, Alms House Records, Census Records, and Burial Ground Archeology, History, & Osteology Report
  • Visioning Ceremonies: share a memory, story, or vision for connecting with and honoring the ancestors, to be recorded or rendered by the artist (or by the contributor)
  • Letters to the Ancestors: draft a letter or have your message transcribed by the artist (Letters may also be mailed to Ann Street Gallery, 104 Ann St, Attn: From the Ground UP, Newburgh, NY 12550)
  • Conjuring Bundles: learn how & why conjuring bundles may have been used in the burial ground and how to make your own to contribute to the project
Contributions to the project may be put on display in the Gallery by Superville Sovak and/or may be documented for the project archive.

Contributors should indicate whether or not they want their letters sealed or open for display, whether or not they want their contribution attributed to their name, and whether or not they wish for their contribution to be returned at the close of the exhibition.

Superville Sovak is excited to interact with community members, share his research on Newburgh history following the gradual abolition of slavery in NY state, and explain his strategies for Conjuring the Ancestors, creating Collective Monuments, and honoring those buried in Newburgh’s “Colored” Burial Ground. Stop by on Saturdays and Sundays 12-4 with your questions, letters, bundles, sketches, or other ideas!  Please email if you’d like to meet with Superville-Sovak.

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: Application closes January 21, 2024



Organizational Background

Safe Harbors of the Hudson is an innovative and dynamic housing and arts non-profit located in the City of Newburgh, New York. With the mission of Transforming Lives and Building Community through Housing and the Arts, Safe Harbors is committed to housing equity, cultural access, and downtown revitalization. The organization includes the Cornerstone Residence, affordable, supportive housing for 128 adults; Ann Street Gallery, a contemporary art space; Ann Street Studios, eight artist work studios; the Lobby at the Ritz, a performance venue; Safe Harbors Green, a half-acre park; the historic Ritz Theater, which Safe Harbors is working to redevelop as a performance and event space; and two commercial tenants, 2Alices Coffee Lounge and Grit Works collaborative work/share space.

Under the umbrella of Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Ann Street Gallery presents contemporary art through exhibitions and programming that create new opportunities for education and immersion in the arts in Newburgh. Ann Street Gallery’s exhibitions, events, and programs seek to increase arts literacy and appreciation by engaging community and promoting forward thinking, socially and ecologically responsive, and under-represented positions in contemporary practice. Learn more at

Job Description

Safe Harbors’ Ann Street Gallery seeks a reliable and energetic part-time gallery assistant to work 21 hours per week including weekend days. This is a year-round position, but work hours will fluctuate based on the gallery’s exhibitions and hours of operation. The part-time Gallery Assistant will work independently while tending the Gallery during open hours, as well as directly with the Gallery Director to assist with events, workshops, installation, or other administrative or hands-on tasks. The position is responsible for opening and closing the gallery, tending the exhibition(s) and Open Reading Room & Media Space during open hours, and providing a welcoming, safe, and professional atmosphere for visitors in the gallery. The ideal candidate for this role demonstrates superb interpersonal skills in interfacing with the public, excellent communication and organizational skills, a responsible and attentive work ethic, and design skills.


• Opening/closing the Gallery, ensuring the gallery is tidy and presentable, preparing the Gallery for visitors
• Attending the gallery, welcoming visitors, answering questions about exhibitions and artists, and guarding the artwork on display
• Communicating effectively about Ann Street Gallery & Safe Harbors of the Hudson programming & mission
• Providing general information about Newburgh & arts-related activities in the local vicinity and surrounding Hudson Valley area
• Assisting the Gallery Director with coordinating volunteers
• Assisting the Gallery Director with exhibition preparations
• Providing support for artist workshops, talks, receptions, or other gallery events
• Administrative support and computer-based work, such as maintaining a gallery mailing list, assisting with the Gallery’s social media and web archive, occasional outreach, and promotions
• Potential opportunities for development of programming, education, or workshops in support of exhibitions

Required Qualifications

• Excellent communication and organizational skills
• College-level degree or equivalent work experience in an arts-related field
• Experience in customer service and public-facing work
• Knowledge of and interest in contemporary art practices
• Presentable attire and punctuality
• Conversant with digital processing and design tools like Excel, Word, Outlook, Photoshop, Illustrator

Preferred Qualifications

• Knowledge of Newburgh, Safe Harbors of the Hudson, and Ann Street Gallery
• Experience and interest in graphic design, basic web design, & social media content creation
• Basic competency with photo, video, sound editing software
• Experience or interest in working within the scope of a nonprofit organization
• Experience or interest in art handling and installation

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

• Requires working independently in the gallery, with potential lengthy periods alone in the space
• Requires working closely with Gallery Director, as well as occasionally working with artists included in Gallery programming
• Must be able to lift/carry or move up to 30lbs to move pedestals, chairs, tables, and assist with install/deinstall of exhibitions
• Requires prolonged periods of standing and/or walking in the gallery

Compensation & Benefits

This is a part-time position of 21 hours per week with a starting wage of $20 per hour. Part-time employees are eligible for paid sick days, holiday pay, and participation in the 401(k) savings program. Gallery employees have the opportunity to meet artists and learn about exhibitions through presentations by curators/artists. The Gallery Assistant will have various opportunities for on-the-job training to expand their skillset and experience by working with the Gallery Director and artists involved in programming.


Please submit a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and interest in the position along with your resume/CV. Email your application materials to: (include Ann Street Gallery Assistant in the subject line), or apply at:

No phone calls or walk-ins will be accepted.
Thank you!

Safe Harbors of the Hudson is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.

The 2023 Ann Street Gallery Emerging Artist Fellowship Open Call ended May 14 11:59pm. All applicants have been notified.


Ann Street Gallery Emerging Artist Fellowship 2023

Open Call has ended.

Applicants will be notified
of the jury’s selections by early June

Fellowship: June - November 2023
Exhibition: September - October 2023

Submit HERE via Google Forms

Safe Harbors of the Hudson is pleased to announce the second annual Ann Street Gallery Emerging Artist Fellowship in support of emerging artists in Newburgh and the region, with a focus on those identifying as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC). The fellowship provides three to four artists with opportunities for mentorship, networking, and professional development as well as a $2000 USD materials and supplies allowance, representation in the gallery during Newburgh Open Studios, and individual guidance toward identifying goals and further opportunities.


Under the umbrella of Safe Harbors of the Hudson, a nonprofit organization that combines supportive housing and the arts, Ann Street Gallery presents contemporary art through exhibitions and programming to create new opportunities for education and immersion in the arts in Newburgh. Ann Street Gallery’s exhibitions and programs seek to increase arts literacy and appreciation by engaging community and promoting forward thinking, socially responsive, and under-represented positions in contemporary practice.

The Ann Street Gallery Emerging Artist Fellowship aims to provide artists a supportive platform for experimental and substantive growth for a six month fellowship from June through November 2023. Located in the heart of Newburgh NY, Ann Street Gallery is situated at the nexus of community and the arts. Through the Fellowship, artists have direct access to explore the resources offered by the city’s vibrant arts scene and cultural institutions and the possibility to connect and engage with arts professionals and practitioners based in Newburgh and surrounding areas.

Artwork by 2022 ASG Emerging Artist Fellow Fernanda Mello
𝘒𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘞𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳
Acrylic on linen
60 x 60”
𝘖𝘭𝘩𝘰 𝘥’ á𝘨𝘶𝘢
Installation view
Apples, waterchesnuts, seashells, soil, wire, plastic bag, alligator toy


The Fellowship comprises participation in and access to:

• A supportive cohort led by the Gallery Director that will meet regularly at the Gallery to discuss & share work.

• Workshops to expand fellows’ practices, develop their portfolios, CV/resumes, artist statements, and build their identities as professional artists.

• Arranged visits/tours of local and regional art institutions to broaden exposure to arts organizations and institutions in the Hudson Valley.

• Studio Visits to fellows’ studios and to other practicing artists’ spaces.

• A self-organized collective group exhibition showcasing the fellows’ work at Ann Street Gallery during Newburgh Open Studios.

• A materials and supplies expense allowance of USD $2000.00/artist to support the expansion of each fellow’s practice and/or creation of new work.

• Access to the Gallery spaces, Open Reading Room, Safe Harbors Green, and other exhibition/event spaces at Safe Harbors as permissible.

• Post-exhibition reflection and guidance toward identifying goals and opportunities

• A short post-fellowship interview and questionnaire


ASG welcomes applications from emerging artists, especially those who identify as BIPOC and who reside in Newburgh or the Hudson Valley. In seeking artists with experimental practices within the visual arts, performance, and interdisciplinary practice, the selected fellows will form an essential part of Ann Street Gallery’s program. The Fellowship places special emphasis on artists exploring narratives aside or sub-current to those formally acknowledged by art historians, especially practices that foster an active exchange with local organizations and communities, and are rooted in their value as cultural producers.

Ann Street Gallery Emerging Artist Fellows are selected by an annual open call in the spring of each year. Artists may only apply to the Fellowship during the open call period. Applicants should submit an artist statement, CV or resume, a proposal outlining their interest and intentions during the fellowship, and a portfolio of creative work as outlined below. Artists will be selected by a jury led by Ann Street Gallery’s Director with members from the region’s arts community.


The deadline to apply is EXTENDED to May 14, 2023 11:59pm EST.

Applicants will be notified of decisions by early June, 2023.

Fellowship will run June through November, 2023.

First week of June 2023 - paperwork completed for fellowship, 6 month Fellowship commences

June 1 - November 30, 2023 - Fellowship Period; Schedule & deadlines TBA

September 16 - October 31, 2023 - Fellowship exhibition at Ann Street Gallery; open for Newburgh Open Studios (September 30-October 1)

End of November, 2023 - Fellowship concludes, post-fellowship interviews


Please submit the following items to apply to the Ann Street Gallery Emerging Artist Fellowship.
Please include your first and last name in the file name of every file you submit.
All items are required. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please include your first and last name in the file name of every file you submit.

1. Current CV or resume listing contact information, education, significant exhibitions, awards, grants, residencies, published writings, and other experiences relevant to the application (3 pages max.)

2. Artist statement (400 words max.)

3. Proposal outlining your interest and intentions: please explain your interest in being a Fellowship participant and how you would benefit from participating in the Fellowship program, as well as your proposed project for the Fellowship and how your work or proposed project fits within the context of Newburgh and/or the region (600 words max.)

4. Work Samples: Please submit 10 work samples with corresponding image identification information including work title, date, medium/materials, dimensions/duration/site as relevant, and short descriptions as needed.
Videos, films, and sound recordings can be submitted as a document with up to 5 hyperlinks to external websites.

Those applying as an artist duo/collaborative should only submit examples of collaborative work.

Please include your first and last name in the file name of every file you submit.

5. List 3 professional references who can speak to your practice, motivations, and potential as an artist. For each reference include their Name, Job Title, Relationship to you, Address, Email, Phone & Website (if applicable). Applications will be accepted through this online form.

Submission Instructions:
Artists submit their work via Google Forms.

To request a paper application, please email

Questions about the fellowship can be addressed to