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GlassBook Project: Newark


October 14 – December 31, 2010

Main Library
Third Floor Gallery


Reception and Programs



Sarah Silva, Disconnected, 2010

The Newark Public Library is honored to host GlassBook Project: Newark, an exhibition of dynamic, mysterious and evocative artworks that examine the healing processes and coping mechanisms used by survivors of traumatic experience. Presented in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the exhibition will be accompanied by a reception and special programming on October 28 that addresses the nature and impact of trauma “beyond sensationalism.”

Vanessa Matista, Safe Retreat, 2009

The Project was founded and created by Nick Kline, a fine artist based in New York City, in partnership with the organization Witness Justice. Kline, a professor in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark, introduced the project through a Book Arts class he was teaching there in 2009. The foundation of the project rests on students learning about often “taboo” topics such as self-inflicted violence and domestic abuse, and creating glass books to represent the stories and perspectives of individuals who have endured those experiences. Through the project, students begin to recognize that behaviors that may appear to be symptoms of mental or other illness, may in fact be coping mechanisms adopted by individuals for emotional release, regulation, or self-preservation.

Kristen Palatella, Why?, 2010

The Project is an artwork of Nick Kline, a fine artist based in New York City, done in collaboration with project partner Witness Justice, and other artists, survivors, students and community organizations. In the GlassBook Project, survivors meet with college students to share their trauma experience and explain how certain behaviors helped them cope. These behaviors (frequently labeled as symptoms of mental or other illness) are often a means of survival and resilience. Through the educational experience, students are guided to shift perspective from "What's wrong with you?" to "What happened to you?" and away from victim blaming, making books out of glass that reflect the survivor's point of view.

Heriberto “Eddie” Maldonado, A View inside the Fish Bowl…, 2010.

The books have been exhibited all over the United States including Paramount Theater in Hollywood and the Museum of American Glass. The award-winning GlassBook Project has been hailed as one of the top mental health innovations in the country, as it facilitates meaningful social change for survivors and build community understanding of the nature and impact of trauma.

The exhibition features 35 books on loan from the project that present perspectives of survivors of domestic violence, self-inflicted violence, and other traumatic events, that were created in 2009 and 2010 by students at Rutgers-Newark. The books are paired with wall text, and large-scale photomontages by Kline that wrap around the gallery space. The exhibition also includes artists' books and related works by Sarah Stengle, who co-taught the most recent class with Kline.

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In addition to the exhibition, The Newark Public Library is also supporting a program open for public participation.

For more information about the exhibition, please call the Special Collections Division at 973-733-7745, or email Jared Ash at For information about the GlassBook Project, please contact Nick Kline at 973-353-5600 or visit

Nick Kline, Untitled, from GlassBook Project: Newark, photomontage, inkjet print, 2010

Reception and Programs

All programs are free and open to the general public. For additional information, please call
973-733-7745 (Special Collections Division)
or email

WHAT: Exhibition Reception and Programs
WHEN: October 28th, from 5:00-8:00 pm

5:00-6:00 pm: Exhibition reception - Auditorium, Fourth Floor
5:30 pm:  Performance: Sarah Stengle and Rebecca Kelly, “Between the Letters” - Third Floor Gallery
6:00-8:00 pm:  “Witness: Beyond Sensationalism”; poetry and fiction readings and panel discussion, moderated by Nora Luongo

WHERE: Auditorium, Fourth Floor, The Newark Public Library

Exhibition and programs are free and open to the public.

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