If Not For Clem

by | Mar 2, 2016

Photo credit: Arthur Paxton

Photo credit: Arthur Paxton


“Many Clement Prices All at Once,” is the title of a limited edition digital collage on paper by Nell Painter. The new work will be on display at the Newark Arts Council’s “If Not For Clem” gala benefit on March 31, 2016 at Rutgers University-Newark, 15 Washington Street.

Just over a year after his sudden passing, the Newark Arts Council will honor Dr. Clement Alexander Price with the prestigious 2016 Medal of the Arts at its upcoming Gala Fundraiser, “If Not For Clem”, on Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 6 pm to 10 pm. Taking place in the newly opened and beautifully restored skyscraper at 15 Washington Street on the campus of Rutgers University-Newark, “If Not For Clem” is one of more than 150 festive events that are a part of this year’s Newark Celebration 350. “It’s fitting that this commemoration occurs during the year-long celebration of Newark’s 350th Anniversary, which Clement excitingly anticipated,” said Mary Sue Sweeney Price, Director Emerita of The Newark Museum and honorary chair of the gala, who will be accepting the award on behalf of Dr. Price, her husband who passed in 2014.

A beloved Rutgers University professor and iconic Newark historian, Dr. Price was a selfless humanitarian whose service to the greater Newark community spanned a generation. “He was a stalwart champion of the arts and will always be in our hearts,” said Sheila McKoy, president of the Council. Nancy Cantor, co-chair of the gala and Chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark, agrees. “We’re thrilled to join the Newark Arts Council in celebrating Newark, the arts and culture, and Clem Price. I can think of no better way to do that than bringing people from many walks of life and many backgrounds together in this iconic building, the renovation of which Clem championed as a symbol of leveraging the past of our great city to build a brighter future.”


Jazz House Kids

Not only will “If Not For Clem” honor Dr. Price by highlighting and honoring his contributions to Newark arts and culture, but the fundraiser will also feature many of the sights and sounds that were dear to him during his life. The North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club, of which Price was a long-time member, will lift their voices, the Jazz House Kids will provide a musical performance, and some of Dr. Price’s favorite visual artists, including Gladys Barker Grauer, Adrienne Wheeler and Nell Painter, will display their artwork. To end the night, Valarie Adams & the Dimension Band will provide the soundtrack for fun and dancing!

“If Not For Clem” will feature David Grant, a longtime friend of Price and former president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, as Master of Ceremonies while Anthony Gibbons, co-founder of Crawford Street Partners, has signed on as a co-chair. “Supporting the Newark Arts Council and the legacy of Clem Price was something we enthusiastically embraced. We invite others to join us,” said Gibbons.

North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club

North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club

For ticket information, please contact Maria Gatewood at (973) 643-1625, or visit Proceeds of the gala will benefit the Newark Arts Council, which is celebrating thirty-five (35) years of advancing and expanding the artistic and cultural resources of the great city of Newark, New Jersey.