MEET THE TEAM
JASMINE WAHI, Co - Founder + Co - Director
Jasmine Wahi is a Curator, Activist, and the Founder and Co-Director of Project For Empty Space. Her practice predominantly focuses on issues of female empowerment, complicating binary structures within social discourses, and exploring multipositional cultural identities through the lens of intersectional feminism.
Ms. Wahi received her undergraduate degree in Art History from New York University, and attended the Institute of Fine Art. She began her art world endeavors in the South Asian art department at Christie’s Auction House, which was followed by positions in several Contemporary Asian/South Asian art galleries around New York City. In 2008, she began working on curatorial projects working with emerging and mid-career artists from across the globe.
In 2010, Ms. Wahi Co-Founded Project For Empty Space, a not-for-profit nomadic organization that creates multidisciplinary art exhibitions and programming that encourage social dialogue, education, and systemic change through the support of both artists and communities. In 2013, Ms. Wahi began a long-term partnership in Newark, NJ, with Rebecca Jampol of Solo(s) Project House, to create a series of pop-up exhibitions under the moniker ‘Gateway Project Spaces.’ In 2015, Ms. Wahi and Ms. Jampol revamped their space into a mixed use space that housed both Project For Empty Space and a plethora of commercial artist studios. This ‘third space’ endeavor has since become a community for multi-disciplinary artists and a space for social discourse, activism, and change.
In addition to her other work, Ms. Wahi is also on faculty at the School of Visual Arts: MFA Fine Arts, where she focuses on Intersectional Feminism and Art Praxis.
She is a former board member of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) and instructor for the Girls Educational Mentoring Services (GEMS) group. She has also co-organized numerous interventions and happenings as part of her social activist work.
Ms. Wahi’s curatorial work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Vogue India, Hyperallergic, Whitewall Magazine, ArtNet, and ArtNews to name a few.
REBECCA PAULINE JAMPOL, Co - Director
Rebecca Pauline Jampol is a curator and designer dedicated to cultivating impactful social dialogue and change through her interdisciplinary creative praxis. Her predominant interest is in fostering discourse through a variety of projects ranging from gallery work and publishing to public art programs.
After graduating from Rutgers University-Newark in 2008, Ms. Jampol took a leading role in furthering the development of the city’s burgeoning arts scene. She moved forward to become the driving force in a myriad of cultural and educational initiatives including: Jajo Art Gallery; Glocally Newark; The 239 Collective (2010); Rutgers Future Scholars “I am” Program (2010); Solo(s) Project House (2010), The NeWWalls Newark Public Art Conference (2014), The Gateway Project Public Art Initiative (2014), Portals, Newark, (2016) and most recently, The Newark Downtown District’s Entryway Program “Gateways to Newark” (2016).
In 2013, Ms. Jampol began a long-term partnership in Newark, NJ, with Jasmine Wahi of Project For Empty Space to create a series of pop-up exhibitions under the moniker ‘Gateway Project Spaces.’ In 2015, Ms. Wahi and Ms. Jampol revamped their space into a mixed use space that housed both Project For Empty Space and a plethora of commercial artist studios. This ‘third space’ endeavor has since become a community for multi-disciplinary artists and a space for social discourse, activism, and change.
Ms. Jampol is also currently a lecturer and professor of design at Rutgers University - Newark.
PES BOARD MEMBERS
Co - Director, Project For Empty Space
Tiana Webb Evans
CEO, ESP PR
Artist and Curator
PES Artist in Residence 2016
Jasmine Wahi, Board Chair
Founder and Director, Project for Empty Space
Catherine Dawson, Secretary
PhD Candidate, Art History, University of Buffalo
Lewis Long, Treasurer
Owner, Long Gallery Harlem