Colleen Gutwein O’Neal
b. 1981 New Jersey

Colleen G. O’Neal is a photographer from the Northeast United States.  She works predominantly in documentary and portraiture styles, most notably in Southeast Asia and Newark, NJ.  Colleen incorporates the use of alternative photographic processes in her exploration of the human experience.

“As I engage in the world around me, I search for ongoing narratives within my community that connect to the essence of humanity.  Exploring consciousness, and the inevitable death of the body, I photograph to immortalize.  I create tangible imagery to both contribute to, and influence, the culture in which I participate”.

Colleen is an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Rutgers University | Newark, a Community Partner-At-Large with Shine Portrait Studio, a Studio Resident at Index Art Center, and Gallery Director at Brick + Mortar Gallery. 

Montclair State University, B.A. 2005


Select Solo Exhibitions


#miniretro, Art & Artifacts of Newark, Newark NJ


Newark Artists Photo Documentary Project: We Are the Ghosts of our Future, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ


Time and Tide: Selected Works from Cambodia Tyson Gallery, Portland, OR

Time and Tide: Selected Works from Cambodia Ivanhoe Wheelhouse Museum, Paterson, NJ


Time and Tide: A Social Documentary of Contemporary Cambodia Paul Vincent Gallery, Hoboken NJ


Gossamer Balance Salon, Jersey City, NJ


Thesis Exhibition Gallery 3.5, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ


Select Group Exhibitions


INDEX, NYFA Immigrant Artist Showcase, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ


Intersection 2017, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

ArtReach XXV City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ

The 5 Wards, Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ

Women in the World New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ


The 5 Wards, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

Intersection 2016, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

Newark Arts Photo Documentary: Selected Color Prints, Market Street Convergence II, Gallery Aferro & Newark Arts Council, Newark, NJ

Queen of Angels: When a Church Dies, Newark 350 Celebration, Newark NJ

Like Jazz…A Visual Perspective New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ


#SeeingNewark Post Pocket Utopia, Gateway Center, Newark , NJ

Emerging Ideas Newark Arts Council, Newark, NJ


Everything Like This Javier Santiago Studio, Montclair, NJ

New Digs Index Art Center, Newark NJ

ArtReach XXII City Without Walls Gallery, Newark NJ

Women in the Arts Newark Arts Council at the Newark Museum, Newark NJ


Intersection Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

Labor of Love  _Gaia Gallery, Jersey City, NJ 

ArtReach XXI City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ

Printed in Newark The Gateway Project, Newark, NJ 

Single Fare 3 RH Gallery, New York City, NY


Nature Illuminated Van Vleck House & Garden, Montclair, NJ

Transformations Index Art Center, Newark, NJ 

Index Goes to P-Town Index Art Center in Paterson, NJ 


KUMAGUTZ Index Art Center, Newark, NJ 


3 Photographers The Kedar Studio of Art, Newark, NJ

Exposure: Select Photographic Works Paul Vincent Gallery Hoboken, NJ


Uncommon Threads Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Theatre Town New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

Beautiful Women Paul Vincent Gallery Hoboken, NJ 

100 Artists JaJo Gallery,  Newark, NJ


The Westinghouse Project New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

Black September Lex Leonard Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

Redsaw Invitational 2008 Red Saw Gallery Newark, NJ

Strange Country City Without Walls at Waldo Lofts, Jersey City, NJ


Metro 25 City Without Walls Newark, NJ 

Transport  Red Saw Gallery, side-gallery,  Newark, NJ 

Redsaw Invitational 2007 Red Saw Gallery Newark, NJ

Look See: Photographs on Reflection Brooklyn Artists Gym Brooklyn, NY


New Artists Week Wise Owl Gallery, Nagano, Japan


Curatorial (selections)

Bringing It All Back Home, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ, forthcoming 

Vast Expanses, Brick + Mortar Gallery, Easton, PA, forthcoming

A Collection of Lines, Brick + Mortar Gallery, Easton, PA, August, 2019

5-UP, Brick + Mortar Gallery, Easton, PA, June, 2019

The Ether Acre, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ, May, 2018

Landholdings, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ, March, 2017

Forum in Form, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ, October, 2015

Dichotomy, presented by Index Art Center at Paterson Art Walk Paterson NJ, June, 2014

Chapter 237, Index Art Center, Newark NJ,  December, 2013


Lectures & Discussions

Newark Artists Photo Documentary Project: lecture and slideshow Index Art Center, Art & Artifacts of Newark, Newark, NJ, 2019

Photographing Your Art, Rutgers University, Newark 2017, 2018

Landholdings: Curator-led Gallery Tour & Discussion, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ, 2017

Women Speak Art and Jazz at Newark 350, New Jersey Performing Art Center, Newark, NJ 2016

Forum in Form: Panel Discussion, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ, 2015

On Documentary Photography, City Without Walls at Arts High School, Newark, NJ, 2014

On Documentary Photography, St.Peter’s Preparatory School, Jersey City, NJ, 2009


Community Work

Shine Portrait Studio at Express Newark,Community Partner at Large, 2017 – current

Index Art Center, Newark, NJ:  Gallery Assistant, Volunteer, 2006 – current

The Asheville Darkroom, Asheville, NC:  Social Media Specialist, Volunteer, April – August, 2016


Grants / Awards

Newark Arts, Special Project Photography Grant, 2018

Puffin Foundation Photography Grant, 2013

Alternate Ending Studios Productions International Photography Grant, 2008

Photographer’s Forum, Annual College Photography Contest, finalist, 2005 



The Camera I Always Wanted SHINE Portrait Studio, forthcoming

Celebrating Frederick Douglass and Newark’s Abolitionist History, Rutgers Today, April 2019

In Flux Issue Hycide Magazine, October, 2018

About Gladys Grauer, Gallery Aferro, 2018                                                    

Newark Arts Photo Documentary, LinkNWK, city-wide public access kiosks, Newark NJ 2018

Marcus Samuelsson Marcus B&P Featured Artists, 2017 – current

Professional Development Blended Learning Blog Creative Capital, May, 2016

we are the ghosts of our future bluetan, May, 2016

The New People Hycide Magazine, October, 2014

Somewhere in Cambodia Nowhere Travel Magazine, July, 2014



The Shortest Distance Between A Local Artist and an Easton Gallery is a Straight Line , Connor Lagore, Lehigh Valley Live, August 2019 

A Dedication to Memory: Voices on Newark Arts, Newark Arts October, 2018 

Newark Women: From Suffragettes to the Statehouse Barbara Kukla, 2018

Newark Arts Photo Documentary Project Creates a Window into the Scope of the City’s Art Scene  Brick City Live April, 2016

Open Doors 2015: Forum in Form Features Five Women Sculptors at Index Art Center Brick City Live, October, 2015

Up Close and Personal: Portraits of Newark, Newark Bound, July, 2015

Photo Project: Newark, Newark Happening, May, 2015

Interview: The Life of a Curator, Silk City Love Magazine, July 1, 2014

A Gallery is Revived, The Star-Ledger, January 19, 2014



Rutgers University | Newark, Adjunct Professor of Photography, 2018 – current

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Immigrant Artist Program, Mentor, 2017 – 2019

City Without Walls, ArtReach Mentor Program, Mentor, 2013, 2014, 2017

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, Cyanotype Workshop, 2014

Newark Print Shop, Newark, NJ, Cyanotype Workshop, 2013

Yashiro High School, Nagano, Japan, Teaching Assistant and Photography Club, 2006