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Archived Exhibitions:

The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery
Located: 2039 Kennedy Blvd. Hepburn Hall, room 323

Our Children Can Soar
Sponsored by NJCU's M. Jerry Weiss Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature.

March 11– April 7, 2010

A Celebration of Rosa, Barack and the Pioneers of Change, an exhibit featuring illustrations from the prize-winning children's book

Join us for talks with three of the 13 illustrators for this book:

Thursday, March 11*, James Ransome, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Opening Reception
Thursday, March 16, Eric Velasquez, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 31, Pat Cummings, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

* Books autographed by all of the book's 13 artists will be available for silent auction during the opening reception on March 11th.

For a larger view of the below brochure, click here.

Our Children Can Soar

Little Masters
An MFA Thesis Exhibition by Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern

Little Masters - Card Front April 16 – 29, 2010

Artist's Reception: Thursday, April 22, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Little Masters exhibition includes over a dozen still life paintings, scaled small to medium size, in oil on canvas and oil on linen, that are inspired by classical Dutch ‘vanitas' works, and feature the juxtaposition of familiar objects that range from traditional to contemporary. As in the Dutch still lifes, Ficarelli-Halpern's objects have both symbolic and referential significance. For more information, visit or email:

Works in Silence
An MFA Thesis Exhibition by Nicholas Bautista

May 3 – 13, 2010

Artist Reception: Thursday, May 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Nicholas Bautista is an artist and candidate for the Master of Fine Arts degree. His MFA Thesis exhibition, "Works In Silence," will feature his light-based installations which places emphasis on the quality of silence. Inquiries about the artist's work can be directed to:

The Visual Arts Gallery
Located: 100 Culver Ave.

Make Believe

March 1 - April 1, 2010

Artists' Talk, Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium
(next to the gallery)

Participating artists: Jason Covert, Wendy Hirschberg, Akino Kondoh, Yuliya Lanina, Ken Madore. Moderated by Debra Jenks with Midori Yoshimoto

Curated by: Debra Jenks

Featuring works by: Aliza Augustine, Susan Breitsch, Jason Covert, Michelle Handelman, Wendy Hirschberg, Sarah Julig, Akino Kondoh, Yuliya Lanina, Ken Madore, Norma Markley, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Don Porcella, Roxanne Wolanczyk, and Jeanne Wilkinson.

In what forms do the archetypes of fairy tales persist in contemporary culture? Make Believe is an exhibition of artists whose work appropriates or references the folk or fairy tale. The show presents numerous takes on the subject—from the imaginary and fantastic to personal narratives and social commentary— in a broad range of mediums, such as Norma Markley's neon clouds, Sarah Julig's origami castle, and Susan Breitsch's sequined treasure chest of drawers.

Wendy Hirschberg's wire models are a constructivist rendition of Rapunzel and Goldilocks. Jeanne Wilkinson and Aliza Augustine also work in miniature, using children's toys and child's play to depict adulthood fantasies and phantoms. Transversely, Don Porcella's paintings seem to be filtered through a child's perspective of an adult world. Franco Mondini's Tex Mex Fairy Tales are autobiographical snippets and stories in the guise of fairy tales. Paired with his ceramic installations, they "illuminate the cultural divides of his Tex-Mex childhood." Ken Madore also mines his childhood, turning a friend's true abduction story into a fairy tale. His drawings "address innocence and sexuality in a world located on the blurred line between fantasy and reality." There's a similar innocence present in work of Jason Covert, who plays princess in his photographic self-portraits, dressing up as a semi-drag Cinderella. Roxanne Wolanczyk plays princess too, in her animated Princess Series (also viewable at, chronicling her real-life struggle for self-realization as an artist. Other videos in the show include Yuliya Lania's stop-motion animation, Journey, which depicts "a little half-doll, half-bird character striding through fantasy landscapes inhabited by fairy tale creatures," Michelle Handelman's La Suture, described as "an antigravity fairy tale of sibling rivalry ... in a postfeminist animated playground," and Akino Kondoh's Ladybirds' Requiem. Kondah invents her own fairy tale based on her childhood love and repulsion of ladybugs. From the guilt of killing ladybugs, a girl obsessively sews hundreds of red buttons onto her black dress as a way of memorializing the beauty of the creature.

Jason Covert, "Post Modern Fairy Tale: The Garden," 2005, archival digital print, 30 x 40 inches.

Jeanne Wilkinson, "Night in the City 2," 2007, Digital Collage/C-print, 18 x 24 inches.

Ken Madore, "Red Rocket," 2005, ink on paper, 52 x 60 inches.

Akino Kondoh, "Ladybird's Requiem," 2006, Still from digital animation.

Roxanne Wolanzcyk, "Princess Series," 2002-ongoing, Still from Flash animation.

Sarah Julig, "Baba Yaga's," 2007, Paper scraps, cardboard, string, metal, and plastic straw.

Yuliya Lanina, "Mishka," 2008, Still from video.

Michelle Handelman, "Folly & Error: Twins Listening," 40 x 30, digital c-print, 2004/07

Aliza Augustine, Don't Look Now, 2006-07, Duraflex print on Sintra under Plexi.
Aliza Augustine, "Don't Look Now," 2006-07, Duraflex print on Sintra under Plexi.
Norma Markley, Clouds, 2008, neon, 21" x 21" x 3" inches each.
Norma Markley, "Clouds," 2008, neon, 21" x 21" x 3" inches each.

Don Porcella, Artist Colony, encaustic on wood, 48 x 60 inches.
Don Porcella, "Artist Colony," encaustic on wood, 48 x 60 inches.
Wendy Hirschberg, Three Bears, mixed medium.
Wendy Hirschberg, "Three Bears," mixed medium.

2010 BFA Exhibitions

April 5-9   Filipe T. Amador and Federico Ruiz
April 12-16   Daniel Kidd and Christie Schneider
April 19-23   Nikola Djokovic and Ivan Ortega
April 26-30   Leon Kuzu and Laura Krapacher
May 3-7   Julie M. Boland and Stan J. Schoenewald
May10-14   Austin Booker, Charlotte Exantus

Some BFA Exhibitions are shown at the Gilligan Student Union Gallery
(located on 1st floor of the Gilligan Student Union Building):

May 3-7   Stephen Defendini and Taylor Sterling
May 10-14   Carlos Medina

Opening receptions weekly on Mondays, 4:30 - 7 p.m.

Outdoor Sculpture Garden
Located: 100 Culver Ave.   (Near the NJCU Athletic & Fitness Center)

14 Sculptors   (Rockaway Artists Alliance Members)

Currently on display.

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Gallery hours (for both galleries):
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. *

During the week of March 8 (spring break), both galleries are open by appointment only. Please make appointments through Art Department 201-200-3214. Thank you.

* For other days and times, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

For further information, contact Midori Yoshimoto, Gallery Director at 201-200-2197.

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