Photo of Banner image: Julie Green

NJCU Galleries are now open for in-person viewing. 

All visitors and members of the University community who visit NJCU Galleries are required to wear a mask indoors and be prepared to show your proof of vaccination or negative test results (within the past 72 hours) to staff at any point during the visit. within the past 72 hours (Children aged 2-12 are not required to show the proof). View Protocols

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Banner image: Julie Green, Burger, Fries and Ice Cream at Dairy Queen (detail), 2021
acrylic, buttons, 24K gold, fabric, feather and glow-in-the-dark pain on Tyvek
38 x 49 1/4 in

IN FLUX: NJCU BFA Thesis Exhibition
April 9 – May 13, 2022

2022 BFA Candidates Collage
1.Anibal Arroyo, 2.Naomi Brito, 3.Camilo Burgos, 4.Nicholas Ciborowski, 5.Dorrell Crutcher, 6.Chalena DeJesus, 7.Angelica Garcia, 8.Tien Huynh, 9.Jonathan Izyayev, 10.Emilia Lorenz, 11.Kaira Marquez, 12.Mollie Martinez, 13.Jaime Medina, 14Sofia Nolasco, 15.Christopher Pereira, 16.Brandon Robles, 17.Nelson Solis Romero, 18.Migdalia Valdes, 19.Katherine Willmore

Learn More and Visit Exhibition Images

Artist Talks

On May 6 and May 13, nineteen BFA graduates from NJCU will give artist talks on their works in the Visual Arts Gallery and in the adjacent auditorium in person (B08). Please note that the artist lineup on each day is subject to change. After the registration, the Zoom link will be sent to you by email closer to the event date.

Friday, May 6

Anibal Arroyo, Dorrell Crutcher, Tien Huynh, Mollie Martinez, Angelica Garcia, Jaime Medina, Brandon Robles, Migdalia Valdes, Naomi Brito, and Sofia Nolasco

Guest artist: Taylor Sterling, BFA '10 (@RAEcomics)

Register for May 6 Virtual Artist Talk

Friday, May 13

Emilia Lorenz, Nicholas Ciborowski, Nelson Solis Romero, Christopher Pereira, Chalena DeJesus, Jonathan Izyayev, Camilo Burgos, Katherine Willmore, and Kaira Marquez

Guest curator: Dawn Delikat, BA '06, Director, Pen + Brush Gallery

Register for May 13 Virtual Artist Talk

This event will conclude with the presentation of the Karen Ziccardi '68 Awards for Art Excellence.


Past Event F21-S22

Everythin$ is OK
MFA Exhibition by Nedko Bucev

Everything is Okay

Extended through March 30, 2022
The Visual Arts Gallery

The artist will be present on weekday evenings, 4:30 – 6 p.m. and on the weekend.
Contact or 407-272-5426 for an appointment after hours.

Artist Talk (March 17) is archived @njcugalleries on Instagram

This exhibition is about the truth and non-truth of the water we drink. Nedko Bucev is a multidisciplinary artist who works in sculpture, performance, video, and social media interventions. The artist articulates the water problem from many angles and leaves paradoxical paths for conclusions. Before this show, his concept of truth was grounded for years by different (sometimes opposite) ideologies, religions, and socio-political systems in many parts of the world.

Visit Nedko Bucev's online exhibition catalog



Thank God, I’m Home: First Meal
by Julie Green

Julie Green, Thank God I’m Home said Marcel Brown, 2019, acrylic on Tyvek, 35.5 x 46 in.
Julie Green, Thank God I’m Home said Marcel Brown, 2019, acrylic on Tyvek, 35.5 x 46 in.
Artwork © 2019 Julie Green

February 2 - March 25, 2022
The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

Virtual Talk by the former New York Times National Correspondent, Kirk Johnson and Sara Sommervold of Center on Wrongful Convictions: March 4, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Special Weekend Gallery Hours: Saturday, March 5, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Please RSVP to

For the past three years until her recent death, Julie Green (1961– 2021) had been asking wrongfully convicted persons about their “first meals” upon their release from prison, painting their responses for her series by the same name. With colorfully painted details of food, such as oranges, burgers and fries, and pizza, twelve works from the series featured in this exhibition humanize and personalize the shocking statics around wrongful convictions in the U.S. Partnering with the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University and The Innocence Project, Green’s focus extends beyond the individual meals (and individuals) she depicts to the sheer number of wrongfully imprisoned in this country and the reason for their unjust incarceration. 

Julie Green, professor of art at Oregon State University, lived in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. A recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors and the Hallie Ford Foundation Fellowship, Green is included in A World of Art published by Prentice Hall. Green has had forty-two solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad at venues including The Block Museum at Northwestern University, Hunter Museum of American Art, Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington and University of Liverpool Art Museum. Collections include State Library of Oregon, Spencer Museum of Art, Fidelity Investments, Athena Art Finance, and hundreds of private collections worldwide. Green’s work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, CNN, a Whole Foods mini-documentary, National Public Radio, and Ceramics Monthly. 

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support from the Ford Family Foundation and the cooperation of Elizabeth Houston Gallery in New York and Upfor Gallery in Oregon.  



This event participates in JCFridays.

The BURN Project by Antoinette Ellis-Williams
Images (from left to right): Red Sister Reflecting; Orange Leaves Sister; Fight the Power Sister, 2020, digital collage on canvas. 
All artwork © 2020 Antoinette Ellis-Williams

January 31 – March 3, 2022
The Visual Arts Gallery
Artist Talk: February 9, 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. 

The BURN Project by Antoinette Ellis-Williams is a multi-disciplinary project which rethinks and explores the many ways black women experience “Burn” (e.g. unemployment, appropriation, dismissal, isolation, gentrification, cooptation, physical and sexual abuse, exploitation, etc.) and simultaneously their unique agency to set things on “Fiya” (aka fire) and heal. During her sabbatical from NJCU in Fall 2020, she began ethnographic research by interviewing 14 women, created new visual art and literary works to develop multimedia installations. Utilizing gender theories of intersectionality, black feminism, and healing paradigms, The BURN Project unpacks and explores some of the historical, sociopolitical, economic and cultural contexts in which black women suffer(ed) “Burn” locally, nationally and globally. All viewers are invited to tap into an individual memory of pain and recovery through a personal engagement with the work. 

Dr. Ellis-Williams is a Jamaican-born, mixed media artist, poet, playwright, filmmaker, and minister. She is the author of Black Gardenias: A Collection of Poems, Stories, & Sayings. Her one woman play Scarf Diaries premiered at NJPAC in 2017. Her documentary film, Lee Hagan: Connecting Generations (2016) won best short documentary at the Newark Black Film Festival. Dr. Ellis-Williams is a highly sought after international public speaker. Her TEDx Talk, “Finding Justice in the Land of the Free” (2015) tried to unpack her immigrant status in America. As a visual artist, she recently exhibited at Akwaaba Gallery, Bridge Art Gallery, Newark Museum of Art, Prizm Art Fair in Miami with Calabar Gallery. Dr. Ellis-Williams earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy & Urban and Regional Planning at Cornell University and is Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at New Jersey City University.

Artwork by: (left to right) Sharon Lee De La Cruz, Stephanie Tichenor and Doris Cacoilo
Artwork by: (left to right) Sharon Lee De La Cruz, Stephanie Tichenor and Doris Cacoilo

November 1 - December 10, 2021

Visual Arts Gallery

On December 3rd at 4pm please join us for a Virtual Artist Talk as part of the Wonder Women 12 exhibition. Pollie Barden, Doris Caçoilo, Christine DaCruz and Sharon Lee DeLa Cruz will share details about their work, their process and their journeys in making art about health and life during this difficult year. 

This virtual event is part of JCFridays.

***In order to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, face coverings are required in the gallery. The University requires all visitors to complete the CDC’s Self Health Check and sign our Visitor Log

Pollie Barden, Doris Cacoilo, Christine DaCruz, Sharon Lee De La Cruz, Mary Jeys, Kristy Lopez, Melissa MacAlpin, Avani Palkhiwala, Stephanie Tichenor, Agnieszka Wszolkowska

Ten artists united in January 2021, as part of the 12th Wonder Women Artist Residency, to research and create work addressing health. The current pandemic has exposed healthcare system failures and has forced urgent conversations about our personal and collective health that would otherwise be considered private. These public conversations demanded that the artists address the bodies they live in, how they are perceived and the acknowledgment of those who are often not accounted for when we say our bodies.

The health concerns addressed in this show are pre-pandemic issues but lensed from a place of grief, frustration, fear, and a range of mountainous feelings brought on by more than a year and a half of isolation and global turmoil. The works highlight these concerns and present a collection of self-portraits at this historic moment. The exhibition considers our urgency to get “back to normal” vs. the reality of a global pandemic that is still ongoing and has fundamentally changed our health and social structures.

JC Fridays Virtual Artist Talk: Friday, December 3rd

NJCU Winter Jazz Festival gallery hours:
Saturday, December 4th, and Sunday, December 5th, 12-6 p.m.

Gallery hours Monday to Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and by appointment

Robert Lach, Rabbit Hole, 2014, sculpture Nancy Buchanan, Walk On (detail), 2021, collage Robert Lach, Rabbit Hole, 2014, sculpture Nancy Buchanan, Walk On , 2021, collage
Robert Lach, Rabbit Hole, 2014,
Sculpture Nancy Buchanan, Walk On , 2021, collage

NJCU Visual Arts Gallery

September 2 - October 15, 2021

Artist’s Reception, Friday September 10, 4 - 7pm (as part of JC Fridays)

Artists: Nancy Buchanan, Donna Conklin King, Maggie Ens, Vandana Jain, Robert Lach, Poramit Thantapalit, Mollie Thonneson

What is the environmental impact of a global economy built on the need to buy more stuff?  How does one individual’s personal shopping contribute to the waste produced by excess consumerism? Where do we each fit into this construct, and how can we change it? ‘Too Much!’ calls attention to the effect of overconsumption on both people and the planet. Each of the artists in this exhibit contemplate various effects of consumerism in culture and society. The show is composed of a wide range of media including sculpture, photography, fiber art, collage and site specific installations. Themes include plastic pollution, recycling, fast fashion, capitalism, advertising and desire. 

“The world has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed.” -Gandhi

Joan Semmel, Transitions, 2012, oil on canvas, 70 x 90 inches.
Image: Joan Semmel, Transitions, 2012, oil on canvas, 70 x 90 inches.
Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York
©Joan Semmel/Artist Rights Society, New York

October 20, 2021 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 
Virtual Event: View Video Below

Women, Aging and Art

What images come to mind with the words “women”, “aging”, “old”, even “elderly”? Are they stereotypes? Are there any positive associations? The thirteen contributions to this newly published anthology, Women, Aging, and Art, explore a broad range of images of old women, ranging from medieval “old wives” to contemporary re-imaginations of shamans and witches and empowering self-portraits. These studies of varied representations of “old women” offer fresh perspectives and an engaging dialogue about society's values and preconceptions regarding the wisdom of our elders and the “golden years” in different times and cultures.

To celebrate the recent publication of this anthology, its editors, NJCU professor, Midori Yoshimoto, and Pratt Institute professor, Frima Fox Hofrichter will jointly introduce the contributors who will provide a short highlight of their chapters. In the following Q & A, the audience members are welcome to ask questions or comment. Speakers will include:  M.E. Warlick, Zirka Z. Filipczak, Jane Kromm, Paul Crenshaw, Diane Wolfthal, Carol Ivory, Vanessa Rocco, Ruth Epstein, Rachel Middleman, and Midori Yoshimoto. 


Bloomsbury, the publisher of the book is providing 35% discount to the attendees of the talk. We will provide a link on the day of the event. For further information about the book, visit

Bottom Trawl in Repose, 2021
Right: Bottom Trawl in Repose, 2021
Left: detail of Bottom Trawl in Repose, 2021'

by Amanda Thackray

Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

September 3 - October 29, 2021

Artist’s Reception, Friday September 10, 4 - 7pm (as part of JC Fridays)

Amanda Thackray’s solo exhibition, Surface Tension, presents the artist’s handmade paper installations, prints and sculpture that comment on plastic pollution and the fragility of the marine environment. The exhibition reflects and distorts the natural world of our oceans inside the gallery space.

Through Thackray’s allegorical environments the exhibition asks the audience to consider the consequences of unnatural materials in our marine ecosystems. She extends the shift into the aquatic world with her paper pulp net pieces, crafting them to resemble fishing nets and plastic material adrift in our oceans. In the artist's installations is an intentional, and somewhat uncomfortable, play between the natural and the unnatural. Her pieces are purposeful symbols of how we can choose to do things differently and create with nature, instead of working against it.

Gallery hours Monday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm and by appointment
For more information on Amanda Thackray’s work please visit

Right: A Tangle; a Swarm; a Precondition of the Plastisphere, 2021
Left: detail of A Tangle; a Swarm; a Precondition of the Plastisphere, 2021
Red Harbinger, 2021

Past Events

Pain Atlas 02.16.21 (detail) by Stephanie Tichenor

Image: Pain Atlas 02.16.21 (detail) by Stephanie Tichenor


June 10, 2021, at 3 p.m. 

Artists: Mary Jeys, Kristy Lopez , Avani Palkhiwala, Stephanie Tichenor

Event Recording

The 12th annual Wonder Women Residency is being held online this year in response to the global pandemic. The theme for the residency is health, identity and community. Four artists who have participated in the residency will share details about their work, their process and their journeys through making art about health and life during this difficult year.

The 12th annual Wonder Women Residency is the first to be held entirely online. With the global pandemic surging and so many lives upside down the theme of the residency was chosen to meet the artist where they found themselves: in isolation during a global health pandemic. The residency which began in January of 2021, discusses the many ways that one can analyze health and creative practice including: healthcare, food, meditation, joy, relationships, genetics, disease, mental health, medicine, culture, family, history, technology. The projects being created during the months of the residency reference the health of the artist’ own bodies and minds but also the health of our collective systems: cultural, institutional, economic and societal. If this pandemic has turned a spotlight on our health individually, it has also laid bare every structure, local and global, that informs and fulfills our health. The projects have taken many forms including interactive video, wearable sculpture, painting, embroidery, ceramic sculpture and narrative zine. The work from the residency’s ten artists will be on exhibition in the Visual Arts Gallery at NJCU in the fall of 2021. Center for the Arts and NJCU Art Galleries are so pleased to have these four artists share their work and experience of the residency in this artist talk.


Mary Jeys is a multi-media artist and activist. She has worked to promote social change in non-fiction media settings including a non-profit documentary production company, Aubin Pictures, Inc.; Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts MFA program; and the School of Visual Arts with CUNY Graduate Center that respectively sponsored and hosted Where the Truth Lies, a conference on propaganda. She has participated in creative research opportunities including The Laundromat Project’s Create Change Professional Development Fellowship and LMCC’s Swing Space in New York. She has received grants from FEAST in Brooklyn and Macktez. As a guest speaker, she has been invited to talk at Parsons The New School for Design’s MFA program in Transdisciplinary Design and The Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program’s Fix It Yourself Lectures. Notable projects include founding a local currency for north Brooklyn, NY called The Brooklyn Torch. In September 2018, Mary created a co-curation/artist meeting and exhibition series ReGeneration Residency and Exhibition first piloted in Oakland. She received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and is pursuing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Sierra Nevada University.

You can see her work at and at 

Kristy Lopez is an artist and middle school art educator. She studied Art History and Art Education at New Jersey City University, dabbling in all mediums, while deepening an appreciation for philosophy and art criticism. Kristy was a Board of Director for the Art Educators of New Jersey, having served as Co-Chair for the State Youth Art Month program. Kristy Lopez was awarded two National Claire Flanagan Memorial Grand Award by the Council for Art Education and looks forward to extending her arts advocacy locally and globally. 

You can see her work at 

Avani Palkhiwala is a New Jersey based artist and maker working in numerous mediums since 2000. From a young age, stories of imaginary worlds provided both escape and inspiration. With a digital portfolio that encompasses many forms of storytelling including animation and games, narratives have always resonated with Avani.  The tales of women from varied and complex backgrounds in particular, can be seen in her pastel portraits.  

Falling outside of simple classification, her degrees in Fine Arts and Computer Science reveal a keen interest in both the traditions of the past and emerging technologies, most significantly the creative potential that sits at their intersection.  A fascination with reinterpreting objects and ideas emerged during her graduate work at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).  From changing the way time is displayed, via a mechanized lotus that opens over the course of a day, to engaging users of all ages to explore binary numbers through playing with a large-scale interactive interface.

You can see her work at and at

Stephanie Tichenor is an artist and art educator who throughout her career has chosen to work with children. Stephanie finds children infinitely inspirational. Their energy, thirst for knowledge and insights are gleeful. Her aesthetic is childlike and messy, obsessive and sweet. Stephanie's inspirations for works in fiber and paint are found in books, travel and in her backyard. She attempts to softly and gently capture the world. She explores the world and it's inhabitants with a sincere curiosity and believes in good clean fun and being nice. Her other influences include plants, animals, topography, cartoons, video games, plastic bits, toys, games, fruit, candy, sweets and treats. Previous works include sewn thread paintings of stuffed animals and acrylic painted color studies of licorice.

You can see her work at: and at 

Selection of 2021 BFA Thesis Candidate's Artwork

Recordings of this event can be found on our Digital Content Page.

As we mark a full year of extraordinary circumstances that have altered so much, this exhibition of artwork created by the BFA graduates of 2021 celebrates the hope of moving forward. Through challenging times this work shows perseverance, introspection, community, hope and a leap into the future. 

The exhibition spans three gallery spaces and includes a diverse output of creativity from ceramic sculpture to video illustration.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12-5pm and by appointment by emailing or at

Lemmerman Gallery
Hepburn Hall, Room 323
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Juliet Paola Alicea, Cindy Alviar, Sungsoon Desouza, Calvin Palmer, Bera Ozer,  Faviola Reyes, Fernando Manuel Soares

NJCU Visual Arts Gallery
Visual Art Building, Lower Level
100 Culver Ave. 
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Abimalec Barreras, Alfredo Armani Camacho Sr, Luis Ariel Candelaria, Zhnai Davis, Radwa M Elalfy, Veronica Figueroa, Dina Kheir, Alex Melo

Student Union Gallery
Gilligan Student Union Building, First Floor
2039 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Bridget Dayanne Benitez, Selena Ashley Bonilla, Matthew Robert Burns, Alexis Mariah Castaneda, Erika Carolina Flores, Larry Angelo Manaois Jr, Justin Mignott, Brandon A Regis, Brittany Alexis Roberts, Anthony Soluri, Michelle Soto, Katherine Zambrano

Online only: Ethan Anthony Dsouza

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12-5pm and by appointment by emailing

Virtual Artist talks: 

April 9, 2021 at 2pm
April 16, 2021 at 2pm
April 30,  2021 at 2pm

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MFA Thesis Exhibit

barreto smile art piece

Communication Breakdown: Michael Barreto
March 16 - March 28, 2021

Communication Breakdown is an ongoing body of work using found cardboard and text which explores the disconnect between language and meaning. Barreto's work is a commentary on how communication becomes a messy, convoluted system as language is constantly repurposed, created, and destroyed. 

The exhibition will be on view in the Visual Arts Gallery from March 16 - March 28. 

Image: Michael Barreto, "Smile" 2019-2021, spray paint on corrugated cardboard


Jaz Graf Art

Wednesday, March 31, 4:00 p.m.
Virtual Event

Recording of this event can be found on our Digital Content Page.

Introducing Jaz Graf, an interdisciplinary artist in paper, print and book making. In this virtual visit she invites us into her studio, for a discussion about her creative practice exploring hidden family history, a sense of belonging as mixed race, and failure as empowerment. Graf works with nonprofits and city officials to coordinate public initiatives which raise awareness on issues of natural resources and endangered practices, and advocates for inclusivity by engaging the arts as a catalyst for social responsibility. Recent collaborative projects include healing through art with Veterans, increasing visibility of transboundary rivers through conservation photography and contemporizing cross-cultural narratives through Southeast Asian traditions.

The work of Jaz Graf delves through the meaning of familial roots, reimagining humanity’s relationship to earth. Considering the layered histories, mythologies and ecological aspects of the landscape, her work ruminates on our connection to place, the location of identity, and the paradox of presence. 

Graf exhibits her work locally and internationally, and has been featured in AM New York News, The Jersey Journal and Jaffe Center for Book Arts. She is former Vice President of Manhattan Graphics Center in New York and Board Member of Pro Arts Hudson County. Graf holds a Master of Arts degree in Studio Art Printmaking from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Print Media from the University of Iowa. 

Theda and their art

Tuesday, February 16 at 3:00pm
Virtual Event

Recording of this event can be found on our Digital Content Page.

Join us in a conversation with artist Theda Sandiford as she shares images of her recent work at her studio, 'Sky Garden Gallery' and discusses the concepts and processes behind her art.

Theda Sandiford is a self-taught mixed media fiber artist who creates sculptures and installation environments. Originally working in the music business as a sales and marketing executive, Theda brings her talent for collaborating to the art studio, where she often builds community through teaching fiber art techniques to the public. Her work explores her fragmented identity through the manipulation of found materials, using analog art processes to develop her own artistic self-expression as a means of art therapy.

Theda has participated in various group and solo shows in the tri-state area, Texas, Colorado, Chicago and California. Her work is currently on view, January 15, 2021 – February 27, 2021 as part of the 2021 International Juried Exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster NJ.

Dennis Dittrich and Taylor Sterling

Thursday, January 28, 2:00 p.m.
Virtual Event

Join us for an exciting conversation with NJCU Professor Dennis Dittrich and Taylor Sterling ` 10 of RAE Comics. They will discuss the creative process and what it takes to thrive in the fields of Comic Book Art and Illustration.

Panepinto Galleries and Canopy Jersey City Arts logos

Saturday, April 10th at 2 p.m. 

featuring Art Curator Stefania Panepinto of Panepinto Galleries, NJCU President Sue Henderson, Canopy by Hilton General Manager & Chief Enthusiast Sietse Nabben, and visual artist Gabriela Gomez-Mestre '20, moderated by NJCU Center for the Arts Director Stephanie Chaiken.

Panepinto Galleries is partnering with Canopy by Hilton to support the robust culture of the Arts District with the area’s first truly elevated hospitality offering, providing a new hub for the fast-growing creative community in Jersey City. As a tribute to the Powerhouse Arts District, Canopy by Hilton is showcasing the exceptional work of talented local artists selected by the hotel’s Art Curator, Stefania Panepinto. 

Join us for an exciting discussion about curating art and creating welcoming environments for guests and communities.

Promo Video for Creative Process Virtual Series: Jersey City Arts!

MFA Thesis Exhibition:

Painted Stitches: Julie Marie Seibert

Julie Marie Seibert, Ilhan Omar, 2019, cotton thread on canvas
Julie Marie Seibert, Ilhan Omar, 2019, cotton thread on canvas

December 3 – 16, 2020

Linking the history of political portraiture and fiber arts, Painted Stitches pays homage to dynamic women of color who have worked towards socio-political shifts. The thread serves as mark making, employing a painterly texture rather than utilizing traditional embroidery techniques for the stitch work.The exhibition will be physically on view in the Lemmerman Gallery from December 3 -16

Artist's Website

Virtual Artist Talk for JCFridays:
December 4, 6:15 – 6:30 p.m.

IRL: NJCU BFA 2020 Thesis Exhibition

BFA Student Collage

IRL (In Real Life): NJCU BFA 2020 Thesis Exhibition updates the virtual exhibition offered last spring in “real life.” These students continued to work during and after COVID-19 lockdowns and successfully graduated with bachelor of fine arts in May. Come and see in person a diverse output of creativity ranging from ceramic to illustration. The virtual exhibition is also updated with newly completed work. Click each name of the artists below to view individual presentations. Those who are interested in purchasing any of these works can directly contact the artist.

Lemmerman Gallery:
Karla Celeste Almonte, Gabriela Gomez Ailyn V. C. Lopez, Junior Ismeal Mejias, and Jasmine R Shaw

Visual Arts Gallery:
Marjelyn Manaytay Alvarez, Olivia Elizabeth Boules, Katy Ann Burdge, Aminah Nawaz Chaudhary, Aurora Lissette Diaz, Natasha Forbes, Elariya Girgiss, Julio Cesar Huamantupa, and Michael Spadola


Past Virtual Artist Talks

On following days, candidates gave an artist talk via Zoom.

5/13, 5 - 7 p.m.  (Guest critic: Doris Cacoilo)

Asma Abibakar, Gabriela Gomez, Natasha Forbes, Raeef Hanna, Marcos Renderos, and Jasmine Shaw
Followed by the Karen Ziccardi '68 Art Awards Presentation (6 – 7 p.m.) during which two of the BFA recipients, Aminah Chaudhary and Junior Mejias, as well as, Angelica Garcia and Charles Tavares talked about their award-winning artworks.  Ms. Ziccardi made her congratulatory remarks from California. 

Event Recording

5/15, 2 - 3:30 p.m. (Guest critic: Jeanne Brasile)

Karla Almonte, Marjelyn Alvarez, Brian Bransky, Olivia Boules, Katy Burdge, Justin Cannon, Julio Huamantupa, Ailyn Lopez, Steven Mosquez, T’ana Salinas, and Michael Spadola

Event Recording

September 9 - October 8

Photograph of Boundless Light exhibit
Sunil Garg: Boundless Light, 2020. Installation view in the NJCU Visual Art Gallery. Photo courtesy the artist.

Using light, form, color, and movement, Sunil Garg creates site-specific installations to turn NJCU’s Visual Arts Gallery into a multi-sensory environment which visitors can freely explore. Through Garg’s artistry, ordinary materials such as paper, chicken wire, and PVC are morphed into ethereal matter, constantly changing impressions, and reflecting colored lights. Although technologies enable this environment, they are almost invisible and visitors can get lost within a limitless space.

Recording of Virtual Artist Talk 4/16/2020 

Art Checklist


The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery presents:
Common Language: Dahlia Elsayed
September 9 – October 8, 2020

Dahlia Elsayed: Common Language, 2020. Installation view in the NJCU Lemmerman Gallery. Photo courtesy the artist.
Dahlia Elsayed: Common Language, 2020. Installation view in the NJCU Lemmerman Gallery. Photo courtesy the artist.

Common Language presents a series of works on paper and a site-specific ceramic installation by artist Dahlia Elsayed. Her allegorical landscapes use a symbolic vocabulary rooted in cartography, comics, and cosmology. Through Elsayed’s visual narrative, the exhibition explores the possibilities of transcultural visual communication, the potentials and limits of language, and the ways in which image and text modify each other for alternative meanings.

This exhibition is part of NJCU Women’s History Month Celebrations and co-sponsored by Speicher-Rubin Women's Center for Equity and Diversity.

Recording of Virtual Artist Talk 4/14/2020

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Winifred McNeill Art

September 22, 12:30 - 2 p.m.

In this live talk from Art House Gallery in Jersey City, Professor. Winifred McNeill will provide a walk-through of her current exhibition, "The Air and The Space." It features her ceramic sculpture and charcoal drawings which she created in residence at the European Ceramic Art Center, Ositerwijk, The Neatherlands between December 2019 and March 2020. Begun without any notion of the coming pandemic, they were completed during the lock down after she returned from the Neatherlands to Jersey City. Each series considers Air as a protagonist, supporting or confronting the figures it surrounds in space. She will have a Q and A session with the audience after the walk-through.

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Ibou Ndoye, The Wrestler, 2016, mixed media on canvas

January 21 – March 3, 2020
Reception: February 4, 4:30  – 7:30 p.m.

The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

Greenville Art Walk: February 2
(Artist Talk at 2:30 p.m., Family Painting Workshop at 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.)

Ibou Ndoye’s paintings are populated with the “neighbors” of his homeland Senegal, as well as his adopted homes, Hoboken and Jersey City. They wrestle, play music, and dress in colorful garments, for example. During his recent visit to Senegal, after eighteen years of living in the United States, he rediscovered his artistic and cultural roots and expresses them through dynamic forms and colors.

This exhibition is part of NJCU's Black History Month, co-sponsored by the Black Alumni, Administrator, Faculty, Student, Staff Organization (BAAFSSO), as well as of Women’s Herstory Month Celebrations and is co-sponsored by the Speicher-Rubin Women's Center for Equity and Diversity.

Cover image: Ibou Ndoye, Women Gathering, 2019, mixed media on canvas, 14 x 9 feet.


Adebunmi Gbadebo, History Paper Portrait: Uprooted, 2018, hair made into paper, thread, silk screen, artificial braids. Courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery.
Adebunmi Gbadebo, History Paper Portrait: Uprooted, 2018, hair made into paper, thread, silk screen, artificial braids. Courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery.

January 30 –  March 5, 2020
Reception: February 19, 4:30  – 7:30 p.m.
The Visual Arts Gallery

Rejecting traditional art materials associated with Whiteness, the Newark-based artist, Adebunmi Gbadebo chose human Black hair as her primary medium. Varied locs of hair climb up a wall in her sculpture, Dada. Hair is also embedded in her prints, with images referencing her ancestry. Even though having been “uprooted,” these hair locs carry histories and memories within their DNA of people of the African diaspora.

This exhibition is part of NJCU Black History Month as well as Women’s History Month Celebrations and co-sponsored by Speicher-Rubin Women's Center for Equity and Diversity.

Curated by Donna David
October 17 - November 26
Visual Arts Gallery

Water color painting of a map
Adrienne Ottenberg, A Walk in Algers, watercolor

Panel Discussion GIS: “Mapping as a Communicative Art”: Nov. 20, 5:30 – 7 pm (in the Auditorium), led by Dr. William Montgomery, Earth and Environmental Science. Before and after the panel, guests are invited to view the exhibitions until 8:00 p.m.

What are the unique ways in which a map communicates to people?

NJCU Galleries is pleased to host a panel discussion in conjunction with simultaneous exhibitions, Maps Everywhere and Mapping Life. The discussion will focus on how maps communicate to various audiences. We’ll learn about the similarities and differences of how each panelist approaches map design to tell a story and present a point of view.


  • Patrick Shalhoub, NJCU Librarian and local historian
  • Daryl Krasnuk, GIS Coordinator, Hudson County Division of Planning
  • Benicio Lisboa, Advanced GIS student, Mapping Trees in Jersey City
  • Adrienne Ottenberg, Artist in the Maps Everywhere Exhibition


  • Donna David, Associate Professor, Communication Design Pathways, FIT/SUNY
  • William Montgomery, Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences


Curated by Donna David, Associate Professor, Communication Design Pathways, FIT/SUNY, this exhibition showcases ways maps can be used creatively to capture memories, explore personal histories and create narratives. The works exhibited have been chosen for their visual and illustrative qualities and will challenge the viewer to redefine the influence maps have in their lives.

Artists will include Charlie Ahearn, Connie Brown, Jacob Ford, Keith Godard, Abby Goldstein, Jennifer Maravillas, David Nuttall, Adrienne Ottenberg, Kingsley Parker, Viviane Rombaldi Seppey, Jan Rothuizen, Robert Sikoryak.

Exhibition Catalog

Curated by Midori Yoshimoto
October 17 - November 26
The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

Person looking at an image in an exhibit showing a top view of an area.
Sachigusa Yasuda, Michi (Unknown Place), 2013 – ongoing, digital photograph

Reception: October 17, 5:00 –8:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: TBA

In conjunction with Maps Everywhere in the Visual Arts Gallery, Mapping Life sheds light onto contemporary artists’ varied use of cartographic methods and forms in translating people’s lives, actions, and memories into their work. The work ranges from painting, sculpture, photography, video, and performance. Participating artists are: Noriko Ambe, Dahlia Elsayed, Kenji Kojima, Dominique Paul, Nyugen Smith, Yasunao Tone, and Sachigusa Yasuda.  The show is curated by Midori Yoshimoto, NJCU Gallery Director.


Cover Image: Dominique Paul, Median Revenue Dress at Irish Hunger Memorial, Manhattan, New York, 2015, archival pigment print on Epson metallic paper, 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy Miyako Yoshinaga

Exhibition Catalog

Rita Jimenez MFA Exhibition
December 3 - 16
Visual Arts Gallery

Projection of images on a wall depicting refraction of light.
Rita Jimenez, Refracting the Sublime, 2019, mixed media

Reception: December 3, 5 – 8 p.m.

Refracting The Sublime showcases Rita Jimenez's thesis work of immersive light and video installations. Her work distorts and alters spaces using color projection light in motion. Through this process, the artist investigates the notion of the sublime --something so grand and ethereal which would be almost impossible to document.

Kirk Maynard MFA Exhibition
December 3 - 16
The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

Painting depicting two people side by side.
Kirk Maynard, Periphery #1, 2018, oil pastel on paper

Reception: December 3, 5 – 8 p.m.

PERIPHERY is an exhibition of work by Kirk Maynard which deals with the effect of stereotypes on body language. Using himself as the subject, Kirk presents oil pastel drawings which use space and body language to express issues of marginalization and stereotype threat.

Walking Tour and Gallery talks November

Saturday, November 16, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Did you know the site of the NJCU Campus was owned by a seed company in the 1800s?

All neighborhoods have a story to tell - including our own.

In conjunction with two map-related exhibitions, NJCU Galleries are pleased to offer a free waking tour of the NJCU neighborhood led by Patrick Shalhoub, NJCU librarian and author of “Images of America: Jersey City" (Arcadia, 1995), before and after curator's talk in each of the two galleries.  

Please gather first in the Visual Arts Gallery at 11 a.m. for an introduction of the Maps Everywhere exhibition by the curator, Donna David (Associate Professor, FIT). 

The walking tour will start at 11:30 a.m. and take you through the neighborhood within the context of the growth and development of Greenville and Jersey City from 1800s to the present. It will end at Hepburn Hall, the oldest building on campus, where the 
Mapping Life exhibition is. Gallery Director Midori Yoshimoto will offer a tour of the exhibition from about 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Both galleries will remain open from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

NJCU Galleries are part of the NJCU Center for the Arts, whose programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of the State, a partner agency for the National Endowment for the Arts.


A Neo-Latino Exhibition
Curated by Dr. Virginia Fabbri Butera
September 6 – October 12
Visual Arts Gallery

Oil painting titled Isla de Oshun
Raul Villarreal, Isla de Oshun, 2019, oil on canvas

Reception: September 6, 5 – 8 p.m. (JC Fridays)
Artist Panel: September 24, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (the auditorium)
Artist Talk: October 5, 3 -5 p.m. (JCAST)
Artist Talk: October 12, 2 – 4 p.m. (NJCU Homecoming)

Featuring diverse works by seventeen artists who are part of the group, Neo-Latino, this exhibition reveals how artists interpret and express the power that a specific location and/or the objects found there, have on their artistic ideas and practice. Curated by Dr. Virginia Fabbri Butera, the Director of the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J., the exhibition was first presented earlier in May at The Gallery Space in Rahway, N.J.

Participating artists are: Luis Stephenberg Alers, Nelson Alvarez, Josephine Barreiro (BFA alum), Hugo Xavier Bastidas (NJCU art professor), Olga Mercedes Bautista (MA alum), Monica S. Camin, Angélica Muñoz Castaño, Christie Devereux, Ricardo Fonseca (MFA alum), Alexis Mendoza, Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo, Lisette Morel, George Rivera, José Rodeiro (NJCU retired professor), Nicola Stewart, Sergio G. Villamizar (NJCU staff) and Raúl Villarreal (MFA alum).

With extreme sadness that we mark the passing of Raul Villarreal (1964-2019), a leader of the Neo-Latino group, who was an NJCU alumnus (MFA) and a gifted artist.

Pro Arts Members Exhibition
Curated by Midori Yoshimoto
September 6 - October 6
The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

kerry kolenut art "taking pictures on the beach"
Kerry Kolenut, Taking pictures on the beach, 2017, digital photograph, 19 x 13 inches.

Reception: September 6, 5-8 p.m. (JC Fridays)
Artist Talk (JCAST): October 6, 3-5 p.m.

As a sequel to the 2014 Jerseyscapes exhibition held at NJCU, this exhibition revisits the theme of New Jersey landscapes and people-scapes through varied artistic media. Less obvious and off-mainstream perspectives on New Jersey and its people are explored through drawing, painting, print, photography, and mixed media. It will feature select works by members of Pro Arts, a professional membership community dedicated to advancing and promoting visual arts and their work, founded in Jersey City in 1994.

Participating artists are (in alphabetical order): Francesca Azzara, Amy Becker, Peter Delman, Nicholas D'Ornellas, Michael Endy, Ed Fausty, Eileen Ferara, Allan Gorman, Cheryl Gross, Kerry Kolenut, Stephen Krasner, Beatrice Mady, Jean-Paul Picard, Trix Rosen, Bill Rybak, Joel Simpson, Linda Streicher, Brad Terhune, Loura Van der Meule, and Alan Walker.

NJCU Visual Arts Gallery

Visual Arts Building, basement
100 Culver Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Gallery Hours:
Gallery hours Monday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm and by appointment 

Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

Hepburn Hall, Room 323
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Gallery Hours: 
Gallery hours Monday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm and by appointment