Photo of Clay artwork feauturing earth and flowers

Visual Arts Gallery is now open for in person viewing. 
Face coverings and social distancing required; hand sanitizer and extra masks are available in the gallery.

Forward: NJCU BFA 2021 Thesis Exhibition

April 7 - May 6, 2021

Selection of 2021 BFA Thesis Candidate's Artwork

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

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 CastanedaErika 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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Creative Process Virtual Series: Jersey City Arts!

Panepinto Galleries and Canopy Jersey City Arts logos
Promo Video for Creative Process Virtual Series: Jersey City Arts!


Train Tracks by Gabriel Gomez-Mestre

A DIGITAL INSTALLATION DISPLAY of Gabriela Gomez-Mestre's (BFA Graduate 2020) work is projected onto the Reception Wall at Canopy by Hilton, 159 Morgan Street, Jersey City, NJ through April 26th.

For information about our previous event 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 please see our past events at the bottom of this page.

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


Past Events

Jaz Graf Art

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

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

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

Explore the Virtual Exhibition

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.

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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: 
Tuesday - Thursday, 12 - 5 PM and by appointment by emailing

Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

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

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

Visitation and Parking

Gallery visitors can receive up to one hour of free parking in any of the NJCU lots during weekdays.
Please ask the gallery attendant to validate your parking ticket.

For school group visits and other inquiries, contact: Midori Yoshimoto (