Visual Arts

Photo of Dahlia Elsayed, Family Portrait Before Some People Leave, 2018, ceramic sculpture

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NJCU Gallery Spring 2020 Exhibitions

Boundless Light: Sunil Garg

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

This exhibition has been installed in the Visual Arts Gallery since early March, but has never physically opened. It will remain installed until Fall and open on the date to be announced. In the meantime, enjoy this virtual artist talk held via Zoom on April 16!

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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.


 

Common Language: Dahlia Elsayed

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.

This exhibition has been installed in the Lemmerman Gallery since early March, but has never physically opened. It will remain installed until Fall and open on the date to be announced. In the meantime, enjoy this virtual artist talk held via Zoom on April 14!

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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.


Collage of work from BFA students showing in Spring 2020

The Visual Arts Gallery,
Gilligan Student Union Building Gallery,
and The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery
Postponed to Fall 2020

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While the physical exhibition will take place on campus in Fall 2020, you can enjoy an online iteration of NJCU BFA Thesis Exhibition here. The exhibition features our BFA students, graduating with concentrations in ceramics, graphic design, illustration, jewelry, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Click the names of the candidates with an underline below to view their online exhibitions. Those without the links will complete their artwork in time for the real-life exhibition in the Fall. 

Asma Abibakar, Karla Almonte, Marjelyn Alvarez, Olivia Boules, Brian Bransky, Katy Burdge, Justin Cannon, Aminah Chaudhary, Aurora Lissette Diaz, Natasha Forbes, Elariya Girgiss, Gabriela Gomez, Raeef Hanna, Julio Huamantupa, Ailyn V. C. Lopez, Junior Mejias, Steven Mosquez, Alexa Marcela Ramirez, Marcos Renderos, Isabella Reyes, T'ana Salinas, Jasmine R Shaw, Michael Spadola

 

Virtual Artist Talks

On following days, they 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. 

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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

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MFA Thesis Exhibitions:

These MFA exhibitions will be held in "real life" on campus in Fall 2020. In the meantime, please enjoy their works online on their corresponding websites linked here. 

Simulacrization: Rachel Kehoe

Pretty Vitamins, Digital Design on Denim
Pretty Vitamins, Digital Design on Denim

Postponed to Fall 2020

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Simulacrization is an MFA exhibition of work by Rachel Kehoe which examines the invasion of targeted advertisements on social media. Kehoe uses mixed media and installation to portray the collection and mining of user data collected by tech companies.


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

Postponed to Fall 2020

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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.

Past Events

 

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.
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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.

Panelists:

  • 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

Co-Moderators:

  • 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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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NJCU Visual Arts Gallery

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

Gallery Hours: 
Galleries are currently closed due to COVID-19 protocols until further notice.
Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
or by appointment
201-200-2496

Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

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

Gallery Hours: 
Galleries are currently closed due to COVID-19 protocols until further notice.
Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
or by appointment
201-200-3246

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 (myoshimoto@njcu.edu)