Visual Arts

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The Locus of Memory

A Neo-Latino Exhibition
September 6 – October 12
Visual Arts Gallery

Painting of woman laying on the ground near the United States and Mexican border sorrounded by hardships of the journey.
José Rodeiro, You Knew Damn Well, 2018, Oil on canvas, 16 x 20”

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 Mendosa, Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo, Lisette Morel, George Rivera, José Rodeiro (NJCU retired professor), Nicola Stewart, Sergio G. Villamizar (NJCU staff) and Raúl Villarreal (MFA alum).

Revisiting Jerseyscapes

Artwork titled Towers on a Menacing Sky
Allan Gorman, Towers on a Menacing Sky, 2018, oil on linen and resin, 48x36

Pro Arts Members Exhibition Curated by Midori Yoshimoto
The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

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Reception: September 6, 5-8 p.m.
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, photography, sculpture, video, and unexpected media such as ceramics and fiber. 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.

Maps Everywhere

Curated by Donna David
October 17 - November 26

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

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

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 Connie Brown, Jacob Ford, Keith Godard, Abby Goldstein, Jennifer Maravillas, David Nuttall, Adrienne Ottenberg, Kingsley Parker, Viviane Rombaldi Seppey, Jan Rothhuizen, Robert Sikoryak.

Mapping Life

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.

    Dominique Paul's work was made possible in part through the support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Refracting the Sublime

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

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.

NJCU Visual Arts Gallery

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

Gallery Hours: 
Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
or by appointment

Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

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

Gallery Hours: 
Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
or by appointment

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 (