Visual Arts

Photo of 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

Maps Everywhere

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

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.


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

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
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.

Past Events

Walking Tour and Gallery Visits at NJCU

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.



Place: The Locus of Memory

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.


Revisiting Jerseyscapes

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: 
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 (