And still I rise!

    Notes and Tones: Jazz Influences on the EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop

    January 29 – March 1
    Curated by Essye Klempner

    February 5: Opening Reception, 4-7 pm
    March 1: Closing Reception, 4-7 pm

    The HCCC Department of Cultural presents Notes and Tones a themed compilation of prints created by nationally recognized artists, who have worked over the years with the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in Manhattan. Notes and Tones is in partnership with the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, a program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Today, this community printshop is dedicated to continuing the legacy of its founder and Master Printer Robert Blackburn. Blackburn, a jazz aficionado, held similar ideologies to the local Jazz communities of the late 1960’s. This indie spirit glistens through the jazz-inspired works that will be on view. The exhibition will also include a closer look at community partner WBGO, a celebrated national radio station based out of Newark, NJ. WBGO is renowned for presenting jazz of the highest quality.

    The exhibition coincides with our annual Georgia Brooks Celebration. Highlights include a live hot jazz performance featuring The Ladybugs during the opening reception on February 5, which will be recorded by WBGO and broadcast on air, and Jersey City masking tape artist Kayt Hester will create a live mural installation in the Dineen Hull Atrium. The closing reception will take place on March 1, which is also JC Fridays, and will feature a performance from Thinking In Full Color alumna and songstress Audrey Martells accompanied by Belden Bullock on bass.

    And Still I Rise, which depicts a stunning portrait of Maya Angelou by Otto Neals was used as the Spring Brochure cover image. DOCA is thrilled that the original artwork will be on view in the exhibition. Artists in the exhibition include Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Camille Billops, Willie Birch, Robert Blackburn, Betty Blayton, Kay Brown, Vivian Browne, Mel Edwards, Maren Hassinger, Robin Holden, Dindga McCannon, Otto Neals, Mavis Pusey, Vernal Reuben, Betye Saar, Vincent Smith, Mildred Thompson, Michael Kelly Williams, among others.

    EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop is a co-operative printmaking workspace that provides professional-quality printmaking facilities to artists and printmakers of every skill level. They are committed to inspiring and fostering a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse artistic community dedicated to the making of fine art prints in an environment that embraces technical and aesthetic exploration, innovation and collaboration. Robert Blackburn's vision of a welcoming creative environment with a spirit of openness serves as the backbone of the workshop today. www.rbpmw-efanyc.org

    WBGO is a celebrated nonprofit national radio station based out of Newark, NJ. Founded in 1979, WBGO is a publicly supported cultural institution that preserves and elevates America’s music: jazz and blues. The station reaches a weekly audience of more than 400,000 in the New York/New Jersey metro area via 88.3FM. WBGO seeks to educate, entertain and inspire the public by providing access and opportunity to engage with the highest quality, curated jazz and blues programming produced in the jazz capital of the world. www.wbgo.org

    The Ladybugs' music features the dreamy, dulcet tones of voices and trombones. Lead by Martina DaSilva, their unique instrumentation of two lead singers (both doubling in percussion & ukulele), two trombone players, guitar, and bass allows for a lush sound that uplifts and attracts all audiences. The Ladybugs’ repertoire includes favorites from the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, infused with country, blues, latin, and classical music. The band has received high praise for recent performances at the Kennedy Center, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the NY Hot Jazz Festival, the NYC Winter Jazzfest, and the Catskill Jazz Factory. With an uplifting sound that attracts all audiences, The Ladybugs effortlessly keep listeners smiling and moving. www.theladybugsband.com

    Vocalist Audrey Martells and jazz bassist Belden Bullock come together in the heart of the song with a transparent and engaging duo they call “Two Sides of A Story.” Blending jazz classics, pop, and R&B to bring an original, sensual and intoxicating spin to cover songs and their own original compositions. www.AudreyMartells.com

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    Celebrating the Creativity of Educators in Hudson County
    Curated by Michelle Vitale

    The Department of Cultural Affairs supports local artists through a variety of solo exhibitions throughout the College campus. For the spring semester, we will be featuring the work of Jesse Wright and Miguel Cardenas.

    Jesse Wright
    January 30 – March 30
    Both Campus Libraries
    March 1: Artist Reception, 4-7 pm, Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium

    Jesse Wright is a multidisciplinary artist who lives in Hawthorne, NJ and teaches art at the Goldman Sachs Student Art Program in Jersey City and the Eastern Christian High School in Haledon, NJ. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Wright explores spiritual connections underlying daily experience through his practice which consists of mixed media, painting, printmaking, and video. His blended visual styles reference his blended Jamaican American heritage. The portraits in this exhibition were inspired by his experiences in mission and humanitarian projects done internationally and in the U.S. at displacement camps and in underserved and disenfranchised communities. At a time when boundaries and walls are ever increasing between those perceived as “other,” this series seeks to champion taking the time, in empathy, to consider one another’s story. Meet Wright during an artist reception on March 1 from 4-7 pm at the Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium. Lite refreshments will be served. See more of Wright’s work at www.sundayrebel.com.

    Gabert Library
    71 Sip Ave.
    Jersey City, NJ 07306
    North Hudson Library
    4800 Kennedy Boulevard, 3rd Fl.
    Union City, NJ 07087



    Peters Sisters

    Back to Black

    February 11 – June 30
    Curated by Professor Dorothy Anderson

    February 5: Live Mural Installation, 4-7 pm, Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium

    Back to Black, highlights the 1919 World War I self-published poetry book War Poems by sisters Ada and Ethel Peters.

    The installation, curated by HCCC History Professor Dorothy Anderson, will be on display in the Dineen Hull Atrium throughout the semester honoring Black History Month, Women’s History Month, National Poetry Month in April, and will close the end of June to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, the most important of the peace treaties that brought World War I to an end.

    In conjunction with the exhibition, Jersey City artist Kayt Hester will create large-scale portraits of the Peters sisters out of tape during the opening reception of Notes and Tones on February 5 from 4 to 7 pm.

    Kayt Hester creates intricate images with shreds of hand-torn black masking tape. She attended The Fashion Institute of Technology and then became a still-life photographer for publications such as "Scholastic Magazine" and "J. Crew." She left her photography career shortly after 9/11 and began using leftover darkroom tape as a creative outlet to weave her interpretation of people and events on canvas. She has been featured in both "Nylon" and "Bust Magazine" and be awarded solo art shows throughout Jersey City and New York City. www.maskingtapeart.com



    Urban Crossroads

    Urban Crossroads: Reimagining Jersey City’s Abandoned Infrastructure

    March 12 – April 18
    Curated by Rahid Cornejo and Sean Gallagher

    March 12: Opening Reception, 4-7 pm
    April 18: Closing Reception & Panel Discussion, 4-7 pm

    A collaborative exhibition which presents research from New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and Design, Rutgers University’s Master of Landscape Architecture, the Jersey City Arts Council’s Architecture and Design Committee, and the newly formed nonprofit Bergen Arches.

    This exhibition of student work showcases the potential for Jersey City to re-imagine its infrastructural past as an un-interrupted public and ecological corridor within the heart of its urban fabric. Come see how a floating natural forest and a forgotten ravine could link together to become a public asset that rivals New York City's Highline and Lowline and connects Jersey City to the United States East Coast Greenway. logos 2




    Celebrating the Creativity of Educators in Hudson County 
    Curated by Michelle Vitale

    The Department of Cultural Affairs supports local artists through a variety of solo exhibitions throughout the College campus. The second half of the spring semester, we will feature the work of Miguel Cardenas.

    Miguel Cardenas
    April 15 – June 30
    Both Campus Libraries

    April 18:
    Artist Reception, 4-7 pm, Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium

    Jersey City-born pop artist Miguel Cardenas worked as an architect for a number of years. He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute and a master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design and Theory from Columbia University. He currently practices as a freelance architectural designer and works full-time with autistic students at Dickinson High School's Special Education Department. Cardenas’ digital collages attempt to blur the line between art and design by creating a narrative of associations. Architectonic spatial concepts are applied by overlaying juxtaposing appropriated images and text taken from art history, social history as well as pop culture. His work attempts to inhabit the ambiguous, interstitial space or grey zone that exists between binary oppositions–where things are not “either/or,” but “both/and.” Meet Cardenas during an artist reception on April 18 from 4-7 pm at the Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium. Lite refreshments will be served. Find him on Instagram @miguelcardenasjc.

    Gabert Library
    71 Sip Ave.
    Jersey City, NJ 07306
    North Hudson Library
    4800 Kennedy Boulevard, 3rd Fl.
    Union City, NJ 07087




    HCCC Spring Student Art Exhibition

    May 3 – 17
    Curated by Laurie Riccadonna and Jeremiah Teipen

    May 3: Opening Reception, 4-7 pm
    May 17: Closing & Student Presentations, 9:30 am-2:30 pm

    HCCC celebrates the artistic talents of our community with a bi-annual student exhibition in the Dineen Hull Gallery. Join the art department, students, professors and staff on May 3 from 4 to 7 pm for the spring Student Art Exhibition opening reception. On May 17 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm senior art students will presentation their portfolios during the spring Student Art Exhibition closing.




    Men in Nursing

    May 7 – May 17

    May 7: Lecture, Two Sessions: 12:00 pm and 5:30 pm
    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium

    The Department of Cultural Affairs in conjunction with the Department of Nursing presents a pop-up exhibition spotlighting “men” in nursing.

    On May 7, Dr. Ben Evans will guest lecture on the historical contributions of men in nursing, gender communication differences, and discuss workplace diversity issues. Dr. Evans is an Assistant Professor in Graduate Studies at Felician University School of Nursing. He has 45 years’ experience working in the areas of chronic, catastrophic illness (cancer and AIDS), addictions, general nursing, and mental health. Dr. Evans is the first man to serve as President of the New Jersey State Nurses Association in its 116 years. He completed a Master of Science in Counseling and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Evansville, and a Doctor of Divinity degree from the American Institute of Holistic Theology.

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    71 Sip Avenue 6th Fl.

    Jersey City, NJ 07306



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