WWI: Beyond Flanders Fields

    The sword is drawn, the Navy upholds it!

    Curated by Michelle Vitale
    September 10 – November 15
    September 7: JC Fridays “Sneak Peak”
    September 11: Opening Reception & Andrea Siotto Lecture, 4-7 pm
    September 25: Kevin Fitzpatrick Lecture, 4-6 pm
    October 4 & 5: JCAST Weekend
    October 9: WWI Poetry & Prose, 7-9 pm
    November 15: Closing Reception & Captain Devon Collins, 4-7 pm

    Hudson County Community College invites residents to view the fall exhibition, WWI: Beyond Flanders Fields. The exhibition honoring New Jersey WWI heroes has been curated by Michelle Vitale, HCCC Director of Cultural Affairs and will be on view from Monday, September 10 through Friday, November 16 at the College’s Dineen Hull Gallery located at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City–just a block away from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. It is open to the general public and there is no charge for admission.

    The exhibit highlights war themes as well as examines its global and cultural effects on Hudson life. Unique military items on display include distinguished medals, shrapnel similar to that launched during Jersey City’s 1916 Black Tom explosion, a U.S. service coat with an insignia from the New York 77th Division (on loan from the National WWI Museum and Memorial), and photos of soldiers in training at Dickinson High School. The exhibition also includes a video slide show, a music section with a listening station, and an arts section highlighting some of the iconic WWI War posters.

    Supplementary programs include public lectures in partnership with the New York Military Affairs Symposium. Special installations include a commemorative poppy memorial to Hudson County veterans, select WWI movie screenings and live-streaming events.

    Week Day Screenings of WWI classic movies will begin on September 10 at 11 am and continue through November 16 in the Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium. Movie titles include Farewell to Arms, Path of Glory, Westfront, and Wooden Crosses. For full movie screenings see our calendar page.

    The Opening Reception will take place on September 11 from 4-7 pm and will include lite fare and a lecture by Andrea Siotto on “The Experience of Trench Warfare on the Western Front,” along with an opportunity for visitors to pay respect to both WWI heroes and the 9/11 victims through a commemorative poppy memorial. Andrea Siotto is an Italian doctorate candidate in the History Department at Temple University. He is interested in the development of technology and tactics used before and during the First World War. Siotto holds a master’s degree in history from the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome, Italy. Lecture begins at 4:30 pm.

    Kevin C. Fitzpatrick will give a special lecture on September 25 as part of the WWI: Beyond Flanders Fields exhibition. Fitzpatrick is the author of seven books tied to New York City history. His most recent is World War One New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War. He is the program director for the WWI Centennial Committee for New York City. Lecture begins at 4:30 pm.

    The Dineen Hull Gallery will once again be participating in the annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour and the exhibition will be open for viewing on Friday, October 5 from 11 am to 5 pm and Saturday, October 6 from 11 am to 5 pm. (The gallery is not open on Sunday.)

    In partnership with the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, HCCC faculty and distinguished community members will read poetry and prose highlighting WWI for National Book Month. The reading will take place on October 9 from 7-9 pm at the at the Apple Tree House, 298 Academy Street. The event is free, reservations are strongly encouraged. Click Here to Register

    The exhibition closing will be held on Thursday, November 15 from 4 to 7 pm. In partnership with The New York Military Affairs Symposium, Captain Devon Collins, a professor at West Point, will give a lecture on POW Veterans in WWI. Collins was born in Westfield, Massachusetts and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2008. She has served in multiple logistics positions in the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and 82nd Airborne Division. In 2017 she earned a master’s degree in Military History from Ohio State University. Collins currently serves as an Instructor in the Department of History at West Point and is working on completion of her dissertation, Prisoners of War: Conceptions, Organizations and Lessons Learned in the British Government, 1914-1922. Lecture will begin at 4:30 pm. Lite refreshments will be served.

    DOCA welcomes Hudson County community members, organizations, businesses, and school groups to enjoy our cultural programs at the College. Groups of 6 to 30 visitors are invited to a free 45-minute tour of our current fall exhibition. To schedule a tour or for more information contact Michelle Vitale at mvitale@hccc.edu.

    This exhibition is possible thanks to our generous partners: The National WWI Museum and Memorial, New York Military Affairs Symposium, Ocean Township Historical Museum, Kingsland Museum, Jersey City Free Public Library, New Jersey Room, Apple Tree House, Hudson County Genealogical and Historic Society, Meadowlands Museum, Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, and Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development.


    Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed

    Curated by Laurie Riccadonna and Jeremiah Teipen
    November 30 – December 14
    Reception & Alumni Gathering: December 7, 4-7 pm
    Student Presentation and Closing: December 14, 9:30-11:30 am

    The HCCC Art Department offers a wide variety of classes in computer and fine arts taught by professional artists living in the New York metropolitan area. HCCC celebrates the artistic talents of our community with a bi-annual student exhibition in the Dineen Hull Gallery.

    Join the art department, professors and students on December 7 from 4 to 7 pm for the fall exhibition reception and Alumni Gathering. Lite refreshments will be served.

    On December 14 come enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and tour the exhibition during the Art Café from 8:30 to 9:30 am. Stay for presentations from the participating art students and the exhibition closing from 9:30 to 11:30 am.


    Teacher as Artist celebrates 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. Work is on view at both the Journal Square and the North Hudson campus libraries. For the Fall semester, we will be featuring Heidi Curko and Jill Schifter.


    Heidi Curko
    September 4 – October 16
    Both Campus Libraries

    Heidi Curko was born on Shelter Island, NY, and has lived in Washington D.C., New York City, Jersey City and currently resides in Bayonne. She earned her BFA from SUNY Purchase and attended the School of Visual Arts for post- baccalaureate work in Art Education. She is currently a teaching artist at PS 26 in Jersey City Heights. Curko is agestural abstractionist whose work is energized by what she calls her inner landscape. Her work has been included in exhibitions across the country, including Aqua Art Miami, Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, Walter Wickiser Gallery in NYC, and Novado Gallery in Jersey City. www.heidicurko.com

    Curko’s work will be on view at both campus libraries from September 4 through October 16.

    Gabert Library
    71 Sip Ave., Jersey City
    Jersey City, NJ 07306

    North Hudson Library
    4800 Kennedy Boulevard, 3rd Floor
    Union City, NJ 07087

    Little Black Dress, by Jill Schifter

    Jill Schifter
    November 7 – January 15, 2019
    Both Campus Libraries

    Jill Schifter is an artist who teaches at The Learning Community Charter School in Jersey City and lives in North Bergen, NJ. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art. Through a variety of media including drawing and collage, Jill explores questions of self- image, gender constructs, cultural trauma, and environmental destruction.

    Schifter’s work will be on view at both campus libraries from November 7 through January 15, 2019.

    Gabert Library
    71 Sip Ave., Jersey City
    Jersey City, NJ 07306

    North Hudson Library
    4800 Kennedy Boulevard, 3rd Floor
    Union City, NJ 07087

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    Department of Cultural Affairs

    71 Sip Avenue 6th Fl.

    Jersey City, NJ 07306



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