Newest ‘Teacher as Artist’ Exhibition at HCCC Features Works of Jersey City Public School Teacher

Posted: 9/19/2018
Jennifer Christopher, jchristopher@hccc.edu, 201.360.4061 Roger Jones, rjones@jonesandassociatescommunications.com, 201.200.1080

Heidi Curko’s paintings may be viewed through October 16 at both campuses.

September 19, 2018, Jersey City, NJ – They are more than just artists.  They are teaching artists – practicing professional artists with talents, skills, and passion they share in galleries and in the classrooms where they instruct, inspire, and become linkages to various modes of expression that make the world more enjoyable.

The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs launched the “Teacher as Artist” program in Fall 2017 with a series of exhibitions that celebrate the creativity of Hudson County educators. Now through October 16 the works of Heidi Curko, a teaching artist at Patricia M. Noonan School (P.S. #26) in Jersey City Heights. The exhibition, which was curated by Cultural Affairs Director Michelle Vitale, is being held in the College’s Gabert Library at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City, and North Hudson Campus Library at 4800 Kennedy Boulevard in Union City.  There is no charge for admission.

“The arts are such an important part of our community, and a very important aspect of Hudson County Community College.  Our Arts and Fine Arts degree programs are among the finest anywhere.  The HCCC Dineen Hull Gallery and Department of Cultural Affairs provide everyone in the community with access to important artists and programs, and the HCCC Foundation Art Collection is displayed in all the public areas of the College,” said Dr. Chris Reber, HCCC President.  “We hope students from all of Hudson’s grade and high schools will come and be inspired by Ms. Curko’s work, and view some of the renowned paintings, photos, and other works of art in our Foundation Art collection.”

A native of Shelter Island, New York and Bayonne, NJ resident, Heidi Curko earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Purchase College, and pursued post-graduate work at the School of Visual Arts.  

Curko is a gestural painter, whose work is characterized by energetic, expressive brushstrokes that reflect what she refers to as her “inner landscape”. Her works have appeared in exhibitions throughout the United States, including Aqua Art Miami, Gallery 825 (Los Angeles), Walter Wickiser Gallery (New York City), and Novado Gallery (Jersey City).  (Examples of her work may be viewed online at www.heidicurko.com)

The HCCC Gabert Library is open Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The HCCC North Hudson Campus Library is open Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More information may be obtained at www.hccc.edu/cultural-affairs, by emailing Cultural Affairs Director Michelle Vitale at mvitale@hccc.edu, or by phoning 201-360-4176.