Faculty Artists Showcase Work and Remember Artist Charles McGill

“Apples, Peppers and Lemons” by BMCC Professor and artist John Goodrich
February 6, 2018

In the Studio, an exhibition of recent faculty art, opens at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) on Wednesday, February 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. in BMCC’s Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan.

The exhibition offers a look at BMCC’s dynamic, diverse faculty of artists and designers. The breadth and depth of creativity on display will showcase expertise in traditional art media techniques in painting and sculpture, as well as in video art, installation works and pieces made with advanced computer technology.

In the Studio will also pay tribute to BMCC Professor Charles McGill (1964-2017). A memorial event in honor of Professor McGill will be held at 6:30 p.m. during the opening.

Fortress for Four by Charles McGill

“Though he taught at BMCC only three years, during that relatively short period Charles McGill made an enormous impact on both his students and his colleagues,” says Professor of Art Peter (Xico) Greenwald, who serves on the faculty Gallery Committee that coordinated In the Studio. “Charles was charismatic and kind-hearted. He was a remarkable drawing instructor; charcoal drawings from his classes conveyed a firm grasp of tone, proportion and line.”

Trained as a figurative artist, McGill was best known for his abstracted, politically charged assemblages created with repurposed golf bags, and his work was featured in a number of exhibitions at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center during his tenure at BMCC.

Faculty artists and coordinating committee

In the Studio will present the faculty artists Aisha Tandiwe Bell, Simon Carr, Betty Copeland, Ada Pilar Cruz, Tim D’Agostino, Elisa Decker, Cathy Diamond, Ana Garces Kiley, Patricia Genova, Janet Goldner, John Goodrich, Xico Greenwald, Joe Haske, Sarah Haviland, Joshua W. Henderson, Ann Hjelle, Jayne Holsinger, Sara Jimenez, Carter Johnson, Alessandro Keegan, Susan Leopold, Charles McGill, Dan Nelken, Lisa Nicchi, Carol Pereira, Thaddeus Radell, Jessica Ramirez, Kimberly Reinhardt, Judy Richardson, David Rothenberg, Erik Saxon, Adele Shtern, Rachelle Street, Janet Esquirol Sylvan, Joan Thorne, A.C. Towery, Terttu Uibopuu, Michael Volonakis and Amy Westpfahlâ¿¿.

Working with Shirley Fiterman Art Center Director Lisa Panzera, In the Studio was coordinated by a Gallery Committee chaired by Professor of Art Sarah Haviland and including Professors Simon Carr, Elisa Decker, Patricia Genova, Peter (Xico) Greenwald, Ann Hjelle, Jessica Ramirez, Florence Quideau, Thaddeus Radell and Terttu Uibopuu. 

A portion of all sales from Shirley Fiterman Art Center exhibits goes to support the BMCC Foundation scholarship fund. Images are available upon request.

For more information, please contact The Shirley Fiterman Art Center at (212) 776-6237, Tuesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 6 p.m.


Embedded artwork: “Fortress by Four” by Charles McGill

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  • In the Studio features work by 39 faculty artists, including Professor of Art Charles McGill, who passed away Summer 2017
  • Exhibition opens February 14 in Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay Street, lower Manhattan
  • Work will be on display through March 24

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