Natural Proclivities: Creating Empathy Toward the Environment

<i>Train, 2012,</i> by Aron Wiesenfeld, one of 31 artists featured in <i>Natural Proclivities</i>

Train, 2012, by Aron Wiesenfeld, one of 31 artists featured in Natural Proclivities

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) will present Natural Proclivities, an art exhibition curated by Kim Power and Melanie Vote, with an opening reception on Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m. in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan.

The exhibition will be on display through July 27. An artist panel discussion, Insights and Innovation, will be held Wednesday, June 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

According to Power, “Natural Proclivities examines the relationship between humans and nature; both our responsibility and response to nature, how we transform it and how it transforms us.”

That transformation inspires the creative impulse, Vote says, “showing all the wonders of the cyclical process of life and death; from growth to decay, and returns us to the elemental forces of our own existence.”

Creating empathy through a variety of media
Artist Gregory Thielker, Differential

The 31 featured artists explore their themes through painting, photography and mixed media. In the end, Power posits, “This exhibition presents a visual dialogue that aspires to stimulate awareness and create empathy towards our natural environment.”

The featured artists include Joan Bankemper, Daniel Bilodeau, Dina Brodsky, Naomi Campbell, Bradley Castellanos, Eteri Chkadua, Gocha Chkadua, Elisabeth Condon, Elizabeth Demaray, Inka Essenhigh, Owen Gray, Julie Heffernan, Vera Iliatova, Lisa Lebofsky, James Lipovac, Zachari Logan, Alessandra Maria, Tanya Marcuse, Ali Miller, Alyssa Monks, Nunzio Paci, Rafael Perez, David Pettibone, Kim Power, Lesley Richmond, Katia Santibanez, Emma Tapley, Gregory Thielker, Melanie Vote, Virginia Wagner and Aron Wiesenfeld.

A venue for diversity and dialogue
Artist David Pettibone, April May

The Shirley Fiterman Art Center (SFAC), a spacious gallery and not-for-profit organization, is located on the first floor of BMCC’s Miles and Shirley Fiterman Hall.

Dedicated to organizing exhibitions of contemporary art and cultural programming, the SFAC promotes and enriches the educational mission of BMCC. It presents diverse gallery programs and fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and cultural understanding.

The SFAC also serves as a resource for the BMCC and lower Manhattan communities through artist talks, tours and exhibitions that are free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the Shirley Fiterman Art Center at (212) 776-5631 or

Middle Image: Gregory Thielker, Differential, 2016

Bottom Image: David Pettibone, April – May from the Year With a Tree series (clockwise from top left: OvercastRainSunnyCloudySunnySunny), 2017

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  • Natural Proclivities, an exhibition of paintings, photography and works in mixed media opens May 24 in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center
  • The exhibition will be on display through July 27
  • An artist panel discussion, Insights and Innovation, will be held June 13

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