Faculty artists who teach in the Art Foundations Program of the Music and Art department at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) will be featured in a group exhibition, In Form, opening with a reception on November 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The exhibition, which will be presented in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center (SFAC), 81 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan, will be on display through December 15. Filling the SFAC's two spacious galleries, it provides an overview of the breadth of works produced in a broad range of mediums by BMCC art faculty.
“This dedicated presentation underscores the college’s continued support for a growing art department,” said Lisa Panzera, director of the Shirley Fiterman Art Center.
The BMCC Art Foundations Program offers an Associate in Science (A.S.) in Studio Art and Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Art History degree programs. Students take part in their own annual exhibitions and complete arange of courses in studio art, design and art history. Guided by their professors, the students gain the fundamental training required for successful transfer to four-year colleges and build portfolios of work to enable their transition to top art and design schools.
“The faculty can draw on their professional experiences in class and relate to students where they are because we have been in their position as students, too,” says Professor Peter Greenwald, whose work is part of the faculty exhibition and who finds that concepts covered in class echo formal concerns about design and color in his own artwork.
“Pulling the color out of a tone, designing negative shapes as carefully as positive shapes, moving the eye through a composition—these are important ideas that I discuss in class and that I think about outside of class,” he says. “My experience has been that teaching can feed studio work and vice-versa."
Presenting a variety of approaches to art making, In Formprovides insight into the processes and techniques in use by BMCC faculty, from modes of traditional painting and sculptural form, to installation work, experimental photography and works employing computer technology.
Faculty artists presented in the exhibition include Aisha Tandiwe Bell, Zeke Berman, Gianluca Bianchino, Tess Bilhartz, Bernardo Justin Campoy, Simon Carr, Betty Copeland, Jody Culkin, Elisa Decker, Cathy Diamond, Pat Genova, John Goodrich, Xico Greenwald, Joe Haske, Sarah Haviland, Ann Hjelle, Jayne Holsinger, Alessandro Keegan, Thea Lanzisero, JJ Manford, Michael Paris Mazzeo, Siobhan McBride, Alisa Minyukova, Jung He Mun, Lisa Nicchi, Carol Pereira, Thaddeus Radell, Jessica Ramirez, Kimberly Reinhardt, Julia Res, Judy Richardson, David Rothenberg, Erik Saxon, Adele Shtern, Rachelle Street, Janet Esquirol Sylvan, AC Towery, Terttu Uibopuu, Michael Volonakis and Phillip Weisman.
Cathy Diamond, Vying For, Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches (image at top of article);
Alessandro Keegan, Through the CryptochromeI, 2018, Oil on linen, 38 x 52 inches (top embedded image);
Sarah Haviland, Silver Chronicle, Steel, galvanized mesh, wood, cage and rock, 61 x 30 x 30 inches (middle embedded image), and
Terttu Uibopuu, Tyler, 2014, 20 x 16 inches, archival pigment print (bottom embedded image)