“Notes from the Underground” Digital Faculty Art Show Opens March 1

Pat Genova, Flowers, 2021, Mixed media

February 17, 2021

The Shirley Fiterman Arts Center (SFAC) will present “Notes from the Underground”, a digital exhibition of recent Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) faculty artwork on Instagram and Facebook from March 1 through April 23. The show will also be available as a fully archived version at the SFAC website.

Andrew Prayzner
Fortress, 2017-2020
Oil on linen

The presentation of work by 22 BMCC faculty artists provides viewers an opportunity to see the breadth of works produced in a range of mediums by BMCC’s professors. This year’s SFAC faculty exhibition is a digital presentation highlighting the college’s continued commitment to its growing art department. Each faculty artist will be spotlighted through a series of artwork images accompanied by an artist profile.

“Notes from the Underground” underscores the broad variety of approaches to contemporary art-making, and provides 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 new media.

BMCC Professor of Art Sarah Haviland says it is fortunate that even during the pandemic, when most classrooms and galleries are closed, BMCC is able to share artwork by faculty and students through digital means.

“Artists keep working and creating, in more isolation than usual, which makes the opportunity of online exhibitions even more essential for sharing thoughts and visions,” said Haviland.” Some of these artworks may carry special resonance under pandemic conditions.”

Aisha Tandiwe Bell
Radiate Release Resolve
Clay, acrylic, metal leaf on wood

Faculty artists featured in the exhibition include Aisha Tandiwe Bell, Bernardo Justin Campoy, Simon Carr, Elisa Decker, Cathy Diamond, Louis Esposito, Pat Genova, Xico Greenwald, Sarah Haviland , Jayne Holsinger, Siobhan McBride, Gustavo Murillo Fernández-Valdés, Lisa Nicchi, Carol Pereira-Olson, Andrew Prayzner, Jessica Ramirez, Kimberly Reinhardt, Erik Saxon, Adele Shtern, AC Towery, Evelyn Twitchel and Emily Zuch.

The Art Foundations Program, conferring an Associate of Art in Art History and Associate in Science in Studio Art, prepares students for careers in the arts. With numerous courses in studio art, design and art history, the Art Foundations program offers BMCC art majors the fundamental training required for successful transfer to four-year colleges. Art professors work with BMCC students to achieve entry to top art and design schools.

Links to exhibition:

Shirley Fiterman Art Center



  • Show will open March 1 on Facebook and Instagram
  • Fully archived exhibition will be available at SFAC/BMCC website
  • Exhibit features paintings, photography and sculptures by 22 BMCC faculty

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