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  • Spring Exhibitions


    chrysler building dress
    Curated by James E. Crochet
    January 25 – March 2

    Closing Reception: March 2, 7 - 9 pm

    Curator James E. Crochet (Costume Designer and owner of Leading Lady Costumes) invites you to join us as we celebrate the visual legacy of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) experience on Broadway. On display will be costumes, sketches, and accessories from award-winning costume designers such as Gregg Barnes, Jess Goldstein and William Ivey Long to iconic LGBT characters in shows like Kinky Boots and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Explore the creations that have made a night out on Broadway a memorable experience.

    Groundbreaking productions such as La Cage aux Folles, winning six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1983, ushered in a new era on Broadway. No longer were gay and transgender characters relegated to bit parts where they were presented as caricatures of commonly held stereotypes. The love between two men, the art of female impersonation, and the glitz and glamour of Broadway costume design finally synthesized in a financially and artistically successful venture. Groundbreaking issues such as marriage equality, bathroom bill controversies, and the recent historical election of transgendered politicians, have us seeing more and more LGBT issues highlighted in shows, along with more acceptance of the LGBT community and their long-standing contribution to the art form.

    Please save the date and join us on March 2, when DOCA honors the life of Georgia Brooks, hosts a curtain call for the Out on Broadway exhibition with a Masquerade Party, and screens an all-star lineup of indie films by female filmmakers!

    James E. Crochet Curator; Owner of Leading Lady Costumes; Costume Designer James Crochet has designed over 50 productions; 13 operas including Le Nozze di Figaro, Roméo et Juliette, the Merry Widow, and the Tales of Ho man; and over 20 musicals, among them Les Miserables, e Full Monty, La Cage aux Folles, and West Side Story. Companies include Manhattan School of Music, PORTopera, e Ogunquit Playhouse, and the Helen Hayes Theatre Company. Additionally, he has designed for luminaries of stage and screen Jefferson Mays, Hunter Foster, Andrea McArdle, Nancy Dussault, Renée Taylor, Sally Struthers, and Rue McClanahan. Previous exhibitions include: All at Glitters: Embroidering Character in Costume for Art House Productions, Extreme Silhouettes, and Costuming the Great White Way for Stagefest at the landmark Loews, Jersey City. Crochet received his degree in theatrical Design with an emphasis in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Northern Colorado.
 For more information, visit www.leadingladycostumes.net


    two men with painted tile

    Curated by Linden Scheff
    March 14 - April 21
    Artist Reception: April 4, 5 - 7 pm

    Established in 1991 as the first ne art gallery in Hudson, NY, the Carrie Haddad Gallery represents professionally committed artists as well as emerging talent specializing in all types of painting, both large and small sculpture, works on paper, and a variety of techniques in photography. Occupying 3,000 sq. ft. on Warren Street, the gallery is conveniently located just two hours north of Manhattan. e annual exhibition schedule accommodates seven exhibits on the main floor as well as a rotating selection of photography displayed on the second floor.

    A selection of artwork chosen for this exhibit at HCCC celebrates the versatility of Ms. Haddad’s curating style, one that blends figuration with pure abstraction and everything in between.

    Mark Beard (also known as Bruce Sargeant) is a contemporary artist who merges late 19th century English style portraiture with American 1980’s fashion photography. Bruce Sargeant is one of the six invented artist persona channeled by Beard who celebrates traditionally masculine themes such as athletics and exploration. Combining this with intense homoeroticism, which is conveyed through the partially- or totally-undressed state of his subjects, Beard maintains the firm sense of artistic identity that has kept his work in high demand throughout his career. Hudson County Community College is proud to have Beard’s work included in the College’s Foundation Art Collection.

    Birgit Blyth is one of our most innovative and prolific photographers who works in a darkroom yet uses no camera! Blyth has been experimenting with a technique known as chromoskedasic painting since the early ‘90s and variations on this concept have been shown at the Carrie Haddad Gallery for the last 20 years. e unusual process involves the use of silver particles in black and white photographic paper to scatter light at different wavelengths when exposed. Birgit Blyth succeeds at keeping her work fresh and cutting-edge using analog methods that are being quickly replaced elsewhere with digital technology.

    David Dew Bruner’s still lifes and figures drawn in graphite channel the highly graphic influences of Giorgio Morandi, Diego Velasquez, and the Italian futurists like Giacomo Balla and Marcel Duchamp. e likeness of each artist’s subject is expressed on paper, re-envisioned through Bruner’s characteristic style of excitedly applied graphite that produce shard-like fragments embedded with deep interwoven marks. ese works explore depth, movement, space, and repetition that is more about design than reference. Bruner tastefully pairs drawings with a vintage frame from his collection, refashioning mirror frames from the 1960s or hand painting an antique Italian frame in lavender.

    New Paltz based artist Kate Hamiltona, will install larger-than-life garments made of sewn sailcloth. Suspended from the ceiling, a giant “Baby Bonnet” and “Pussy-Bow Shirt” dance above the floor; familiar shapes presented in unprecedented scale, breaking our usual associations with clothing. What one wears plays a crucial role in identity and reveals class, sexual orientation, and personality in an instant. With these works, Hamilton examines clothing’s role in the perception of femininity. e large-scale garments culturally labeled as feminine create a metaphor for the female experience and confront the viewer with the strict gender roles still prevalent in society. e enormous pussy-bow shirt pays tribute to professional women feeling compelled to dress like men to compete in the workplace. Most notably, the design came into the spotlight when Yves Saint Laurent made it part of his signature Le Smoking ‘power suit’ look. The only difference between this design and Hamilton’s male counterparts is the encumbering, feverishly constructed bow, a clear signifier of the frustration felt in the fight to equity.For more information about the Carrie Haddad Gallery, visit www.carriehaddadgallery.com


    art department review

    Curated by Laurie Riccadonna and Jeremiah Teipen
    May 4 – May 18
    Artist Reception & Open Studios: May 4, 2- 5 pm

    The HCCC Art Department offers a wide variety of classes in computer and the arts taught by professional artists living in the New York metropolitan area. HCCC celebrates the artistic talents of our community with a bi-annual exhibition in the Dineen Hull Gallery. Join the art department, professors and current students of May 4 for the spring exhibition reception and open studios. Tour the classrooms, meet faculty, and enjoy the exhibition. Lite refreshments will be served.


    Curated by Michelle Vitale
    Teacher as Artist celebrates the creativity of educators in Hudson County. The Department of Cultural Affairs supports local artists through a variety of solo exhibitions throughout the College campus. Work is on view at both the Journal Square and the North Hudson campus libraries. For the Spring semester, we will be featuring the following artists!

    ghosts of 2008

    David Nicolato
    January 15 – February 28
    Meet the Artist:
    February 2,
    3:30 - 5:30 pm

    David Nicolato is a visual arts instructor at the OLC School. He has been making and exhibiting art for over 25 years. His work ranges from drawings and paintings that explore the oddness and beauty of various animal forms to “mini-murals” that focus on fantastic creatures in a classical style of figural representation.

    Meet the artist on February 2 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the North Hudson Library, 4800 Kennedy Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Union City. Light refreshments will be served. www.poppaper.bigcartel.com

    HCCC Main Library
    71 Sip Ave., Jersey City
    Jersey City, NJ 07306

    North Hudson Campus Library
    4800 Kennedy Boulevard, 3rd Floor
    Union City, NJ 07087

    The Force of Nature

    Antonio Nogueira
    March 15 – April 30
    Meet the Artist: April 6, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

    Antonio Nogueira is a husband, father, professional pushrim wheelchair racer, and art teacher in Jersey City. He works with large canvases because he enjoys the physical challenge of painting in a grand-scale. Nogueira’s movement around a canvas with single strokes results in long, contour lines and curves that are consistent elements in his paintings.

    Meet the artist on April 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the North Hudson Library, 4800 Kennedy Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Union City. Light refreshments will be served. www.artonio.com

    HCCC Main Library
    71 Sip Ave., Jersey City
    Jersey City, NJ 07306

    North Hudson Campus Library
    4800 Kennedy Boulevard, 3rd Floor
    Union City, NJ 07087


    Teacher as Artist Summer

    We invite HCCC faculty and administration artists to submit their work for inclusion in the Summer Teacher as Artist exhibition which will be on display during the summer months at both College campus libraries. For more information, contact mvitale@hccc.edu.

  • Contact Information

    Department of Cultural Affairs

    71 Sip Avenue 6th Fl.

    Jersey City, NJ 07306



    Fall Gallery Hours
    Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Tuesday,11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Closed Sunday & Holidays

    The gallery follows the HCCC academic calendar and is closed on holidays.

    There is no charge for admission.