Hudson County Community College ‘Teacher as Artist’ Exhibition to Showcase the Work of Jersey City Native, Miguel Cardenas

Posted: 3/28/2019
Jennifer Christopher, 201-360-4061, jchristopher@hccc.edu

Artist’s Reception will be held on April 18.

March 28, 2019, Jersey City, NJ – The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs invites the community to view Miguel Cardenas’ work in the latest “Teacher as Artist” exhibition. The exhibition will be displayed from Monday, April 15 through Sunday, June 30, 2019, in the HCCC Gabert Library Building at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City, NJ, and the HCCC North Hudson Campus Library, 4800 Kennedy Boulevard in Union City, NJ.

An Artist’s Reception for Mr. Cardenas is slated for Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the College's Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium, located on the top floor of the Gabert Library Building at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City. There is no charge for admission to the exhibition or the reception.

Pop artist, architect, and educator Miguel Cardenas creates digital collages that blur the line between art and design by creating a narrative of associations.

Born in Jersey City, Mr. Cardenas previously worked as an architect. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute and Master of Advanced Architectural Design and Theory degree from Columbia University. Today, Mr. Cardenas works full-time with autistic students at Dickinson High School’s Special Education Department, and practices as a freelance architectural designer.

Mr. Cardenas has been active in the Hudson County arts culture for many years. His architectonic spatial concepts are applied by overlaying and juxtaposing images and text from art history, social history, and pop culture. In his craft, Mr. Cardenas attempts to inhabit the ambiguity found in the grey zone that exists between binary oppositions, where things are not “either/or” but “both/and.”

Curated by HCCC Cultural Affairs Director Michelle Vitale, the “Teacher as Artist” solo exhibitions celebrate the creativity of Hudson County educators who are also local artists.

The HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs’ calendar features an array of visual and performing artists, exhibitions, and programs. HCCC Cultural Affairs welcomes Hudson County community members, organizations, businesses, and school groups to enjoy the cultural programs at the College. Groups of 6 to 30 visitors are invited to schedule free, 45-minute tours of the current exhibition.

The HCCC Gabert Library is open Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The HCCC North Hudson Campus Library is open Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More information is available at www.hccc.edu/cultural-affairs.