September 28, 2020, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Program Coordinator and Professor of Fine Arts, Laurie Riccadonna, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Northeast Regional Faculty Member Award.
The award, which will be presented virtually on October 7, recognizes those faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching, and outstanding contributions to one’s community. Regional-level awardees are the sole contenders for the ACCT 2020 national-level William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award that will be presented virtually during the ACCT Leadership Conference on October 8, 2020.
“Professor Riccadonna developed the HCCC Associate in Fine Arts program and helped lead the program to achieve national distinction,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber. “In promoting HCCC arts programs, Professor Riccadonna has championed the College and enriched the community’s cultural life. She is an inspiration to our students, and all of our colleagues and students join me in congratulating Laurie for this national recognition of her teaching and scholarly excellence.”
A respected and beloved member of the New Jersey/New York arts community, Laurie Riccadonna is an internationally recognized artist/curator, and a dedicated educator. She began her teaching career at HCCC in 2003, initiating the College’s first two art courses, and has been instrumental in expanding the College’s Associate in Fine Arts degree program to include options in Studio Arts and Computer Arts.
Professor Riccadonna holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from Pennsylvania State University. Her works have been exhibited in Spring Break Art Fair, (NY, NY); Techningmuseet, The Museum of Drawing (Laholm, Sweden); Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Brooklyn, NY); Space B Gallery (NY,NY); Van Vleck House and Gardens (Montclair, NJ); Hamilton Square (Jersey City, NJ); Village West Gallery (Jersey City, NJ); Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo (Jersey City, NJ); Amelie A. Wallace Gallery (Old Westbury, NY); Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Institute for Research on Women, (New Brunswick, NJ); Art Fair 14C (Jersey City, NJ); and Sensaspace Gallery (NY, NY). In addition, her work is included in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth Collection (Middleton and Montvale, NJ); Hudson County Community College Foundation Permanent Art Collection (NJ); and those of several private collections in the United States.
Professor Riccadonna has been involved with many arts organizations, including New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Institute for Research on Women, Art Fair 14C, and Casa Colombo. She continually utilizes her significant connections in the arts community to provide students with opportunities and experiences that increase their knowledge and skills, and help cultivate their careers.