The exhibition ‘A World Where We Belong,’ Celebrates Self-Understanding and Belonging honors the memory of the College’s own Georgia Brooks, a LGBTQIA+ advocate.
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs will honor the memory of LGBTQIA+ advocate and longtime employee Georgia Brooks with a special exhibition titled, “A World Where We Belong.” The exhibition – which is part of the College’s Georgia Brooks Stonewall Celebration Project – features the work of 20 contemporary artists as well as artifacts from the Lesbian Herstory Archives.
New exhibition spotlights the universal connection between the artists showing throughout March, Women’s History Month;
the opening reception will be held this Friday.
March 1, 2017, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs will celebrate Women’s History Month with an energy-charged exhibition titled, “Quantum Overdrive!” Opening festivities for the exhibition, which may be viewed through April 19, will take place on Friday, March 3 and will include:
Curator’s Talk from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. with Fred Fleisher – who is also a Hudson County Community College professor – detailing the concept and inspiration for the exhibition;
#WomensHMC Social Media Challenge, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., led by HCCC student and founder of #BlackHMC movement Nevin Perkins, who will explain this new endeavor for Women’s History Month; and
Margaret Murphy: Live Painting, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The artist encourages the public to provide women’s black clothing that can be placed on a hanger (shirts, blouses, skirts, dresses). Ms. Murphy will paint the articles in protest of the global backlash against women.
The exhibition and events will take place in the College’s Benjamin J. Dineen III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery, which is located on the top floor of the HCCC Library at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City (just across from the PATH Transportation Center). All are open to the public, and there is no charge for admission.
Professor Fleisher equates the bonds of matter and energy at the quantum level to a universal connection that exists in all artistic work. For the exhibition, he chose works that embody the artists’ ability to “utilize maximum potential of the engine so as to get the most out of that fuel” in other words, their “Overdrive.” It is coincidental that the works are all by women, and those pieces featured represent a wide range of materials, energies and personal sensibilities.
The 11 artists featured are:
Jude Broughan, whose work juxtaposes materials such as vinyl and denim with photographs.
Marguerite Day, who utilizes “jazz crochet” in her HOME & BIOME series, which explores how everything is in constant formation and the importance of acknowledging our shared physical climate.
Ketta Ioannidou, who produced paintings and digital collages that combine her memories of the landscape and sea of her native country of Cyprus with imagined and synthetic forms.
Joanne Leah, the creator of photo-based images that portray a series of contorted nude body parts juxtaposed with ordinary yet highly stylized props.
Tricia McLaughlin’s military portraits and 3D printed apes are characters from her animation, good enough for the people, based on Emma Goldman’s speech, Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty, first published in 1917.
Helen O’Leary has made a table of wooden “paintings” – works that question their own structure, stability – and are paired with a large, fragmented work that flirts with, but ultimately resists, collapse.
Rachel Phillips presents a composition of animated objects that play off each other in a humorous yet disconcerting manner, with goofy smiles and distressed eyeballs creating different forms of expression.
Laurie Riccadonna, HCCC Professor of Fine Arts, conveys the magical experience of looking at intricate and complicated form in her paintings which utilize interwoven patterns and layered images.
Adie Russell explores representational versus abstract, direct perceptual experience versus the imaged, and authentic versus performed selves, with attention to the constructs of the “natural world.”
Savannah Spirit, inspired by the call-out heard at protests for women’s rights, created My Body, My Choice to reflect the elegant yet strong female body.
woolpunk, who machine-knits fiber installations and embroiders on photos of urban sprawl, has been inspired by her immigrant seamstress grandmother, who sewed American flags.
“Quantum Overdrive!” will share space with the exhibition, “A World Where We Belong,” which honors the memory of LGBTQIA advocate Georgia Brooks, who worked in the College’s Information Technology Services Department as an Academic Lab Manager for 25 years, and was an active advisor for the College’s Gay-Straight Alliance. Information on that exhibition is forthcoming.
The HCCC Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (The Gallery is closed Sundays.)
‘The Equality of Opportunity Project’ ranks HCCC in the top 120 of 2,200
U.S. higher education institutions; the College is the only community college in New Jersey’s top ten colleges and universities.
A recently published study, “The Equality of Opportunity Project,” which tracked students from nearly every college in the country and measured their earnings years after they left campus, shows that Hudson County Community College (HCCC) is one of the top socially mobile colleges in the country.
The study utilized publicly available data from the federal government – 30 million students’ anonymous financial-aid records and tax filings from the period of 1999 to 2013 to determine if colleges are fostering access and equality. The study reveals that HCCC works as an engine of social mobility, helping working class students achieve the American dream of a middle class lifestyle. For example, the study shows that while 36.3% of students from HCCC come from the lowest fifth of the economic spectrum, 11% of those students actually end up in the top fifth of the economic spectrum. Furthermore, a very large percentage of those students achieve incomes that place them in the top three-fifths of the economic distribution.
“The results of this study prove we are fulfilling our mission of providing high-quality educational opportunities that promote student success and are accessible, comprehensive and learning centered,” said Glen Gabert, Ph.D., Hudson County Community College’s President. “We are proud that we successfully afford lower-income students the opportunity to move up the ladder into middle class and higher.”
Dr. Gabert said the study proves the importance of affording lower-income students opportunities for attaining a higher education, especially in light of the fact that funding for public colleges has declined on a regular basis. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported that state funding for higher education is down 18% per student (adjusted for inflation).
The study’s top ten rankings for New Jersey are: (1) New Jersey Institute of Technology, (2) Bloomfield College, (3) Saint Peter’s University, (4) New Jersey City University, (5) Stevens Institute of Technology, (6) Thomas A. Edison State College, (7) Berkeley College of Woodland park, (8) Hudson County Community College, (9) Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and (10) Kean University. Of these, Hudson County Community College has dual-admission and/or transfer articulation agreements with seven of the schools in this group, thereby providing even greater opportunities for upward mobility for students.
The exhibit celebrates the art and influence of the hip-hop movement.
Hudson County Community College’s first exhibit of the new year presented by the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs is one of the most unique and explores a cultural phenomenon, hip-hop.
The exhibit, “Hip-Hop Utopia: Culture + Community” was curated by Michelle Vitale and Fred Fleisher, and may be viewed from Monday, January 23rd through Tuesday, February 21st in the College’s Benjamin J. Dineen, III & Dennis C. Hull Gallery, 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City. The exhibit and all of the related events are open to the entire community and there is no charge for admission.
Mile Square Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence Debuts new Solo Show
By Sally Deering
A life in the theater can be a wonderful journey if he or she sticks it out long enough and for actor and playwright Joseph Gallo, his long day’s journey in the theater continues to be mined with opportunities. He just had two of his plays published by River City Books; and as playwright-in-residence at Mile Square Theatre (MST) in Hoboken, Gallo is about to debut his newest one-man show, LONG GONE DADDY directed by MST artistic director Chris O’Connor. Performances begin July 20 and run through August 7 in the company’s new theater on the corner of 14th & Clinton.
Prior to this, Gallo workshopped his play Two-Man Kidnapping Rule at MST. It was later produced by the New Ohio Theatre in New York, and published in Smith & Kraus’s anthology 2012 Best Men’s Stage Monologues and Scenes. As a solo writer/performer Gallo appeared in the original production of his one-man show My Italy Story at Penguin Rep in Stony Point, NY, which later had its debut Off-Broadway at the 47th Street Theatre in New York, starring Danny Mastrogiorgio (“…a compelling page turner.”—The New York Times). An avid storyteller, Gallo won a StorySLAM championship at The Moth in NYC. Continue reading LONG GONE DADDY -Actor, Playwright Joe Gallo of Hoboken debuts New Play on Fatherhood→
May 16, 2016, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) held festivities to mark achieving full campus accreditation for its North Hudson location – 4800 Kennedy Boulevard in Union City – on Wednesday, May 11 at 12 noon. The event also celebrated the graduates of the College’s Class of 2016 with a barbecue lunch.
Open House to be held at the College’s Journal Square Campus
A full roster of activities is planned to help acquaint perspective students with the College; ‘Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Open House & Marketplace’ also scheduled for that day. Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has announced the agenda for the Open House that will take place on Saturday, April 30 at the College’s Library Building – 71 Sip Avenue, just across the street from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. The Open House will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
That same day, the College has scheduled a Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Open House & Market Place from 12 to 3 p.m. at the HCCC Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street – just two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center.
“Hudson County Community College students can save thousands of dollars on college tuition by earning an Associate degree at HCCC for a fraction of the cost of four-year colleges and universities,” said HCCC President Glen Gabert, Ph.D. Dr. Gabert said that at the HCCC General Open House, there will be a number of activities to help acquaint perspective students with the College, its degree and certificate programs, as well as services and programs, clubs and cultural offerings available to HCCC students.
Saturday, April 30 at the College’s Journal Square Campus
The $25 application fee will be waived for those who attend; ‘Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Open House & Marketplace’ also scheduled for that day.
The Open House has been designed to acquaint all those interested in earning an Associate degree or a certificate from Hudson County Community College.
March 21, 2016, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) will host an Open House on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the College’s Journal Square Campus in Jersey City. The Open House will be held at the College’s Library Building – 71 Sip Avenue, just across the street from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. Continue reading Hudson County Community College to Host Open House→
The dramatic play centers around a fictional 1965 meeting and debate
between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X;
the performance is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) invites everyone in the community to attend a professional production of the play, The Meeting by Jeff Stetson. The performance is scheduled for Thursday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the College’s Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City – two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. There is no charge for admission.
The Meeting centers around a fictional 1965 meeting between Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X in a hotel room located in Harlem. The play was initially televised in 1989 on the PBS Series, American Playhouse.The Meeting presents a spirited debate between Dr. King and Malcolm X – both iconic leaders and legendary figures committed to civil rights and the empowerment of African-Americans – and highlights their differing perspectives on how to effectively advance and improve the lives of African-Americans. Continue reading Hudson County Community College to Host a Live Performance of The Meeting on March 31→
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