A terrorist flirted with her; a murderer stuck his tongue out at her; and a victim whose face was slashed shared with her the heart-stopping details of her attack – it’s all in a day’s work for courtroom artist Christine Cornell who has spent decades in the courtroom with her canvas and pastels drawing some of the biggest criminal trials in our country’s history.
Cornell, a Weehawken resident, has been drawing trials since the 1970s and images from her portfolio are sought after by documentary filmmakers like Ken Burns who features 30 Cornell drawings in his new film “The Central Park Five” which recently aired on PBS about the five young men convicted and later found not guilty of the rape attack of the “Central Park Jogger”. Just last week CNN contacted Cornell for a documentary on the 1980 murder of Beatles’ singer/songwriter John Lennon. They wanted to purchase the drawing Cornell did of gunman Mark David Chapman at his arraignment clutching the book “Catcher in the Rye”.
Jersey City, N.J. – Saint Peter’s College announced the launch of Saint Peter’s PAC, a consortium of distinctive performing arts spaces situated within the campus of Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J. Saint Peter’s PAC features a variety of diverse event spaces with seating capacities ranging from 200 to 3,200. Saint Peter’s College is kicking off the launch with an impressive line-up of performers throughout the remainder of the year.
“The opening of Saint Peter’s PAC is a momentous occasion for our neighborhood as this new initiative will open up endless cultural opportunities and will bring world-class talent to the McGinley Square area,” said Michael A. Fazio, vice president for advancement and external affairs, at Saint Peter’s College. “As we look forward to our transition to Saint Peter’s University, Saint Peter’s PAC is just another sign of the rebirth of Saint Peter’s and of Jersey City.” Continue reading Saint Peter’s College Announces the Launch of Saint Peter’s PAC→