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Juried Student Exhibition at the QCC Art Gallery
Student Exhibitions at the QCC Art Gallery

With the end of the 2017 Spring semester brings the annual juried student art exhibition. Visit the QCC Art Gallery between May 11th and June 30th to witness the range of artwork from the talented students of QCC and the Art & Design Department.

Professor Bob Roger's new book Museum Quality
Museum Quality by Bob Rogers

When asked whether his photographs should be considered "art", Bob Rogers quotes the anthropologist Marvin Harris who states, "No one has succeeded in formulating a definition of art that would permit an anthropologist to segregate art from nonart in all the cultures of the world."

Student trip to the Whitney Museum of American Art's Conservation Department
Visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art's Conservation Department

Students in the Gallery and Museum Studies Program's touring the Whitney Museum of American Art's Conservation Department with Assistant Conservator, Clara Rojas-Sebesta. Fall 2016 visit organized by Lecturer, Kat Griefen.

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    Now on View: Contemporary Modes in Abstraction; works from 2D Design and Electronic Imaging

    October 2018 - Abstract design is alive and well (and audible) in the QCC Student Gallery. With reference to Cubism, arguably the first full break from traditional Renaissance space, Frank Lloyd Wright's foray into modern architecture via Eastern meditations on nature, and compositions of pure color and form transitioning beautifully to video animation representations of synesthesia, QCC's student artists demonstrate a prosperous delve into contemporary applications of Modernist abstraction. Four individual but connected bodies of work, by 16 artists, reveal the underlying rules of successful design through seemingly disparate mediums. With remarkable economy of means the wall pieces tease out complex figure-ground relations. Cubist style works, employing line and tone, undulate, twist and whisper, coaxing our eye around and through organic forms reminiscent, not by coincidence, of musical instruments. Moody landscapes of deftly simulated texture present enigmatic architectural structures, but only just. Petite triangles in complementary colors orchestrate rhythmic movement, dancing forward and back. The 7 video works respond to the challenge of holding an audience using pared down instruments; no recognizable objects, audible commands or conventionally melodic sound. Synesthesia, the "mixing-up" of sensory experience, e.g. one hears color, was the prompt to realize the transcendence of conventional sensory relationships and in turn create new associations. Provided a sound, the artist asks, what color is it and what form is that color? New relations are not the prize, rather an understanding of the efficacy, origin and malleability of existing experiential relationships. The animations at once reinforce the illusory movement of the 2D works and via the addition of dissonant sound further the capacity of abstracted form and unmodulated color to move an audience by means typically designated to narrative pieces. Can one attract, stimulate or move another without explicit instruction, the exhibited works bear a pleasantly affirmative response. Modes of Contemporary Abstraction represents well the aims of the QCC 1461 Student Gallery; the show grew organically between three instructors and highlights the breakout works of budding artists. The intimate nature of the space and small number of works reinforces the accessible nature of the gallery and its intended collegial community.

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    Department of Art and Design Receives National Accreditation

    The Department of Art and Design at Queensborough Community College has received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Queensborough is one of only 19 community colleges in the country as well as the only art program in the entire City University of New York system to receive this prestigious accreditation. With this Queensborough joins the ranks of New York City’s premier art education institutions such as Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Art and Design, Pratt and Fashion Institute of Technology to offer a nationally recognized art and design education.

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    Inspiring Voices: Art & Design Represented at Women's Caucus for Art

    May 2017 - For the past three years, the International Caucus of the Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA), has offered students from the Department of Art & Design an opportunity to serve as UN NGO Representatives. Maureen Burns-Bowie, Director of the QCC/WCA/UN Program, keeps students apprised of weekly NGO Briefings and other special UN opportunities and events. This year, students attended panel presentations by scholars and experts on a wide range of topics, including “Youth Partnerships and the Sustainable Development Goals: Empowerment of Women and Girls,” “The Role of Women in United Nations Peacekeeping: Lessons Learned and Experiences from Women Peacekeepers Serving in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations,” and “Creating Cultures of Peace: Art, Music and Peace Museums.” The 2016-17 representatives from the Department of Art and Design are Kaitlyn Cicciariello, Armando Vakufac, and Alisa Leavy.

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    Queensborough Art and Design Department Visiting Artist Series Presents: Oasa Duverney

    November 2016 - 'hello' in smallish simple black type face on a white screen was Oasa Duverney's greeting, the sentiment was echoed in her own soft-spoken tone when she welcomed her audience, students and guests of host, Professor Freya Powell of the QCC Art and Design Department. Duverney had composed a free verse poem to go with her opening images: the first, a black and white drawing of Albert Einstein adjacent to a black and white drawing of Al Sharpton. "Two Als walk into a bar", she announced.

Department Update

1461 Student Gallery and Resource Center

Student photo in 1461 Art Gallery.

Student photo in 1461 Student Gallery and Resource Center.

Check out the new art exhibition "Building Barriers? Liberty and Justice for All" at the 1461 Student Gallery and Resource Center. The art work was curated by QCC student's Abraham Centeno and Eddie Ruiz and mentored by Professor Kat Griefen of the Art and Design Department. You can stop by and see the work Monday-Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.