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    OUT ON BROADWAY: A VISUAL LEGACYchrysler building dress
    Curated by James E. Crochet
    January 25 – March 2

    Closing Reception: March 2, 7 - 9 pm

    Curator James E. Crochet (Costume Designer and owner of Leading Lady Costumes) invites you to join us as we celebrate the visual legacy of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) experience on Broadway. On display will be costumes, sketches, and accessories from award-winning costume designers such as Gregg Barnes, Jess Goldstein, William Ivey Long, Bob Mackie, David Murin, Arianne Phillips, and David Zinn to iconic LGBT characters in shows like Cabaret, The Boy from Oz, Follies, Grey Gardens, Hairspray, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kinky Boots, La Cage aux Follies, Mame, The Producers, Rent, and Side Show. Explore the creations that have made a night out on Broadway a memorable experience.
    Groundbreaking productions such as La Cage aux Folles, winning six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1983, ushered in a new era on Broadway. No longer were gay and transgender characters relegated to bit parts where they were presented as caricatures of commonly held stereotypes. The love between two men, the art of female impersonation, and the glitz and glamour of Broadway costume design finally synthesized in a financially and artistically successful venture. Groundbreaking issues such as marriage equality, bathroom bill controversies, and the recent historical election of transgendered politicians, have us seeing more and more LGBT issues highlighted in shows, along with more acceptance of the LGBT community and their long-standing contribution to the art form. Please save the date and join us on March 2, when DOCA honors the life of Georgia Brooks, hosts a curtain call for the Out on Broadway exhibition with a Masquerade Party, and screens an all-star lineup of indie films by female filmmakers!

    James E. Crochet has designed over 50 productions; 13 operas including Le Nozze di Figaro, Roméo et Juliette, The Merry Widow, and The Tales of Hoffman; over 20 musicals, among them Les Miserables, The Full Monty, La Cage aux Folles, and West Side Story. Companies include Manhattan School of Music, PORTopera, The Ogunquit Playhouse, and the Helen Hayes Theatre Company. Additionally, he has designed for luminaries of stage and screen Jefferson Mays, Hunter Foster, Andrea McArdle, Nancy Dussault, Renée Taylor, Sally Struthers, and Rue McClanahan. Previous exhibitions include: All That Glitters: Embroidering Character in Costume for Art House Productions, and Extreme Silhouette and Costuming the Great White Way for Stagefest at the landmark Loews Theater in Jersey City. Crochet is a Hudson County resident and the owner of Leading Lady Costumes. He received his degree in Theatrical Design with an emphasis in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Northern Colorado. For more information about his work, visit www.leadingladycostumes.net.

    William Ivey Long has designed for over 70 Broadway productions. He is credited for design in countless dance and opera productions, as well as for acts like Mick Jagger, Siegfried and Roy, and Joan Rivers. Long is currently represented on Broadway with A Bronx Tale: The Musical; and Chicago, now in its 21st year. He recently designed the costumes for The Prince of Broadway for legendary director Hal Prince and the revised stage musical Young Frankenstein in London’s West End for Mel Brooks (he previously designed the original production on Broadway in 2009). He has designed for FOX’s live television programs A Christmas Story, Live!, the re-imagination of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Grease: Live!, which earned him an Emmy nomination. Long and has been nominated for 15 Tony Awards, winning 6 times. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005 and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) is publishing a monograph of his work in March 2018. For more information about his work, visit www.williamiveylong.com

    Bob Mackie is an internationally renowned costume and fashion designer who has dressed some of the most glamorous entertainment icons in the world. With a career spanning five decades, nine Emmy Award wins, three Academy Award nominations, and an induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, Bob Mackie's career is nothing short of legendary. His theatrical credits include Lorelei with Carol Channing, On the Town with Bernadette Peters, Platinum with Alexis Smith, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public with Dee Hooty, Moon Over Buffalo and Putting It Together, both with Carol Burnett; and Minnelli On Minnelli with Liza Minnelli. He also designed the costumes and scenery for the world premiere of the ballet, Blue Suede Shoes, featuring the music of Elvis Presley, as well as the costumes for the San Francisco Opera's production of Alban Berg's Lulu. Mackie was awarded the TDF Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 for theatrical costume design, the "Charlie" (Chaplin) Award for Fashion Arts from The Hollywood Arts Council in 2008, the Design Legend Award and an Honorary Doctorate Degree in 2011 by Otis College of Art and Design, where Bob has mentored students for over two decades, and the Designer of Excellence Award by the Chicago History Museum in 2016. For more information about his work, visit www.bobmackie.com.

    David Murin has designed close to 250 productions for Broadway, Off Broadway, Regional Theatre, Ballet, Opera and Television. He also designed the 2007-2008 production of Ringling Brothers Barnum Bailey Circus. Broadway credits include Ned & Jack, Blue in The Night, Mixed Emotions, Devour The Snow, A Change in The Air, A Talent for Murder and recent revivals of Crimes of The Heart (directed by Kathleen Turner), Steel Magnolias, and The Foreigner. Off-Broadway includes: The Middle Ages, Ladyhouse Blues, The Common Pursuit, Translations, Jane Avril, Down the Garden Paths, The Baby Dance, Birds of Paradise, The 4th Wall, and The Custom of the Country. David has taught a Master Class in Costume Design for the past 25 years at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has been part of the United Scenic Artist Exam Committee for 25 years, and a member of the TDF Irene Sharaff Voting Committee for 10 years. For more information about his work, visit www.davidmurindesign.com.

    Martin Pakledinaz was an American costume designer for stage and film. He won Tony Awards for designing the costumes for Thoroughly Modern Millie and the 2000 revival of Kiss Me, Kate, which also earned him the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design. His most recent costume designs were for the Broadway shows Nice Work If You Can Get It (2012); Man and Boy (revival, 2011); Master Class (revival 2011) and The Normal Heart. He worked on the 1995 production of Holiday at the Circle in the Square Theatre. He designed costumes for plays for the leading regional theatres of the United States, and the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden. Opera credits include works at the New York Metropolitan Opera (Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodelinda, Iphigénie en Tauride) and the New York City Opera, as well as opera houses in Seattle, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Santa Fe, Houston, and Toronto. European houses include Salzburg, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Helsinki, Gothenburg, and others. He also designed for dance companies, working with Mark Morris for many years. Pakledinaz died from brain cancer on July 8, 2012 at the age of 58. Shortly after his death, he was posthumously inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

    Arianne Phillips is an American costume designer who keeps a varied career between film, fashion and music. Even with her long career in film, she is best known as Madonna's stylist and has designed and styled her last five concert tours. She has worked with Lenny Kravitz, Courtney Love, No Doubt and Justin Timberlake. She made her Broadway debut with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, having designed costumes for the 2001 film. She received two Oscar nominations for Walk the Line and W.E., and a BAFTA nomination for A Single Man. In 2014 she was nominated for a Tony Award in the category Best Costume Design in a Musical, for her work on Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris.

    Angela Wendt received a 1996 Drama Desk Award nomination for Rent. Wendt is from Germany where she studied set and costume design in Berlin at Hochschule der Kunste. Her theater credits include the Off-Broadway and studio productions of Rent (NYTW); the American premiere of Play with Repeats by Martin Grimp; Lysistrata directed by Barry Edelstein; The Autobiography of Aihen Fiction by Kate Moira Ryan (Samuel Beckett Theatre); Twelfth Night (Tennessee Rep); The Great Pretenders (Juilliard); Marisol by Jose Rivera (Public). She has also designed numerous feature film, dance, and music video productions in the U.S. and Europe.

    Gregg Barnes is an American costume designer for stage and film. His credits include hit Broadway shows such as Bye Bye Birdie (2009), Aladdin (2014), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2015), Something Rotten (2015), and many others. He is a two-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Costume Design for his work on the Broadway productions The Drowsy Chaperone (2006) and Follies (2011). Barnes grew up in the San Diego, California, area and credits seeing the ice shows, the circus, and a production of As You Like It in San Diego as a youth as inspiring him. He earned an MFA in Design from NYU and an undergraduate degree from San Diego University. He also worked at Grossmont College in the Costume Department with such talents as Clark Mires (Costume and Make Up Instructor at Grossmont College) James "Biff" Baker ("Elements of Stagecraft"; Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. 1978) and Rebecca McKee (Couturier to France Chretien, Daughter of Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien. And International Wedding Dress Designer). He taught at New York University in the Graduate School for 20 years. He was the resident costume designer for the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, New Jersey.

    Jess Goldstein is a Tony Award-winning Costume Designer with a resume that begins with his professional New York debut, designing costumes for Sam Shepard's landmark off-Broadway production of Buried Child in 1978. His other major credits include Jersey Boys, the recently opened revival of On the Town, Disney's Newsies, and The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino. Goldstein has also designed for countless operas, plays, and films, as well as for television. He is the 2015 recipient of the Irene Sharaff Award for Lifetime Achievement in Costume Design, has won both the Lortel and Hewes Awards for his designs and was the 2010 recipient of the Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration. A native New Yorker, he graduated from Boston University's School of Fine Arts (Alumni of the Year 2007) and the Yale School of Drama, where he has served on their faculty as a Professor of Theater Design since 1990. He resides in Manhattan and Asbury Park, NJ, where he shares his homes with husband and Emmy Award-winning writer Kim Powers and their dog Frankie the Morkie. For more information about his work, visit www.jess-goldstein.com.

    David Zinn is a Tony Award-winning costume and set designer. He received an Obie Award for sustained achievement that cited three productions for which he’d designed sets: the candy-colored nightmare that was Daniel Fish’s staging of Chuck Mee’s Paradise Park at Signature Theater; Itamar Moses’s intimate, austere The Four of Us at Manhattan Theatre Club; and the multilayered parlor of imagination in which Elevator Repair Service inhabited Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, which premiered at New York Theater Workshop and then toured internationally. Meanwhile, two musicals for which he designed costumes overlapped on Broadway, the deliriously campy-pop hit Xanadu and Jill Santoriello’s adaptation of Dickens’s 18th-century saga A Tale of Two Cities. Zinn’s other credits include set and/or costume design for SpongeBob SquarePants, Fun Home, Amélie: A New Musical, The Last Ship, A Doll’s House: Part 2, Good People, Bengal Tiger, and In the Next Room. For more information about his work, visit www.mrdavidzinn.work

    SELECTIONS FROM CARRIE HADDAD GALLERYtwo men with painted tile

    Curated by Linden Scheff
    March 14 - April 21
    Artist Reception: April 4, 5 - 7 pm

    Established in 1991 as the first fine art gallery in Hudson, NY, the Carrie Haddad Gallery represents professionally committed artists as well as emerging talent specializing in all types of painting, both large and small sculpture, works on paper, and a variety of techniques in photography. Occupying 3,000 sq. ft. on Warren Street, the gallery is conveniently located just two hours north of Manhattan. The annual exhibition schedule accommodates seven exhibits on the main floor as well as a rotating selection of photography displayed on the second floor.

    A selection of artwork chosen for this exhibit at HCCC celebrates the versatility of Ms. Haddad’s curating style, one that blends figuration with pure abstraction and everything in between.

    Mark Beard (also known as Bruce Sargeant) is a contemporary artist who merges late 19th century English style portraiture with American 1980’s fashion photography. Bruce Sargeant is one of the six invented artist persona channeled by Beard who celebrates traditionally masculine themes such as athletics and exploration. Combining this with intense homoeroticism, which is conveyed through the partially- or totally-undressed state of his subjects, Beard maintains the firm sense of artistic identity that has kept his work in high demand throughout his career. Hudson County Community College is proud to have Beard’s work included in the College’s Foundation Art Collection.

    Birgit Blyth is one of our most innovative and prolific photographers who works in a darkroom yet uses no camera! Blyth has been experimenting with a technique known as chromoskedasic painting since the early ‘90s and variations on this concept have been shown at the Carrie Haddad Gallery for the last 20 years. e unusual process involves the use of silver particles in black and white photographic paper to scatter light at different wavelengths when exposed. Birgit Blyth succeeds at keeping her work fresh and cutting-edge using analog methods that are being quickly replaced elsewhere with digital technology.

    David Dew Bruner’s still lifes and figures drawn in graphite channel the highly graphic influences of Giorgio Morandi, Diego Velasquez, and the Italian futurists like Giacomo Balla and Marcel Duchamp. The likeness of each artist’s subject is expressed on paper, re-envisioned through Bruner’s characteristic style of excitedly applied graphite that produce shard-like fragments embedded with deep interwoven marks. These works explore depth, movement, space, and repetition that is more about design than reference. Bruner tastefully pairs drawings with a vintage frame from his collection, refashioning mirror frames from the 1960s or hand painting an antique Italian frame in lavender.

    New Paltz based artist Kate Hamiltonwill install larger-than-life garments made of sewn sailcloth. Suspended from the ceiling, a giant “Baby Bonnet” and “Pussy-Bow Shirt” dance above the floor; familiar shapes presented in unprecedented scale, breaking our usual associations with clothing. What one wears plays a crucial role in identity and reveals class, sexual orientation, and personality in an instant. With these works, Hamilton examines clothing’s role in the perception of femininity. The large-scale garments culturally labeled as feminine create a metaphor for the female experience and confront the viewer with the strict gender roles still prevalent in society. The enormous pussy-bow shirt pays tribute to professional women feeling compelled to dress like men to compete in the workplace. Most notably, the design came into the spotlight when Yves Saint Laurent made it part of his signature Le Smoking ‘power suit’ look. The only difference between this design and Hamilton’s male counterparts is the encumbering, feverishly constructed bow, a clear signifier of the frustration felt in the fight for equality.

    The success James O’Shea’s painting is two-fold; the skillful fluidity with which he can traverse mediums and palettes and an innate ability to reconcile his perception of nature with what he creates on the canvas. His color stories are reflective of what can be found in nature; muted-earth tones, soft pastels, and pops of hot pink and yellow vary in opacity and come together to mirror the changing seasons. Surfaces with fresh, unfussy strokes are reworked to incorporate translucent veils of neon yellow and turquoise. This is layered over richer tones of indigo and mossy green, all connected with unifying line work. We arrive finding balance in each composition that often seems to be a mere swath of something that is vastly more continuous- a landscape, a city grid, or an aerial view of the neighbor’s pool. Selections for this exhibit will include a variety of oil, acrylic, and fresco-secco paintings framed in uniform white wooden shadow boxes. James O’Shea studied at the City and Guilds of London Art School and then Goldsmith’s University of London. He currently splits his time between New York City and the Hudson Valley.

    For more information about the Carrie Haddad Gallery, visit www.carriehaddadgallery.com

    HCCC ART REVIEWart department review

    Curated by Laurie Riccadonna and Jeremiah Teipen
    May 4 – May 17 
    Artist Reception & Open Studios: May 4, 2- 5 pm

    The HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs is proud to host the bi-annual HCCC student art exhibition. The HCCC Art Department offers a wide variety of classes in computer and fine arts taught by professional artists living in the New York metropolitan area. HCCC celebrates the artistic talents of our community with a bi-annual exhibition in the Dineen Hull Gallery. 

    Natalie Bator
    Aminah Chaudhary
    Tyrus Davis
    Mariana Fuentes
    Bryan Galindo
    Elariya Girgiss
    Gabriela Gomez
    Sydney Gomez
    Chris Gonzales
    Emhoang Han
    Reginald Joseph
    Erica King
    Emmanuel Lanier
    Maria Luong
    Melissa Machado
    Melany Mayorga
    Kimberly Parra
    Daniel Pastores
    Dylan Sellitti
    Bryan Tierra
    Bruce Vereen-Nealous
    George Zambrano
    Katherine Zambrano
    Matthew Zarate 

    This Year’s Student Exhibition is In Memory of Heather Acosta
    HCCC Class of 2016, A.F.A. in Studio Arts 

    May 4, 2 – 5 pm

    Join the art department, professors and current students for the spring exhibition reception and open studios on Friday, May 5 from 2-5 pm. Tour the classrooms, meet faculty, and enjoy the exhibition.  This event is FREE and open to the public.  Lite refreshments will be served.


    Curated by Michelle Vitale
    Teacher as Artist celebrates the creativity of educators in Hudson County. The Department of Cultural Affairs supports local artists through a variety of solo exhibitions throughout the College campus. Work is on view at both the Journal Square and the North Hudson campus libraries. For the Spring semester, we will be featuring the following artists!

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    David Nicolato
    January 15 – February 28
    Meet the Artist: February 2, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

    David Nicolato is a visual arts instructor at the OLC School. He has been making and exhibiting art for over 25 years. His work ranges from drawings and paintings that explore the oddness and beauty of various animal forms to “mini-murals” that focus on fantastic creatures in a classical style of figural representation.

    Meet the artist on February 2 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the North Hudson Library, 4800 Kennedy Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Union City. Light refreshments will be served. www.poppaper.bigcartel.com

    HCCC Main Library
    71 Sip Ave., Jersey City
    Jersey City, NJ 07306

    North Hudson Campus Library
    4800 Kennedy Boulevard, 3rd Floor
    Union City, NJ 07087

    The Force of Nature

    Antonio Nogueira
    Extended till August 2

    Antonio Nogueira's work hanging at HCCC as part of the Department of Cultural Affair's "Teacher as Artist" program has been extended until August 2. Admission to this exhibit is free open to the public.

    Antonio Nogueira is a husband, father, professional pushrim wheelchair racer, and art teacher in Jersey City. He works with large canvases because he enjoys the physical challenge of painting in a grand-scale. Nogueira’s movement around a canvas with single strokes results in long, contour lines and curves that are consistent elements in his paintings.

    Meet the artist on April 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the North Hudson Library, 4800 Kennedy Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Union City. Light refreshments will be served. www.artonio.com

    HCCC Main Library
    71 Sip Ave., Jersey City
    Jersey City, NJ 07306
    North Hudson Campus Library
    4800 Kennedy Boulevard, 3rd Floor
    Union City, NJ 07087


    We invite HCCC faculty and administration artists to submit their work for inclusion in the Summer Teacher as Artist exhibition which will be on display during the summer months at both College campus libraries. For more information, contact mvitale@hccc.edu.

  • Contact Information

    Department of Cultural Affairs

    71 Sip Avenue 6th Fl.

    Jersey City, NJ 07306



    Summer Gallery Hours
    Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays

    The gallery follows the HCCC academic calendar and is closed on holidays.

    There is no charge for admission.