September 10, 2015, Jersey City,
NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Board of Trustees, President Glen
Gabert, Ph.D., and the Board of Directors of the HCCC Foundation, are proud to
announce the Grand Opening of the Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull
Gallery. The formal, by-invitation, ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the
official opening of the Gallery will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September
The Gallery, which is located on
the top floor of the College’s Library Building at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City,
will open to the public on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 with the presentation of
the first exhibit, “Through the Collector’s Eye: The Dineen-Hull Collection.”
The Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery will be open to HCCC
students, faculty and staff – as well as the members of the community – Tuesday
through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be no charge for
“Through the Collector’s Eye: The
Dineen-Hull Collection” will run through September 26, 2015. Included are
selections from the 400-work collection of art generously donated to the
College by Mr. Dineen and Mr. Hull. While the collection focuses on
contemporary New Jersey artists, there are works by those who have achieved
national and international renown included.
The second exhibit, “Changing
America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington,
1963,” explores the historical context, accomplishments, and limitations of
these two pivotal events in American history through photographs, documents,
and other images. The exhibit, which will run from October 14 through November
22, 2015, is presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American
History and Culture, and the National Museum of American History, in collaboration
with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The event is made
possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The third event, “Pope Pius XII: Consensus or Controversy,” will run from
December 8, 2015 through January 14, 2016. (The Gallery will be closed December
22, 2015 through January 3, 2016.) From 1939 through 1958, Pius XII shepherded
the Roman Catholic Church through the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust,
and the challenges of rebuilding post-war Europe. Through images, artifacts and
contemporary news accounts, the viewer will be able to explore the many facets
of the Pope, who was admired by as many as those who were critical of him.
From January 31 through March 8,
2016, the Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery will feature
“Contemporary Hudson County,” an exhibit presented by Hudson County Community
College and curated by the Chair of the College’s Studio Art program. The
exhibit of works by Hudson County artists highlights the County’s diversity and
its status as a creative center.
The fifth exhibit, “After
Stonewall: An Exhilarating Time in Black and White,” presented by the Leslie-Lohman
Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, is being curated by Hunter O’Hanian. Drawing
from the deep artistic archives of the Leslie-Lohman Museum, the exhibit probes
the narrative from the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969 to the onset of
the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s via black-and-white photos from the period. The
exhibit will run in conjunction with LGBT History Month, from March 17 through
Sunday, May 1, 2016.
The final exhibit for the
Inaugural Season is “Unframed: An Exhibition of
Visual Arts by HCCC Students, Faculty, and Alumni” that will run from May 8 through
June 10, 2016. Presented by the HCCC Studio Art Program, the exhibit provides
viewers with the opportunity to draw connections between the works that are
diverse in concept and medium, and that are produced by artists at various
stages of their careers.
“The College is extremely proud
to present these offerings and express our deep appreciation to those
organizations who are our collaborators,” said Dr. Gabert. “The Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery is
dedicated to providing for the arts education not only of our students, but
also for the education of all the children, men and women of Hudson County. We
invite our neighbors in the County to visit and enjoy the exhibits we will
present these next several months.”
tours may be arranged for the various exhibits by contacting John Marlin, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean of Humanities at (201) 360-4651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Hudson County Community College
Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery
its October 2013 meeting, the Hudson County Community College Board of Trustees
affirmed resolutions to accept a historic gift of more than 400 works of art
from the personal collection of Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull. The
Board also voted to name the new gallery space in the College’s Library in
honor of the couple.
collection of works presented to the College includes contemporary art, largely
works on paper, from major and emerging New Jersey and American artists. In
addition to the art itself, the gift also included a significant amount of
ephemera and provenance documentation affiliated with the works, as well as a
number of reference books that will be utilized in the College’s Library. The
gift helped make the HCCC Foundation Art Collection one of the finest of any
college in the country.
Dineen, who was Director of Development for United Way of Hudson County and a board
member of the Hudson County Community College Foundation Board, passed away in
April of 2014. He and Mr. Hull, a retired teacher who now works at the Brodsky
Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers, were life partners who enriched the
lives of the people of Hudson County by dedicating their time, expertise
and resources to several individuals and organizations. Over the years, they
were also very generous contributors to the College’s Foundation and the
Foundation Art Collection, providing gifts and donations.
The College is deeply grateful to
Ben Dineen and Dennis Hull for their dedication and generosity.