Cultural Affairs & HCCC Art Galleries


Each semester the Office of Cultural Affairs for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers free, educational opportunities for community members, students, faculty, and administration to engage in art exhibitions, lectures, and events which strengthen our learning neighborhood and collective identity. We hope to see you on the 6th Floor of the Gabert Library.


The mission of the Hudson County Community College Office of Cultural Affairs is to provide supplementary programs to stimulate awareness of the arts and foster creativity.

We strive to complement the efforts of HCCC with cultural events, community programs, and educational initiatives. Our goal is to transcend the understanding of visual and performing arts by closing the distance between the experience of art and everyday life in the community we serve.



In 2015, the College’s President, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, established a Cultural Affairs Task Force comprising involved members of the community, as well as HCCC Trustees, Foundation Board Directors, educators and scholars.

The result is a full calendar of arts programs and events each semester, free of cost, and are held on the College’s Journal Square and North Hudson campuses. Please see below to view this season's offerings.



The Office of Cultural Affairs celebrates diversity year-round with a variety of educational programs throughout each semester. Past programs include New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of classic Bollywood music, Indie Female Filmmakers Screenings, and interview with Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor.

Programs are hosted on the 6th floor of the Gabert Library, conveniently located across from the Journal Square transportation hub. All programs are free and open to the public.


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Explore our Galleries!

Learn more about our Cultural Programs and our galleries! All programs are free and open to the public!
Benjamin J. Dineen III And Dennis C. Hull Gallery

At 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 gallery space in the college’s Gabert Library building in honor of the couple.


Art Concourse at the North Hudson Campus

For the 10th anniversary of the North Hudson Campus, the Art Concourse at North Hudson opened to serve as a cultural destination for the Hudson County community under direction of Executive Director Joseph Caniglia and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Cultural Affairs, Michelle Vitale.

The exhibition space is featured on the third floor of the North Hudson Campus and exhibits works by students, faculty, and regional artists. Celebrating its second anniversary in April of 2024, the concourse has hosted nationally and internationally celebrated artists EunYoung Choi, Wes Sherman, and poet Frank May.

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Cultural Affairs Spring 2024

Welcome to the Spring 2024 Programs and Exhibitions at the Art Galleries at HCCC!

All gallery visits and program participation require an RSVP to mvitaleFREEHUDSONCOUNTYCOMMUNITYCOLLEGE. Gallery visits are by appointment only with hours between 11 A.M. to 4 P.M., Tuesday through Friday.

Spring 2024 Exhibit Calendar

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Announcements and Events

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Night of Ideas Jersey City
Festival of debates, workshops, and performances on the theme of urban life, art, and growth kicks off March 1.
Read more information here.

  • Hugs on Tape (Erica/Sophia) by LoVid. karatekid_xyz collection
  • Femme Digital Flyer
  • Night of Ideas - Outside the Lines: Patterns of Urban Life
  • Honoring 60 years of Voting Rights and Civil Rights Exhibition Reception
  • From Slavery to Freedom - John Hope Franklin
  • What Happens in the Shadows - Fabricio Suarez

Past Exhibitions and Programs

Out of the Box Podcast - Cultural Affairs

August 2019
Dr. Chris Reber talks with Department of Cultural Affairs Director Michelle Vitale about the development of the HCCC Cultural Affairs program, and the exhibitions and events planned for Fall 2019.

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Frequently Asked Question

The Office of Cultural Affairs is located on the 6th floor of the Gabert Library at 71 Sip Avenue in the Journal Square Neighborhood.

The best way to visit it to take the Journal Square PATH train to the Journal Square Station. The Gallery is located directly across the street from the station.

There are parking garages on Sip Avenue across from our Culinary Conference Center and on John F. Kennedy Boulevard. Off street metered parking is also available.

Yes, our programs are free and open to the public. Please read our current brochure carefully since some events may require reservations.

Everyone must present a current photo i.d. and check in at the security desk in the lobby on the ground floor of the Gabert Library Building.


You can also fill out the Contact Cultural Affairs form.


Contact Information

Office of Cultural Affairs & HCCC Art Galleries
Gabert Library
71 Sip Ave – 6th Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4176

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday through Friday
11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

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