• Cultural Affairs Spring 2019 Calendar

    All programs are hosted at the Dineen Hull Gallery, 71 Sip Avenue, 6th Floor, unless otherwise noted. All events are FREE and open to the public.

    JANUARY

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    Notes and Tones: Jazz Influences on the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop

    January 29 – March 1
    Curated by Essye Klempner

    The HCCC Department of Cultural presents Notes and Tones a themed compilation of prints created by nationally recognized artists, who have worked over the years with the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in Manhattan. Notes and Tones is in partnership with the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, a program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Today, this community printshop is dedicated to continuing the legacy of its founder and Master Printer Robert Blackburn. Blackburn, a jazz aficionado, held similar ideologies to the local Jazz communities of the late 1960’s. This indie spirit glistens through the jazz-inspired works that will be on view. The exhibition will also include a closer look at community partner WBGO, a celebrated national radio station based out of Newark, NJ. WBGO is renowned for presenting jazz of the highest quality. For more information, visit our exhibition page.

     

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    Teacher as Artist: Jesse Wright

    January 30 – March 30
    Curated by Michelle Vitale
    Both Campus Libraries

    The Department of Cultural Affairs supports local artists through a variety of solo exhibitions throughout the College campus. For the spring semester, we will be featuring the work of Jesse Wright and Miguel Cardenas.

    Wright is a multidisciplinary artist whose blended visual styles reference his blended Jamaican American heritage. The portraits in this exhibition were inspired by his experiences in mission and humanitarian projects done internationally and in the U.S. at displacement camps and in underserved and disenfranchised communities. His art will be on view at both campus libraries from January 30 through March 30. Meet Wright during an artist reception on March 1 from 4-7 pm at the Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium. Lite refreshments will be served. For more information, visit our exhibition page

    Gabert Library
    71 Sip Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07306

    North Hudson Library
    4800 Kennedy Boulevard, 3rd Fl., Union City, NJ 07087

     

     

    FEBRUARY

    3     

    JC Writers Residency: Perfect Prompts

    Sara Stone will guide attendees through prompts writing exercises which are designed for skill-building. They’re useful whether you’re starting something new or continuing a work-in-progress. Wherever you are in your writing journey, the goal with prompts is to get words on the page. Sara Stone is a novelist and lover of literary theory, with a master’s degree in English from City College. She’s a long-time member and moderator of Jersey City Writers.

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    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    2-4 pm

     

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    Notes and Tones: Opening Reception

    The Notes and Tones exhibition opening will coincide with our annual Georgia Brooks Celebration and features a live hot jazz performance, which will be recorded by WBGO and broadcast on air, Jersey City masking tape artist Kayt Hester will also create a live mural installation. Lite refreshments will be served. For more information, visit our exhibition page.

    4-7pm

     

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    Hook the Book

    Attend the “HCCC Hook the Book” workshop hosted by the Educational Arts Team and DOCA and receive a FREE copy of Station Eleven, a 2014 science fiction novel by Emily St. John Mandel. In conjunction with Jersey City’s citywide participation in this year’s NEA Big Read the workshop will introduce the novel, discuss the characters, setting, plot, and inspire participants to read the book.

    The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For a full schedule of citywide events, visit www.jerseycityculture.org/nea-big-read.

    ABOUT THE BOOK
    Station Eleven
    Emily St. John Mandel

    An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

    One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

    Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it. www.emilymandel.com

    EUCATIONAL ARTS TEAM
    Through the arts, the Educational Arts Team helps children increase their self-worth, discover their individuality, gain pride in their heritage and community, heighten their academic achievement, and create a vision of a larger world where they can achieve their goals. www.educationalartsteam.com

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    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    12-1:30pm

     

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    JC Writers Residency: Writing Tip & Tricks

    Polish your words and make your writing shine! Adrienne Girard will teach you simple strategies for fine-tuning every sentence to produce clear, crisp text—plus pitfalls to avoid and when less can be more. Adrienne Girard is the copy chief of O, The Oprah Magazine and Airbnb Magazine. She has been copy-editing magazines, newspapers, news websites, and legal publications for 15 years. Unlike many copy editors, she doesn't have strong feelings about the Oxford comma—you do you; just be clear and consistent.

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    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    2-4pm

     

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    Back to Black

    February 11 – June 30
    Curated by Professor Dorothy Anderson

    Back to Black, highlights the 1919 World War I self-published poetry book War Poems by sisters Ada and Ethel Peters. The installation, curated by HCCC History Professor Dorothy Anderson, will be on display in the Dineen Hull Atrium throughout the semester. In conjunction with the exhibition, Jersey City artist Kayt Hester will create large-scale portraits of the Peters sisters out of tape during the opening reception of Notes and Tones on February 5 from 4 to 7 pm. For more information, visit our exhibition page.
    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium

     

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    HCCC Winter Spotlight: Ice Sculpture Made with Love

    Ice Sculptor, HCCC Professor, and acclaimed Chef Kevin O’Malley and students will demonstrate ice sculpting techniques on the Dineen Hull Gallery roof terrace. Hot chocolate will be served.

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    5:30pm-7:30pm

     

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    JC Writers Residency: Publishing Panel

    You've written (and rewritten) your short story, poem, novel or chapbook. Now you're ready to send it out into the world. What do you do? Where do you send it? How? In this nuts and bolts workshop JC Writers will go over the how's and where's of submitting and querying, what you must do and what you must not do, where the markets are and how to find them. They will also discuss the one thing no one ever seems to want to talk about: rejection. It's inescapable, but there are ways to cope with it.

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    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    2-4pm

     

     

    MARCH

    1     

    JOIN US FOR TWO SPECIAL EVENTS ON JC FRIDAYS!

    Notes and Tones: Jazz Influences on the EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop: Closing Reception

    The Notes and Tones closing reception will take place on March 1, which is also JC Fridays, and will feature a performance from Jazz singer and Thinking In Full Color Alumni Audrey Martells accompanied by her husband Belden Bullock on bass.

    Teacher as Artist: Jesse Wright Reception

    Jesse Wright’s art is on view at both HCCC campus libraries as part of DOCA's "Teacher as Artist" program. Meet Wright during an artist reception on March 1 and view his work on display at HCCC.

    Both receptions will be held in the Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium. Lite refreshments will be served. Visit our exhibition page for more information about each exhibit.

    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    4-7pm

     

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    JC Writers Residency: Fantasy & Sci-Fi Bootcamp

    What makes a good Sci-Fi or Fantasy story? How do you create new worlds and bring your imagination to the page? Whether you’re working on a novel, a short story or something in between, this Sci-Fi/Fantasy Bootcamp will provide tips from two local authors on how to craft a compelling tale. Authors Michael Griffo and Jeremiah Kleckner will share their creative process, how they come up with stories ideas, how they got published, and discuss what the future of the genre holds.

    Michael Griffo is an award-winning novelist and playwright, who has written 11 novels, including two young-adult supernatural trilogies. Griffo graduated magna cum laude from New York University receiving a BA in Journalism. Jeremiah Kleckner, is the author of the Tome of Testament series, a Lovecraftian dark urban cult fantasy set in modern-day Jersey City and Hoboken. Kleckner has taught English/Language Arts in Perth Amboy since 2005. During that time, he earned the Samuel E. Shull Middle School’s 2014/2015 Teacher of the Year award and published several books. The event will be hosted by Mary Fan, a local sci-fi/fantasy writer of six published novels and numerous short stories.

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    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    2-4pm

     

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    JC Writers Residency: Dystopian Flash Fiction

    How do you evoke an alternate world swiftly and potently? This is a question that writers of dystopian fiction are always asking, but flash fiction brings particular urgency to it. Participants will examine samples of flash fiction that present alternate worlds and will then try out the form for themselves. Helen Phillips, author and associate professor at Brooklyn College will moderate. Discussion will include: How does one achieve the precision of language and detail necessary for this form? How can a piece attain arc and resonance in such a short space? What can this form offer the reader in lieu of the satisfaction of a longer narrative?

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    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    2-4pm

     

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    Urban Crossroads: Reimagining Jersey City’s Abandoned Infrastructure: Opening Reception

    March 12 – April 18
    Curated by Rahid Cornejo and Sean Gallagher

    A collaborative exhibition which presents research from New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and Design, Rutgers University’s Master of Landscape Architecture, the Jersey City Arts Council’s Architecture and Design Committee, and the newly formed nonprofit Bergen Arches.

    This exhibition of student work showcases the potential for Jersey City to re-imagine its infrastructural past as an un-interrupted public and ecological corridor within the heart of its urban fabric Join us for the exhibit opening on March 12 from 4-7 pm. Lite refreshments will be served. For more information, visit our exhibition page.

    4-7pm

     

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    Collectors Club: 14C Art Fair

    The DOCA Collectors Club will have a table at Art Fair 14C, a unique new art fair, which will showcase the best contemporary art in New Jersey–and beyond–hosted by the Jersey City Arts Council.

    Held on three floors of the Hyatt Regency hotel on the Jersey City waterfront–easily accessible by car, PATH, Light Rail or ferry–the 14C Art Fair will feature a juried show of individual artists as well as over 100 curated galleries. Visit www.artfair14c.com for admission pricing.

    Hyatt Regency at 2 Exchange Place, Jersey City
    12-7pm

     

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    Collectors Club: 14C Art Fair

    The DOCA Collectors Club will have a table at Art Fair 14C, a unique new art fair, which will showcase the best contemporary art in New Jersey–and beyond–hosted by the Jersey City Arts Council.

    Held on three floors of the Hyatt Regency hotel on the Jersey City waterfront–easily accessible by car, PATH, Light Rail or ferry–the 14C Art Fair will feature a juried show of individual artists as well as over 100 curated galleries. Visit www.artfair14c.com for admission pricing.

    Hyatt Regency at 2 Exchange Place, Jersey City
    12-7pm

     

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    JC Writers Residency: Genre Night: Survival is Insufficient!

    Inspired by the NEA’s Big Read selection Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Jersey City Writers celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over disaster. Enjoy a night of selected readings that remind us the arts are needed to truly be alive because survival is not enough. Three slots will be set aside for 3/3 & 3/10 residency attendees. The event starts at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm.

    Apple Tree House, 298 Academy, St, Jersey City
    Time: 6:30-8:30pm

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    Art of Yoga: Zen Survival Session

    The Educational Arts Team will hold a reflection session on the book, Station Eleven. Afterward, Jamie Wilson Murry of Mindful Play Yoga will lead an emotional and physical survival family yoga workshop inspired by the NEA Big Read. We strongly recommend bringing your own yoga mat, a limited number of mats will be available.

    The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For a full schedule of citywide events, visit www.jerseycityculture.org/nea-big-read.

    MINDFUL PLAY YOGA
    Mindful Play Yoga brings out the kid in all of us. Working with children, adults, and caregivers through mindfulness, play, and yoga to see the best in everyone. MPY is committed to inspiring children ages 3 -15 and families to be curious life-long learners.

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    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    12-2pm

     

     

    APRIL

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    Rooftop Reading Series: Poetry & Prose Open Mic

    Featuring JC Writers Bootcamp participants. HCCC English Professor Kathryn Buckley will organize a collection for the Johanna Van Gendt Scholarship fund.

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    Dineen Hull Gallery Roof Terrace
    6-8pm

     

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    JC Writers Residency: It Doesn't Have to Rhyme!

    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    2-4pm

     

    14  

    JC Writers Residency: How to Recite on the Mic

    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    2-4pm

     

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    Teacher as Artist: Miguel Cardenas

    April 15 – June 30
    Curated by Michelle Vitale
    Both Campus Libraries

    The Department of Cultural Affairs supports local artists through a variety of solo exhibitions throughout the College campus. The second half of the spring semester we will feature the work of Miguel Cardenas.

    Cardenas is a Jersey City-born pop artist whose architectonic spatial concepts are applied by overlaying juxtaposing appropriated images and text taken from art history, social history as well as pop culture. His work attempts to inhabit the ambiguous, interstitial space or grey zone that exists between binary oppositions–where things are not “either/or,” but “both/and.” His art will be on view at both campus libraries from April 15 through June 30. Meet Cardenas during an artist reception on April 18 from 4-7 pm at the Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium. For more information visit our exhibition page

    Gabert Library
    71 Sip Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07306

    North Hudson Library
    4800 Kennedy Boulevard, 3rd Fl., Union City, NJ 07087

     

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    International Folkloric Dance with The Kennedy Dancers

    The HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs welcomes The Kennedy Dancers to the Dineen Hull Gallery. Jersey' City's local dance company will transform the HCCC atrium for the night with their International Folkloric Dance program.

    THE KENNEDY DANCERS

    The Kennedy Dancers is a non-profit Jersey City Based Professional, American Dance Company founded by Artistic Director Diane Dragone in 1976, with a mission of bringing high-quality dance training and professional performance opportunities to the NY/NJ Metro area. Since its inception, the company has grown to responds to the community's special needs serving low income, at risk, incarcerated teens, and senior citizens through diverse dance classes offering fun, fitness, and performance opportunities. www.kennedydancers.org

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    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    6-8pm

     

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    JOIN US FOR TWO RECEPTIONS APRIL 18!

    Urban Crossroads: Reimagining Jersey City’s Abandoned Infrastructure Closing & Panel Discussion

    The Urban Crossroads exhibit closing will include a panel discussion from the exhibition collaborators including New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and Design, Rutgers University’s Master of Landscape Architecture, the Jersey City Arts Council’s Architecture and Design Committee, and the newly formed nonprofit Bergen Arches.

    Teacher as Artist: Miguel Cardenas Reception

    Miguel Cardenas’ art is on view at both HCCC campus libraries as part of DOCA's "Teacher as Artist" program. Meet Cardenas during an artist reception on April 18 and view his work on display at HCCC.

    Both events will take place in the Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium. Lite refreshments will be served. Visit our exhibition page for more information about each exhibit

    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    4-7pm

     

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    2nd Annual Jersey City Poetry Festival: JC Writers Poetry Reading

    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    6-9pm

     

     

    MAY

    3     

    HCCC Spring Student Art Exhibition: Opening Reception

    May 3 – 17
    Curated by Laurie Riccadonna and Jeremiah Teipen

    HCCC celebrates the artistic talents of our community with a bi-annual student exhibition in the Dineen Hull Gallery. Join the art department, students, professors and staff on May 3 from 4 to 7 pm for the spring Student Art Exhibition opening reception. Lite refreshments will be served. For more information visit our exhibition page

    4-7pm

     

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    Men in Nursing: Pop-Up Exhibit and Lecture

    May 7 – May 17

    The Department of Cultural Affairs in conjunction with the Department of Nursing presents a pop-up exhibition spotlighting “men” in nursing.

    On May 7, Dr. Ben Evans will guest lecture on the historical contributions of men in nursing, gender communication differences, and discuss workplace diversity issues. There will be two lecture sessions offered, one at 12:00 pm and one at 5:30 pm. Dr. Evans is an Assistant Professor in Graduate Studies at Felician University School of Nursing. For more information visit our exhibition page

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    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    12:00 pm and 5:30 pm

     

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    Art Café

    The Department of Cultural Affairs invites students, faculty and community members to come enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and Manhattan views on the roof terrace, and to tour the HCCC Student Art Review.

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    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    8:30am-9:30am

     

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    HCCC Student Art Department Review: Closing & Student Presentations

    Join the art department, students, professors and staff on May 17 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm for the senior art student presentations during the spring Student Art Exhibition closing. For more information visit our exhibition page.

    Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium
    9:30am-12:30pm

     

  • For information or questions about the Department of Cultural Affairs programs and events, contact us at gallery@hccc.edu.

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    Department of Cultural Affairs

    71 Sip Avenue 6th Fl.

    Jersey City, NJ 07306

    201-360-4182


    Hours

    Fall Gallery Hours
    Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

    Closed Sunday & Holidays

    There is no charge for admission.

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