Fine Arts Gallery

Fine Arts Gallery

Exhibitions 2019

The Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present:

Nature and Landscape featuring the work of New Jersey artists Francesca Azzara and Eileen Ferara.

The exhibition is from September 19 through October 18, 2019.
The exhibition will be part of JCAST weekend of October 3 – 6.

Opening reception is Thursday, September 19, 5 to 7 pm

Fine Arts Galley
Mac Mahon Student Center
47 Glenwood Avenue, 5th Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07306

The gallery hours are Monday through Sunday 11 – 6

For information please contact Beatrice Mady at

Francesca Azzara states: “The landscape, or some manifestation of the landscape, has continually re-emerged in my work over the past 20 years. While landscape painting is steeped in history and place, my imagined landscapes, represent an interior universe of the conscience. These works are a manifestation of my inner self and metaphorically the visual settings reflect my thoughts, fears and dreams. Often, my work informs me of deeper issues that I have unconsciously avoided. It is a visit to a distant memory…one that cannot be fully recalled but can be comprehended. The visual environments I create are of a topography that is familiar but one that I have never visited. It is that fleeting moment, the ambiguity in the psyche, which I strive to make real.”


Eileen Ferara: “‘Invasion’ is a body of work initially inspired by a single seedpod known as a Devil’s head pod. As my subject matter expands, I research and include other plant species that I encounter in the urban wilds of the greater NYC area. Japanese Honeysuckle, Empress Trees, and Trees of Heaven are all considered nuisance non-native species that have taken root in the area. While each plant has its own unique story, they also have some commonalities; successful reproduction strategies, the ability to thrive in areas where other species are challenged, the tendency to outcompete indigenous species, and all were introduced to North America by humans.

It is fascinating to think about how we define invasive species, and how much the human race should try to manage and protect local ecosystems, particularly when we have created the problem. While the proliferation of non-native species is an issue, the narrative is complex, the solutions are not always obvious or agreed on by experts. My work is inspired by the beautiful design of these objects, and the imaginary environments I create are a reflection on the fragility of balance in the environment and our relationship to the places in which we live.”


The Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present:

Make Art and Design: Senior Thesis Art Exhibition
April 11 through May 9, 2019
Opening Reception: April 11, 2:30 – 4 PM

Featuring Graphic Design and Fine Art Seniors:

Precious Braswell is a Graphic Arts major with a concentration in Photography and a Computer Science minor. She hopes to put her stamp on the photographic industry and represent her generation through her artwork.
Website:, IG: @braswellphotography

Alexander Daoud states that art is a weapon that is used to push your creative mind into making the world yours. He hopes he will use his art to inspire the greater good.

Samantha Felix is a Graphic Designer who is pursing the task of coloring all urban cities. Her goal is to make art that can give viewers a layered visual experience.

Tristan Johnson is a mixed media artist likes to take is his traditional work and turn them in digital illustrations and with his art he hopes to better express his thoughts and feelings to those around him.
IG: @imageknight_s_art

Nicole Marchitto is a mixed media artist who wishes for her art and teaching to inspire and impact the minds of tomorrow. She is a double major in Fine Arts and Early Childhood Education.

Eduardo Ramon states there are a couple reasons why he makes art. The ultimate goal list to make the best art he possibly can to inspire others.

Rachel Santos Villa is a graphic designer who wants her art to make an impact on others as her inspirations did on her. She is a double major in Communication and Media Culture, and Graphic Arts.

For information please contact Beatrice Mady at

The Fine Arts Gallery is please to present From Here to Where, featuring photographs by New York based artist Daryl-Ann Saunders.

Artist Contact – URL:, E:, IG: @DA_Saunders, FB:, LinkedIn:

Exhibition: February 1 through March 22

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Opening receptions: 

February 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.

March 1, as part of JC Fridays from 5 to 7p.m.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Fine Arts Gallery
Mac Mahon Student Center
47 Glenwood Avenue, 5th Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Saunders began as a self-taught photographer, assisting and studio managing for a number of established photographers while studying at The School of Visual Arts and The International Center of Photography in New York. Eventually establishing her own studio in Manhattan, Saunders worked as a portrait and interpretative photographer in numerous markets; editorial (Forbes, Business Week, etc.) and corporate (Showtime Networks, New York Life, etc.)

Throughout, she pursued her interest in fine-art photography, that being her primary focus today. She concentrates on several portfolios: “Beyond the Platform” – a color, night series from subway platforms; “Four-Star Accommodations” – a photographic contemplation of homeless individuals; “Crush” – a series delving into privacy and human dynamics on mass transit; “Amalgam” – cameraless photography; “Urban Orchestra” – architectural elements in mostly urban environs and “Pioneers of Bushwick”, a photo/ text project featuring long-time residents of Bushwick, Brooklyn. She worked on her Pioneers photo-text project as part of an awarded Brooklyn Arts Council artist-residency program, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

From Here to Where focuses on two series. The artist states that she has always been captivated by train/subway travel. As a city dweller, the subway is her primary mode of transportation. In “Beyond the Platform”, she investigates the close proximity between subway platforms and the surrounding community as it suggests a powerful theme of machinery vs. humanity.

In the hustle and bustle of subway travel, her attention is also drawn to what is quiet… still – – the homeless individuals seated or sleeping throughout the New York City transit system. Her curiosity and compassion is piqued by these quiet occupiers of uncomfortable space, who are largely unnoticed by the crowds swirling around them. She started to photograph them, their palpable alone-ness, within the context of their environment for “Four-Star Accommodations”. These images are artistically beautiful, but remind us how arduous life can sometimes be.

For information please contact

Beatrice Mady at

Office: Rankin 19

The Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to announce an afternoon concert on March 1, from 1 to 1:35 p.m. by Fine Arts Professor, Dr. Jordan P. Smith
Dr. Smith will be performing the following works.
Cello Suite No.2, J.S. Bach
Partita,  Alois Haba
Two Memorials, Mark-Anthony Turnage
Improvisation et Caprice, Eugene Bozza

For information please contact

Beatrice Mady at

Office: Rankin 19

Exhibitions 2018

The Fine Arts Gallery is please to present Saturate/Desaturate, featuring paintings by

Mona Brody |
Stephan Cimini
Susan A. Davis
Megan Klim

Exhibition: October 23 to December 7, 2018

Gallery Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Fine Arts Galley
Mac Mahon Student Center
47 Glenwood Avenue, 5th Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Each of these artists explores the most difficult element, color, in a unique and facinating way. Saturation is described as the purity of a color. Desaturation is described a color that is muted. Join us for a look at how these artists create compositions, express complex ideas and delight our senses with and without color.

Mona Brody has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally. The intentional quality of the sublime emerges at the heart of her work. The metaphoric possibilities that result from the collection and discovery of natural objects, the physical space of the canvas, and the interaction of materials reveal the strange and uncanny place within the familiar.

Stephen Cimini creates paintings building on the architectural origins, which have been the basis of his work for over a decade; he started referring the compositions as random symmetry. That is, creating a balance on the canvas with no discernible pattern allowing a symmetrical, meditative composition to emerge. He employs the golden mean as a reference which can often be seen in the composition. Color remains a constantly
unfolding mystery.

Susan A. Davis has been creating paintings and drawings in various media, including notably oil, pastel, R&F handmade pigment sticks and watercolor, since the early seventies. Her work is focused on abstract forms exploring color, texture and depth, roughly in the tradition of color field painting from the late fifties and sixties.

Megan Klim juxtaposes several materials on one picture plane to create an interaction and conversation between them while highlighting the inherent qualities of the specific materials. A physical presence is apparent in her pieces from textured encaustic surfaces, punctured paper to grid like structures made of thread, wire or cloth. Through her use of pattern or repetition, she reflects upon human individuality while also offering
a tactile visual experience.

The exhibition runs from October 23 through December 7, with the opening reception on October 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The show will be part of JC Fridays with a closing reception on December 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The gallery is free to the public and all are welcome.

For information please contact Beatrice Mady at

My Calling September 7
September 7 through October 12, 2018
Opening Reception: September 7, 5 – 7 PM

The Fine Arts Gallery is please to present My Calling, featuring photographs by

Amy Becker and Kerry Kolenut and paintings by Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern in a playful look at our love affair with our phones, not only used to make a calls, but as objects of veneration, access to social media, for making videos and used as a camera.

Amy Becker explores the abandoned phone booth or payphones with her camera. Her Dead Ringers depicts the remains of those machines and the environments in which they exist. Her world has turned into a perpetual scavenger hunt to discover payphones in familiar or new settings. She often finds payphones hidden in plain sight.

Kerry Kolenut creates a photo with in a photo as she skillfully takes pictures of others taking pictures. She says capturing the person in the moment of capturing a moment bypasses the subjectivity of the subjective by focusing on the subject herself, and interrogating the documented reliability of unreliable memories.

Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern is a figurative painter whose work is informed by a love of art historical images, and our contemporary culture of technology and fashion. The central theme of the work is based upon a duality– the coexistence of old and familiar with ever emerging new material that challenges and assimilates established concepts. She believes technology can never be completely separated from humanity – we an integral part of technological existence and innovation and it continues to evolve because of us.

The exhibition runs from September 7 through October 12, with the opening reception on September 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. The show will be part of JC Fridays and the Jersey City Artists Studio Tour. The gallery is free to the public and all are welcome.

For information please contact Beatrice Mady at

Designing A New World: Senior Thesis Art Exhibition April 19
April 19 through May 10, 2018
Opening Reception: April 19, 2:30 – 4 PM

Featuring Graphic Design and Fine Art Seniors:
Brigitte Arroyo
Aaliyah Closs
Pabel De Jesus
Jessica Dominguez
Leonardo Flores
Christian Guzhnay
Celina Marzullo
Melissa Romeo

For information please contact Beatrice Mady at

Pattern and Structure February 15
The Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to host Pattern and Structure featuring the work of Harriet Finck, Jeanne Heifetz, Greg Letson, Nurpur Nishith, and Laura Petrovich-Cheney.

The show opens February 15 and runs through March 29. The artists reception is part of JC Friday, March 2 from 5 to 7pm.
Professor Jordan Smith, saxophonist and conductor, will perform a spirited program on March 2 from 1 to 1:30 in the Gallery.

For information please contact Beatrice Mady at

Exhibitions 2017

Color as Noun, Pronoun and Verb December 1
Please join us for the opening reception of the exhibition, *Color as Noun, Pronoun and Verb*, at the Fine Arts Gallery on the 5th floor of the Mac Mahon Student Center Friday, December 1, 5 to 7pm.
Stop by to see this explosion of color and beauty and have a bite to eat.

This group painting exhibition features the work of
Andrea Epstein
Alyce Gottesman
Candy Le Sueur
Gail Winbury

For information please contact Beatrice Mady at

Camera’s Vision: Archaeology|Architecture|Landscape September 8
Please join us for the opening of the exhibition, Camera’s Vision: Archaeology|Architecture|Landscape, at the Fine Arts Gallery on the 5th floor of the Mac Mahon Student Center on Friday, September 8th, 5 to 7 pm.

This group photography exhibition features the work of:
Michael Endy
Edward Fausty
Frank Gimpaya
Susan Evans Grove
Kay Kenny
Trix Rosen

For information please contact Beatrice Mady at

Exhibitions 2016

Inaugural Exhibition Opening
Please join us at the inaugural exhibition opening at the Fine Arts Gallery on the 5th floor of the Mac Mahon Student Center on September 9, 5 to 7 pm. This exhibition is part of JCFridays and the Jersey City Artists Studio Tour. Mollie Thonneson is a painter and the inventor, designer, and manufacturer of TAG the Art Game, a nationally recognized game that helps people overcome their fears about art making. Alan Walker is a talented painter and musician. This team lives and works in Jersey City with their daughter Tulsi.

For information please contact Beatrice Mady at

Doug Hilson: Portraits of India. October 21 – December 9

“I first became fascinated with portraiture as an art student over 50 years ago. I began doing life-sized portraits on canvas in the1980’s and taught university courses in both the history and drawing/painting of portraits.

In 2012, on my 3rd trip to India, I began to photograph Indian children & the elderly of India. Now after 7 trips to India I have close to eight thousand of these photographs.

India, as the fastest developing country in the World and arguably, the most colorful, has held both my fascination of this exotic culture and informed my painting for the past two decades. The color of India in general, and Rajasthan in particular, is a visual feast for any artist. In this country of one billion, 200 million people where 85% of the people live in small villages and where there is a rapidly growing middle class, there is a huge migration to the cities for a ‘piece of the action’, much like early 20th century America.

My interest as a photographer is to record the elderly, as their traditions, dress & culture are beginning to quickly change and the children, as the future faces of India.”

–Doug Hilson, 2016

Color as a Noun and Adjective (Group Exhibition) February 3 – March 19

Senior Thesis April 6 – May 19