Year in Review: Student Art Show Opens April 18

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Artwork from Year in Review: Student Art Show; “Self Portrait” by Mark Saldana

April 9, 2018

The Borough of Manhattan Community Center (BMCC/CUNY) will present an exhibition of student artwork with an opening reception on Wednesday, April 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan. The exhibition will feature paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture, graphic design and other types of work, and will be on display through May 8.

Self Portrait by Liz Cartagena

“Much of the students’ work came out of new, higher-level art classes that have been developed since BMCC’s Associate of Arts degree programs in Art Foundations, Art History and Art Foundations, Studio Art came into existence in 2015,” says Peter Greenwald, Professor of Art. “Specifically, visitors will see some thesis-level artworks in this show. In Final Project Lab, Art Majors propose and then execute a body of work within their concentration.”

In these capstone classes, he says, students create a thesis and portfolio for transfer to top art and design schools. An articulation agreement reached with Queens College (CUNY) will transfer course credits, allowing BMCC Art Foundation graduates to enter Queens College as Juniors.

Self Portrait by Shuqi Li

“They propose and then execute a body of work within their concentration,” Greenwald says. “They’re looking at their work in an increasingly critical way and cataloguing it, building â¿¿their websites; all with the intention of presenting themselves as artists with a unique vision and relationship to their medium.”

About the Shirley Fiterman Art Center

The Shirley Fiterman Art Center is dedicated to organizing exhibitions of contemporary art and cultural programming, through which it seeks to promote and enrich the educational mission of BMCC. The Shirley Fiterman Art Center provides a venue for diverse gallery programs, fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and cultural understanding, and serves as a resource for the BMCC and lower Manhattan communities. Artist talks, tours, workshops and other programs, as well as all exhibitions, are free of charge and open to the public.

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The Shirley Fiterman Art Center is a not-for-profit organization housed in BMCC’s Fiterman Hall. The original structure, built in 1959, was donated to CUNY on behalf of BMCC in 1993 by Miles and Shirley Fiterman. Irreparably damaged in the attacks of 9/11, when Word Trade 7 fell against it, the building was rebuilt and reopened in 2012. Among other distinctive features, the Fiterman Hall features a spacious, ground-floor gallery that aims in part to honor the legacy of the Fitermans.

Leading philanthropists and collectors, the Fitermans amassed a collection based on a deep passion for art and artists, and a profoundly held belief in the transformative and inspiring power of art and culture. The Fiterman family has also demonstrated ongoing commitment to BMCC’s mission to serve students from New York City, across the United States, and from countries around the world, who are working to improve their lives through education.


For more information contact, or call (212) 220-3013, Tuesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 6 p.m.


Shown in article, top to bottom: “Self Portrait” by Mark Saldana; “Self Portrait” by Liz Cartagena and “Self Portrait” by Shuqi Li














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