Art featured above is Lisa Federici’s “holding on by a thread” (L) and Linda Gangian’s “Consumerist Mandala #16 (R).
Whether you’re on campus or participating remotely this semester, SJC Long Island’s Council for the Arts (CFA) is offering plenty of ways for students, faculty and staff to take a break from academics and enjoy art.
“Our events, especially this semester, can help our students take a pause by giving them a window into the world beyond the computer work they are doing on the screen, giving them access to art which hopefully will inspire them,” CFA Director Anna Malzone said.
Those on campus can head to the Board Room Gallery throughout the spring semester to check out various art exhibitions. And all students can participate in artist talks and events, virtually.
Take a look below for a list of upcoming events. Be sure to check back throughout the semester, as more events and dates will be added.
Virtual Adventures in the Arts
Malzone will take students, faculty and staff on virtual adventures via the SJC Long Island CFA Facebook page, as she explores the rich artistic culture of Long Island. The adventures will include a live music performance, visual arts and more. Stay tuned to the CFA social accounts to find out more details and to watch the live events.
• Mini concert featuring the flute and piano duo Extra Chi: March 31, 12:40 p.m.
Michelle Lisi (flute) and Terence Purtell (piano) will perform four-seasons-themed music by a movie music composer. Extra Chi creates eclectic and theme-based concerts, crossing over the classical/jazz/New Age styles.
• A tour of “Art Without Barriers Sculpture Garden” at Peconic Landing: April 13, 12:40 p.m.
Experience the larger-than-life sculptures located at Peconic Landing in Greenport. Cultural Arts Curator Dominic Antignano will share details about these amazing works while taking guests on a short virtual exploration of the garden.
• SJC Brooklyn’s buildings tour: April 27, 12:40 p.m.
A unique chance to check out the beauty of SJC Brooklyn’s campus, tour the buildings with hosts Malzone and Mayumi Miyaoka, an archivist in SJC Brooklyn’s McEntegart Hall Library. Miyaoka will lead attendees down a path into the past as they gaze on the splendor of the College’s historic buildings.
Art from Craft: Jan. 28 – March 4
Artist Panel Discussion: Monday, Feb. 22, at 12:40 p.m.
In medieval times, sculptors and painters belonged to craft guilds. Renaissance artists sought to elevate the visual arts to the level of the humanities. Since then, the visual media and crafts have had an ever-changing and often debated relationship. The artists of “Arts from Craft” continue the debate by making works of fine art that acknowledge the traditions of craft.
Included in the exhibition are Beth Giacummo, Eileen Winter Palmer, Maggie Avolio, Lisa Federici and Robert Stenzel.
The artists’ discussion took place virtually on Facebook Live. Click here to watch the recording.
Exploring Art Therapy with Kristina Diaz
Tuesday, March 2, at 12:40 p.m.
Join art therapist, educator and artist Kristina Diaz as she shares her personal journey into art therapy. She will discuss what art therapy is and how navigating it as a deaf person has been a unique experience. Additionally, Diaz will lead participants through a simple art therapy exercise that anyone can do.
This event is co-sponsored with the Educators Club and the Sign Language Club. For more details and the Zoom link, please contact Malzone at firstname.lastname@example.org or Asma Hoesin at email@example.com.
Architecture of Memory with Linda Gangian: March 8 – April 15
Artist Talk: March 22, at 12:40 p.m.
Working in two- and three-dimensional media, Linda Gangian evokes monumentality through accumulations of minutiae. She reinterprets Middle Eastern and American craft traditions, recalling carpets, quilts and calligraphy. The works are impressions of urban landscapes, which often reference specific sites and memories.
Student Art Exhibition: April 19 – May 13
The annual Student Art Exhibition includes exemplary works created in the art studios and classes by SJC Long Island students. Featured in this year’s exhibit are works in two- and three-dimensional media, created in traditional and digital processes.