Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

NJSeoul: New Art from the Korean Diaspora

Cosponsored with the Korean Community Center

Opening Reception at Gallery Bergen – September 12, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Exhibition runs from September 12 – October 31
Gallery Hours: M – F, 11:00 am to 5 pm and by appointment

nicole maloof young joon kwak sun you namjoo kim dong kyu kim paul lim hobong kim
chung kim the hanbok so yoon lym hahn byol chang kumjoo ahn myoung ja lee
taesook jung stephanie lee

Gallery Bergen, the art exhibition space of Bergen Community College in collaboration with the Korean Community Center of Tenafly announces the opening of NJSeoul: New Art from the Korean Diaspora to be displayed between September 12 and October 31, 2019. Works by fifteen artists of Korean descent will be displayed including drawings, paintings, photography, prints, contemporary furniture, installation, ephemeral botanical sculpture, and experimental video. NJSeoul is curated by Gallery Bergen Director Tim Blunk and Hyejeong Grenier.

All of the US’s top ten municipalities by percentage of Korean population as per the 2010 Census are located within Bergen County. This exhibition examines the immigrant experience of Koreans living here – including Koreans who think of themselves as Americans, first and foremost, those who have a foothold in both countries, and those who have chosen or may soon choose to return permanently to Korea.

This exhibition also seeks to address how Korean culture has transformed New York/New Jersey/Bergen County while overturning many stereotypes about Korean people and their lives. Most prominent among the artists in this exhibition is Joon Young Kwak, a queer transgender artist who grew up in Englewood Cliffs and resides in Los Angeles. The artist writes about her work: “As a queer trans Korean-American, I’ve often had to deal peoples’ commonly misconceived notions of gender, sexuality, race, and beauty. I was inspired to create “Excreted Venus” to imagine a new icon for consumption and identification, thinking–what if the exemplary icon of the feminine divine was one of nonracial formlessness, fluidity, and ambiguity, what then would become of these preconceived notions of gender, sexuality, race, and beauty?”

Artist Nicole Won Hee Maloof’s vibrant, frenetic video, “What Color Is A Banana?” navigates the tangled web of our physical, social, and economic realities in a manner that is both refreshing and entertaining: A shower of bananas tumble across a webpage. A Google Maps screenshot of NYC shows us how many places along Broadway you can cheaply and easily buy bananas (over 25!) Using colloquial smartphone imagery and funky internet aesthetics, she drives home the plight of exploited banana plantation workers while parsing a racist epithet applied to people of Asian descent.

Sun You, a Bergen Community College adjunct professor of art, creates delicate, quirky installations of wire, false eyelashes, colorful beads and clips that are reminiscent of Paul Klee’s “Twittering Machine.” Myoung Ja Lee, a floral designer from Teaneck, will create an on-site ephemeral floral sculpture that envelopes archival photographs of Korean “comfort women” – representing some of the estimated 100,000 women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during World War II.

These edgy works appear against a background of contemporary updates of more traditional Korean arts – furniture making by Chung Kim and men’s clothing by The Hanbok designers of Fort Lee. Hobong Kim paints austere scenes finding lone Koreans embedded in crowds on busy street corners with overlaid images of monarch butterflies – the very symbol of migration.

The Korean Community Center of Tenafly is cosponsoring this exhibition as part of its ongoing collaboration with Bergen Community College. This fall, for the first time, BCC is offering a US History course in the Korean language.

Located at 100 Grove Street in Tenafly, the Korean Community Center seeks to “promote healthy and independent living for all ages and to integrate the people with Korean Heritage into the greater community through culture & education, outreach, health & social services, and civic advocacy.” The KCC maintains its own art gallery with a very active schedule of curated exhibitions by Korean artists from the US and Korea. Participating artists in NJSeoul will be speaking about their work at BCC as well as the Korean Community Center during the exhibition.

On the Mend

Exhibition dates: June 4 – August 31, 2019
Gallery Bergen, West Hall 329

On the Mend Poster

Gallery Bergen is proud to announce the opening of its summer exhibition, “On the Mend,” an installation by Hackensack-based artist Lauren Bettini. “On the Mend” is an exploration of the female body, displaying themes of “women’s work” through accounts of women who bear scars, both physically and emotionally. This unique installation utilizes the entirety of the gallery, literally tying together embroidered large format photographs and wall-mounted sculptures. Photographs of women’s scars and detailed embroidery of surgical procedures are “mended” through the appearance of the physical act of sewing. Mounted three dimensional castings of women’s hands are used to symbolize a movement of women joining together to help heal each other.

While most of these women hide their scars throughout their daily lives, “On the Mend” is a platform to celebrate the beauty of their altered bodies while women stand strong together to share their stories. This work generates a platform for women’s issues, specifically within the focus of society’s expectations of the female body. This installation fosters a new platform to highlight “craft” or “women’s work” in a contemporary context while emphasizing the importance of women in the arts. “On the Mend” pays homage to centuries of women who have created art in the form of sewing and embroidering while simultaneously honoring women who have survived medical surgeries.

This exhibition has a particular grounding in New Jersey with its references to the 19th and early 20th century millinery trades of Paterson and Union City and the more contemporary resonance of the health care industry. Women – too often exploited, underpaid and unacknowledged – have been the backbone of both of these industries.

Lauren Bettini received her BFA from Pratt Institute and her MFA from William Paterson University. She teaches art at New Milford High School.

An opening reception for the artist will be held on Tuesday, June 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.. Refreshments will be served. “On the Mend” will be on view through August 31. Summer hours at Gallery Bergen are Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Annual Student Art Exhibition

Exhibition dates: April 4 – May 1, 2019
Gallery Bergen, West Hall 329

The show includes over 150 works of art by 50 student artists from many different media – painting, sculpture, charcoal, watercolor, photography, mixed media, graphic design, computer generated art, animation, wearable art, and fashion design.

Lines of Fire/Lines of Ice

Exhibition dates: January 24 through March 30, 2019
Gallery Bergen, West Hall 329
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 2019,
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. with special art performance by Jaanika Peerna

Participating Artists:
Peter Alan, paintings
James Balog, video
Helena Donzelli, sculpture
Jeff Frost, video installation and photographs
Andrea Geller, paintings
Karen Lynn Ingalls, paintings
Marie McCrary, photograph and physics
Mitsuko Nakagawa, installation
Jaanika Peerna, drawings and performance
Carleen Sheehan, digital prints


Photographs at the Borders of Citizenship
Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and Clem Albers (1942)
Tamara Merino (2018)
Exhibition dates: November 13 – December 22, 2018
Gallery Bergen, West Hall 329

Who belongs here – in this America?

This exhibition pairs two sets of photographic records, two tragic experiences people on two sides of the US border separated by more than seventy years in America’s cultural and political struggle over who belongs and who doesn’t. At the heart of it is a collection of work by the renowned photographers Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and Clem Albers. Their images are part of the Library of Congress collection of the War Relocation Authority that hired photographers to document the registration, processing and internment of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry (over two thirds of whom were American citizens) in concentration camps in the West. Many of these photographs – particularly those of Lange – were censored during the war and never seen until the 1970s.

This collection is paired with contemporary works by Chilean photographer Tamara Merino whose October 2018 photo documentary for National Geographic examined the plight of Central American refugees who walked and hitched rides over 1,000 miles through Mexico to camp on the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, hoping to obtain asylum in US. This migrant caravan sparked a storm of political debate over immigration policies similar to debates that define political discourse in Europe. It continues today with the organization of an even larger caravan now making its way north through Mexico.

This exhibition seeks to surface the human element in an otherwise abstracted and obfuscatory debate, the stories of people who have had to pick up their belongings and move with their families – forced either by Executive Order or by conditions where life has become essentially unlivable.

Life In Suburbia

Suburban Studies High School Photo Exhibition
Exhibition dates: June 12 — June 21, 2018
Opening Reception: June 12, 5 — 7 pm
Gallery Bergen, West Hall 329
Summer Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday 10 am – 5 pm

Responding to the theme “Life in Suburbia,” students at local New Jersey high schools have contributed photographs from an open call for the second annual “Suburban Studies High School Photo Exhibition.” Reflections on life in suburbia and explorations of the suburban landscape and lifestyle are some of the topics that students were asked to contemplate when creating their work. Organized by Gallery Director Chris Bors, “Life in Suburbia” will also feature a video slideshow of images from this year’s and last year’s entries. Opening June 12 with a reception from 5 pm to 7 pm, the exhibition continues until June 21. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Over 50 College faculty and administrators from a variety of disciplines have collaborated to form the Suburban Studies Group, chaired by Professor Phil Dolce, a valuable professional development and community engagement undertaking. The educators include the dynamics of suburbia into their coursework and incorporate assignments relating to community outreach and civic lessons. Thousands of students will be participating in this project.

Keaton Carlisle, Glen Rock High School, Suburban Sunset, 2018

Student Art at Bergen

Sponsored by the Art Club
Exhibition dates: April 12 — May 4, 2018
Opening Reception: April 12, 2018, 5 — 7 pm
Gallery Bergen, West Hall 329

Opening April 12 at Gallery Bergen, the Art Club presents “Student Art at Bergen,” featuring artwork in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, collage, digital art, animation, video and fashion. The annual event, organized by the Art Club under the tutelage of Professor Claire McConaughy, is a showcase for all students at Bergen Community College to exhibit their art on campus at Gallery Bergen.

This year’s opening reception will coincide with the college’s Spring Open House, allowing the outside community, including prospective students of Bergen Community College with their families, as well as local high school guidance counselors, to view the work made by Bergen’s visual arts majors and other artistically inclined students.

Past, Present, Future: Visual Arts Faculty at Bergen Community College

Curated by Chris Bors, Gallery Director
Exhibition dates: February 13 — March 23, 2018
Opening Reception: February 13, 2018, 6—8 pm
Gallery Bergen, West Hall 329

Past, Present, Future: Visual Arts Faculty at Bergen Community College is an exhibition celebrating the artwork of current and past full-time and adjunct Visual Arts faculty from the beginning of the college’s history 50 years ago to the present day. Featuring the woodcut “Flight,” 1967, by Harper T. Phillips (1928—1988), the first faculty member in the Visual Arts department, as well as painting, video, digital prints, photographs, and fashion design, the exhibition shows the wide range of media and conceptual underpinnings undertaken by the professional artists that have taught at or are currently teaching at the college.

In addition to artworks, a selection of publications by Art History faculty will also be on view. A digital slideshow of images of faculty, artwork and art courses offered from yearbooks and catalogs from the early years of Bergen Community College, as well as images of the college’s current classes in Visual Art and Fashion Design will be on continual display.

Artists: Frank Aiello, Gary Armstrong, Mary Bays, Greg Biermann, Suzaan Boettger, Mona Brody, Steven Carver, John Cichowski, Denise Budd, Alyce Gottesman, Ethan Greenbaum, Fariba Hajamadi, Andrea Geller Jablonski, Carl Jablonski, Paul Laliberte, Bernice Leibowitz, Claire McConaughy, Paul Mindell, Harper T. Phillips, Christopher Priore, Laurie Riccadonna, Scott Staton, Vesselina Traptcheva

Harper T. Phillips, Flight (detail), 1967, Woodcut, 5 3/8″ x 7 1/4″. Collection of Walter Rothaug.

Laurie Riccadonna, Bouquet, 2015, Oil on Canvas, 22″ x 28″

Ethan Greenbaum, Report, 2015, Direct to substrate print, acrylic on vacuum formed PETG, 16.25″ x 18.25″

Identity Document

Curated by Chris Bors, Gallery Director
Exhibition dates: November 7 — December 13, 2017
Opening Reception: November 14, 2017, 6—8 pm
Gallery Bergen, West Hall 329

Artists: C.J. Chueca, Amir H. Fallah, Carla Gannis, Rico Gatson, Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly, Fariba Hajamadi, Jeannette Louie, Gustavo Prado

Identity Document features eight artists from diverse backgrounds working in painting, sculpture, video, film, and photography that address the idea that identity can be fluid. It can be represented in many forms, including the concrete, the abstract and somewhere in between. It can be both the self and the other. In our current social and political climate, great emphasis is placed on immigration, geography and nationality, although we have never been a more global society given the ease of travel, communication technology, and the web.

Many of these works could be said to address these contradictions indirectly and none of them should be taken at face value. Instead, the works in Identity Document both celebrate and analyze personhood in complex ways, looking to raise questions about what identity means today.

C.J. Chueca (born in Peru) creates realistic looking walls out of ceramic tiles, wood, concrete and plaster. Although the story they tell is open to interpretation, they could be thought of as metaphors for vulnerable people, a body in crisis and layered experiences. Their physical imperfections are blatant, but we don’t know exactly what they represent.

The lushly-painted portraits of Amir H. Fallah (born in Iran) depict concealed individuals and allude to memories and symbolism of Middle-Eastern culture and in the case of his Milk Maid, 2016, to the work of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Adorned with patterned fabric, Fallah’s mysterious souls exude a complex personal narrative.

The self-portrait videos of Carla Gannis (born in the US) shows her inserting herself
into looped digital environments, referencing art history as well as our uncertain future. Her Nude Descending a Staircase, 2016, for example, uses Marcel Duchamp’s painting as a starting point for clones of the artist entering a tumultuous body of water.

Rico Gatson’s (born in the US) “Family” series of manipulated digital photographs alludes to his own family’s migration from Georgia to California in the late 1960s. Their rainbow hues and light leak quality suggest an optimistic viewpoint about the struggle of the black migration out of the American South that occurred from World War I through the 70s.

The photographs of Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly (born in the US) depicting tourists at iconic locations comment on selfie culture and focus on the narcissism of the individual. They show that history and culture now take a back seat to our own pleasure and moment in time and that the past is secondary to the act of documenting our contemporary existence.

Bergen Community College faculty member Fariba Hajamadi (born in Iran) documented the diverse community at the college with her large-scale color portraits of students. Each subject shared a personal story that accompanied their portrait, making the work relatable to others with shared experiences.

The films of New Jersey-based Jeannette Louie (born in the US) explore our inner-identities and hover somewhere between our conscious and unconscious mind. Louie’s Amygdala, 2013, is an experimental film that illustrates how the perception of fear operates by combining the lyrical tradition of a fairy tale with the vernacular nature of presenting scientific fact.

The mirrored elements of Gustavo Prado’s (born in Brazil) industrial metal sculptures allow the viewer to capture themselves and their surroundings with a quick glance but potentially conceal as much as they reveal. Jutting from the wall, they resemble a cubist security system and create a situation where the fantasy of our environment circumvents the reality.

Rico Gatson
Family #1, 2013
Inkjet print on paper
14 3/8″ x 21″
Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York

Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly, Man—Hollywood, Los Angeles, 2014, 35mm C-Print, 20″ x 30″

Amir H. Fallah, Milk Maid, 2016, Acrylic on panel , 24″ x 24″

The Art Club presents The Student Art Exhibition at Gallery Bergen.

Opening Reception April 19th from 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition on view from April 19th – May 4th, 2017
Gallery Bergen, West Hall 329


Gallery Bergen, West Hall W329A
Bergen Community College, Paramus, New Jersey

February 15 – March 31, 2017
Opening Reception
February 15, 2017 6-8pm

Curated by Professor Claire McConaughy

The Gallery Bergen exhibition VIBRANT brings together artworks from eleven professional artists from NY, NJ and MA that create vibrating, energetic fields of bright colors and dynamic marks. These paintings, sculpture and film pieces use the language of contemporary abstraction, whether it is hard-edged, organic, geometric or otherwise, to show and create vibrant energy.

Inspirations and source materials for the artworks are varied – some are derived from physical experiences, others are responses to the visual elements of art such as color and contrast, and some are interpretations of tangible objects or the result of a specific process, but one commonality is abstraction. Free from representation, the abstract works in VIBRANT convey open-ended and personally interpreted communication between the artist, materials and audience.

Gregg Biermann
Alyce Gottesman
Erika Knerr
James Pustorino
Gary Petersen
Rick Purdy
Jason Rohlf
John Mendelsohn
Natalie Moore
Stephen Maine
Michael Miller


  Alyce Gottesman, Nature’s Edge, 36″ x 54″, acrylic, ink, graphite, color pencil on canvas



Stephen Maine, P15-1130, 50″ x 40″, acrylic on canvas



Jim Pustorino, The Sound of a Star, Cacophonic, 84″ x 74″, pencils, acrylic on dendril


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Artists from the Habitat For Artists Collective
November 18 2016 – January 31 2016

Habitat for Artists uses the idea of the artists’ studio as a catalyst for mutual engagement between artists and their community.

For almost a decade a changing set of artists in the collective have invited other artists to take up residence and do their work in signature HFA 6’ by 6’ temporary structures. The artists have engaged in active dialogues with new audiences while exploring their own creative process. Participants have been invited into dialogue about art, the artist’s role and topics relevant to their community.

In this exhibition,[email protected] at Gallery Bergen work from these HFA public projects as well as work from the artist’s studios will be presented.

BCC students will be invited to explore different topics and have the opportunity to make work related to HFA engagement activities, topics and public workshops. Such workshops will include “College Collage” in which students can create original pieces from various recycled materials.

The gallery space will alternate between a studio work space and exhibition space with the opportunity for collaborative pieces to evolve between the HFA artists and BCC students. The exhibition will include worktables and wall sections to be used over the duration of the exhibition.

Michael Asbill
John Bridges
Richard Bruce
Bill DeNoyelles
Simon Draper
Kathy Feighery
Marnie Hillsley
Jessica Poser
Todd Sargood
Tom Sarrantonio
Donna Sharrett
Molly Rausch
Beth E Wilson

CreativeVisions:  BCC Student Art Show – April 16 – May 10, 2015
Organized and presented by the BCC Art Club at Gallery Bergen
Forget about New York, Milan, Tokyo, Barcelona. The season’s can’t-miss event is a millennial happening at Gallery Bergen showcasing the talents of BCC’s visual artists.



BCC Student Art Exhibition
Sponsored by the BCC Art Club
Dates: Apr 17- May 8, 2014

Opening Reception: Apr 17, 2014, 5-8:30pm
Live Music, Dance Performances, Body Art Exhibition, Poetry and ART!

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