Art Votes Poster

Art VOTES: Visualizing the Democratic Process

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

September 27 – November 4, 2016

Opening Reception Tuesday September 27th, 6-8pm

The current process to choose nominees to be our next United States President, as well as recent debates around immigration crises and race-based violence, provide rich sources of social commentary by artists and more directly satirical cartoonists alike. Works included are pertinent to the U.S. political process, current social issues, and current 2016 election cycle including painting, drawing, prints, photographs, posters, cartoons, graphics, sculpture and video.

Gallery Bergen Art Gallery committee faculty have selected 23 artists whose works showcase the role of creative vision in depicting governmental structures and the democratic process through procedures including; exaggeration, critique, satire, comedy and drama.

Bergen Community College is located only 22 miles NW of mid-town Manhattan.

The artists included are: Anita Arliss, Aileen Bassis, Kathe Burkhart, Lee Brozgol, Jaclyn Conley, Rodney Durso, Lindsay Godin, Faheem Haider, Frederick Hodder, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Joe Lamattina, George Lorio, Jimmy Margulies, Deborah McDuff, MsWritten Art by Qori Moorehaul, Ari Richter, Arlene Rush, Nathaniel Shannon, Stass Shpanin, Paula Stuttman, Robert Thurlow, Rhonda Urdang, Catherine Carr Whittemore

Picturing the Garden State (Now)

was on view at Gallery Bergen Tuesday, March 1st through April 8, 2016. The exhibition included paintings, drawings, photographs and prints addressing current visual aspects of social, economic, environmental or other conditions in the State of New Jersey and included 22 artists living or working in the Garden State.

Participating NJ artists are: 

Isabelle Altano, Ridgewood; Terri Amig, Cape May; Paula Cantor, Woodcliff Lake; Nancy Cohen, Jersey City; Patricia Dahlman, Lyndhurst; Michael Dal Cerro, Lyndhurst; Bill DeNoyelles Old Tappan; Dave Dziemian, Bayonne; Eva Fazzari, Jersey City; Alyce Gottesman, Montclair; Susan Evans Grove, South Orange; Susan Hoenig, Princeton; Marshall Katzman, Ann Lepore, Mahwah; Ridgewood; Ellen Martin, Jersey City; Susan McTigue – Closter; Suzanne Ritger, Red Bank; Joanie San Chirico, Tom’s River; Rocco Scary, North Caldwell; Leslie Sheryll, Jersey City; Steve Singer, Jersey City; Jackie Skrzynski, Mahwah; Theo Solomon, Teaneck, NJ

Picture above: Susan McTigue After the Deluge at the George Washington Bridge June, 2010

Prior Exhibits

Artists Address Climate Change

As world leaders convene in France for the United Nations’ COP21 – the annual session of the Conference of the Parties climate change convention – an art exhibition on the topic will open at Bergen Community College this month.

“Tipping Points: Artists Address the Climate Crises” features the work of 10 artists from the U.S. and Australia in Gallery Bergen at the College’s main campus, 400 Paramus Road. The artists are Resa Blatman, Diane Burko, Nancy Cohen, Matthew Friday, Mary Mattingly, Itty Neuhaus, Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Joan Perlman, Caroline Rothwell, Carleen Shaheen and Rebecca Smith.

An opening reception took place Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibition will remain open until Friday, Feb. 19. Gallery hours are posted below left-side menu.

Mediums in the exhibition include photography, video, sculpture and drawing. Some artists have partnered with scientists and environmental organizations to create their work, while others employ abstract interpretations of the topic. 

Veteran gallerist Amy Lipton curated the exhibition.

BCSees:  Visual Culture by Bergen Community College Faculty & Staff

This  showcase of works of art and craft by our full- and part-time employees – Tuesday September 15 through Friday October 16, with a reception on Tuesday September 15th, 6pm.