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Exhibitions Archive / Page 2

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In Form: Contemporary Sculptural Ceramics
Opening Reception Sunday Oct. 9, 1- 4 pm. On view October 9 through November 30, 2016

In Form takes a look at how contemporary ceramic forms have evolved since its freedom from function after World War II.  Free to diverge from traditional pottery, these ceramists use humor, abstraction, social and political commentary as well as architectural forms. The exhibit will be on view October 9 through November 30, 2016, with an opening reception Sunday, Oct. 9, 1- 4 pm.

Jocelyn Armstrong
Lisa Knaus
Kirsten Lyon
Jennifer McCurdy
Leigh Taylor Mickelson
Sana Musasama
Kelly Jean Ohl
Jeff Pender
Max Seinfeld
Janine Sopp

The power of Sana Musasama’s work rises from her iconic forms. Her expressive clay works are not only free from the utilitarian form but they are a reaction to free us from concepts and judgments within bondage boundaries. Musasama is inspired by social issues and harsh or abusive conditions. Her sculptures are steeped in a deep compassion for those afflicted. Her Maple Tree Series refers to the abolitionists in the 19th century and the hopes that the Maple Syrup industry would help end slavery. The Unspeakable series deals with the circumcision of women in the world, denied the free expression of their own bodies. She sees her art as a personal instrument of change and proves that an artist can change lives for the better, while still creating beauty.

Jennifer McCurdy pays attention only to the form by giving homage to the organisms and patterns found in her natural environment of Martha’s Vineyard. Working in porcelain she pushes the boundaries of her materials to see how thin they can be or how much she can cut away and still maintain the structural integrity. She creates a dance of movement in her work, giving the hard surface of her ceramic material the illusion of being delicate.

Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong creates sculptures with a fresh sophistication and modern aesthetic that link fine art with craft. She has developed a signature technique of building black and white porcelain ceramic sculptures to look delicately stitched together.

Leigh Taylor Mickelson’s organic ceramic sculptures explore the different components of self, sexuality and family, and how these components relate and conflict with one another. Mickelson uses forms from nature, especially those found in plant life, as a means of expression. The elements of natural forms act as a metaphor for the spiritual, emotional and physical extremes that exist within us, our love relationships and family units.




Henry Varnum Poor: A small selection of works
October 9-November 30, 2016

RoCA is proud to present the work of Henry Varnum Poor who was an important contributor to the Rockland Center for the Arts in its formative years.

Henry Varnum Poor was an influential American architect, painter, sculptor, muralist, and potter. He was born in Chapman, Kansas in 1887, and a grandnephew of the Henry Varnum Poor who was a founder of the predecessor firm to Standard & Poor’s. Poor attended Stanford University, studied painting at the Slade School in London and under painter Walter Sickert, and then attended the Academie Julian in Paris. He returned to the United States in 1911 and taught art at Stanford University before moving to San Francisco to teach at the San Francisco Art Association.

In the beginning of the 20th century the production of ceramics was dominated by large factories employing skilled craftsmen to make utilitarian objects such as pots, bowls, vases and plates. There were few exceptions. During the early part of this century so-called art potteries were established producing artistically rendered and almost sculptural ceramics, although still utilitarian.

Experimentation and invention became significant in the U.S. after World War II. Returning vets had a strong desire to experiment with new ways of self-expression. This created new arts departments in glassmaking and ceramics. Artists updated forms, free to diverge from traditional pottery to create entire new approaches. Some of these added humor or social commentary by juxtaposing elements not traditionally associated with utilitarian ceramics.  Others used more painterly methods, while some created non-utilitarian sculpture.

He was a self-taught leader in the contemporary world of ceramics after World War II. Poor lead a new generation of ceramists to pave the transformation of the vessel using the medium in spontaneous and intuitively expressive ways. His ceramics are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Newark Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and ceramics designed for Radio City Music Hall.  He also has works in the collections of the Whitney Museum and the Philips Collection.  He wrote a book entitled From Mud to Immortality.

As a pioneer in the potter’s craft, Henry Varnum Poor has probably done more than any other person in lifting the stature of American ceramics to its present vigorous and respected level. A longtime resident of Rockland County, Poor died on December 8, 1970 in New City, New York. We are grateful to his son, Peter Poor, for the loan of Henry’s artwork.




Angle of View: The Photographs of Ned Harris
Opening Reception: Sunday September 11, 1:00-4:00pm
On view in Gallery One & Gallery Two through October 2


Rockland Center for the Arts will be kicking off a yearlong theme of looking at its past legacy and its future going forward. In that spirit, our first exhibit “Angle of View” will feature the photography of long time RoCA Board member and curator, Ned Harris in Gallery One and Two. His early career was painting in The Ghost Army during WWII. After the war he designed cosmetic packages and painted. He started taking the camera seriously in 1955 and would beach comb along the Hudson River for items to transform into photographic still-life.

To those at Rockland Center of the Arts who knew and loved him, it is his “eye” and his sense of humor that stood out. We pay tribute to the many wonderful exhibitions that he curated at RoCA and his varied talents as painter, photographer and curator.


Contemporary Hudson Valley Artists: RoCA Faculty Exhibit
Opening Reception: Sunday September 11, 1:00-4:00pm
On view in the Emerson Gallery through October September 25

“Contemporary Hudson Valley Artists”, in the Emerson Gallery, celebrates the present vision of the teaching artists at RoCA. Early founders, Rockland residents and patrons – Helen Hayes, Henry Varnum Poor, Aaron Copland, Paulette Goddard and Burgess Meredith had a goal “to make use of the abundant artistic talent available by offering courses of instruction, arts and crafts exhibitions, lectures….courses of instruction for children and adults of arts and crafts under teachers of a caliber seldom available outside of New York City.”

Seventy years later, RoCA is very fortunate to be continuing the legacy of our founders. The exceptional faculty here actively creates, teaches and exhibits throughout the Hudson Valley and the U.S.

Don Bradford
Julia Breer
Jane CoCo Cowles
John Creagh
Sally Lipton Derringer
Colleen Dopico
Dan Dugan
Karen Edelmann
Daly Flanagan
Barbara Galazzo
Maddie Goldman
Catherine Graham
Jane Herold
Marlene Krumm Sanders
Paula Madawick
Stephanie Maddalena
Tenley Marshall Escoffrey
Eleanor Miller
Patti Mollica
Howard Nathenson
Kanitra Perrault
Janet Pirozzi-Riolo
Barbara Pollitt
John Rosis
Laura Shapiro
Jim Shaugnessy
Margery Theroux
Colleen Vanderhoef
Laura Vogel
Ryan Williams


VCS Rockland County Pride Exhibit & Sale at RoCA
Opening Reception Sunday June 5, 1:00-5:00pm. On view through Saturday, June 18, 2016

Images: 1 - Stone by Joel Zaklin, 2 - Yellow House by Caren Sommer Lazar, 3 - Keene Valley by  Michele Paradiso



Rockland Center for the Arts is proud to once again be partnering with VCS of Rockland for its Rockland County Pride Exhibit & Sale at RoCA. The exhibit will be held at Rockland Center for the Arts with the opening reception on Sunday, June 5th, 1 pm – 5 pm which is free and open to the public. All of the art on view is for sale with proceeds benefiting Volunteer Counseling Services and the many programs it offers to the residents of Rockland County VCS is a counseling and family service agency with an anti-racist, social justice mission.

Founded in 1970 as the "Volunteer Family Counseling Project" of the Family Service Assoc. of Rockland County. Their programs are wide ranging and far reaching including; Assisting Victims of Domestic Violence, Post Divorce Parenting programs, Grandparents/Relatives Raising Children Support , Advocacy for Parents/Guardians of Special Need Children, Caregiver Support Group, Corporate Community Outreach, LGBT Coalition, Transgender Support Groups, Social and Racial Support, Mental Health Services and Families in Need of Support services.

Founded in 1970 to serve Rockland County, the organization has grown and now provides services to Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Westchester, Kings, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

We hope you will come and support VCS on June 5th at RoCA. The exhibit will be on view through Saturday, June 18, 2016. Gallery hours are 1:00 – 5:00 pm Thursday through Sunday.

Featured Artist: Ted Ludwiczak

Participating Artists:
Robert Adzema
Susan Barrasi
Rebecca Bassin
Diane Churchill
Beverley Bozarth Colgan
Jane Cowles
Michael Craft
Lisa D'Amico
Joan Dengler
Chris DeTora
Heather Leigh Douglas
Karen Williams Edelmann
Daniel Garcia
Virginia Geerdes
Trine Glaever
Sara Goodman
Art Gunther
Livia Gus
Julian Harvey
Mary Ann Heinzen
Mark Kassis
Susanna Kitson
Rob Kovacs
Joseph LaMattina
Neil Lavey
Janet Lee Burnett
Barbara Levitt
Arolodo Lodolini
Daniel Lukens
Beryl Maddalena
Karen Martin
Jamie Namath
Jeanie Neyer
Natalie O'Donnell
Michele Paradiso
Jan Valerie Polk
Gerda Quoohs
Natasha Rabin
Ellen Joyce Rabinowitz
Carl Rattner
William Rauschenberg
Gina Rubin
Elaine Schloss
Julie Scholz
Madge Scott
Rosemarie Servillo
Laura Shapiro
Jim Shaughnessy
Penny Shenkin
Carlos Sierra
Ken Silvestri
Barbara Soloff-Levy
Caren Sommer-Lazar
Jeff Spindel
Lynn Stein
Joan Strier
June Sundvik
Mitchell Visoky
Ira Weinberg
Deena Weintraub
Marilu Zahn
Joel Zaklin


Artist: Tobi Pilarin-Weinstein Title: Crazy Cloud There
Size: 24”  x  12”

Made at RoCA
on view in the Emerson Gallery,
Gallery One & Gallery Two through May 15.

RoCA's talented students exhibit their work that they've made at RoCA in the past year. Artwork includes all mediums including painting, drawing, collage sculpture, ceramics, sculpture and much more! Also featured are wood sculptures and claymation videos. These projects were made possible by a grant from Wells Fargo and bring free art classes to the students of the East Ramapo School district.



Artist: Kathleen Kirschbaum Title: Funeral Urn
Size: 7.5” x  12”



Artist: Ceil Benjamin Title: A Touch of the Orient
Size: 18” x 24”



Artist: Carrie Steindorff Title: Iris
Size: 11” x 14”


Beautiful Nonsense
Opening February 13th,
runs through April 3rd, 2016

Beautiful Nonsense is an exhibition of artworks most of which attempt to create a disconnect between our normal, daily experience with certain objects and their conventional, functionality, and the non-functionality (or non-sense) that the artists in this show have given them. Into that little gap of rational disconnection, many of the artists have driven some kind of meaning or commentary, giving their artworks both a visceral and intellectual power.


Norm Magnusson, curator

Karlos Carcamo
Alters actual vinyl records into new sculptural forms his work is a homage to its urban cultural roots.


Keetra Dean Dixon
Her work encourages the user to embrace the unknown, invite disruptive change, and negate understood patterns. The piece in this show is from her series on Co-dependency.


David Goldin
Rulers, made of mountain laurel branches play with our concept of quantification. They remind us to reconsider the value of measurements in our lives.


Jared Handelsman
Driving Around was part of a year long site specific sculpture show at the Fields at Art Omi, in Ghent NY.  The curators told me that the word of the sculpture spread through the local community and farmers from the area came to the site asking to see the "truck in the hole."…JH


Peter Iannarelli
My work is about relationships and immediacy. Duality emerges as a common thread; working with multiples and sometimes couplets. I'm in search of a common denominator, a shared center or perfect balance.  …PI


Lynn Itzkowitz
"as a process artist  I let the materials lead me to where I am going.”  The inspiration for this work came to me while dealing with my father’s possessions after his death"…LI


Ryan Johnson
creates sculptures “made from a variety of materials, among them wood, medical casting tape and sheet metal.” They have been described as having “strange spatial compressions, surreal displacements and quasi-Futurist illusions of movement.”.


Robert Lazzarini
This sculpture is from an edition of approximately 5000. Lazzarini is best known for making common objects that have been subjected to compound distortions.


Fredericks  & Mae
The art/design team of Jolie Mae Signorile and Gabriel Fredericks Cohen is a material anthropology of objects with confused origins. Tools, games and rituals trace arcs though history and across the earth.


John Marchello
I give myself two goals: first, to inspire people to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle and second, to reveal the hidden beauty that can be found in places that are often overlooked. …JM



Paul McMahon
The bench is a recurring theme in his work.  The spring-loaded bench refers to the gentrification and acts as almost an ejector seat for those early urban pioneers who are inevitably bounced out of the neighborhoods artists helped make cool.


Myra Mimlitsch-Gray
I explore facture – how a thing is made. .MMG  Through the study of artifacts’ evolution Mimlitsch-Gray uses her materials to fabricate parodies of functional objects.


Steve Rossi
My intentions in this project involves subverting the familiar function and metaphor of a ladder, widely seen to symbolically represent upward mobility and the social hierarchy that is established by that perception and understanding…SR


Joy Taylor
explores the sculptural qualities of hair and the roles of women as caretakers of domestic life. But more, it creates a new visual hybrid that embodies compelling and unexpected spiritual life.


Hap Tivey
Awareness of our physical world appears primarily as sources emitting light or as surfaces reflecting light.  This projection also addresses an illusion of depth, but one in which seeing light without surface shapes an illusion of empty luminous space. I like to think our conscious mind enjoys giving structure and color to emptiness…HT


Chris Victor
In these reductive works, I transform objects through the process of meticulously removing the majority of material from them, while retaining the object’s identity and structure …CV


Eleanor White
I want the stuff I use to have a universal reference point for the viewer that leads them down their own paths of association…EW



February 13 – April 3, 2016
Opening Reception: February 13, 2-5 pm

Kevin Paulsen of Kingston is a prolific artist and muralist whose work brings to mind the 19th century American Itinerant artists. The effortless movements and confidence with which he uses his materials creates a lush and beautiful atmosphere veiled with dark mythology. Using only the simplest of tools such as a toothbrush, ink, charcoal and tape Paulsen's brilliance shimmers.

Paulsen's love of beauty is without apology: it's lush, mythic and, due to technique and medium, strangely familiar. With cracks, fissures and uneven edges, Paulsen's pieces appear to be a fresco plucked from yesterday - a bit of American vernacular caught in time storm and recently discovered amid ancient Rome... and he wants to evoke that feeling.

RoCA welcomes Kevin Paulsen in this inaugural viewing of two never before seen series Entitled "Winter Theorems" and "Outskirts", curated by Kate Doris.

Paulsen 's solo exhibitions include such prestigious places as Bergdorf Goodman, NYC, NY; Graphicus Gallery, Nantucket, MA; Kelley Roy Gallery, Miami, FL; Nantucket House, Nantucket, MA; Nathan Turner, Los Angeles, CA; Tyler Taylor Fine Art, New Cannan, CT; David Findlay Gallery, New York, NY; and Gore Dean, Washington, DC.

Opening Reception will be held Saturday, February 13, 2-5 pm and is on view through April 3, 2-16. Regular Hours are: Mon-Fri 10-5; Sat 10-4, and Sun 1-4 pm.



BEAUTIFUL MINDS: pure vision
Opening reception Sunday, November 1, 2:00pm-5:00pm
runs through January 24, 2016

Lynn Stein, curator
Peter Artin, associate curator

This exhibition features 12 artists from the roster of Pure Visions Arts, (PVA) NYC's only professional art studio devoted to supporting and creating exhibiting opportunities for artists with neuro–developmental challenges such as autisum, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.

BEAUTIFUL MINDS: pure vision expands our perception of what makes an artist an artist while embracing the innate imagination and perserverance of the human spirit. These dedicated artists welcome us into their private worlds with open arms.

Examples of the art work featured includes: painting on common objects such as vinyl records or VHS tape boxes; transforming Abraham Lincoln on actual pennies into super heroes, Muppets, etc.; fabricating life-sized parking meters, and miniature cars, buses ,washers, and subway trains with details such as location, year, make and model. Helmets and weapons influenced by an artist's ethnic heritage are faithfully recreated.

Nicole Appel, Oscar Azmitia, William Britt, Susan Brown, Chris Chronopoulos, Chase Ferguson, Barry Kahn, Chris Martin, Walter Mika, Eric Sadowsky, Alba Somoza and Dennis Yee.

Nicole Appel 
Faberge Eggs and Communist'Posters 19"x24" colored pencil on paper


Oscar Azmitia
Aging Super Heroes  14"x17" enamel on us coins


William Britt
untitled 24"x30" 2010 oil on board


Susan Brown
portrait with her paintings


Chris Chronopoulos
Mixed Media  2012 - 2014


Chase Ferguson
Assorted Parking Meters and Traffic Lights


Chris Martin
Staten Island Ferry 11x28" color pencils on paper


Walter Mika
portrait with his paintings


Eric Sadowsky
Ice pop series  19" x 24" 2014 ink on paper


Alba Somoza
Untitled 30"x40" 2014


Dennis Yee
Hayden Planetarium 30"x48" 2015 acrylic on canvas



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