RoCA will be closed
Thursday, Nov 26 - Sunday, Nov 29
for the Thanksgiving holiday

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Exhibitions Current



A Special Event                                   
Thurs  Dec 3, 6:00pm

Join us for a compelling visual presentation & open discussion with Pamala Rogers, Ed.D. NCPsyALP, Director of the Pure Vision Arts Studio, an initiative of The Sheild Institutethe only NYC studio dedicated to supporting and creating opportunities for artists with neurological disabilities. 

Ms Rogers will be joined by Dr Susan Provenzano, the Executive Director of The Sheild Institute, Mary Clancy, parent of artist Eric Sadowski, featured on the NBC Dateline episode “The Brink” and Phil Smith, Art Studio Coordinator They will share insights into the unique minds and the day-to-day routine of the Beautiful Minds featured artists.

Educators, families living with developmental challenges and the public are urged to attend and participate.

FREE!  RSVP to, refreshments will be served.


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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