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November 10, 2011

CCNY Unveils Community Art Gallery November 14

Community Art Gallery drawing

Crayon drawing by Katherine Castillo, a first grader at the Finley School, will be part of the art on display at CCNY’s new Community Art Gallery opening Nov. 14.

Artists in Harlem and other Upper Manhattan neighborhoods are getting a new space to display their work. The City College of New York will open its new community art gallery 5:30 p.m. Monday, November 14. In addition, the first in a monthly series of “art on the wall” projection exhibits will debut that day, as well.

Dubbed “Windows on Amsterdam,” the new gallery is located in CCNY’s North Academic Center (NAC) plaza, at Amsterdam Avenue by West 136th Street. It will be made available to local artists and will also present college exhibits.

The first exhibit, “The World Around City College: Celebrating Hamilton Heights,” runs through December 15, 2011. It highlights student drawings from nearby John H. Finley School and photographs taken by CCNY freshmen. Linda L. Carlson, deputy and Fulbright program advisor, City College Office of Undergraduate Studies, curates the exhibit.  

The exhibit’s theme was inspired by the 2007 book “The World in a City: Traveling the Globe Through the Neighborhoods of the New New York,” by Joseph Berger. Mr. Berger, a 1966 City College graduate, is a columnist for “The New York Times.”

“Harlem in the City,” the initial projection exhibit, features the work of CCNY and community artists. Works for this show come from Harlem School of the Arts, Dwyer Cultural Center, Harlem Arts Alliance, Hamilton Landmark Galleries, Weusi Artist Collective and “Klatsch,” a CCNY student art magazine.

The projected shows, which change monthly, will be on display the second and third weeks of each month from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight, seven days a week.

Dr. Myrah Brown Green, CCNY executive director of arts and culture, said the gallery and “art on the wall” series are part of the College’s ongoing initiative to forge stronger community ties through the arts.

“This endeavor is supported by the office of City College President Lisa S. Coico and is part of her ongoing initiative to bring this institution even closer to the community and cement our ties in different spheres, including the arts,” Dr. Green, a renowned artist and master quilt maker, added. Additional support was provided CCNY’s Arts and Cultural program in the Office of Government and Community Affairs.

For more information on City College’s new “Windows on Amsterdam” Community Art Gallery and the “Harlem in the City" exhibit, please call Dr. Myrah Brown Green at (212) 650-5361.

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