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March 30, 2005


NEW YORK, March 30, 2005 – Noted artists and City College alumni William Behnken ’68 and Chakaia Booker ’93MFA will curate and judge “Diversity and Tradition,” CCNY’s second biennial exhibition of work by art alumni and current students.  The exhibition, in Aaron Davis Hall on The City College campus, opens Thursday, March 31, and runs through June 20. An opening day reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.   Public viewing hours are9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. 

The 63works on display include paintings, prints, sculpture and photography and reflect the diverse voices represented within the art-making tradition at The City College.

The works of 34 artists – three undergraduates, 10 MFA students and 21 alumni – are represented.  The participating artists are: Dan Ault, Elliot Bassman, Randy Brozen, Maureen Catbagan, Pao-ju Chen, Martin Dust, Phoebe Farris, Roslyn Fassett, William Fink, Robin Gaynes-Bachman, Kelly Irwin, Helena Kupperman, Wayne Liu, Jessica Macias, Susan Manspeizer, Nancy Miller, Ayame Mizutome, Melissa Oden, Julian Olivas, Irma Ostroff, Jiyong Park, Francine Perlman, Ruben Ramirez, Christina Reilly, Mary Cathryn Roth, Jennifer Simon, Marlene Smalling, Jody Spedding, Anne Stanner, Cynthia Moran Timms, Masatomo Uehara, Ken Weir, James Woodall and Kristof Znyk.

“Diversity and Tradition,” is sponsored by the Art Alumni Group of the Alumni Association of The City College of New York and hosted by Aaron Davis Hall’s Visual Arts Program.  A color catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Financial support for the exhibition and catalogue was provided by: alumnus Larry Gralla ’51; the CCNY Business Alumni Society; The City College Fund; the Auxiliary Enterprises Corporation of CCNY, and the Simon H. Rifkind Center for the Humanities and Arts.

Aaron Davis Hall is located at 135th Street and Convent Avenue, Manhattan. For more information, please call The Alumni Association of CCNY at (212) 650-5343.