Council for the Arts
The Council for the Arts is a group of volunteers from the University and the surrounding communities that foster and encourage an appreciation and enjoyment of the fine and performing arts. The council's ultimate goal is to develop a lasting love for the arts in St. Joseph's University, New York students and in the larger community, which will encourage their active involvement either as participants or as informed spectators.
Ramona Candy, Director
Email: [email protected]
"Cuerpo y Alma"
(body and soul)
Sept. 7 to Oct. 20
Works by Maria Dominguez
An exhibition of jazz themed works based on “Body and Soul” a popular song and jazz standard written in 1930.
Image credit: “Mas Esperanza” Maria Dominguez, 2017, Collage (works on paper), 16" x 20" framed
Thursday, Sept 7, 5:30–8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 16, 1–3 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 12:40 p.m.
Art Gallery Information
Thursdays, 4–7 p.m.
Saturdays, 1–3 p.m.
Alumni Room Gallery, Tuohy Hall
245 Clinton Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.
The gallery is free and open to the public.
Take the G train to Clinton/Washington Avenues.
For more information, please email [email protected].
January 26 to March 10, 2023
A group show
Curated by Ramona Candy
Featuring works by Natalie Alleyne, Marie-Jeanne Fethiere, Jimmy James Greene, Dr. Myrah Brown Green, Parris Jaru, William Jones, Damali Miller, Mansa Mussa, Papa Gora Tall
Nine artists who work in painting, photography, mixed media, collage and quilt making, come together in this exhibition which pays homage to the ancestors. Through their works, the artists echo traditions, celebrate strength and creativity born from struggle; they acknowledge and show gratitude to those who’ve come before. Taking place during Black History Month, the exhibition features works of art that articulate various nuances of promise, perseverance, joy and the survival of generations of Black people. Each artist — as griot — unravels, interprets and retells stories the ancestors ask us to remember.
* Art by Natalie Alleyne (detail).
Thursday, Jan 26, 5:30–8 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb 8, 12:40 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 18, 1–3 p.m.
The Mind Roams: Abstraction for a New Age
March 23 to April 28
Note: There will be no gallery hours on Thursday, April 6 and Saturday, April 8 in observance of the Easter holiday.
Curated by Mik Larson
Featuring the works of Annalisa Barron, Bonam Kim, A.T. Gregor, Sato Sugamoto, Pedro Cruz Castro, Shuyi Cao, Ai Makita and Antonia Kuo
* Artwork: “5:1 Solje System” • Annalisa Barron; Norwegian bunad solje filigree, cement, galvanized fence hardware, spoons, forged steel and foam. 64 x 84 x 6" • 2023
Thursday, March 23, 5:30-8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29, 12:40 p.m.
Saturday, April 15, 1-3 p.m.
Like the speaker contemplating the moth in Wallace Stevens’s “Hibiscus on the Sleeping Shores”, a good exhibition can carry us to another place, one that is barely tangential to the curator, artists or institution’s great experiential plans. When you view a show during a quiet time in its run – some drizzly, late February afternoon, after the school groups have passed, or on a summer morning, when folks are out of town or lounging in the park – you can form a relationship, through a journey with the work, that becomes so revealing that your larger surroundings drop away. You may encounter a keenness so profound that the riddles of life become answerable or inconsequential. It is my hope, that with this particular show, one of abstraction, but full of life, you find something that has been locked inside you, or, even better, you travel somewhere you haven’t been before. All of the artists in this show create windows into very real places, but your starting point is what you, like the moth, or the café, or the sleeping shore, carry with you on any particular day.
Poem by Wallace Stevens
HIBISCUS ON THE SLEEPING SHORES – Wallace Stevens
I say now, Fernando, that on that day
The mind roamed as a moth roams,
Among the blooms beyond the open sand;
And that whatever noise the motion of the waves
Made on the sea-weeds and the covered stones
Disturbed not even the most idle ear.
Then it was that the monstered moth
Which had lain folded against the blue
And the colored purple of the lazy sea,
And which had drowsed along the bony shores,
Shut to the blather that the water made,
Rose up besprent and sought the flaming red
Dabbled with yellow pollen—red as red
As the flag above the old café—
And roamed there all the stupid afternoon.
Spring Music Series
Chamber Music in the Parlors • Lucidus Ensemble
Featuring Maureen Keenan, Yi-Chuan Chen and Adam Von Housen
Sunday, March 26 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28 at 12:40 pm
In the Parlors
Jazz in the Afternoon • Lowe/Gardner/Levy
Featuring Janice A. Lowe, Drew Gardner and Andrew Levy
Sunday, April 16 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18 at 12:40 p.m.
In the Parlors
St. Joseph’s President Donald R. Boomgaarden Ph.D. performs Waltzes and Songs from the City of Dreams: Franz Schubert's Vienna
Guest Soloist: Veronica Kaninska, Assistant Teaching Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies Brooklyn
Tuesday, April 25 at 12:40 p.m.
Tuohy Hall Auditorium
All Spring Music Series events are free and open to the public and take place in Tuohy Hall — 245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Chamber Music in the Parlors: Fall 2022
Steven Tompkins, tenor,
with Elizabeth Rodgers on piano
Sunday, Nov. 13 • 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 15 • 12:40 p.m.
String Orchestra of Brooklyn
Sunday, Dec. 4 • 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 6 • 12:40 p.m.
245 Clinton Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y
Red, Blue & Gold
Mixed Media Paintings & Works on Paper
Sept. 6 to Oct. 20, 2022
By Pamella Allen
Artist Exhibition Statement:
Red Blue & Gold are the elemental and foundational colors that move through this series of mixed media portraits and mandalas that speak in the language of symbolism to our relationship with the natural world around us. The hummingbird, dragonfly, lotus, and found natural elements like sand and quartz recur in my practice and with them I create my own archetype; influenced to my African/Jamaican Indigenous ancestry and travels around the world by land and sea.
My portraits and mandalas are layered with prose poetry that is often “dropped down” to me as I paint or come to me as teachings, implorations and observations that I feel compelled to write into a piece.
The portraits featured in this exhibition are largely self studies that I began to create as a way of seeing/finding myself in a whirlwind of loss and grief, but they are representative of all women and speak to our connection to nature, spirit, to our power, our resilient beauty, as well as to our vulnerability and invisibility.
The word mandala, translated from Sanskrit means “the perfect circle”. I use this word as a descriptive of my works based in entomology not religion, every culture throughout time has revered the circle and created their own version of the mandala in ritual, it is the sun, the moon, the eyes, etc. the circle represents infinity. While I propound no dogma, my works speak to the universal and the spiritual through the lens of my experiences, their purpose is to “up the vibration”, to bring both peace and inspiration. To bring to me as I create and to you as you view, a place of inspired one-ness.
The spark that ignites an idea that produces art.
March 9 to April 23, 2022
An Invitational Group Show
Curated by Daniel McDonald
The nature of culling together a process that expresses your unique approach to your color practice. The starting point, or the final outcome?
Featuring works by:
Stephen Basso, Walter Brown, Ellen Chuse, Gail Flanery, Sandra Giunta, Risa Glickman, Michael Grimm, Judith Eloise Hooper, Diane Karol. LJ Lindhurst, Catherine Orrok, Robin Roi, Howard Skrill
Image: ROBIN ROI
Detail of “We Weave a Tangled Web” 2021, Watercolor, pen and ink on Moleskin Japanese folding album, 9” x 3 ¾”
Recent Thoughts and Relics
A solo exhibition of works by Musa Hixson
January 19 to March 2, 2022
Sculptor, Musa Hixson has always experimented with the synergy between ancient and futuristic imagery. In this exhibition, “Recent Thoughts and Relics” Musa shows his appreciation of the opportunity to share ideas he has accumulated during these mutually challenging times.
Musa Hixson was born in Cleveland, Ohio but has lived in Brooklyn, New York most of his life. He earned an MFA in Sculpture at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY in 1998 and a BA in Comprehensive Art from Hampton University, Hampton VA, in 1995.
In 2021 Musa installed the Healing Arch sculpture at Tompkinsville Park, in Staten Island, NY in the memory of Eric Garner. In 2018 his public sculpture (Fairmount Nebula) was included in Newark’s Fairmount Art Wall project. Hixson is a recipient of the 2017 UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant to produce the “Conversation Sculpture” for Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn, NY. He was selected as artist-in-residence at Wave Hill, Winter Workspace, Bronx, NY in 2015, at The 3-D foundation, Verbier Switzerland in 2011, Obama City Art Residency, Obama Japan in 2010, and the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson Vermont in 2006. In 2010 he was selected for the Aichi Triennale in Achi, Japan. Musa is also the founder of the Not for Profit Brooklyn Art Incubator.
Musa has been a member of the Clinton Hill, Brooklyn community since childhood.
Image: Musa Hixson
ngc 6946, 2021, Stainless Steel, Fabric, Shells, Wood, Beads, 7ft x 4ft x 1ft
October 27 to November 24, 2021
Among the great pleasures of visiting exhibitions are the conversations stimulated by looking at art.
Yet, by definition, visual communication is wordless, ineffable. Even when a work incorporates text, or “readable” iconography, the verbal message is only part of the experience. Enjoyment of the works featured in this exhibition depends largely upon the viewers ability to simply allow the images to reach us without words. The intuitive right-brain engages in a non-linear way of thinking. There is visual and intellectual engagement without sole dependence upon sequential or logical flow. Although an artist may have a direction, a clear and intentional purpose in creating a work of art, here, the richness of the works also resonate in concert with the artists’ subconscious intellect. That which “cannot be spoken“ can still communicate …. strongly….
Curated by Joseph and Audrey Anastasi, (Tabla Rasa Gallery)
Image: Daniel Genova, Fallen Angel (detail), 2019, oil, collage and washer on canvas, 9" x 12"
September 15 to October 20, 2021
A group exhibition featuring works by Stephen Basso, Ramona Candy, Brooks Frederick, Jimmy James Greene, Corey Lightfoot, Karl MacIntosh, Kathleen Migliore-Newton, Elise Tak, Art Java
For almost two years, faces have been masked and familiar real life expressions lost. In this exhibition, the facial recognition guessing game is interrupted as artists reveal emotions through portraits, allowing us to breathe in a fuller visual of the human experience.
Curated by Ramona Candy
Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m.
No gallery hours on Sat, Oct. 29, Thanksgiving Day Nov. 24 or Sat. Nov. 26
For more information email Ramona Candy or call 718.940.5351.
Take the G train to Clinton/Washington Avenues
All events are free and open to the public.
Please call the security desk at 646.208.4597 for assistance with accessibility.