Council for the Arts

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
Phone: 718.940.5351
Fax:  718.636.4314
Email[email protected]

Semester Art Shows

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
Chamber Players

Sunday, Dec. 4 • 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 6 • 12:40 p.m.

The Parlors
245 Clinton Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.

All events are free and open to the public.

Take the G train to Clinton/Washington Avenues.

For more information, please email [email protected].

Envision the Dream

October 27 to December 3, 2022

Curated by Chana Benjamin

Chana Benjamin, Mary Durkee, Linda Dujack, Linda Ganus, Sachie Hayashi, Marilyn Stevenson

Opening reception:
Thursday, Oct. 27, 5:30–8 p.m.

Artist Talk:
Saturday, Nov. 12, 1–3 p.m.

Alumni Room Gallery, Tuohy Hall
245 Clinton Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.

Show Details

Envision the Dream was the title of an exhibition that New Century Artists, Inc. presented at Governor’s Island, September 2014. The gallery was given an entire Officer’s House to fill with art. The first floor was a mixed media group exhibition, while the upper floor had four solo exhibitions in four individual rooms.

Benjamin decided to recycle the title for this current exhibition because it incorporates what most artists do – envision and dream. Each artist in the exhibit provides a window into their own vision and interpretation of what the title means to them. The exhibition includes Linda Ganus’s moody and dreamy landscape paintings, Mary Durkee’s digital fantasy collaged prints, Marilyn Stevenson’s Coney Island views, Chana Benjamin’s landscapes of Ireland, Sachie Hayashi’s colorful mixed media collages, and Linda Dujack’s interpretive monoprints.

Cover image: Fantasy Landscape by Mary Durkee, digital art

Click here for information on openings, receptions and our other events

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.

Previous Shows


Color Recall

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

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

Gallery hours

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.