College Faculty Featured in Gallery Exhibition

“People of Faith I” by Frank Aiello.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Gallery Bergen will present work by Bergen Community College faculty in a diverse multimedia exhibition titled “(Pro)found Objects” opening Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. at 400 Paramus Road. A performance by Bergen performing arts and music faculty members Jim Bumgardner and Andy Krikun, Ph.D., will take place at 6 p.m., while culinary arts program students will offer refreshments at this free and open to the public reception.

The exhibition features photographic installments, film, fashion designs, paintings, illustrations, digital and mixed media work, including a large-scale augmented reality installation with a two-meter tall 3-D printed sculpture surrounded with multiple viewing stations by Frida De Myr, Ph.D., an experimental film, “New York Gradual,” by professor Gregg Biermann and a series of large watercolor landscapes by professor Claire McConaughy.

“Many of the Bergen visual art faculty members make their homes, maintain studios, and are represented by leading galleries in New York,” Gallery Bergen Director Tim Blunk said. “There is a vital, direct connection to the ever-changing art scene for Bergen students.”

“(Pro)found Objects” highlights the work of Bergen faculty members Frank Aiello, Mary Bays, Gregg Biermann, Theresa Daddezio, Frida De Myr, Ph.D., Ellen Denuto, Andrea Geller, Ada Goldfeld, Ethan Greenbaum, Rumi Hara, Carl Jablonski, Ezequiel Jimenez, Juan Leon, Claire McConaughy, Paul Mindell, Scott Staton, Vesselina Traptcheva, Sun You, and Michael Vanderleeuw.

“Teaching at Bergen has had a profound effect on my own art practice,” McConaughy, who also has a November show at Manhattan’s Painting Center, said. “I am constantly challenged by my students to see subjects in a fresh way. Teaching them the fundamentals of drawing reshapes my own way of seeing and investigating the world.”

“(Pro)found Objects” will remain on view through Jan. 23, 2020. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by special appointment. Gallery Bergen is located on the third floor of West Hall at the Paramus campus. For more information, please contact Gallery Bergen director Tim Blunk at [email protected] or at (201) 879-8817.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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