Shirley Fiterman Art Center at BMCC

Shirley Fiterman Art Center at BMCC The Shirley Fiterman Art Center, a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to raising funds for student scholarships.

The Shirley Fiterman Art Center, in partnership with the BMCC Foundation Board, a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to raising funds for student scholarships, and ensuring the success of its students, who come from every borough of New York City, and countries around the world, seeking better lives. Art ahead, is a series of curated exhibitions that explores risk taking and sparks conversa

tion on art. The goal of the series is to engage students, faculty, staff and the community of BMCC, as well as a larger audience throughout New York City, in a dialogue of art and its role in our daily lives. Access to art is one priority of the series. Another is starting a relationship with art that will grow throughout a person’s life. Art will be available for sale at the event, with proceeds benefiting the BMCC Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Happy Spring Break BMCC! Be sure to stop by the gallery to see this year's Student Exhibition to see what your peers hav...
04/20/2024

Happy Spring Break BMCC! Be sure to stop by the gallery to see this year's Student Exhibition to see what your peers have been working on this school year. DM us pictures from your visit!

Join us in the gallery today from 4-6PM for the opening reception of the 2024 BMCC Student Exhibition! On view through M...
04/17/2024

Join us in the gallery today from 4-6PM for the opening reception of the 2024 BMCC Student Exhibition! On view through May 11, this exhibition showcases the hard work of our BMCC Art Students from a range of classes in Color & Design, Digital Imaging, Drawing, Painting, Photography and Sculpture & 3D Design

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
03/07/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

Thaddeus Radell, Untitled 1-12

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
03/07/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

Owen Roberts, Untitled, 2023, 24 x 24 in, Acrylic on panel

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
03/06/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"These works are inspired, in part, by my feelings about the natural world. They are abstract compositions related to the calligraphic, linear movements of trees and plant-life, as well as the buzzing aliveness of the air circulating through and between them." - Cathy Diamond

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
03/05/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"Experiencing the world as a visual artist is the way I operate in the world. Noticing and recording moments are an instinctively response in my everyday life. My practice as an artist, includes committing to a visual idea and working on it until I am fully satisfied.

The former Dean of the School of Art at Cooper Union, stated in the New York Times, “One thing is an object, two things are a pair. Three make a collection, and 100 things become art.”

“Typographic” image have been made in photography as scientific research, criminal science, and art since the medium’s origin. This is the 7th project I have created noticing and documenting 100 images on one subject. See my Instagram feed for all 7 projects.

In this series I photograph places where chance and human activity show layers of media and mediums, creating new images defined by my camera." -ACTowery

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
03/04/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

Erik den Breejen, Seaweed Water Ripples, 2022, 40 x 30 inches, acrylic on linen

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
03/03/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"By focusing on equal treatment for children, especially disabled children. I have a fondness for children and believe that every child is born pure, like a blank canvas. They all deserve equal treatment, and the emotional challenges faced by disabled children are often beyond the understanding of the adult world." -Xiaorui Huang

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
03/02/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"In my abstract paintings, I am taking note—of both the natural landscape and my own interior landscape. I want my work to speak to the qualities of experience in nature—the experience of pattern or light or mood. Or memory. I am painting what resonates, not what I see." - Evelyn Twitchell

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
03/01/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"Multimedia creations that reflect a creative interest in memory, precious collections, and the way we connect with the environment." - Janet Esquirol

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/29/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

Lisa Nicchi, kissed, 2023, 26" x 27.5" oil, oil stick, and acrylic on canvas

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/28/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"My art stems from my love for traveling, capturing the essence of places that have deeply touched me. Rooted in my desire to explore design, each work of art explores my memories, experiences, and observations — translating the distinct energy of a new place onto paper or canvas. This ongoing series serves as my thank you to the places that have spoken to me spiritually.

The Sonoran desert is one of those places. Its mystique, glowing under the most intense light, has been a healing place for both my spirit and art. I still get chills when I hear the wind roll through the land and make the Saguaros creak as I draw beneath them." - Louis Esposito

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/27/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"This work is from the “Chair Series”, representing a maturity of theme and development in this artist’s oeuvre. A major focus are design elements and solution to difficult aesthetic problems. Yet even in its formal nature, a certain psychological drama evoking a human element not visible but having lived within, now suggests a turning away, leaving, and movement towards exit." - Pat Genova

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/26/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"Jessica introduces themes of cultural identity and the intricacies of assimilation in these tapestries. After relocating from Texas to New York City, she explores, through her work, the potential loss of identity that can ensue during such significant transitions. Utilizing self-portraiture and symbolism, she seeks to capture the struggles and challenges inherent in assimilation and the inherent longing for a connection to one’s roots."

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/25/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"This is a mediation on Water. This is a mediation on Life. This is a mediation on our collective consciousness for Wellbeing, Health and Happiness.
Inspired by Rumi’s poems’You are not a drop in the ocean, You are the entire ocean in a drop’, as well as mediations on the health of our air, water and food for our survival on this planet we call home, and the meme on social media asking what if god was water, as well as the teachings of gurus and ancestors about love and respect for our Mother Earth.

This large scale knitted waterfall flows out into the space spitting into smaller meandering rivers and streams, to remind us of the power, majesty and LIFE giving force, this sacred water -as we should consider it -which keeps us alive." -Thea Lanzisero

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/24/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"I make work that is pathetic—not in the common sense but in an archaic way: “affecting emotion.” For Aristotle it was a rhetorical technique in opposition to logic and ethics. For me, it is a way to learn to feel again while engaging with otherwise highly abstract concerns (technology, capitalism, identity politics, etc).

I call this approach Pathetic Abstraction. It is my antidote to the cynicism. As a hopeless thinker, this way of working is an attempt to feel something in a world where we, collectively, are de-sensitized to how violence is re-presented on the media or how I, as a man, have been conditioned to resist emoting. It is the intersection of what is felt and what is thought. It is meant to promote that we still have authentic feelings in spite of infinite knowledge, branded content, and this obscurely constructed 21st reality." - Patrick Carlin Mohundro

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/23/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM
"My paintings revolve around the thematic exploration of communication, particularly tensions between its nuances and limitations. Im Deaf. My work is an examination of the intricate interplay between order and chaos, with the use of color serving as a medium for both locations and emotive expression. My compositions are dedicated to scenarios wherein communication undergoes disruption, fragmentation, and dislocation, often drawing inspiration from seeing conversations that I never overheard. I meticulously use this energy for the manipulation of form, shape color and structure." - Ryan Seslow

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/22/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

Tess Bilhartz, What Replies, 2022, 16 x 12 inches, colored pencil on paper

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/22/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"Identity Lost In Media is a recurring theme that I work on with artists. Together with Amaia Marzabal we are presenting a mixed media installation that address the issues many artist face today. It is the act of getting lost in the deep abyss, drowning in a global pool of constant changing information. It is about the artist facing a reality of increasingly globalized media. With today’s social media as a fragmented reality, it is easy for the artist to loose their compass and their identity. The act for the artist to be returning to their identity is the theme that has been central to this work. The proposed work will be canvas and flat panel monitor." - Bez Vise & Amaia Marzabal

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/21/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"The paintings present views of a place that is intimate and familiar, yet strange. It is airless, with sound tamped out. Shapes lock together, tectonically tense, creating a sense of anxiety, only to slip past one another like playing cards. I want the scenes to feel full of potential energy, as if the space is prickly with static, charged with the anticipation of an encounter, or blushing in its aftermath. The paintings are descriptions of weird and quotidian experiences, things caught in the corner of my eye, and an attempt to conjure slippery memories. I hope the work is uneasy and suspenseful like the excitement of exploring a new place, and the thrill of knowing you are drifting back into a frightening dream." - Siobhan McBride

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/20/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"In my recent small sculptures, real birds combine with mythical stories. These form an ongoing project called “Becoming a Bird,” which encourages awareness of birds around us and their crucial importance in our lives and imaginations. My artworks reflect historical human-bird connections in cultures around the world, as well as contemporary societal and environmental issues such as rising seas, storms, and loss of habitat. I use simple hardware-store materials like wire and mesh plus upcycled scraps of paper and plastic to call attention to endangered species, migration of birds and humans, and our own psychic condition." - Sarah Haviland

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/19/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"Can you spot the shy squiggle? This piece is a playful exploration of the liminal space between digital and paper." - Anna Pinkas

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/19/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"In Heather E. Dunn’s work, she often focuses on artivism, addressing how biopolitics and technological agency are rapidly evolving, which encompasses changing perceptions of identity and individual freedom, individual and global health, and global warming. This is based on the writings of Edmund Husserl, Michel Foucault, Günther Anders, Giorgio Agamben, and other philosophical writers."

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/18/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"The mother octopus dies after she lays her eggs. I wanted to create this morphing figure who is at once human and becoming octopus and/or octopus becoming human and yet alien to itself.
Here, her nurturing spills out of her and onto the space of the viewer.

This figure is part of a series of soft sculptures which all employ similar translucent materials to explore sensuality from a feminine perspective and to unveil the complexity of our ephemeral nature."
- Ana Garcés Kiley

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/17/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"As people live in proximity to each other, tragic conflicts occur. I am developing drawings that represents memoriam to people who died by violence. Previous drawings of a cityscape represent growth and resiliency. As narratives shift, life and death intertwine. Birth and death run parallel. These drawings represent a promise extinguished underlying great loss."
- Carol Pereria-Olson

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/15/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

"These are paintings of my kids' toys and other joys in their lives. I hope as they move into adulthood they cherish these paintings."
- Bernardo Justin Sanhueza-Campoy

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's facu...
02/09/2024

BMCC Faculty in the departments of Studio Arts and Media Arts & Technology have come together again for this year's faculty show "Drawing Alphabets," on view February 15 - March 23, 2024. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 12-5PM

Opening Reception is February 21 from 5-7PM

This is the last week to view "Black Exhaustion" a solo exhibition of works by Noel W Anderson. Stop by today, tomorrow ...
11/30/2023

This is the last week to view "Black Exhaustion" a solo exhibition of works by Noel W Anderson. Stop by today, tomorrow or Saturday from 12-5pm!

We've had some wonderful class tours in conjunction with "Black Exhaustion," a solo exhibition of Noel W Anderson's work...
10/30/2023

We've had some wonderful class tours in conjunction with "Black Exhaustion," a solo exhibition of Noel W Anderson's work on view here at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center through December 2, 2023. Email us if you'd like to set up a class tour!

Thank you to all who came to our Artist Conversation last week with Noel W Anderson and Barbara Pollack. A video of the ...
10/26/2023

Thank you to all who came to our Artist Conversation last week with Noel W Anderson and Barbara Pollack. A video of the conversation will be viewable at our website soon - stay tuned

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The Shirley Fiterman Art Center (SFAC) at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is dedicated to organizing exhibitions of contemporary art and cultural programming through which it seeks to promote and enrich the educational mission of BMCC. SFAC provides a venue for diverse gallery programs and serves as a resource for the BMCC and Lower Manhattan communities that seeks to inspire dialogue and foster cultural understanding and awareness.

Artist talks, tours, workshops and other programs, as well as all exhibitions, are free of charge and open to the public.

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The Shirley Fiterman Art Center is a not-for-profit organization housed in BMCC’s Fiterman Hall. The original structure, built in 1959, was donated to CUNY on behalf of BMCC in 1993 by Miles and Shirley Fiterman. Irreparably damaged in the attacks of 9/11, when Word Trade 7 fell against it, the building was rebuilt and reopened in 2012. Among other distinctive features, the Fiterman Hall features an expansive, ground-floor gallery that aims in part to honor the legacy of the Fitermans.


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