June 2, 2014

Summer 2104 Gallery


Off the Beaten Track

Works in all media by Peekskill Arts Alliance Member Artists located outside of the downtown arts district.


Exhibition dates: June 7 – July 31, 2014

Artist’s reception: Thursday, June 12, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


This show will run in conjunction with the 17th Annual Peekskill Open Studios Event.  Sat. & Sun., June 7 & 8 from 12 to 5 each day.


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January 15, 2014

Spring 2014 Lectures/Screenings

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The Borinqueneers

60 min. with questions for the Filmmaker after the screening.

 April 17, 7:00 pm

“The Borinqueneers”, a documentary film narrated by the acclaimed actor Hector Elizondo, chronicles the history of the all-Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only Hispanic-segregated unit in Army history and its significant participation during the Korean War.   This award-winning film has been presented nationally on PBS in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands; on the Armed Forces Network to more than 850,000 U.S. troops overseas and is currently being shown on the Pentagon Channel.  Screenings have taken place, nationally and internationally, at film festivals, community organizations, universities and in military installations.

More information about the film is available at http://www.borinqueneers.com.


These events are open to the public and all enrolled students, but reservations are required. Please email us at peekskill@sunywcc.edu


Being Web Present: Social Media Success for Artists, AnaFullProfilePic_0513

Designers and Job Seekers

Speaker: Ana Quillinan,  ATMT Consulting

April 8, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Whether you plan to market yourself, or market your clients, you’ll learn how to use social media to be connected and responsive, to share willingly, and to promote your artistry or personal brand effectively.

- Defining your Who, What, Why and Where

- Presenting YOU Effectively

- Gaining the right following

- Engaging with purpose

-  Protecting your assets or privacy appropriately

- Setting your plan of action

Ana Quillinan is a marketing strategist and social media trainer who helps businesses employ social media strategies that integrate with their overall business goals and processes. She follows that with personable and practical training for senior executives and teams that empowers them to adopt modern marketing principles and “be social” themselves. She’s all about being real and making “social” a part of corporate culture.



These events are open to the public and all enrolled students, but reservations are required. Please email us at peekskill@sunywcc.edu

January 15, 2014

Spring 2014 Gallery

Carla Gannis


The Non-Facial Recognition Project

March 4 – April 5, 2014

Gallery Opening March 4, 5:30 – 7 pm

Artist’s Gallery Talk at 6:30 pm

Today’s facial recognition technology is making strides in distinguishing, literally, a face in the crowd. Its algorithms are built into many sites and apps, proving to be a helpful tool in managing images of friends and family. However, it also raises questions about trust, identity and intrusion, for example, when our own images appear without our permission on someone else’s Facebook page.

Artist Carla Gannis explores these issues in The Non-Facial Recognition Project, her experiment in “facial recognition subversion.” Gannis asked her Twitter network to send her their profile photos with the expressed purpose of “scrambling” the images and in effect making new identities unrecognizable to either the donors or to the technology. Through this project, participants place their likenesses and their identities in her hands, much like the trust we place every day in the technology itself. — Katarina Wong, Independent Curator

Center for the Digital Arts Alumni Show: 20 years of Technology and Arts Education 

April 17 – May 15, 2013

Gallery Opening: Thursday, April 17, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Gallery Talk 6:30 pm

Adobe Photoshop 1.0 was released in 1990. In 1994 Westchester Community College opened the Center for the Digital Arts, as part of the Peekskill Extension Center. This facility and its gallery space have focused on exhibiting digital art in its myriad forms. Artists who use computers in the process of creating their artworks have been highlighted in one-person shows in the ground floor gallery space. Computer Art was once specialized category of art making where artists and programmers labored to create artworks from computer based instructions. Curated by New Media Group’s Faculty Advisor, Associate Professor Deborah Krikun.

This exhibition celebrates the Westchester County in a show that will be both accessible and engaging for a general audience.


 Center for the Digital Arts Student Show

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January 21 – February 22, 2014

This exhibition of artwork by students from the Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts will include the traditional fine arts of painting and drawing including work from the digital arts, such as Digital Imaging, Computer Illustration, Desktop Publishing, Digital Video, Multimedia, as well as, 2-D and 3-D Animation. Animation and Video will be exhibited at a special gallery screening during the opening and will play during the exhibition.

August 22, 2013

Fall 2013 Lectures

This Event has been Canceled.

Successful Artist Websites: What Every Artist Needs to Know 


Ed Burke, Web Developer at Artist Website Pro

Tuesday, December 10, 7 pm

 As a solo artist, a group collective or a small arts organization it is vital today to connect to your audience via the web. However, you may not have much of a budget to create a site nor manage it. Creating a great visual site with interesting content is important, however equally important is to make sure it has good Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Part of the SEO is the onsite Meta information and content that should be updated and tweaked often. Of course this management of the site is costly, to keep someone on contract or on staff to do the updating. So how do you Build a Website that Works for your needs and has good SEO? Mr. Burke will share his insights into creating appealing sites that are easy to use and update.


This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but registration is required. Please email us at peekskill@sunywcc.edu.


Build a Great Portfolio!

Professional Practice for Students, Artists and Creatives 

Led by Patricia Miranda

3-Hour Workshop

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Build a Great Portfolio! Professional Practice for Students, Artists and Creatives:  Led by Patricia Miranda 3-Hour Workshop Thursday, October 17, 2013, 6:30 – 9:30 pm • Workshop your artist statement, • Organize your documentation, files and images, • Learn how to prepare a drop-dead portfolio, • Research opportunities and more. Hands-on and info heavy!

This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but registration is required. Please email us at peekskill@sunywcc.edu.


Crystal Palace Experimental Film and Video Festival  

Still from Rebecca Najdowski’s Black Sun series
Still from Rebecca Najdowski’s Black Sun series

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 7:00 pm

Introductory Talk by Festival Curator Liena Vayzman

Join us for a talk by Liena Vayzman and the screening of work from the Crystal Palace Experimental Film and Video Festival. This is a cutting edge film and video art presentation organized on the theme of the crystalline. This program will introduce audiences to up and coming and established avant-garde film and video artists. The crystal-themed, crystallizing, and multi-faceted video art and experimental films in this festival take as points of departure the cultural, scientific, spiritual, and mathematical associations of crystals, gems, and glass. Crystal balls and handmade prisms, shamanic journeys and Indian salt mines, psychedelic Crystal Light drink mix and Victorian animation, mirrors on 16mm and windows on HD — and even crystals grown on a celluloid filmstrip—all glimmer on our magic screen.


The site for the first festival is originated at ArtSpace New Haven.

This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but registration is required. Please email us at peekskill@sunywcc.edu.


August 22, 2013

Fall 2013 Gallery Exhibits

Artist’s Gallery Talk: 1 pm

Monday 12/16/2013

Joseph Ayers

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December 10 – January 11, 2014

Opening Reception:  Tuesday, December 10, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Artist’s Gallery Talk: 6:30

(Gallery Closed 12/24/2013 – 1/2/2014)

The collection of work in the show is an elegy that mourns loss of perception.  In our hyper evolving world a dichotomy between the material and the virtual is shifting the way we perceive and experience life.  Our Loss reconstitutes fragments of simulated realities into physical remains .  Haunting landscapes and grave figures offer poetic remarks on the loss of self, physical senses, perceptions, and natural resources.

My visual art takes many different forms: from video installation to painting, sculpture to sound, drawing to performance.

Landscape, nature and human cognition are recurring themes in my work.  I explore the ways in which culturally formed expectations affect perceptions. Through various combinations of media, My work questions the disparities and similarities between my subjects.  Juxtaposing natural and fabricated elements causes a shift in perception, subtly unseating the psychological center of the viewer.


Chris Kaczmarek 



September 3 – October 12, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Artist’s Gallery Talk: 6:30

All interaction is a transmission; an exchange of energy, ideas, information, goods, funds, and countless possibilities. At every moment there are millions of transmissions occurring between individuals, between communities, nations, objects, environments and within ourselves. Life is a series of transmissions, giving and taking, sending and receiving, both passively and actively. Some things are lost in the exchange; some things are added, and some things are created.

In a collection of new work produced for this exhibition, New York based artist Chris Kaczmarek explores ideas of passive and active transmission through kinetic, electronic, and sculptural works that exchange ideas and experiences with the au

dience through the physical and the virtual.


Julie Overskei

associative / dissociation


October 22 – November 27, 2013

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Artist’s Gallery Talk: 6:30

Question all that you see, all that you hear, all that you read, and all that you touch. Is there truth? Intellectualize your senses. Question your reality, realize your position in history influenced by the value and currency of speed and technology; both are responsible for the alteration of the content and meaning of what we see, and what we show. Question the truths in what we read and see, if there is “truth” to be had, at all, in the hands of mankind. Who and what do you trust? And, when?

“It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision” Helen Keller


Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Hours are subject to change: please call 606-7304 for more information

June 12, 2013

Summer 2013 Gallery Show


It’s Not Always Black & White

Works by Peekskill Arts Alliance Member Artists

Exhibition dates: May 30 – July 31

Artist’s reception: Thursday, June 6, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Westchester Gallery is pleased to host a juried exhibition:

“It’s Not Always Black & White”

This group show will exhibit exciting works by 20-30 professional artists with studios located in and around Peekskill. Taken literally or symbolically, knowing that, “It’s Not Always Black & White” invites an artist to consider both ends of the spectrum of gray and what lies beyond stretching inclusion and exception.

The Juror of this exhibition is Ellen Keiter, Curator at the Katonah Museum of Art. Ellen has been directly involved in selecting artworks for the museums’ changing exhibitions. Her desire to make connections between artists, artworks, and viewers is always evident.

This show will run in conjunction with the 16th Annual Peekskill Open Studios Event.

Sat. & Sun., June 1 and 2, 2012.

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