May 28, 2015

PEESKILL ARTS ALLIANCE presents: Off the Beaten Track

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Summer 2015 Gallery:


Off the Beaten Track

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

June 6, 2015 – July 31, 2015

Exhibition dates: 

Artist’s reception: Thursday, June 4, 2015 5:30 – 7:30 pm

This show will run in conjunction with the 18th Annual Peekskill Open Studios Event.  Saturday & Sunday June 6 & 7, from 12 to 5 each day.

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January 9, 2015

Spring 2015 Gallery Shows

Johanna Bresnick 


Carlsbad Park

April 16 – May 16, 2015

Gallery Opening: Thursday, April 16, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Gallery Talk: 6:30 pm

“Carlsbad Park” is a continuation of Johanna Bresnick’s work which investigates the imposition of geometry on nature; the engineering of environments and conditions by means of architecture, economics, time, geopolitics, social behavior, familial structure, or personal code. Using a wide range of materials, Bresnick explores the relationship between natural and artificial forms, as well as, environments. Each work in this series is a facet of that investigation.

Johanna Bresnick lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut.

She received her in M.F.A. in 2001 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.A. in 1995 from Macalester College.

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


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January 22 – February 21, 2015

Gallery Opening: Tuesday, February 3, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Special Screening of Student Multimedia Work: 6:00 pm

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.


Maureen McCourt 

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Secondhand Clothing Conversation

March 3 – April 11, 2015

Gallery Opening: Rescheduled  – Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 – 7 pm

Artist’s Gallery Talk: 6:30 pm

Secondhand Clothing Conversation is an interactive art installation that investigates the global, economic and cultural implication of the secondhand clothing trade. Inspired by both Zambian and American practices of secondhand clothing, this project combines cross-cultural practices to initiate a dialogue about secondhand clothing industry on both a local and global level. This exhibition offers a porthole into a trade that embodies many of the issues and impacts of globalization.

Maureen McCourt was born and raised in Montana. She received her B.A. from the University of Montana. She completed her M.F.A in sculpture at the State University of New York in New Paltz. Maureen has exhibited at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Masters On Main, Catskill, NY; the Church, Missoula, MT; The Golddust Gallery, Missoula, MT and GalleryStudio, Missoula, MT. She was a co-curator for The Untitled Show at the Golddust Gallery. Maureen is a founding member of and exhibited with the Cumulus Nimbus Collective at Chashama Gallery, New York, NY.

January 9, 2015

Spring 2015 Workshop


Meet the Designer/Illustrator: Phil Balsman balman2

Thursday, April 16, 2015 7 pm

Phil “Ballsy” Balsman began his career as one of the founding members of the in-house lettering department at DC Comics, where he did design work and lettering for such titles as All-Star Superman, Blue Beetle, Scalped, Swamp Thing, and many others. He moved on to work for Random House Publishing in 2007, designing covers for the Del Rey and Ballantine imprints, as well as art directing and designing logos for their Del Rey Manga imprint.

In 2010 he left to form his own studio, Odin Star Industries, where he and his wife, Paige Pumphrey, work together in Brooklyn, NY. They handle all cover design and production for Kodansha Comics, as well as interiors and lettering, along with work for various clients, including DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Del Rey Books, Ballantine Books, Random House Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Grand Central Publishing.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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

Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension


Maker Workshop: An Introduction, Creating Smart Materials photo (13)

Sibel Deren Guler

Friday, April 10, 2015

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Smart Materials & Wearable Design • Inventiveness through Craft and Electronics

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In this workshop you will first create a personal guide to a set of materials and electronics that can be interfaced together through craft techniques such as sewing and paper folding. You will then design a “smart object” that can be prototyped using these materials. We will follow a simple design process to sketch and create these designs using the tools and materials provided. You will learn about science, design, electronics, while collecting new materials and crafting techniques to incorporate in your next project!

Adding new materials and techniques to your repertoire is inspiring and exciting. Not only does it make us more resourceful, it can be fun and educational! Invent-abling is a project devoted to teaching people how to work with smart materials and electronics in unconventional ways. The goal is to enable them to create new interactions through craft and design. The project shares the sentiment of the recent maker movement, to empower non-experts to tinker with “expert tools”.

Deren Guler is a physicist, designer and educator based in New York. She is interested in researching and developing technology that uses interactivity and computation to explore nature from a playful and sustainable approach. Designing accessible tools, particularly to improve the quality of life, is her key motivator.

She has led community based interactive projects and workshops around the world to diverse audiences of all ages. Her work includes ReplayMyPlay, an energy harvesting merry-go-round exhibit that was installed at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. In Float Beijing she designed colorchanging air quality boards that were mounted on to kites to create a public display of the pollution level.

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


January 1, 2015

Technology Day 4/10/2015


August 4, 2014

Fall 2014 Events

Cherise GordonVideo Game Art 2

Visualizing Virtual Reality: The Art and Narrative of Video Games 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7 pm



Video game art is not an aberration of art history, but rather an evolution. It draws from classical art in terms of light, value, depth, composition, movement, anatomy, and color in order to design complex characters and worlds.  In this lecture Ms. Gordon will explore the progression of concept art, development art, and in-game art by focusing on the lush graphics and technical innovation of video game artistry and design as well as discussing the most cutting-edge artists and games currently in the field.


This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but reservations is required. Please email us at


Meet the Artist: Anthony Antonellis, Art of and About the Internet Fall2014news_p10rev2 2

Thursday, September 25, 2014

7 pm

Anthony Antonellis’s output is often classified as post-internet art. “net art and post-internet art deal

with authorship, usership, and originality. i view originality as a cumulative process, each person adding

their own contribution to a snowball that existed before them and will continue to exist after. As recently as ten years ago the internet could be viewed as a separate and distinct online space; today we’re approaching a ubiquitous internet that permeates our everyday objects and activities. net art, having once been distinct, is now crossing into physical space and colliding with traditional fine art disciplines.”

Antonellis has created , an onlinegallery listing and directory with archives of current and

past exhibitions. he has been featured in BLoUin ArTinFo, The Creators Project, and Interview Magazine as well as news outlets Wired, CneT,

discovery, The Atlantic, and BBC World service. he has a BFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and design, and an MFA in new artistic strategies from Bauhaus University. This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but reservations is required. Please email us at



Meet the Graphic Designer: Janeen Violante, Hudson Valley Graphic Design, LLC 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 7 pm


Hudson Valley Graphic Design has been offering smart design solutions to the business communities of Westchester, Rockland & Orange County, NY,  since 1991.

Started by Janeen Violante, Hudson Valley Graphic Design is a creative team made up of talented designers, marketing experts, and  production technicians with over 25 years of national brand experience. We bring that experience to you, offering quality graphic design that’s affordable.  Our strength lies in strong, strategic & visionary thinking, creating brand identities & packaging that perform in today’s marketplace.

As lead Creative, Janeen earned her BFA in Communication Design at Parsons School of Design in NYC.   She worked for several prestigious brand agencies, including Peterson Blythe Associates where she held the position of Senior Design Director.  While there, she was responsible for designing, directing and managing high profile brand programs for worldwide/ Fortune 500 companies, including  Pepsico, Johnson & Johnson, 3M, Schering Plough, Coca Cola, and Procter & Gamble.

This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but reservations is required. Please email us at



August 4, 2014

Fall 2014 Gallery

Center for the Digital Arts, Westchester Gallery 

Retrospective  Part II 2005 – 2014

October 21 – November 22, 2014

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 21, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Gallery Talk: 6:30

This is Part 2 of an exhibition that celebrates the broad spectrum of digital art making that has been exhibited in The Westchester Gallery at the Center for The Digital Arts at Westchester Community College The show will feature artists from our second 10 years of exhibitions from 2005 – 2014.


Kristin Anderson

Laurel Garcia Colvin

Pepe Coronado

Florine Demosthene

Brian Doyle

Donna Faranda

Marcy B. Freedman

Carla Gannis

Chris Kaczmarek

Richard Kaufmann

Eileen MacAvery Kane

Dale Leifeste

Henry Mandell

Rebecca Mushtare

Julie Overskei

Steven Perkins

Gina Randazzo

Evan Read

Sheila Ross

Patti Russotti

Andrew Senior

Breanne Trammell & Jeff Barnett-Winsby

Madeline Wilson

Oliver Wasow


Retrospective Faculty Show

December 2, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Opening Reception:  Tuesday, December 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Artist’s Gallery Talk: 6:30 pm

The Center for Digital Art Gallery at the Peekskill Extension Center is pleased to showcase the work of our talented faculty members. Our faculty includes many professional artists, musicians and designers whose creative work is notable and innovative. Works exhibited will include: painting, drawing, digital prints, multimedia digital works, music, web site design and more. Join us to meet our faculty and experience their artwork.

Robert Barthelmes

Curt Belshe

Claudia Cardoso

Leslie Englander

Michael Enright

Michele Evola – framed

Donna Marie Fischer – framed

Howard Goodman

Sarah Haviland

Carla Rae Johnson

Seung Hee Joo

Deoborah Krikun

Eileen MacAvery Kane

Sherry Mayo

Steven P. Perkins

Domenico Petrillo

Aaron Porter

Kristen Rego – framed

Laurel Shute

Lisa Steffens

Joseph Thomas

Piya Wannachaiwong


Center for the Digital Arts, Westchester Gallery

Retrospective  Part I 1994-2004

September 8 – October 11, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 25, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Gallery Talk: 6:30

This exhibition celebrates the broad spectrum of digital art making that has been exhibited at The Westchester Gallery at the Center for The Digital Arts at Westchester Community College This show will feature artists from our first 10 years of exhibitions 1994 – 2004. 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. Now digital tools are ubiquitous in contemporary art. From digital photography, web based projects, interactive installations, to wearable art; artists of all stripes have embraced computer art as a significant tool in their studio practices. Social media tools, interactive sensors and digital projectors have become a key part of many art projects.

Brit Bunkley

Patti Capaldi

Ann Chernow

John Creagh

Reet K. Das

Larry D’Amico

Shari Diamond

Jackie Gregory

Carter Hodgkin

Gerry Katzban

Katy Martin

Meryl Meisler

Robin Michals

Sally Minker

Debra Pearlman

Samantha Simpson

Miriam Stern

Anique Taylor

Julie Betts Testwuide

April Vollmer

Arle Sklar-Weinstein



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