"In the Art Department
Senior Exit Survey, graduating students most often mention the quality
relationships with the professors and their one-on-one mentoring as one
greatest strengths of our program. "
Professor of Art
School of Arts & Sciences
The College of New Rochelle
What is your educational
Professor De Gennaro?
my MFA degree in Art from Stanford
in 1995. Preceding that, I received an MA in Aesthetic
Studies in 1990 and a BA in Art and Performance in 1987, both from the University of Texas,
graduating from Stanford, I was offered the position of Visiting
Professor of Painting at Syracuse
1995-96, and in the summer of 1996, I
taught painting for their Division of International Programs Abroad in Florence, Italy.
How long have you been at The College of New Rochelle?
teaching at CNR in the fall of 1996, so I’ve been here 11 years this
fall. I began as an Assistant Professor of Art in
of Arts and
Sciences and was promoted to
Associate Professor in 2000 and granted tenure in 2002.
What do you teach in the School of Arts & Sciences?
responsibilities include teaching all levels of undergraduate painting,
drawing, and figure drawing, as well as the freshman art
Also, in fall 2005 I co-developed a new
course for our curriculum, collaboratively taught with Professor Margie
Neuhaus, called Integrated Media.
The course takes an interdisciplinary
approach to media and process, introducing students to a variety of
site-specific installation, environmental art, audio and video
collaboration, and performance.
addition to studio art classes, I teach an interdisciplinary course for
liberal arts core curriculum called Art
and Science Parallels, collaboratively designed and taught with
Lynn Petrullo from the Biology Department.
This course is an SAS Viewpoints
capstone that introduces juniors and seniors to interdisciplinary
through comparing and contrasting the methodologies and skills from the
Besides teaching, how are
involved in the College Community?
that to teach is to be involved in
the College Community in the deepest sense -- as an educator, teaching
primary to me and in the Art
extends well beyond the classroom and into the broader College
Community. This happens in a myriad of ways: I have
served as mentor for many student junior showcases and senior
are presented to the broader community in the Bridge Gallery and the
Center Exhibition Hall. And sometimes
the art works created in my courses find their way out of the galleries
altogether and into unexpected places on campus. For example, in Integrated Media the students are
encouraged to design art works to
be installed both indoors and out, across the campus. Our
students learn that art is about ideas
and that their ideas can play a role in shaping their
enjoyed presenting my own art works at CNR on occasion and, most
have exhibited my installation, Improbable
Spring, at the Mooney Center Exhibit Hall in spring 2006. The
combined gouache paintings, archival inkjet prints and collaged
present a landscape of robins. (You can view
images of this and other recent art works on my web site at www.cristinadegennaro.com.)
The installation was inspired by a game I
used to play with my father as to who would spot the first bird of
the installation expressed aspects of my loss and grief at his
That semester I also presented a slide
lecture in Romita Auditorium highlighting the development of my art
the past 25 years.
faculty, over the course of my tenure at CNR I have participated in a
number of committees – in the Art Department, SAS, and College wide –
have included RTS, the Faculty Fund Committee, the Council of the
College Senate, the SAS Faculty Development Committee, and the SAS
Board, to mention a few. I am especially
delighted to presently be a member of the Castle Gallery Board of
look forward to working on a new subcommittee to review exhibition
and to revise the exhibition application process.
Are you currently working
Yes, I was
asked to create a new site-specific installation at Wave Hill (Bronx) in the foyer of the Wave Hill House to be
installed from November 2007 through January 2008. The piece will
be part of an exhibition
called Ornamental Instincts,
will include 10 other artists from the NY metropolitan area.
installation will focus on aspects of the Roman god Janus, his namesake
January, and New Year traditions. Janus was the precursor to Western
“father time” and was usually depicted with two faces, back to back,
looking in opposite directions: one – an old man – looked “back” to the
while the other-- a young man, looked “forward” to the future. He was
of beginnings and endings and also the god of gates and doorways. The
the perfect location for my installation, which will encourage visitors
more aware of their movement through the space and of the symbolic
of “entering” and “exiting” to aspects of temporality and
What do you think makes The College of New Rochelle a special College?
strength of our programs, the commitment and dedication of our
location, and our small class size. In
the Art Department Senior Exit Survey, graduating students most often
the quality of their relationships with the professors and their
mentoring as one of the greatest strengths of our program.
What sort of student is
kind of student who would be successful anywhere: the student who is
focused, honest, self-motivated, and creative. She is resourceful and
and understands that the more time and effort she puts into her work,
she will achieve from her education.
Where do your students go
leaving The College of New Rochelle?
The Art Department
offers four majors: Studio Art, Art Education, Art Therapy, and Art
and there are different career trajectories for each of these
disciplines. Many of our majors pursue graduate degrees
after leaving CNR and we’ve had alumnae who have graduated from some of
finest graduate art, art education, art therapy, and art history
the country including, of course, The College of New Rochelle, The Art
Institute of Chicago, NYU, Pratt University, UC Berkeley, the School of
Arts, Columbia Teachers College, and Hunter College, among others. Most
students continue to pursue their careers after graduating from CNR:
working as graphic designers, professional artists, art therapists,
and elementary school teachers, art historians, web site designers,
directors, museum curators, and that’s only the beginning of the list!