tell us a little about
I’ve been a New Yorker almost since birth (the first 6 months of
existence happened in New Jersey) and have lived in New York City since
from CNR in 2002. I am one of four children, having an older sister, a
sister and a younger brother.
My illustrious career in the arts started with drawing blobbish
in crayon on both walls and on the inside covers of hard copy
books. I was
also keen on painting (the family’s black cat with my mother’s red
Unfortunately, at that time my creativity was not appreciated.
What is your position here at The College of New Rochelle?
I am the
Director of CNR’s three art spaces: Castle Gallery and Mooney
Gallery, both located on the Main Campus, and the Gordon Parks Gallery,
on the John Cardinal O’Connor campus in the South Bronx. I’ve
for the School of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Art Department.
do the students receive from having
the Castle Gallery right here on campus?
I think the
Castle Gallery is a great educational resource for all of
students, not just art majors. Located on the ground floor of Leland
students on their way to upstairs faculty offices find themselves
a moment to roam through our exhibitions, which vary in concept and
Often they initially did not know the College had a professional
which is why our door is always open during hours of operation and we
our best to encourage those passing by to stop in.
displayed can potentially encompass all areas of study. Some
highlight this more than others, such as the fall 2008 show, Beyond
Bio: Clay Bodies
which showcased biology-inspired ceramic pieces. It was a great exhibit
nursing students. Our winter show 2008-09, Wonder and Woe, curated by
Susan Canning, the art history professor at CNR, exhibited artists who
elements of myth and fables within their work. That show seemed to
to our literature students, but was enjoyed by all who visited. A
show also curated by Dr. Canning, R³: Reading ‘Ritin
‘Rithmetic, 30 Years Later,
featured artists who use reading (text or text- based), writing
and words), and arithmetic (numbers and systems) as their medium for
making. Racing on a Broken Road, exhibited in the winter of
focused on a portion of Westchester’s own history with work that
the oral history, memories, photographs, and historic material of seven
of two African-European and Native-American families who have lived in
area for the past 230 years. These are just a few of our more recent
Ultimately, all of our exhibits hold educational elements for all
regardless of their age, sex, and/or areas of study.
some of the programs that the Castle
Galley has for undergraduates?
Castle Gallery, like many other CNR departments, has a work study
for enrolled CNR students. It is comparable to an internship at a small
or gallery. Our work study gallery assistants perform basic
duties, but also learn how to handle, install and de-install work.
on the exhibits at that time, there are often opportunities for special
students become involved with the Gallery?
On the easiest and least committed level, students can simply visit our
and attend our receptions and related events, which are always free and
to the public. Beyond that, we are always looking for reliable work
gallery assistants to help our day-to-day operation run as smoothly as
What do you
like to do when you’re not at the
not at the College, I am often out supporting my friends who
involved in music, visual art, or performance art. A few friends
the opportunity to exhibit at Mooney Center Gallery and discuss their
with the SAS Art Department students (Sarah Kipp, Joann Harrah, Jen P.
to name a few). I try to exhibit my work as well and am currently in a
show, Emerged with a fellow CNR alum, Shervone Neckles, at the Theater
the New City’s gallery. Also, I am a member of the New Rochelle Council
the Arts and I hope to become more involved in the surrounding
and other galleries and art spaces.
What do you
like best about your job?
worked for CNR and Castle Gallery in one capacity or another
becoming an undergraduate student here in 1998. The growth of the
has been wonderful to witness and be part of its development.
three galleries on two campuses means that I have to handle multiple
of varying natures. One day I might be installing a strange and complex
with an artist and his/her assistants, the next I may be hosting events
providing tours, on another day I may be discussing potential shows
the curatorial committees or our Board. Sometimes I handle the shipping
art personally. And, of course, there is all that paperwork that needs
be done for upcoming shows or meetings. No two days are the same, and I
very happy doing what do, having the support of the College, and
with people that are creative and supportive.