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‘TRANS(RE)FORMATION’ Art Gallery Exhibit

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Please join the SCCC Art Club for an Opening Reception on Wednesday, April 25 from 6-8 pm

SCCC is pleased to announce ‘TRANS(RE)FORMATION’ an exhibition of art pieces created by student members of the Art Club. Included within the gallery space is an installation of a wrap-around mural and sculpture. Art club members have added, combined and extended the piece in a journalistic manner, each member of the team was able to change the direction of the final work by participating in a collaborative manner.

Additionally, a project incorporating ideas of recycling and up-scaling will be installed.  The project relates to constructing art from disused containers, i.e. water bottles as a way of changing the contextual narrative of daily objects. Questioning value and purpose of these things is a contemporary concern in both political and ethical terms.

A temporary portraiture studio will be staged within the gallery space during the opening reception. The performance element of this activity serves to challenge the notions of public and private art practice. Volunteers from the community are welcome to sit for portraits. Art Club members will draw portraits of volunteers and exhibit them as they are created.

Art Club Members
Jessica Corujo
Dyanna Paredes
Tobi Madison
Elizabeth Dehaas
Elizabeth Strowe
Samantha Merrill
Michaela Sorton
Paula Scheyer
Nate Nunez
Nick Arango

Award-Winning Photo Journalist Ferrato to Present

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Photo Journalist, Donna Ferrato holding her camera near a poster of "War is Over!"Award-winning photo journalist, Donna Ferrato, will be presenting her works on the global problem of domestic violence at Sussex County Community College on Wednesday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to noon.

This free event, open to the public, will be held in the SCCC campus’ Student Center Theater. The College is located at One College Hill Road in Newton.

In addition to displaying her year-long works on this subject, Ferrato will also be available for questions. April is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Ferrato is one of the most respected photo journalists in the United States. A documentary photographer from Lorain, Ohio, Ferrato has published four books including “Living with the Enemy” and “Love & Lust”; as well as participating in over 500 one-woman shows internationally. Ferrato has received awards such as the W. Eugene Smith Grant (1986) and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Humanistic Photography (1987). In 2016, TIME magazine announced her photograph of a woman being hit by her husband as one of the “100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time.”

Currently, Ferrato is documenting her rapidly-changing New York neighborhood of Tribeca for a new book, and leads international experimental photography workshops. She also has a traveling retrospective, first exhibited in Italy at Cortona On The Move 2017 festival, called “American Woman: 40 Years,” which brings all of Ferrato’s lifelong projects—domestic violence, sex, Tribeca, assignment work, and family life—together for the first time.

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SCCC offers Passion for Art and Design

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For students with a passion for art and design, Sussex County Community College has five studio arts programs that will bring out the “arts” in those looking to break into the field, and earn their Associate in Fine Arts degree. Additionally, for those intending to go on to a 4-year college, the SCCC programs make it a seamless transition.

Aspiring teachers can enroll in the art education sequence which features classes in 2D and 3D arts, digital and graphic design. The program integrates producing art with classes in art history, visual culture and art criticism. Students can learn philosophies of art and art education theory along with the integration of art with social justice, values and beliefs.

Students in the architecture design sequence take classes in art, art history, theory and technology and do studio work in preparation for transfer to a BFA major in architectural design.

A fashion design program this close to America’s fashion capital in New York City can be an exciting challenge for students. They will produce custom clothing or costumes and besides hands-on classes in design, transfer and implementing patters, students learn about the history of the fashion industry.  This will enable them to leave SCCC with a portfolio ready to take them to a four-year program.

The interior design option includes art history and theory as well as studio work and is also in preparation for transfer to a B.F.A. program.

Photography students have the option of entering straight into professional work or transferring to a fine arts/photography degree program. They learn the traditional chemistry of darkroom and printing methods as well as digital photography. Students also have the benefit of new photography facilities.

Students interested in design can look into the many programs offered under graphic design.

“Our students have many opportunities for work or transfer. SCCC is committed to cultivating students’ talents and interests.”  said Kathleen Peterson, director of marketing.

Enrollment for spring classes begins November 27th.  For questions on getting started, please contact our Admissions Office at 973.300.2223 or email  To apply to SCCC, please visit

SCCC to showcase Contemporary Artist

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Sussex County Community College’s Art Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of contemporary art by Autumn T. Thomas.  The ‘Suite of Subjective Juncture’ exhibit will be on display from September 11 through October 13. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Art Gallery.

Autumn creates new forms and imagery through the marriage of two contrasting materials; handmade paper and forged metals. The materials become a metaphor for the Black body, speaking to vulnerability and tenacity, respectively. Gallery Coordinator, Kulvinder Kaur Dhew, says, “in her work, the artist attempts to challenge common perceptions and generate a dialogue in order to challenge misconceptions that can lead to racial bias.” Her prints, artists’ books, and installations reference trompe l’oeil – a French term meaning “deceive the eye”, under the auspices of finding a common entry point into the difficult conversation about race relations.

Autumn T. Thomas (b. 1978, Mansfield, OH), lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. She creates artist’s books and interdisciplinary prints that take a critical view of cultural, social, and political issues. She is currently a resident Artist Fellow at Peter’s Valley School of Craft in Layton, New Jersey. A veteran of the US Air Force, Autumn received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a recent graduate from The University of the Arts’ Book Arts + Printmaking Master of Fine Art Program in Philadelphia.

The Art Gallery at Sussex County Community College is open to the community and free of charge, all are welcome.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Trip

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Saturday April 15 (Leaving at 8:30 am and returning around 5 pm.)

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) continues their series of diverse community events with a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City scheduled for Saturday, April 15th.

Founded in 1870, “The Met” has become more than just a treasury of rare and beautiful objects, as it presents over 5,000 years’ worth of artwork from all around the globe. It continues to make art come alive in the galleries and among its exhibitions and events, that reveal both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and cultures.

Ticket price covers transportation to and from SCCC. The Museum is by donation. SCCC students pay $20 and SCCC staff, faculty and the community pay $25.  Tickets go on sale Monday, March 20th.  Click here to purchase tickets.

25th Annual Fine Art Students’ Exhibition

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One of the most anticipated events in the Sussex County Community College calendar, the Annual Fine Art Students’ Exhibition, will be installed from May 6 through June 20. Presented in the Art Gallery in Building C, this year’s exhibit features approximately one hundred works created by current SCCC students who are either art majors or have taken courses in the Department of Fine Arts.

This juried exhibition will highlight works from digital media, design, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and photography. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 6 from 6:00-8:00p.m. It is always well attended and has proven to be a wonderful night. The exhibition offers students an opportunity to showcase their artworks and creative endeavors within a professional event. The public is most welcome and encouraged to come and view works made by aspiring artists, covering a wide range of topics, materials, and methods.

The exhibition, for some of the students, is the culmination of their foundation work that can be a launching point for careers within the Art and Design fields.

During the Opening Reception refreshments will be served. A lively evening is guaranteed.

For more information, call 973-300-2144.

Adjunct Professor Dehnert elected to International Organization

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Bruce Dehnert, SCCC adjunct professor, was recently elected as a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC).  Mr. Dehnert was elected in September. The organization is based in Geneva, Switzerland and represents noted artists, gallerists, collectors, and museums in the field of ceramics worldwide. The IAC is a cultural partner in United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Mr. Dehnert, along with three other American ceramicists, will be inducted into the IAC during their conference in Barcelona, Spain in 2016. The selection recognizes Dehnert’s contributions as an artist as well as his teaching, writing, and presence in the international arena of ceramic art.

A studio potter and sculptor for 35 years, Dehnert is originally from Wyoming and moved to New York City in 1986 to teach at Hunter College. In 1991, Dehnert received his MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University. Since that time, Dehnert has taught in New Zealand, on the Island of Borneo and many educational/Art centers in the United States. He is currently an adjunct professor at Sussex County Community College where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3-D design. He has been at the College 16 years. Dehnert’s book, Simon Leach: A Pottery Handbook, was a recent bestseller.  Both he and his wife, the British painter, Kulvinder Kaur Dhew, are based in New Jersey where he is Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley School of Craft.

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Art Gallery Exhibition of Work and Opening Reception

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Sussex County Community College Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Kulvinder Kaur Dhew and Bruce Dehnert in the Art Gallery on the SCCC Campus. The Art Exhibit will be on display from October 31-November 28. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, November 7 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

Both artists are members of the SCCC Fine Arts Department faculty where Ms. Kaur Dhew teaches design classes and Mr. Dehnert teaches ceramics and design. This will be their first duo show at the Gallery.

Dehnert, who is Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley School of Craft, will present figurative sculpture that explores the constructs of narrative in relation to religious belief systems. Modeled in either porcelain or earthenware, his life-sized figures depend upon architectural shapes and motifs for their structure. Kaur Dhew’s paintings employ elements that sample both high and low culture. Her paintings present both abstract and representational themes featuring saturated color.

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SCCC Presents 23rd Annual AFA Fine Art Students Exhibition

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Sussex County Community College will present the 23rd Annual AFA Fine Art Students Exhibition from May 2 – June 16, 2014 in the Art Gallery in Building C on campus.

The exhibition will feature more than 100 works of art created by the students in the Associate of Fine Arts degree program. Painting, drawing, sculpture, digital fine art and photography are represented among the works selected for this year’s show by a jury of Fine Art faculty members who are also professional artists. Julie McWilliams, Coordinator of the Fine Arts Degree Program, stated “It is important for all artists to see their efforts displayed in a professional gallery setting and to compare their work with their peers.” Gallery Coordinator Douglas Petersen added, “The Fine Art students at SCCC have chosen to commit to a serious study of art. This exhibition reflects the effort they have made throughout the year to produce work with the professional finish expected of an artist. Given the rigorous standards applied to the selection process, it’s considered a high honor to participate in this exhibition.”

The public is invited to the exhibition’s opening reception to be held on Friday May 2 from 6:00b p.m. to 8p.m. in the gallery, located in Building C on the school’s campus in Newton.

SCCC Art Instructor Bruce Dehnert’s Work Appearing at The Dowse Art Museum

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Sussex County Community College art faculty member, Bruce Dehnert’s installation, “Red Room,” is included in a major ceramics survey exhibition at The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, New Zealand. The exhibition, titled “Slip Cast,” will be presented by the museum from 12 February to 2 June 2014.The exhibition was organized by Senior Curator Emma Bugden.

“Red Room” was produced during Dehnert’s tenure in New Zealand. Morphing from architectural elements to natural flora, the installation is comprised of various vignettes of an idea. As a whole the work is a veritable, movable feast. By using clay, a material that is both elemental and complex at the same time, Dehnert alludes to the poetics of the temporal and permanent nature of things coming together in a somewhat tenuous, organic manner. Each component of the installation is attachable in segments. Hundreds of floral heads slot into stems which in turn arc outward from architectural mounts. The sensuous exploration of porcelain, stoneware, earthenware and glazes combine together to form a unified and dramatic work experienced from many perspectives and imaginary viewpoints. As a total sum of parts, the sculpture has the potential to be installed into many varying kinds of spaces, which in turn is able to express the changing nature and understanding of art itself.

Bruce Dehnert is a three-time Fletcher Challenge International Ceramics Award winner, has received numerous awards including a New Jersey Artist Fellowship, the Settlor Prize in Sculpture, and a Carnegie Premier Award for Works on Paper. He was also a finalist in the Robert Wood Johnson International Figurative Competition. His work is held in a number of museums and collections including The Crocker Museum [California], the Yixing Museum of Ceramic Art [China], The New Dowse Museum [New Zealand] and The White House [Washington, DC].

Dehnert is active as a writer having articles published in numerous journals including, Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, and Ceramics: Art and Perception and recently completed a book (Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook] on Simon Leach for Abrams Publishing of New York.

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