Alphonso Dunn

Contact Jane Haw

September 18, 2013

(973) 684-5448


The Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College is pleased to present PORTRAITS, an exhibition of drawings by New Jersey artist ALPHONSO DUNN.  He is a recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts 2013 Artist Fellowship for Works on Paper.   The exhibit will be on view in the Broadway Gallery, September 7 through October 10, 2013.
A reception for the artist will be held in the Broadway Gallery, September 19, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.  The Broadway Gallery is located at Passaic County Community College, Broadway at Memorial Drive in downtown Paterson, New Jersey.   Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   

A dedicated artist and teacher, Alphonso Dunn describes his lifelong fascination with art as “a consistent undercurrent” in everything he does. Born in Jamaica, he immigrated to the U.S. at age 17.  After graduation from Eastside High School in Paterson, he earned a BS in Chemistry from William Paterson University and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art.   He originally planned to go to medical school, but decided to go to art school instead to pursue his lifelong love of art.  After graduating, he taught high school chemistry in Paterson and was also an adjunct art instructor at Passaic County Community College. “He sees a strong connection between his artistic and scientific sensibilities, pointing out that scientific concepts, such as atoms, are often rendered in artistic illustrations.  Dunn is also a passionate advocate of drawing, which he feels has often been underrated.”  He says, “Drawing is essential to art.  All art forms come from drawing: painting, sculpting, even architectural design.”  He describes his artwork as “rooted in tradition” and says that his favorite period is the beginning of modern art, because he likes “experimenting with tradition.”  For the portraits in this exhibit, Dunn has used basic traditional drawing materials and techniques, while experimenting with placement of the figures and expressive interpretations.  Nine of these portraits are rendered in basic charcoal, but are presented in centered, frontal poses that engage the viewer with their own individual expressions.

Now a full-time art instructor at PCCC, he is excited about teaching and the College’s new Fine and Performing Arts program.  Professor Dunn also finds time to publish art tutorials on YouTube and to work on his art instruction book about drawing portraits. 

 In addition to his New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, Alphonso Dunn was one of six New Jersey artists selected to participate in the 2013-2014 New Jersey Emerging Artists Series at the Monmouth Museum. His work was also selected to illustrate a banner for the New York Academy of Art that hangs over a street in the Tribeca section of Manhattan. He has exhibited his work at the New York Academy of Art, William Paterson University, Wheaton College, Flowers Gallery, NYC and various other venues.  To see more of Alphonso Dunn’s work, visit his website at and at  under Headlines.

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