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Featuring the work of PCCC Faculty

Alphonso Dunn
Lisa Egle
Mark Hillringhouse
Laura Howson
Luis Ruiz
Anna Carina Sinocchi
Barbara Wallace

 Image: Barbara Wallace, Sun Salutation, paper, wire, acrylic

Our spring show, Sun Salutation, features the artwork of several PCCC full-time and adjunct faculty members.  All use a variety of styles, techniques, and mediums: one is a sculptor, one works in charcoal, one works in mixed media, and four are photographers.

A dedicated artist and teacher, Alphonso Dunn is Instructor/Coordinator of the new Studio Arts Option Program at the College.  His two portraits in this exhibit are rendered in basic charcoal and are presented in centered, frontal poses that engage the viewer with their own individual expressions.  Dunn was a recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts 2013 Artist Fellowship for Works on Paper.  To see more of his work, visit .

An Assistant Professor of ELS at PCCC, Lisa Egle is also a passionate world traveler and photographer.  The photographs in this exhibit reflect her love of travel and interest in other cultures.  Her new book, Magic Carpet Seduction: Travel Tales off the Beaten Path has just been published.  To see more of her photographs “off the beaten path,” visit her travel blog, .

Mark Hillringhouse
is a poet, essayist, photographer and Assistant Professor of English at PCCC.  The City of Paterson has long been a rich source of inspiration for his photographs.  He writes that his images “explore the haunting beauty of an industrial past, the city’s mills and factories, against the backdrop of the city’s vibrant street life as juxtaposed against the timeless forces of the Passaic River, the Great Falls, and Garret Mountain.”  Hillringhouse has generously donated eight of his “Paterson” photographs to the PCCC Contemporary Art Collection, including the works in this exhibition. Visit to see more of his photographs.

Laura Howson’s current interest is computer art and the digital graphics medium as a vehicle for artistic expression.  Her computer paintings and photographs depict scenes of the world in which we live, as well as abstract digital photographic details of nature.  Her photographs reflect her intention to capture scenes of the beauty in nature which are temporary and unusual.  Howson teaches art in Paterson and is an adjunct professor in the fine art program at Passaic County Community College.

Luis Ruiz took two courses at Passaic County Community College, Introduction to Photography and Art Appreciation, and he credits the experience with sparking his interest in photography and fine art.  On visits to his native Puerto Rico, Ruiz enjoys photographing the city of San Juan.  His San Juan Street #4 is part of a series of streets and doors photographed in the city.  Ruiz was attracted to the doors by the variety of their colors, shapes, and styles.  Luis Ruiz works in the Library at PCCC.  He has donated three of his photographs to the PCCC Contemporary Art Collection, including San Juan Street #4.

Anna Carina Sinocchi creates abstract works using a variety of media on paper and fabrics.  The work in this exhibition combines alternative photographic processes with oil and acrylic painting on paper.  In Arcade I and Arcade II, her multi layering between painting and photography along with the use of line and geometric forms create an interesting play of spatial relationships that appear to be emerging and disappearing in space.  Sinocchi is an adjunct professor in the fine art program at PCCC.

Barbara Wallace
is a sculptor, trained in the traditional materials of clay, metal, stone, and wood.  About her current work, she said, “I have adapted techniques ordinarily reserved for clay and sheet metal for recycled paper and tin can lids.  The process for creating the works usually begins with a recycled metal clothes hanger.  Layers of newspapers, magazines, and cardboard are applied to this minimal armature with an adhesive of boiled wheat paste glue.  Other sculptures combine the paper core technique with a layer of wax.  Creating long-lasting sculpture from unlikely and somewhat ephemeral materials of yesterday’s news and this afternoon’s lunch is the crux of my artwork.”  The three relief sculptures in this exhibition are excellent examples of her work.  Wallace is an adjunct professor at Kean University and at Passaic County Community College.  She also teaches classes at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit.