PASSAIC COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE ART GALLERIES
Heroines: Living Women Making a Difference in Our World
Broadway Gallery at Passaic County Community College
About the Exhibit: Celebrating Women’s History Month, the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College is pleased to present Heroines: Living Women Making a Difference in Our World, an exhibition of mixed-media paintings by Judith Lepore-Schreiber.
The “Heroine” series features 15 large, mixed media panels of icon-like portraits of remarkable women from around the world. Done in acrylic paint on wood with tile and collage, the panels are mostly vertical and are displayed in a manner that conveys a sacredness about the women and their dedication to humanity. Brilliant colors and unique materials lend the works a stained-glass effect.
The artist has said that her creativity is focused on the issues of today. “If someone can look at one of my pieces and think about how the world can become a better place, then I feel like I’ve made that connection.” True to her vision, Ms. Lepore-Schreiber’s “Heroines” provide a way for viewers to connect to women who are making a difference.
Among the women represented are: Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Peace Prize winner from Pakistan; Fatu Kekula, an Ebola Nurse from Liberia; Cécile Kyenge, Italy’s first black cabinet minister, and Jane Goodall, a primatologist from England. (See the complete list below).
Clad in garments reflecting their cultures, the women are central in most of the panels with background portraying the context of their achievements. Some look directly out at the viewer, others gaze sideways as if suspicious of a threat. Cecile Kyenge, the first Black cabinet minister of Italy, is portrayed as if embraced and supported by the history of ancient Rome, yet looking beyond toward the realm of possibility symbolized by the Eternal City.
Women Represented in the Heroine Series:
Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan, Nobel Peace Prize
Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar, Political Activist
Mildred Dresselhaus, USA, MIT Scientist
Cecile Kyenge, Italy, 1st First Black Cabinet Minister
Ruth Buendia , Peru, Environmental Activist
Fatu Kekula, Liberia, Ebola Nurse
Rigoberta Menchu, Guatemala, Indigenous Rights Activist
Dutee Chand, India, Professional Sprinter
Darlene Arviso, New Mexico, Navaho “Water Lady”
Liu Yang, China, 1st Chinese Woman in Space
Jane Goodall, England, Primatologist
About the Artist - A former Ringwood, New Jersey resident, the artist now lives on coastal Long Island. She has a bachelor’s degree in sculpture and a master’s in painting. To learn more about the artist and her work, visit www.art-judithleporeschreiber.com .
For additional information, please contact Jane Haw, Gallery Curator,
at (973) 684-5448 or visit our website at www.pccc.edu/art/gallery.
The Passaic County Community College Art Galleries strive to maintain a barrier-free facility including complete access for patrons using wheelchairs.
The Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College has been named a Distinguished Arts Organization
and is funded, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.