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Photography Show to Feature Creative Achievements of RCC Alumni

Photography Show to Feature Creative Achievements of RCC Alumni

"Starry Night, TX," by Phil Jung is one of many photographs by RCC alumni featured in an upcoming exhibition.

DATE: April 12, 2017

On-campus exhibit free and open to the public

RAMAPO – Take advantage of a unique opportunity to see the remarkable artistic talent to come through the Photography program at Rockland Community College. The RCC Art Department is pleased to present Full Circle: Photography by RCC Alumni during the month of May. The exhibit, representing the work of over 30 alumni who received their degrees in Photography at RCC, is free and open to the public.

May 2 – May 31
Cultural Arts Center
Rockland Community College

The Atrium at RCC’s Cultural Arts Center will be transformed into a gallery for this special event. Lili Grady of the RCC Art Department said, “We're ecstatic to have a first-ever exhibit that showcases how our photo alumni have flourished and grown."

Associate Professor John Schlesinger added, “It's a rare privilege—and incredibly gratifying—to see this array of fantastic work from former students, and to witness the phenomenal progress they have made.”

This show is being held in honor of Dr. Cliff L. Wood, RCC President, who will be retiring in June. Dr. Wood has been an ardent supporter of the Art Department and RCC’s involvement in statewide art exhibitions.

“The work on view this May is a testament to Dr. Wood's passion for art and all things creative, as well as his unwavering support for students and their career and educational dreams,” said RCC Art adjunct faculty Lena Hyun, who is the coordinator for this show and for student art on campus. “The Art Department would also like to thank the RCC Association for helping make this event possible and the Student Government Association for its continuing support of student art exhibitions.”

Full Circle is curated by RCC alumnus Jherry Ramirez, who is completing his photography BFA at Pratt Institute this spring.

Highlighted artists

Phil Jung is not only an RCC alum but also taught photography at the College for about a decade. Jung continues to teach at the University of Hawaii and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design summer program, while his own work has gained critical acclaim. Jung’s artwork is featured in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. For more information and to see examples of Jung’s work, visit

Michael Santiago attended the San Francisco Art Institute after graduating RCC, and is now completing his MFA at Syracuse University. Santiago’s work as a documentary photographer focusing on issues concerning people of color and their communities has earned him numerous awards and accolades, including an Award of Excellence at the 70th College Photographer of the Year awards. To see Santiago’s work, visit

portrait of James McGill

Minori Sakai transferred to the SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology after RCC and received her BFA in 2015. She recently joined the Iino Mediapro photographic studios in Tokyo. Her work can be seen at

Joseph Traina, who graduated from SUNY Purchase after RCC, now lives and works as a professional photographer in Seattle. His website is

Ramirez, the show’s curator, is one of many of the featured artists about to complete their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. This group includes G-Jun Yam, at Columbia College Chicago; Jordan Goodman, at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Amanda Weber, at the School of Visual Arts; and Chris Gilliam, at SUNY Purchase. Another photographer, Eli Ritter, just completed his degree at Marist College.

Recent transfers from RCC whose work will be featured in the show include: Emma Bobb, currently at SUNY Purchase; Vicky Charles, studying at SUNY New Paltz; Veronica Murphy, now at Duke; and Johnathan Wilborn, recently accepted to the Cooper Union School of Art for the fall of 2017.

Full Circle: Photography by RCC Alumni will also include works from the RCC Student Art Collection of photography previously featured in the annual SUNY-wide exhibition series.

The exhibition gets underway on Tuesday, May 2, with a reception for the artists at the Cultural Arts Center Atrium, which is open to the RCC community and members of the public. Videos by Jherry Ramirez and Michael Santiago will also be screened at the reception.

"The strength of the Art Department is not measured by the rigor of our courses, the quality of our degrees, the professionalism of our instructors or the state-of-the-art level of our technology, but by the success of our students,” said Professor Don Iannucci, RCC Art Chair. “This show demonstrates our strength beautifully."

In addition to Photography, RCC’s Art Department offers degree programs in Fine Arts and Graphic Design.  For more information, visit