Community Invited to View Students’ Best Works of Art

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Seeking a local venue to engage with creative minds? The Department of Art & Design at County College of Morris (CCM) is showcasing an abundance of artworks by more than 50 visual art, photography and design students at its Portfolio Class exhibits in the college’s Art Gallery starting April 7 and running through May 12.

“The CCM Art Gallery is always proud to present the portfolio work of our art and design students,” says Brian Sahotsky, gallery director. “The portfolio classes provide students with a valuable opportunity to design, compose, curate, install and exhibit their creative work as artists and designers.”

The first exhibit starting April 7 and running through April 21 features works by students majoring in visual arts and animation. Over 35 pieces will be on display. According to CCM Professor Todd L.W. Doney, “The Visual Arts Exhibit showcases the elements taught in the Portfolio course which teach students how to critique, improve and select their best work; create effective presentations; write documents for marketing their creative work to galleries, museums and prospective clients; and develop portfolios to gain entrance to four-year colleges and universities.” A concluding reception, free and open to the public, will be held in the gallery on Thursday, April 21, from 6 – 8 p.m.

The following week, CCM photography and design students will exhibit their final semester-long portfolio projects. This exhibit starts on April 28 and runs through May 12. An opening reception takes place on Thursday, April 28, and a concluding celebration on Thursday, May 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. Both are free and open to the public and offer guests the opportunity to meet the artists.

Student-Photographer Isoline Grant

Kelly Whalen, chair of the Department of Art & Design, notes that gallery visitors will have the opportunity to view a wide range of work. “They’ll have the opportunity to view 3D models, garments, renderings, drawings and other presentation methods, along with the work produced by photography students.”

Professor Nicole Schwartz adds, “Photography students create a cohesive semester-long project consisting of 10 to 15 images and all of the works in the exhibits are unique to each student.” The self-directed projects showcasing each student’s success within the Photography Technology Program may also be viewed online at

According to Sahotsky, “CCM’s fall and spring portfolio exhibitions serve as a capstone achievement for our students as they immerse themselves in the world of art and design, find their confidence bolstered and gain vital experience to their resume.”
The Art Gallery is located in the Sherman H. Masten Learning Resource Center on CCM’s campus, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph. Gallery visitors may park in any visitor lot with Parking Lot 7 being the closest. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.