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2018 Alumni Art Show Exhibitors
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Gabriel Adames ’16

Gabriel completed his Visual Arts degree at WCC in 2016 and is currently pursuing a BFA in Painting at SUNY Purchase.  His work has been featured in exhibitions at WCC and SUNY Purchase, and he was included in an exhibition curated by Donna Mikkelsen and Wilfredo Morel of The Bean Runner Cafe in Peekskill in celebration of National Autism Awareness Month.

 

Website http://gabeadames.wordpress/author/gabeadames

 

Gulgun Aliriza ’02

Gulgun Aliriza is a Cypriot-born American painter who lives and works in New York.

She graduated from Westchester Community College in 2002, and received her

BFA from SUNY Purchase with Summa Cum Laude in 2005. She subsequently

earned her MFA from Western Connecticut University in 2007, and she continued

her studies with Graham Nickson at the New York Studio School, NYC, and with

Susanna Coffey. She is the recipient of several grants and a residency program

awards. In 2007, she was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.

Gulgun has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout the Northeast. In

2013 her work was featured in "The Power of Place" at the Hudson Valley Center

for Contemporary Art. 2013, she had a solo show, "The Poetics of Excess", at the

Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC, where she had her second solo show, "Spatial

Journeys", in November 2017.

 

Website: http://gulgunaliriza.com/

 

Maria Bernal-Diaz ’17

Maria Bernal Diaz was born in Sevilla, Spain, and graduated from Westchester

Community College in Spring 2016. She is currently working towards her BA

degree at Hunter College. Maria's series of abstract paintings employ geometric

shapes and color combinations to explore aspects of pictorial depth and space.

One of these large paintings is titled Geometry II, and exemplifies her use of

geometry to create spatial complexity and depth. Her artistic influences include

Kenneth Noland, Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers, Armando Rabadan, and Gerardo

Delgado. She also works with prints, especially etchings, and sculptures made

from melted sugar and ceramics.

 

Website: https://meriberni.wordpress.com/

 

Danny Castro ’13

Daniel completed his degree at WCC in December 2017 and is currently pursuing a BFA in Painting from SUNY Purchase.  One of his paintings was exhibited in the SUNY Student Art Show in Albany in Fall 2017 and was selected for inclusion in the "Best of SUNY" show in this coming summer.

Gabriel Fantauzzi ’05

A New Yorker with a passion for art and design, Gabriel Fantauzzi spent his early

formative years honing his artistic craft on the sides of NYC subway cars. After

graduating from High School, he started a custom painting business. What started

out as an invite to help a friend to paint a mural in a customer's home, grew into

a small business with 16+ employees, providing custom high-end painting services

and faux finishes throughout the tristate area for close to17 years. In 2003, he

attended Westchester Community College to obtain a Visual Arts Associate

Degree and he subsequently earned a BFA degree from SUNY Purchase. In 2006,

he transitioned to a new professional career with the Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Worldwide, a hospitality company, to become an award winning 2D Designer/Art

Director, 3D Design Manager and the Global Events Production Manager. In 2018,

with Partners John Crash Matos and Robert Kantor, Gabriel will be launching

Ngozy.com, a targeted, scalable, commercial, and global art platform for the

creative communication, service and documentation to connect educate and

reach a broad artistic and public community.

Personal Quote: "My motivation comes from carrying the same attitude in my

career as I do in my life. I recovered from an accident that I was given a 90%

chance of not recovering from. My approach when I've ever come across an

impossible looking obstacle, is to welcome the challenge and so I say, "bring it

on!"

Website: http://gabrielfantauzzi.com/

 

Beth Garramone-Ross ’17

Beth Garramone-Ross completed her Visual Arts A.A.S degree at Westchester

Community College in spring 2017. She was that year's Curriculum Award winner

and a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award. She is currently pursuing a BFA

at SUNY Purchase, with a major in Printmaking. Beyond the classroom, Beth is a

wife, and mother of two teenaged daughters.

 

Website: https://1bethaross.wordpress.com/

 

Chiaki Hagiwara ’15

Chiaki Hagiwara graduated from Westchester Community College in Spring 2015,

and transferred with a full scholarship to the College of New Rochelle, where she

majored in Art Education. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2017, and

received the Who's Who Among Students In American Universities & College

award. After completing her student teacher training, Chiaki realized that her

true passion was in designing stationery. She is currently working as a Production

Assistant at Ceci New York, a graphic design firm that specializes in luxury custom

invitations and stationeries.

 

Website: https://chiakihagiwara.wixsite.com/artandeducation

 

Jason Isolini ’15

Jason Isolini graduated Westchester Community College in 2015 and received his

BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2017. He has participated in nationally juried

exhibitions at the Barrett Art Center, and group exhibitions at the New York State

Museum, and SVA's Chelsea Gallery. His work has been published in Forbes, W

Magazine, and Museé Magazine. He has been a recipient of awards in film,

SUNY's Chancellors Award, SUNY's Visual Arts Award, and the Rhodes Award in

Photography and Video. He is a project coordinator at Duggal Visual Solutions

and lives in Brooklyn NY.

 

Website: http://jisolini.com/

 

Yoko Kyutaku ’16

Jason Isolini graduated Westchester Community College in 2015 and received his

BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2017. He has participated in nationally juried

exhibitions at the Barrett Art Center, and group exhibitions at the New York State

Museum, and SVA's Chelsea Gallery. His work has been published in Forbes, W

Magazine, and Museé Magazine. He has been a recipient of awards in film,

SUNY's Chancellors Award, SUNY's Visual Arts Award, and the Rhodes Award in

Photography and Video. He is a project coordinator at Duggal Visual Solutions

and lives in Brooklyn NY.

 

Website: http://jisolini.com/

 

Marina Payne ’13

Marina Payne is an illustrator living in New York. In her art, she seeks to instill a sense

of narrative and whimsy. Marina graduated from Westchester Community

College 2013, and was that year's Curriculum Award winner. She graduated

Summa Cum Laude from the University of Hartford Hartford Art School with a

Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in illustration and minoring in art history.

 

Website: http://marinaillustration.com/

 

Khai Tran ’13

Khai Tran Westchester Community College in 2013 as a Visual Arts major. During

his time at WCC he was Vice President of the Art Club, a Teaching Assistant to

Professor Carla Rae Johnson in Drawing 1, and had his work exhibited in the 2016

"Best in SUNY" exhibition in Albany. Khai was accepted into SUNY Purchase

College's intensive BFA program, where he majored in painting. After graduation

from Purchase he was recommended for a job in collections and exhibitions

management at Deutsche Bank as an administrative assistant. He is currently in

charge of advertising, as a graphic designer and gallery administrator at Joan B

Mirviss, the foremost dealer in contemporary Japanese ceramics.

 

Website: www.khaimichael.weebly.com

 

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