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Dignity Through Art

July 12th - August 6th, 2008

Opening July 12th 6:30 - 7:30 pm

The French Artist, Jean Dubuffet was one of the first to call art created outside the boundaries of official culture “Outsider Art”. He was particularly interested in art done by asylum inmates. Today, the term "Outsider Art" is applied more broadly to include works by self-taught artists or arts works created by individuals who have little or no contact with the institutions of the mainstream art world. The work currently on display in the Gallery was done by individuals who have mental, developmental and physical disabilities.

FEGS, one of the largest and most diversified private, not-for-profit health related and human service organizations in the United States created a Dignity Through Art Program which provides art classes for clients. The program selects some of the amazing works done by clients for reproduction as posters and sells them via the FEGS website to the general public. Purchases directly benefit FEGS programs and clients. MCNY purchased the posters now on display in the College gallery to support the excellent work FEGS does. After the show, these posters will be hung throughout the College for continued enjoyment and appreciation by the College community.

431 Canal Street 12th floor. Photo ID required for entrance.


Less Said

Discovering The Power Of Visual Writing And Texture

Paintings by Ralph Turturro

September 5th – October 27th, 2006

Artist’s Statement:

Painting is something that continues to fill me with wonder and awe. It is a process not unlike like being an archeologist discovering found objects that send one reeling back and forth through time. Everyday it brings you closer to your mortality; demands that you face yourself for better or for worse; teaches you to accept and cherish loss as an indelible element of time; the unmitigated truth of it as well as its horror and its beauty.

Less Said is a title of one of the works in this show and an aesthetic I hold dear. It is a term used to express the space that remains when one holds back from saying anything more than is necessary.

The objectives in my work are always the same: to recognize the things that continue to evolve and thrill me in this life such as balance and imbalance, persisting ambiguities, understatement, open spaces, unresolved endings, the truths in contradiction, palimpsests, illegible markings, graffiti, old, re-varnished wooden school desks, active, rusting surfaces, worn away names/dates on grave stones, old ships, walls, and so on.

To harness these things in the energy of the paint, I work with oils and acrylics, in particular Golden Acrylics and Mediums, incorporating wax, sand, wood shavings, scraps of wood, canvas, newspaper, cardboards, matt boards, magazines, and any other interesting surface builders I discover along the way. Some painters who influence my work are van Gogh, Kandinsky, Pollock, deKooning, Rothko, Twombly, Tapies, Basquiat, Schnable, Anselm Kiefer, Terry Winters and John Walker.

History and Overview

NEXT Art Gallery was founded in the Fall Semester of 2001, by the Arts Administration students of the MBA in Media Management Program offered at Metropolitan College of New York for whom designing a gallery space and mounting an exhibition was a class project.

NEXT Art Gallery was an immediate success. Students, Faculty, Administration, and members from the surrounding communities were both excited by and appreciative of the works shown. It was decided that NEXT Art Gallery would become a permanent feature of the Institution.

Goals and Objectives

  • To encourage the development of traditional and experimental art forms in all mediums.
  • To support and promote emerging and under-represented artists of all ages and all ethnicities by offering them a central venue in Soho, an internationally renowned art center, to show their work.
  • To educate and develop audiences by having innovative art shows and show-related events.
  • To train future art and cultural industry administrators.

MCNY has one of the only MBA programs in the nation devoted to both media and arts management. In addition, we also offer the only Culture and Commerce Master's degree in the nation. Students in the Media, Theatre, and Arts Administration courses are able to develop and promote exhibitions and events in a real world setting as part of their training.

Recent Exhibits


Artists interested in exhibiting in the NEXT gallery are encouraged to submit slides (10 to 20 maximum), a project description and an artist biography.

Please send all materials, along with a self -addressed, stamped envelope to the following address:

Next Gallery Curatorial Committee
Metropolitan College of New York
Room 1434
431 Canal Street
NY, NY 10013

Materials can also be sent electronically to .

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