University Galleries and Collections

Here/Now: A Juried Exhibition of Student Artwork

Online Exhibition

Beginning April 20, 2020

Juried by the William Paterson Department of Art faculty Ashley Gerst, Elaine Lorenz, and Grace Ramsey, this exhibition showcases student artwork in diverse media.



Press Release

Here/Now, an annual exhibition that features William Paterson University student artwork, will be hosted online this year beginning April 20, 2020.

On view as a slide show on the University Galleries’ website ( and as a virtual exhibition on ArtSteps (, this exhibition showcases a variety of media including drawing, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles. The exhibition was juried by Ashley Gerst, Elaine Lorenz, and Grace Ramsey, William Paterson University professors of art. Gallery intern and William Paterson senior Kara Kovach created the virtual exhibition on ArtSteps.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Kehinde Adeyefa (Cliffwood, NJ), Taiwo Adeyefa (Cliffwood, NJ), Kaithlyn Alta (Wayne, NJ), Natalia Arias (Dover, NJ), Summer Blais (Wharton, NJ), Elizabeth Brautigan (Pompton Lakes, NJ), Leilah Bueno (Pinebrook, NJ), Kathleen Burrough (Oceanport, NJ), Jessica Chambers (Belleville, NJ), Jennifer Ciufia (Pine Beach, NJ), Raymond Columna (Nutley, NJ), Laryssa Fee (New Providence, NJ), Lily Fenwick (Ridgewood, NJ), Kate Ferraro (Wayne, NJ), Ana Garcia (Wayne, NJ), Liam Garcia (Riveredge, NJ), Kirstin Gerhart (Vernon, NJ), Matthew Gonzalez (East Rutherford, NJ), Danielle Kieffer (Haledon, NJ), Anna Koontz (Ridgewood, NJ), Kara Kovach (Franklin, NJ), Lily Laura (Haddon Heights, NJ), Freddy Leon (Passaic, NJ), Joshua Lopez (Newton, NJ), Christina Lorenzo (Dover, NJ), Giancarlo Medina (Totowa, NJ), Ana Mercedes (Elmwood Park, NJ), Timothy Miller (Hawthorne, NJ), Makeda Moore (Plainfield, NJ), Diana Novachevska (West Milford, NJ), Willanda Odige (Montclair, NJ), Sarah Park and Alicia Parker (Wayne, NJ), Patricia Patzi (Bloomfield, NJ), Mallory Rummel (Livingston, NJ), Marcos Salazar (Paterson, NJ), Jessica Santana (Clifton, NJ), Giovanna Severino (Palisades Park, NJ), Chase Simmons (Englewood, NJ), Adaliz Tabar (Passaic, NJ), Misa Takahashi (Little Falls, NJ) and Olha Voytsitska (Fort Lee, NJ).

The jurors selected the following students to receive awards: Kristin Gerhart, Pounce (Best in Show), Marcos Salazar, Untitled (2nd Best in Show), Freddy Leon, Wave (3rd Best in Show); Patricia Patzi, Lost in the Desert (Best in Category – 2D Digital Art); Marcos Salazar, Rhythm Within (Best in Category – 3D/Sculpture), Raymond Columna, Clasp (2nd Place – 3D Sculpture), Timothy Miller, Tree Guitar (3rd Place – 3D/Sculpture); Marcos Salazar, Untitled (Best in Category – Ceramics), Lily Fenwick, Hollow (2nd Place – Ceramics), Kara Kovach, Untitled (3rd Place – Ceramics); Ana Mercedes, Self-Portrait (Best in Category – Drawing), Mallory Rummel, Tired Eyes (2nd Place – Drawing), Makeda Moore, Forest Guide (3rd Place – Drawing); Chase Simmons, Dorothea Lange Currency (Best in Category – Graphic Design), Sarah Park and Alicia Parker, The Mix (2nd Place – Graphic Design); Matt Gonzalez, Vampiress (Best in Category – Illustration), Kehinde Adeyefa, Nova (2nd Place – Illustration); Freddy Leon, Wave (Best in Category – Painting), Leilah Bueno, Ignorance of Icarus (2nd Place – Painting); Jessica Santana, Ascension (Best in Category – Printmaking), Jessica Chambers, Untitled (2nd Place – Printmaking), Danielle Kieffer, As Above, So Below (3rd Place – Printmaking); Olha Voytsitska, Denim Nude (Best in Category – Textiles), Ana Garcia, Dragon Quilt (2nd Place – Textiles), Gigi Severino, Dragon Warrior (3rd Place – Textiles).

This exhibition was made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The William Paterson University Galleries are wheelchair-accessible. Large-print educational materials are available. For additional information, please call the William Paterson University Galleries at 973-720-2654.

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Links to Multimedia

Kristin Gerhart, Pounce, 2019

Animation, 15 seconds

Courtesy of the artist


Sarah Park and Alicia Parker, The Mix, 2019

Digital prints, 11 x 17 inches (open)

Courtesy of the artists