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Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak

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Virginia, Minnesota

Birth year

Lives in
Staten Island, New York

Works in
Photography, Drawing, Painting and Installations


digital, photography, realism, installation, mixed-media

Current Exhibitions and Events
Nov, 2015 CPG Gallery Holiday Show
CPG Gallery
Artist Statement & Exhibition List


Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak is originally from Virginia, Minnesota and lives in Staten Island, New York.  She received her B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; studied at NYU and received a M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in Painting, Drawing and Photography in 1983.  She is an Adjunct Professor of Art at St. John’s University in Staten Island and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online.  She shows in galleries and museums in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Wisconsin.


My photographic work is an exploration of traditional non-manipulated landscape in both digital and 35mm and montage manipulations.  I’ve been exploring illusions in photography with both darkroom and digital work for a number of years, since I first started taking photography as a serious art form in Undergraduate school.  My early darkroom illusions were experiments with movement and dance and relate to my newer digital manipulations in that they work in a sense as a drawing or painting, creating and compiling images to create something new and fresh. They bridge the gap between my paintings and photographs, both often having satirical themes.  Photography to me is being in the right place at the right time and having my camera to capture the experience as well as playing with the images to create something strong and unusual. Explorations of light, strong color and the impact of black and white are a large part of my work in all my mediums.

Nature cannot be duplicated. I do not manipulate my nature or landscape photos or use filters to change the colors. I believe in the purity of the subject and try to capture the colors and textures which so often take my breath away. They create a sense of calm in an often chaotic world; take you to a different place, a sense of solitude.  The illusions do experiment with manipulations in both color and black and white; they are a play on an image or an event and incorporate a sense of satire.  Both of these ideas represent the two very different approaches to my photography.

In addition to photography, I create paintings and drawings. The themes are based on personal experiences, literature and dreams, often satirical and humorous.  Life is so serious; we all need a chuckle in our daily life. The titles of the works are often clues to the underlying images. Color, is also a very important factor in all of my works. I love lush, bright colors interacting together. It wakes us up, creates a balance between intensity and calmness. This idea translates in all of my photography, my paintings and my drawings. I also do occasional installations including light and sculpture to go along with the themes of the drawings and paintings.

Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak




Solo Photographic Exhibit “Wish You Were Here”

 Loretto Memorial Library, St. John’s University, Staten Island, NY

November 5, 2009-February 15, 2010

Academic Lecture Series—Ask the Artist November 5, 2009

Kiernan Suite, Kelleher Center ; St. John’s University, Staten Island, NY


Solo Photographic Exhibit-Color Landscapes

Wisconsin Union Galleries; Lakefront on Langdon Gallery

University of Wisconsin, Madison

September 26-November 11, 2008

Reviewed by the Badger Herald and Daily Cardinal


Solo Photographic Exhibit-Color Landscapes

Atrium Gallery—BergenCountyY, a JCC

Washington Township, New Jersey June 7-July 1, 2007

Artist Talk June 7, 2007 Atrium Gallery Opening Reception


Solo Photographic Exhibit-Nature Photographs


Staten Island, NY Feb. 4-28, 2007


Solo Photographic Exhibit-Color Landscapes

Loretto Memorial Library; St. John’sUniversity, Staten Island, NY

December 1, 2005-February 28, 2006


Solo Photographic Exhibit

University of Medicine and Dentistry; RobertWoodJohnsonMedicalSchool, Piscataway, NJ March 15--April  22,  1999


“Tropical Paradise and Other Occurrences”October 25, 1995-January 14, 1996

University of Dentistry and Medicine; RobertWoodJohnsonMedicalSchool,

Piscataway NJ  Paintings, Drawings & Sculptures


“Tropical Paradise and Other Occurrences” January 1989

Birmingham Loft Gallery; PittsburghPA

Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures and Installation

Recipient of an Individual Artists’ Grant from Artists’ Space, NY, NY

Reviewed by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette & Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle

Window Installation June 27-July27, 1983

MasonGrossSchool of the Arts--RutgersUniversity; New Brunswick, NJ


MFA Thesis Show:  “Running From...” May 2-6, 1983

MasonGrossSchool of the Arts--Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


 “Illusions”--Solo Photographic Exhibit March 3-April 4, 1981

Art Department--6th fl. Window Gallery

University of Wisconsin; Madison, Wisconsin



“Rising Water 2.0” Museum of the City of New York

New York, NY December 28, 2013-March 31, 2014 Reviewed by NY Times

Curate NY Juried Exhibition  Bay 139 Gallery SICC

Staten Island, NY  November 2-November 24, 2013

Creative Photographers Guild Black & White Exhibit at Art Lab Gallery, Snug Harbor Cultural Center September 7-September 29, 2013

“Featured Photographer Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak” for Daydreams and Delusions CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY May 11-June 9, 2013

 Co-Curator “Island of Art” Juried Exhibition  St. John’s University Loretto Memorial Gallery March 23-May 11, 2013

DOFA Adjunct Faculty Exhibit,  Department of Fine Arts, St. John’s Univeristy

November  13-January 5 , 2013  Chung-Chen Gallery, Sun Yat Sen Hall; Queens, New York

 “Featured Photographer Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak” for Daydreams and Delusions CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY May 11-June 9, 2013

 Co-Curator “Island of Art” Juried Exhibition  St. John’s University Loretto Memorial Gallery March 23-May 11, 2013

 CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers Guild) Group Exhibits

Staten Island, NY  Continuous exhibitions 2010-Present 

Show Listings:

 The Billboard Art Project “Albany, NY” July 2-15, 2012

The Billboard Art Project “Richmond, VA” April 2-29, 2012

The Billboard Art Project “Baton Rouge, LA” Nov. 5 2011

The Billboard Art Project “Chicago, IL” September 26-October 23, 2011

The Billboard Art Project “Duluth, MN” August 20-21, 2011

 Co-Curator: Creative Photographer’s Guild (CPG) Black and White Exhibition

St. John’s University Loretto Memorial Library Gallery

St. John’s University, Staten Island, NY March 17-May 5, 2012

JCC of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY March 8-April 30, 2012

 Co-Curator:  “Island of Art” Juried Exhibition, St. John’s University Loretto Memorial Gallery, Staten Island, NY  November 19, 2011-January 27-2012, March 23-May 11, 2013

 “Vacation Locations” A National Juried Exhibition

The Rye Arts Center, Rye, NY September 11-October 15, 2011, prize winner     

 “IPhone Obscura” Juried Exhibition

 Wagner College Spotlight Gallery, Staten Island, NY June 24-July 23, 2011                                    

“Significance of Grace” Juried Exhibition

 Minnesota Discovery Center Museum, Chisholm, MN May 21-July 31, 2011

Featured on PBS WDSE “The Playlist”, June 16, 2011

Reviewed by the Mesabi Daily News, July 7, 2011

 Department of Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition

St. John’s University; Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery
Sun Yat Sen Hall; Queens, NY  Nov. 16-Jan. 8, 2010

 “Illusions” Featured Photographer Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak

Creative Photography Guild Group Exhibition

CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY Sept. 11-October 17, 2010

  “Art at Bay” Creative Photography Guild Group Exhibition

Art at Bay Gallery, Staten Island, NY  May 1-30, 2010

 Bumper to Bumper-International Bumper Sticker Show

Visual Arts League of New Jersey, sponsored by Eighteen Lumber Co.

Cork Gallery, LincolnCenter; NY,   October 1-15; 2005

 Creative Photography Guild Group Show

Karl’s Klipper Restaurant; 40 Bay Street; Staten Island, NYJune 2005-ongoing

 DOFA”  Faculty Exhibit  Department of Fine Arts, St. John’s Univeristy

December 12, 2003-January 17th , 2004  Chung-Chen Gallery, Sun Yat Sen Hall;         Queens, New York

  “A Plastic Peace”  Digital Painting Show   Christchurch, New Zealand;   July 6-17th 2003 


“Pipe Dreams” Cork GalleryLincolnCenter; NY,NY May 23-June 4, 2002 

Faculty Exhibit Department of Fine Arts , St. John’sUniversity;

 Chung-Chen Gallery, Sun Yat Sen Hall; Queens, New York  February 2001 

“She Shows Now”

Cork Gallery, LincolnCenter; NY, NY  Dec. 1997-Jan. 1998

University of Medicine and Dentistry; Piscataway, NJ  March-April 1998

 “The Hub with Magnetic Connections”

Cork Gallery, LincolnCenter; NY, NY  December 3-15, 1998

University of Medicine and Dentistry; Piscataway, NJ  January-February 1999

“R2001 Web Group Exhibition”

Trans-Hudson Gallery 416 W. 13th  St.  NY, NYJune 14, 1998

 “Dorothy’s Red Shoe”

Permanent display along with others at Fash-N-Fit Rx Shoes, Route 18 S.,

East Brunswick, NJ  April 1999

 “Plastique the Ocean Show” A traveling Exhibit

Cancun, Mexico November 1998

MilltownMunicipalBuilding; Milltown, NJ  September 1997

St.BartholomewSchool; Chicago, Ill  December 1996

Creative Space Place, New Brunswick, NJ  October-November 1996

East Brunswick Public Library; East Brunswick, NJ  September 1996

Playhouse 22, East Brunswick, NJ  April 1996

RobertWoodJohnsonMedicalCenter; New Brunswick, NJ  March 11-25, 1996

Cork Gallery, LincolnCenter; New Brunswick, NJ  November 1-28, 1995

Exhibited extensively at other venues 1995-present

 “The Kite Show”

A Juried Show, SullivanCounty Art Museum  August 1-27, 1995

Group Show

Studio Z Gallery; Pittsburgh, PA  August 1-30, 1988

Pittsburgh Society of the Arts Regional Juried Show

Studio Z Gallery; Pittsburgh, PAJuly 8-30, 1988

Honorable Mention Award

Group Sect--A Two Part Show

Part 2:  The Back Room Gallery at Paul’s Cafe; Long Island City, NY

June 9-23, 1983

 Group Sect

Part 1:  The Back Room Gallery at Paul’s Cafe; Long Island City, NY

May 5-June 3, 1983

Recipient of an Artist’s Space Group Show Grant

Group Drawing Invitational

Ecole Nationale D’Art   DeCeugy-Pontoise Ave.  De La Grand Ecole

9500 Ceugy, FranceMarch 1-25, 1983

 “Metro Show”  A Juried Small Works Show

City Without Walls Gallery; Newark, NJ  October 8-November 5, 1983

“Art in Site”  Invitational Group Show

 SomersetCountyCollegeArtGallery; Somerville, NJ  October 8-28, 1983

 Window Installation June 27-July27, 1983

MasonGrossSchool of the Arts--RutgersUniversity; New Brunswick, NJ

MFA Thesis Show:  “Running From...” May 2-6, 1983

MasonGrossSchool of the Arts--Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ




Recent Exhibits

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