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Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak

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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Virginia, Minnesota
Birth year
1958
Lives in
Staten Island, New York
Works in
Photography, Drawing, Painting and Installations
Schools
Tags
mixed-media, installation, photography, digital
Current Exhibitions and Events
Artist Statement & Exhibition List

CONNIE J. FRISCH-CHERNIAK

 

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.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My photographic work is an exploration of traditional non-manipulated work in both digital, 35mm and montage manipulations. 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, create a sense of solitude.  The manipulated works bridge the gap between photography and drawing.  They experiment with 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, drawings and installations which include light and sculptures. The themes are based on personal experiences, literature and dreams, often satirical and humorous.  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.

Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak

ccherniak@si.rr.com    

www.conniefrischcherniak.org

SELECTED ONE WOMAN SHOWS

 

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—Bergen County Y, 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

Blue Heron Park Nature Center

Staten Island, NY Feb. 4-28, 2007 

Solo Photographic Exhibit-Color Landscapes

Loretto Memorial Library; St. John’s University, Staten Island, NY  December 1, 2005-February 28, 2006 

Solo Photographic Exhibit

University of Medicine and Dentistry; Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ

March 15--April  22,  1999 

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

University of Dentistry and Medicine; Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway NJ  Paintings, Drawings & Sculptures

 

“Tropical Paradise and Other Occurrences” January 1989

Birmingham Loft Gallery; Pittsburgh PA; 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

Mason Gross School of the Arts—Rutgers University; New Brunswick, NJ

 

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

Mason Gross School 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

 SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS 

“Staaten Shores” Biddle House Gallery, Conference House Park Staten Island, NY Feb.11 – April 2, 2017

 CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers Guild) Group Exhibits  Staten Island, NY  Continuous exhibitions 2010-Present --Show Listings:  www.cpggallery.org

 “Summer Yearnings and Conversions” Featured Photographer:  Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak  CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY  February 20-March 20, 2016

Faculty Exhibit Art Lab Gallery, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY September 5-October 4, 2015

DOFA Faculty Exhibit,  Department of Fine Arts, St. John’s Univeristy  November  3-29, 2014  Chung-Chen Gallery, Sun Yat Sen Hall; Queens, New York

Faculty, Exhibit Art Lab Gallery, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NYSeptember 6-September 26, 2014

“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 25-May 27, 2017;  March 23-May 11, 2013, November 19, 2011-January 27, 2012

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

  CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers Guild) Group Exhibits  Staten Island, NY  Continuous exhibitions 2010-Present --Show Listings:  www.cpggallery.org

 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     http://www.billboardartproject.com/index.html

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

 “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  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, Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center; NY,   October 1-15; 2005              

 Creative Photography Guild Group Show Karl’s Klipper Restaurant; 40 Bay Street; Staten Island, NY June 2005-2006

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