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Jennie Santos: Project Room Offers Opportunity to Witness Large Canvases Become Artwork at Queens College Art Center, Through June 27, 2013

-- The Dominican-American Artist Works in a Replica of Her New Jersey Studio --

FLUSHING, NY, June 10, 2013 – Working in a reproduction of her home studio at the Queens College Art Center’s project room since early February, Dominican-American artist Jennie Santos has developed and installed two series. Mixed-Media Oil Portraits features paintings on partially primed unstretched canvases sewn together with different fabrics, with the stitches symbolizing drawing. I Dream of Vacation is a group of paintings accompanied by drawings and a sketch booklet. Both series refer to the Dominican Republic, either by the landscape or by the personalities Santos includes in her scenes. Her residency, during which she has worked in full sight of the public, has been a one-of-a-kind experience for her and for the visitors who have the opportunity to witness large canvases in mixed media become artwork.

Santos, a Dominican-born emerging artist who grew up drawing and painting, began taking classes when she was 11 years old. After earning BAs in Communication Design (graphic design and advertising) from Iberoamerican University in 1993, and in Fine Arts and Illustration from Altos de Chavon School of Art in 1997, she left her homeland to complete her studies at Parsons School of Design on a full scholarship (1999). Having fallen in love with New York City, she is now pursuing a fine arts career in the metropolitan area. Her painting in the installation is very personal, including large-scale portraits of live models and figure studies of a hybrid man-rooster, and another tackling ‘la Ciguapa,’ a mythological Dominican creature with backward-facing feet.

JENNIE SANTOS: PROJECT ROOM is curated by Graciela Kartofel. An art historian, art critic, and curator focusing on contemporary and Latin American art, Kartofel has taught at universities in the United States and abroad. Author of numerous catalogues and books, she also writes for ArtNexus and is an international correspondent for Radio Cultura. At Hunter College of CUNY, she is Art Critic in Residence and co-curator for the Thomas Hunter Project Room. At Queens College, she most recently curated an exhibition of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art, presented by the Latin American & Latino Studies Program in fall 2012.

This exhibition is sponsored by Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, and the Libraries.

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Queens College Art Center (part of the Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Arts)
Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Level Six
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing

Gallery Hours:

June 2013: Monday through Friday, 9 AM–5 PM; closed weekends and  holidays. Free and open to the public.

Gallery Contacts:     
For more info: (718) 997-3770 or

For directions to Queens College, please visit For a campus map, go to  (Rosenthal Library/Art Center).

The Queens College Art Center, founded in 1987, succeeds the Queens College Art Library Gallery established in 1960. In more than 200 exhibitions to date, the Art Center has shown masters like Alice Neel, Joseph Cornell, and Elizabeth Catlett, and introduced scores of artists from around the globe. Focusing on modern and contemporary programming expressive of the best art of our time, this display space presents the works of emerging and established artists in diverse media. Art Center exhibitions support the educational and cultural objectives of Queens College. The shared goal of the Queens College Art Center and of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is to provide the means for participating in and upholding a democratic society through learning, adaptation, and critical thinking.    


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