Castle Gallery Presents Westchester Biennial 2014


NEW ROCHELLE, NY, April 11, 2014 – The Castle Gallery at The College of New Rochelle’s will host The Westchester Biennial 2014 – a juried exhibit featuring artists who live or work in Westchester. Selections of paintings,  photography, sculpture, mixed media, and works on paper created in the last two years will be on view at the College’s Castle Gallery. The exhibit  runs from Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, June 20. The Biennial opening reception takes place on May 4 from 2-4 p.m., concurrent with the College’s Strawberry Festival.  The gallery is located on the New Rochelle campus at 29 Castle Place.  

The Westchester Biennial 2014 exhibit will feature 29 artists selected (from nearly 100 applicants this year) who have been chosen by a prestigious and experienced panel of jurors, including: Lisa Cooper, Owner of Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery in Riverdale, NY; Shari Mendelson, a sculptor who resides in Brooklyn and upstate New York; and Nick De Pirro, President of Proto Gallery in Hoboken, NJ.

“I can’t tell you how important it is for artists to put time and effort into putting their work out there and getting it seen. It’s a great opportunity for artists to show their work where it can be seen by gallery owners, curators and artists in the community, and for a gallery owner, it’s a great way to identify wonderful unique new voices,” jury panelist Lisa Cooper said, explaining the significance of the Westchester Biennial show.

This is the ninth year the College has hosted this juried art exhibition.  The Exhibit began in 1998 to showcase recent work by both emerging and established artists throughout Westchester County. It is the only show of its kind open exclusively to Westchester County artists. Works submitted must have been created within the last two years (2012-2014).

Overall, panelists characterized the body of work as an eclectic mix of mediums from emerging to more established artists.   Lisa Cooper noted “a move towards digital prints, high gloss and resin.”  The presence of large paintings and references in the artists statements to “spirituality or a higher power,” resonated with sculptor and panelist Shari Mendelson, who has exhibited at Castle Gallery herself.

Summing up this year’s Biennial exhibit, Mendelson explained “It reflects the passion and commitment of the artists and is truly moving to see how art seems to be such an integral and meaningful part of peoples’ lives. “

For general information, tours, and directions to Castle Gallery and The College of New Rochelle, please call (914) 654-5423  Castle Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays and major holidays.


Works on paper

  • Michele Gage (Pound Ridge)
  • Dara Kane (Bronxville)
  • Moira A McCaul (Yonkers)
  • Rima Grad (Larchmont)

  • Nils Hill (Croton-on-Hudson)
  • Carole Curtis (New Rochelle)
  • Katherine Dufault (Mamaroneck)
  • Deborah Beck (Peekskill)
  • Fletcher Crossman (Mamaroneck)
  • Galina Dargery (Tuckahoe)
  • Annette Lieblein  (Larchmont)
  • Kiyoshi Otsuka (Bronxville)
  • Jill Parry (Mamaroneck)
  • Kang Joo Lee (Hartsdale)
  • Lael Morgan  (Cronton-on-Hudson)
  • Patricia Spergel (Larchmont)
  • Jackie Meier (Mamaroneck)
  • Marion Schneider (Larchmont)

  • Fernando A. Joffroy (New Rochelle)
  • David Licata (White Plains)
Mixed Media

  • Rachel Sydlowski  (Eastchester)
  • Natalya Aikens (Pleastantville)
  • Glenn Fischer (Yonkers)
  • Anne Bobroff-Hajal  (White Plains)
  • Christopher Manning (Hastings on Hudson)

  • Daniel Wilner (Katonah)
  • Arnold Kastenbaum  (Mamaroneck)
  • Donald O’Brien Russell (Hastings on Hudson)

  • Ellen Evjen (Bronxville)
The Castle Gallery, located in the west wing of Leland Castle at The College of New Rochelle, was founded in 1980, in direct response to a growing interest in the arts throughout Westchester. Handicapped accessibility to the Gallery includes curb ramps, parking, three steps at the front entrance, a wheelchair ramp in the rear and accessible rest rooms.


(Above: "Rush," by Lael Morgan. Top: "Split," by Jackie Meier.)