JCTC ARTSpeaks Goes In-Depth With The Powerpop Trio

By Zahria Perkins, Class of 2018 Photo by Zahria Perkins (Projection of a masking tape piece by Kayt Hester) The lighting is dim and the space is occupied with about 15 people in Merseles Studios. The energy in the room is cozy, yet simultaneously festive. All eyes are focused on the Powerpop Trio; a collective made…

SPU Art Gallery: An Interview with Photographer Kay Kenny

By Jojenet Encarnacion, Class of 2019 As the art and music culture expands in Jersey City, newcomers and locals are seeing a growth of original artwork from artists displayed publicly. Saint Peter’s University is showcasing its newest attraction in the 5th floor of Mac Mahon Student Center at its newFine Arts Gallery. Camera’s Vision: Archaeology|Architecture|Landscape…

Art Gallery at Saint Peter’s Now Open to the Public

By Zahria Perkins, Class of 2018 The space is occupied with about twenty people but yet, the sound of a pen dropping can be heard as clear as day. The sunshine coming through a floor to ceiling glass window is casting a slight glare on the photographs gracefully draped on the walls. Everyone is moving…

Beauty and its Beast: Jersey City Artists and Gentrification

By Ennica Jacob, Class of 2017 Emerging from the Grove Street Path Station, you’re hit by a wave, in the figurative sense. A portrait of a controlled ocean wave hovers above Dunkin’ Donuts. Depending on what path you choose, you’ll be greeted by an aesthetically pleasing mural or “Protect Yo Heart” tags spray-painted on the…

Making Jersey City Beautiful (and Green) Again

Gabriella Robles and Amanda Jones Jersey City has the second largest population  in New Jersey, falling just short of Newark. With over 250,000 residents in the city, various groups have stepped up to make their home a more beautiful and efficient place to live. Whether it’s the city’s captivating street art, safer areas for kids…

Interpretation through Fashion

Michael DeMoya: So tell me who you are? Thomas Quinones: I’m the cookie monster. What kind of f***ing question is that? Mike: D**n it. I mean who are you? Act like I’m nobody you know. This doesn’t work if I have to feed you answers. Tommy: Aight aight. Let me get in my GQ state of…

We’re not Street Artists, We’re Graffiti Writers: Chester Wallnuts

Olivia Monahan, Class of 2017  Subway terminals are like wind tunnels and the train was flying. The train would stop, he would spray another line, anxious for when the train would take off again. The train lept into motion once more and despite his firm grasp on the handle, he felt himself slipping. Perspiring from…

Bare Naked Emotion: A Profile of Shannon Stoia

Greeted in her studio space, I was welcomed to sit on her soft yet overwhelmingly large bean bag chair; although, the clutter of her supplies made it difficult to shimmy myself into a comfortable position. Regrouping my thoughts, my eye catches a tattoo of a woman’s legs stretched out of a giant coffee cup on…

JCTC is Jersey City’s Home for Artist

By Mike DeMoya A few years ago Jersey City was only known to be home to dreamers, but now it is now leading the conversation when it comes to art. People are becoming more interested in the art scene of Jersey City, not because art is sold here, but because it lives here. Jersey City…

Local Woman of the World: Lucy Rovetto

Olivia Monahan- Class of 2017 The arts scene in Jersey City is slowly blossoming throughout the city. Tucked away in Downtown Jersey City, a community for local artists is quickly becoming a hub for visual and performing arts. Jersey City Theatre Center (JCTC) was founded in 2006 by Olga Levina, a theatre professional with 20…