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ccherniak@si.rr.com
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I work predominately in color landscape and nature photography. I also have been exploring self portraits, montages and the impact of black and white photography. The landscape themes are based on personal experiences, travel and the effects of light and color. They shows the similarity of nature between places that have captured my heart and are a compilation of numerous trips showing the changing landscapes and scenery, in a certain sense a time lapse. The natural beauty of the areas, although extremely different, can appear so similar. Photography to me is being in the right place at the right time and having my camera to capture the experience. The color photographs fuse my love for color with my love for nature.

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.

I also work in black and white photography both traditional and some experiments with montage photographs. Black and white can have a tremendous impact on the image that color can often detract from. The montages to me work in a sense like drawing or painting, compiling images and creating something fresh and new. Many of the images are self portraits.

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.


    EDUCATION
    May 1983                      MASTER of FINE ARTS DEGREE            1982-1983
    Mason Gross School of the Arts--Rutgers University;  New Brunswick, NJ
    Masters Thesis Title:  Relationships Between Visual Arts and Literature
    Master of Fine Arts Exhibition Title:  Running From....Painting, Drawings and                                        Sculpture
    1981-1982                    MASTERS PROGRAM in PAINTING  (transferred)
    New York University; New York, NY

    June 1981                     BACHELORS  of SCIENCE DEGREE--VISUAL ARTS 1976-1981
    University of Wisconsin; Madison, Wisconsin 

    June 1976                     HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
    Roosevelt High School; Virginia, MN 

                                                                TEACHING EXPERIENCE
    ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ART   1989-present
    ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ART   1985-1989
    St. John’s University; Staten Island, NY

    ADJUNCT April, 2007-present
    Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Graphics Design Department

    CHAIRPERSON OF THE ART DEPARTMENT   1984-1985
    INSTRUCTOR OF SOPHOMORE ENGLISH
    St. Peter’s High School for Girls; Staten Island, NY

    ART INSTRUCTOR
    Notre Dame Academy Elementary School
    Staten Island, NY  February 1984-June 1984

    SUBSTITUTE TEACHER--ELEMENTARY GRADES
    Archdiocese of New York, Jewish Foundation School
    Staten Island, NY   Oct. 1983-June 1984

    GRADUATE TEACHING FELLOW
    Mason Gross School of the Arts--Rutgers University
    New Brunswick, NJ   September 1982-June 1983

     

    ART EXHIBITION RECORD
    ONE WOMAN SHOWS
    Solo Photographic Exhibit “Wish You Were Here”
    Loretta 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

    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
    Loretta 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
    “Work” Creative Photographers Guild Group Exhibition
    CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY Jan. 8-Feb. 13, 2010

    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

    “Flow” Creative Photography Guild Group Exhibition
    CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY Oct. 23-Nov. 27, 2010

    “Illusions” Featured Photographer Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak
    Creative Photography Guild Group Exhibition
    CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY Sept. 11-October 17, 2010

    “1 +1” Creative Photography Guild Group Exhibition
    CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY June 12-Aug. 1, 2010

    “Art at Bay” Creative Photography Guild Group Exhibition
    Art at Bay Gallery, Staten Island, NY  May 1-30, 2010

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show “Chiaroscuro”
    CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY April 24-June 12, 2010

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show “Found Objects”
    CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY  March 27-April 18, 2010

    Art Institute Faculty Juried Exhibition
    Art Institute of Pittsburgh Gallery; Pittsburgh, PA  March 1-April 30, 2010

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show “Skin”
    CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY   February 20-March 21, 2010

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show “Body Politics”
    CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY   October 17-November 4, 2009

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show “Music for My Eyes”
    CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY  September 12-October 11, 2009

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show “Portals”
    CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY August 8-September 9, 2009

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show “10301”
    Wagner College, Spotlight Gallery; Hormann Library; Staten Island, NY
    June 13-July 16, 2009

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show “Eclecticism”
    CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY  June 13-July 26, 2009

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show “Selections from the Artists’ Portfolios”CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY May 2-June 7, 2009

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show
    New York Public Library, St. George; Staten Island, NY   May 1-June 30, 2009

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show
    CPG Gallery, Staten Island, NY March21-April 26, 2009

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show
    Fine Arts Foto Gallery; Staten Island, NY November 7-30, 2007
    Benefit Exhibition for the Alzheimer’s Foundation

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show
    “What America Means to Me”
    St. John’s University; Staten Island, NY  October 1-30th 2006

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show
    Eger’s Health and Rehabilitation Center; Staten Island, NY   October 25, 2005-

    Creative Photography Guild Group Show-Benefit exhibit for Hurricane Katrina
    Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue, Staten Island, NY October 16, 2005

     

    Bumper to Bumper-International Bumper Sticker Show
    Visual Arts League of New Jersey, sponsored by Eighteen Lumber Co.
    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-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 Gallery  Lincoln Center; NY,NY  May 23-June 4, 2002

     “Plastique the Ocean Show”  YMHA Swim Club  New Brunswick, NJ
    Ongoing November 2001 to present

    Faculty Exhibit  Department of Fine Arts , St. John’s University;
            Chung-Chen Gallery, Sun Yat Sen Hall; Queens, New York  February 2001 

    “She Shows Now” 
    Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center; NY, NY  Dec. 1997-Jan. 1998
    University of Medicine and Dentistry; Piscataway, NJ  March-April 1998

     “Plastique the Ocean Show”
    Broadway House; Newark, NJ  May 1998
    Atlantic City Seafood Festival    June 13-14, 1998
    Cancun, Mexico   November 1998

    “The Hub with Magnetic Connections”
    Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center; 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, NY   June 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”
    Milltown Municipal Building; Milltown, NJ  September 1997
    Dinner & Art Show, Various venues in East Brunswick, NJ  May-June 1997
    St. Bartholomew School; Chicago, Ill  December 1996
    Creative Space Place, New Brunswick, NJ  October-November 1996
    East Brunswick Public Library; East Brunswick, NJ  September 1996
    New Jersey Seafood Festival, Atlantic City, NJ  June 1996
    Playhouse 22, East Brunswick, NJ  April 1996
    Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center; New Brunswick, NJ  March 11-25, 1996
    Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center; New Brunswick, NJ  November 1-28, 1995
    St. Peter’s High School; New Brunswick, NJ  November 1-8, 1995

     “The Kite Show”
    A Juried Show, Sullivan County 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, PA   July 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

    Graduate MFA Candidates Group Show
    Voorhees Art Museum--Main Gallery; Rutgers University; New Brunswick, NJ
    April 25-May 10, 1983

    Group Drawing Invitational
    Ecole Nationale D’Art   DeCeugy-Pontoise Ave.  De La Grand Ecole
    9500 Ceugy, France   March 1-25, 1983

    Graduate Group Show
    Mason Gross School of the Arts; Rutgers University; New Brunswick, NJ
    January 23-February 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
            Somerset County College Art Gallery; Somerville, NJ  October 8-28, 1983

    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

    PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & GRANTS
    CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY GUILD
    A Non-Profit Professional Photographic Organization
    Staten Island, NY; Founding Member June 2005-present

    NEW YORK ARTISTS CIRCLE
    Member 2002-present

    COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION 
    Member 1981-present

    STATEN ISLAND COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS
    Member 1986-present

    VISUAL ART LEAGUE (VAL) of New Jersey
    Member 1994-present

    GROUP SECT ARTISTS GROUP
    Founding Member and Co-Director1983-1984 (Recipient of an Artists Space Grant.

    ARTIST’S SPACE INDIVIDUAL ARTIST GRANT
    Artist’s Space; NY, NY    December 1988 for the Birmingham Loft Gallery Show

    ARTIST’S SPACE GROUP SHOW GRANT
    Artist’s Space; NY, NY  May 1983 for the Group Sect Show