The HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs welcomes Hudson County community members, organizations, businesses, and school groups to enjoy our cultural programs at the College. Groups of 6 to 30 visitors are invited to free 45-minute tours of the current exhibition.The HCCC Gabert Library is open Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The HCCC North Hudson Campus Library is open Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Both libraries will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the summer semesters. Summer hours are effective through, and fall hours are effective after Aug. 18.More information may be obtained at www.hccc.edu/cultural-affairs, by emailing Cultural Affairs Director Michelle Vitale at [email protected], or by phoning 201-360-4176. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium, 71 Sip Ave., Jersey City. Mocktails will be served; there is no charge for admission. Photo identification must be shown when entering the HCCC campus.Katie Niewodowski grew up in Florida and has lived in Jersey City since 2006, where she creates art and owns a personalized portrait company, Petitraits. Hudson County Community College (HCCC) celebrates the work of Professor of Visual Arts Katie Niewodowski in the upcoming “Teacher as Artist” exhibition.Curated by HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs Director Michelle Vitale, the exhibition of Professor Niewodowski’s work may be viewed from Aug. 1 through Dec. 15 at two locations: the Gabert Library, 71 Sip Ave., Jersey City, and the North Hudson Library, 4800 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City. As always, the exhibition is open to everyone in the community, and there is no charge for admission.Members of the community are also invited to an Artist’s Reception on Tuesday, Aug. 20. The reception, which will be hosted by the HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs and Jersey City Pride, is an official Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival event commemorating Stonewall 50 and celebrating World Pride. By Katie Niewodowski ×By Katie Niewodowski She is a professor of Visual Arts at Hudson County Community College, Montclair State University, and Stevens Institute of Technology. Niewodowski received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2002 and her Master of Fine Arts from Montclair State University in 2005.Inspired by the structure of cells and the universe, Niewodowski’s art is a meditation on life. The artist explores repeating patterns in nature, the interconnectedness of life forms, and the portal into their networks. Her portfolio includes portraits, drawings, prints, and multidimensional objects. She uses materials such as acrylic and oil paint, silicone, polymer clay, resin, plastic, Styrofoam, mirrors, and wood.The HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs supports local visual and performing artists through a variety of solo and group exhibitions and an array of concerts, readings, and other events.