Wednesday, February 3, 2021


Announcing the 2021 HCC Visual Art Faculty Exhibition 

Holyoke Community College is fortunate to have a rich variety of highly creative and dedicated visual art faculty members. This virtual exhibition features up to 5 selections from each contributing (full & part-time) faculty member.  


Contributing faculty members include:

Alix Hegeler

Benj Gleeksman

Bill Devine

Christopher Willingham

Cynthia Ludlam

Douglas Breault

Felice Caivano

Joe Saphire

John Calhoun

Lahri Bond

Margie Rothermich

Tara Conant

Vance Chatel

While we look forward to a time when we can once again safely exhibit on campus, this fabulous selection of work will whet your appetite for for the live and in-person faculty show coming to the Taber Gallery in 2022.   

Monday, September 14, 2020

Taber Virtual Gallery Site

For the latest at the HCC Taber Art Gallery, Please visit our new virtual gallery site at:

currently showing...

Anna Bayles Arthur:  
Cosmology of the Body: 
Paintings and Drawings, 2017-2020

Friday, April 24, 2020

2020 Virtual Student Art Exhibition

to the 2020 Holyoke Community College
to be launched at noon on Thursday April 30th at:

Poster Design by Sarah Riffenburg

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Stay Tuned...

The Show Must Go On!

The 2020 HCC Student Art Exhibition will soon be available on-line. Enjoy the exhibition from the comfort and safety of your home. We are shooting to launch by the end of April. 

Make art and be careful out there! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Kelly Popoff
At Home with Our Histories
 Doll Collection, detail, oil on panel, 15 x 12”  2019

Feb. 24 thru March 26, 2020
Gallery Talk Wed. March 4th, 8:30am
Hrs: Mon. - Thurs. 9am - 6pm during regular school sessions, or by appointment. 

At Home with Our Histories is a series of work that examines images of Americana: doll collections, gun collections, antique furniture, yearbooks, toys, etc. Perhaps as an instinctive response to try to make sense of our current culture by looking back. Or maybe, to find connections that may explain why our history seems so present and unresolved. This series is a reflection of my own, personal histories and a societal, American history. Through my work, I acknowledge that the social problems of today are deeply rooted in our past. Through this dialog with history, I hope to contribute to the redirection of social, psychological and spiritual aspects of the future.

Monday, January 27, 2020

For Posterity

Vintage Posters from the Collections of 

Juan Vazquez and Ted Eiseman
Ringling Bros. Rhino Poster, 1945, signed Bill Baily, 116.5 x 79.5”

Jan. 27th through Feb. 13th

HOURS: Mon. - Thurs. 8am - 6pm 
during regular school sessions 

The Taber Gallery is kicking off the Spring semester with a pop-up exhibition of vintage posters from the collection of Ted Eiseman and Juan Vazquez. 

Juan Vazquez is a retired educator and longtime musician from Northampton, Mass. He has been collecting poster art for over 40 years. Ted Eiseman a visual artist, has been the proprietor of Funny Face Poster Restorations in Haydenville, Mass for 25 years. The two met about 4 years ago when Vazquez approached Eiseman about restoring some of the posters in his collection. The two hit it off and have since been working together on music projects and sharing their interest in vintage posters.
Some of this collection was shown at the Anchor House of Artists last year. 

Vintage posters are a collectable art form that is available to almost everyone. Values vary but even very rare or collectible posters can be found in the $400.00 to $2,000.00 range. A poster is considered vintage if it is at least twenty-five years old and is an original advertising print.

Although printed public advertisements can be traced to the 15th century, the poster as it is understood today did not emerge until around 1860, given impetus by the invention of lithography, which allowed brilliantly colored posters to be produced cheaply and easily. Many of the poster artists went uncredited and remain anonymous, but there’s a cadre of well-known poster artists as well. 
Early on posters were printed using a complicated process of stone or plate lithography but over time other printing techniques (photolithography, woodblocks, silkscreens, photo-offset) were used.

Because vintage posters were generally printed on low quality papers it’s important to preserve and protect them. In order to do this they are first bathed and then mounted on an archival paper which is pasted to linen. After that they may be restored or repaired. Ted Eiseman is a professional poster conservationist and in addition to linden backing the posters on display here, in some cases may have also touched up areas by matching paints, repairing tears or removing stains. It is unusual to find a pristine antique poster and collectors often need to have these repairs done.

The posters in this exhibition reflect each of the collectors thematic interests and tastes. 

Monday, November 25, 2019

three artist’s unique transformations of found objects  

* Nan Fleming * Adam Mulcahy * Mark Brown

Dec. 2 - Dec. 19th
Reception: Thursday Dec. 19th, 4pm - 6pm
(with informal gallery Q & A, plus a cash & carry event)

Gallery hours: Mon. - Thurs. 10AM - 5PM During regular school sessions

Nan Fleming
Artist’s Statement

I discovered metal as an art form while at UMASS in 1992. Always a hoarder of the discarded and used, I was drawn to the shapes and patinas of the old rusty bits and pieces more than the clean shiny sheets of new metal available in the foundry.  Manipulating a shape with heat continues to be pure magic for me.

For Found I have brought together some older pieces and more recent ones to explore how my use of materials have shifted.  Paper has slowly become an important element in my work and learning to weave and incorporate wire has become increasingly interesting to me.

Adam Mulcahy
Artist Statement

For this show I focused on work that included pieces found in the local area. As a lifelong Holyoke resident and history fanatic I am fascinated by the immediate area surrounding the HCC campus. My art has always showcased that love of all things old and forgotten. Walking in the woods on a hunt for art supplies is a new adventure every time. As a student here I would spend time between classes walking the abandoned trolley tracks. Several pieces in this show came from the ruins of an 1800's cider mill located nearby. Other sculptures include parts found in fields that have long since returned to forest. Some of my shadowbox assemblages contain parts from Mountain Park, a place I went as a child. Other works include my photography of abandoned buildings in the area. I am fascinated by the histories of the individual parts and how they fit together. The parts often lead me to the final direction that the art takes. Sometimes I feel as though I am merely along for the ride as the pieces dictate where they want to be. 

Mark Brown 
Artist Statement

My current work derives inspiration from the work of 20th century master Paul Klee and from traditional ethnographic artwork, especially African masks. These collaged pieces are limited in their color palate. I allow the character of the objects to dominate the surfaces and the integration of disparate materials is subtle and effective. Quirky and humorous, the characters display an inventive use of form and structure as well as a playful take on conventional portraits.