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.