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Year of the Dragon
An Asian Art Exhibition

at Culture Lab LIC

Curated by Xiangdong Shi

in association with the Chinese Overseas Artists Association. 


On view: February 1 - March 24 during gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm

Special Event: Artist Talk - March 17, 6pm 

Culture Lab LIC and the Chinese Overseas Artists Association are excited to present Year of the Dragon, an exhibition featuring works by Asian Artists.

Free Admission.

Year of the Dragon


A Retrospective on the Life & Work of Ken Butler
Curated by Tess Howsam

On view: February 1 - March 3 during gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm

Opening Reception: February 1, 6-9pm

Free admission.

We're kicking off our 2024 season right with our first exhibition of the year! Ken Butler is an artist and musician whose Hybrid musical instruments, collage artworks, performances and other works explore the interaction and transformation of common and uncommon objects, altered images, and diverse sounds as function and form collide in the intersection of art and music.

Be sure to stick with us throughout the month as Ken will have two live performances featuring "LIVE! at Culture Lab" favorites and special guests! As well as a chance to hear from the artist about his work!

Ken Butler Online Auction


Great news! Ken Butler has agreed to place several of his artworks up for auction online, and will be generously donating one half of all sales to Culture Lab LIC.


Check out the pieces being offered and place your bid here:

Ken Butler Online Auction

A Portrait Series

Curated by Five Corners Collective
Featuring photos from Queensbridge Photo Collective

On View: February 1 - March 3 during gallery hours, 

Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm.

Opening Reception February 1, 6-9pm

The Queensbridge Photo Collective is a group of female photographers, all over the age of 65, who live at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, New York. The Queensbridge Houses is the nation's largest public-funded housing complex, home to over 7,000 residents from diverse backgrounds and cultures.


During the last four years, the QB Collective, working with teaching artists from Five Corners Collective, Inc. and support from the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, has used photography to portray Queensbridge as a vibrant and resilient community - a community whose voice has value and should be heard.

Free admission.

Culture Lab LIC  5-25 46th Avenue,

Long Island City, New York, NY 11101 (Map)

We Are Queensbridge

Off the Wall 2023

LIC-A's Annual Affordable

Holiday Art Fair

at Culture Lab LIC


Exhibition on View: November 2 - December 17
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-9pm

The Affordable Holiday Art Fair "Off the Wall" is a wonderful way to showcase your artwork to the greater NYC area while also focusing on tenants of the surrounding community, to buy art as gifts, enhance their homes or start their own collections. We want to support our local artists and make buying art accessible to everyone and help introduce all of our neighbors to our arts community. 

Off the Wall Artists Talk

Saturday, December 16, 3-4pm

at Culture Lab LIC

Join us for an exciting in-person event at Culture Lab LIC located at The Plaxall Gallery! Get ready to dive into the minds of talented artists as they share their creative processes, inspirations, and stories behind their incredible works. This is a unique opportunity to connect with the art community and gain insights directly from the artists themselves. Don't miss out on this chance to be inspired and expand your artistic horizons. Mark your calendars and come join us for an unforgettable evening of artistic exploration!

The talk will be led by artist and arts educator, Gail Meyers.

Free Admission. RSVP to reserve a spot:

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The Work of Sharon Taylor


Undone brings together the works of artist, teacher, mother, friend, and long-time LIC resident, Sharon Taylor. The collection spans 40 years, from her time as a student at the Art Academy of Cincinnati to 2023, the year she passed away.


Sharon's works express her understanding of life as a balancing act between the perils of modern existence and the beauty of all living things. Art grounded Sharon, and this exhibition allows us to look upon her life's work as we remember and celebrate her spirit.

Now On View at Culture Lab LIC

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The Inevitability of Absence

Curated by Tess Howsam


On View: August 31 - November 26, 2023 during gallery hours, Thursday-Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm. Free Admission.


Closing Toast: November 26, 7:30pm


The Inevitability of Absence is an exhibition that explores the literal, physical, and metaphysical concept of absence. Works challenge viewers to consider how we process and continue to move forward through a world of ever inevitable absences.


The exhibition is presented in dialogue with the immersive show The Incomplete Collection by Linked Dance Theatre.

Inevitability of Absence

The Blue Bus Project's
Pop-up Holiday Market

December 1-17
Thursday & Friday, 4-8pm
Saturday & Sunday, 11am-8pm

This holiday season, The Blue Bus Project invites art enthusiasts and gift seekers to experience a festive celebration of creativity at its Pop-Up Holiday Art Market.

December 1-17, The Blue Bus Project, located in the outdoor parking lot of Culture Lab LIC at 5-25 46th Ave in LIC, will transform into a haven of one-of-a-kind art creations.

The Pop-Up Holiday Art Market promises a unique shopping experience, featuring a curated selection of handcrafted art pieces, including paintings, pottery, upcycled clothes, bags, jewelry and more. 

Whether you're searching for a statement piece for your home or a unique gift for a loved one, the market offers an eclectic array of options to suit every taste.

What to expect:
- One-of-a-kind art creations
- Live DJ set by Jemina Vita on December 2
- Paintings, pottery, upcycled clothes, bags, jewelry made with bicycle parts. Complimentary panettone from Santa Chiara Caffe and hot drinks making this a unique shopping experience.

Join us at The Blue Bus Project for a memorable shopping experience that goes beyond the ordinary, while supporting local and small businesses!

Pop Up


by Cristián Pietrapiana & Andrés Senra

On View: August 31 - October 22 during gallery hours, Thursday-Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm. Free Admission.

Opening Reception September 2, 6-9pm


FLOOD is a collaborative multidisciplinary project by artists Cristián Pietrapiana & Andrés Senra selected by NYFA, that comments on flooding in Queens as a result of global warming.


FLOOD is a collaborative multidisciplinary project by artists Cristián Pietrapiana & Andrés Senra revolving around one of the many effects of our climate crisis, the disasters caused by floods. From Sandy to Ida, families in Queens have suffered loss and displacement.  FLOOD is a visual and audio project that will explore and interpret this phenomena and its effects on Queens residents by rescuing their memories and bringing life to loss.

Cristián Pietrapiana:

Andrés Senra:

Culture Lab LIC is a nonprofit organization. This exhibition is one part of our overall mission to bring the arts, in all forms, to the LIC community we serve. If you'd like to help, by volunteering, donating or becoming a member, visit


This project is made possible with public funds from the Queens Arts Fund, a re-grant program supported by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by New YorkFoundation for the Arts.

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Family: Blood or Bond
Curator: Orestes Gonzalez

Final Day: Sunday, October 29, 2-9pm.
Closing Toast: 7:30pm

Free Admission.

This exhibition encourages audiences and artists to celebrate the idea of family, and asks: What makes a family? Is it the unit that we were born into? Or the group that we identify and spend time with? Is it the people we trained and work with, the group we schooled with, the club we go to, the building that we live in, or the church we belong to? Or the ones we live with today?

The exhibiton presents works in all mediums: Painting, photography, installation, sculpture, video.

Featured Artists:

Paria Ahmadi
Darren Aponte
Marissa Apstein
Hitomi Arai Adams
Joan Benefiel
Janet Bruesselbach
Liliana Caruana
Sandra Cavanagh
Juan José Cielo
Daniel Cordani
Patricia Dahlman &
Michael Dal Cerro
Adrian DiMetriou
Sheryl Renee Dobson
Isa Dorvillier
Manuel A. Elías
Guinevere Ellsworth
Bryan Fox
Kathryn Frund
Honglip Gang
Andrea Geller
Orestes Gonzalez

Audrey Gottlieb
Cynthia Grant
Anna Grevenitis
Luisa Henao
Natalie Jacobs
Elham Kalantari
Kyeongseo Kim
Hongbin Kim
Merve Kıyak Sahin
June Kosloff
Ivana Larrosa
Joseph Lawrence
Sanggi Lee
Ping Ping Lin
Marisa Lucchese
Arwa Mahmoud
Lauren McArthur
Jennifer Merdjan
Richard Meyer
Jillian Michalski
Melissa Middleberg
Barbara Nitke

Melisa Qquelcca
Christopher Quinones
Larry Racioppo
Leela Ramotar
Matt Rosenbaum
Susan Rosenberg Jones
Alicia Rothman
Zach Rothman Hicks
Linn Saffer
James Seffens
Anna Selle
Adele Shtern
Katrina Slavik
Steven Speliotis
Dana Stirling
Richard Valentin
Carlos Daniel Vargas
Sara Ware Howsam
Nina Weinberg Doran
Larry Willoughby Jr.

Admission is free. Schedule subject to change.
For the latest schedule updates, follow Culture Lab LIC on Facebook and Instagram.

Culture Lab LIC is a nonprofit organization. This exhibition is one part of our overall mission to bring the arts, in all forms, to the LIC community we serve. If you'd like to help, by volunteering, donating or becoming a member, visit

Culture Lab LIC
5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101


Grand Reveal of

Hunter’s Point South

Sculpture Garden
September 28, 6-8 pm


An evening of art & celebration!

TF Cornerstone & Culture Lab LIC proudly present the Grand Reveal of the newest addition to the Hunter’s Point South waterfront: A breathtaking Sculpture Garden nestled between 5203 and 5241 Center Blvd. (Map)

Witness the unveiling of masterpieces by talented NY artists Kenny Greenberg, Paul Maus, and Erwin List Sanchez, handpicked from a 2022 open call. 

Hear insights from our esteemed speakers, enjoy live music, and indulge in complimentary pizza and gelato from Santa Chiara Caffé and New York Pizza Festival, our proud sponsors. 

Diana Manalang’s team over at Little Chef Little Cafe will also make an appearance, providing savory bites!


September 28, 6-8 pm


In Motion

Art of the Motorcycle

Curated by

Mark Velazquez and Edjo Wheeler

Free Indoor Art Exhibition


FINAL DAY: Sunday, September 10, 2-9pm

An exhibition showcasing the vibrant and dynamic world of motorcycles as art, featuring works of all mediums of art that explore machines with two wheels and a motor. Eight custom hand-built motorcycles will be on display in the gallery accompanying the fine art.

Schedule subject to change. For the latest schedule updates, follow Culture Lab LIC on Facebook and Instagram.

Culture Lab LIC is a nonprofit organization. This exhibition is part of our mission to bring the arts, in all forms, to the LIC community we serve. If you'd like to help, by volunteering, donating or becoming a member, visit

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The Curated Fridge Summer Show 2023
Curated by Orestes Gonzalez

On View: August 5 - September 30 during gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm.

Opening Reception: August 5, 5-9pm.

An exhibition celebrating fine art photography and connecting photographers from around the world. 

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The Curated Fridge is the brainchild of Yorgos Efthymiadis. To learn more about Yorgos and his work, click here:

Admission is free. Schedule subject to change. For the latest schedule updates, follow Culture Lab LIC on Facebook and Instagram.

Participating artists:

Abhay Bharadwaj, Allie Haake, Amee Ellis, Amelia Burns, Amy Selwyn, Anastasia Sierra, Andrew Baris, Anne Piessens, Barbara Nitke, Beate Sass, Becca Screnock, Beth Delagi, Bruna Marcon Weber, Carol Eisenberg, Charlotte Daigle, Chloe Ronco, Cindy Mervis, Dany Vigil, Delaney Drummond, Demi Richardson, Dennis Leonardo, Diane Bennett, Ekaterina Leonova, Ellen Mitchell, Elliott Linwood, Erica Hurlburt, Georgia Matsamaki, Geralyn Shukwit, Hannah Altman, Heather McAlister, Heather Pillar, Hemant Chatterji, Inseok Choi, Jaime Carrero, James McDonald, Jason Klein, Jaylen Early, Jeff Larason, Jekaterina Nikitina, Jennifer Baumann, Jennifer Carpinteyro, Jennifer Lothrigel, Jennifer MacNeill, Jocelyn Flores, Jon Feinstein, Joseph Lieber, Julie Fowells, Karol Franks, Kathy Drasky, Kellie O'Donnell, Kris Davidson, Kyle Agnew, Laura Barth, Lisa Beard, Liz Long, Luiz Bicalho, Mackenzie McGovern, Manuel A. Elías, Maureen Haldeman, Michael Young, Nadine Levin, Natali Bravo-Barbee, Nick Simko, Nicole Driscoll, Norm Borden, Pierre-Yves Linot, Porter Gifford, Quincey Spagnoletti, Ravneet Marwaha, Richard Provencio, Rima Grad, Robin Jamkatel, Rocio De Alba, Rosamond Gross, Sean K. Sullivan, Sean Perry, Shane Sakata, Vicki Hunt, William Riera, and Yukai Chen.


Seeing with Your Heart and Soul

Gabbing With Gays

Saturday, September 2, 2-9pm


Seeing with Your Heart and Soul is an interactive community art exchange which aims to foster empathy, love, and connections within the LGBTQIA+ community and beyond. Utilizing the "Just Like Me" meditation and clear plastic as our canvas, we will explore connections to each other and the larger world. 

Seeing With Your Heart and Soul is part of Gabbing with Gays, an interactive, multimedia oral history project which was initiated in April 2020. 


Free admission. All are welcome!  Reserve your spot:


Fever Genesis

Curated by Wu Dar-Kuen 吳達坤

On view July 6 - 30 during gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm.

Artist Talk: Saturday, July 8, 5-6pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8, 6-9pm

Participating Artists

LI Yi-Fan 李亦凡
HU Nung-Hsin 胡農欣
LIN Tzu-Huan 林子桓
WU Chia-Yun 吳家昀
WU Chi-Yu 吳其育
CHANG Li-Ren 張立人

指導單位 Supervisor, Ministry of Culture (Taiwan),

Taipei Cultural Center in New York
主辦單位 Organizer, C-LAB

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Mariette Pathy Allen

Breaking Boundaries

50 Years of Images

Curated by Orestes Gonzalez & Jesse Egner

On view June 1- July 30 during gallery hours:

Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm.

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 3, 6-9pm

Mariette Pathy Allen has been photographing the transgender community for over 40 years. Through her artistic practice, she has been a pioneering force in gender consciousness, contributing to numerous cultural and academic publications about gender variance and lecturing throughout the globe.

Presented as part of Culture Lab LIC's Pride Month celebrations, and in conjunction with Breaking More Boundaries, a group exhibit of work inspired by Mariette Pathy Allen.

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Breaking More Boundaries

Participating Artists

Barbara Alper
Nadia Bautista
Sean Black
Paola Chapdelaine
Huey-Min Chuang

Zackary Drucker
Jess T Dugan
Michael Espinoza
Paul Fauller
Benry Fauna
Imani Ford
Jesse Freidin
Ebenezer Galluzzo
Xinyi (Cindy) Gao
Donna Gray

Orestes Gonzalez

Keavy Handley-Byrne

Osheen Harruthoonyan

Maxwell Harvey-Sampson
Sayako Hiroi
Ali Hval
R.J. Kern
Ariel Kleinberg

Dean Kotula

Lily Kurtz

Meryl Meisler

Robin Michals

Shohei Miyachi

Natasha Moustache

Barbara Nitke

Duff Norris
Lina Pallotta
Krzysztof Pastuszka

Louka Perderizet

Luis Quintanal
Cai Quirk
William Riera
Daryl-Ann Saunders
Lynn Saville
AJ Schnettler
Elene Shengelia
Nick Simko
Evelyn Sosa
Kelsey Sucena
Harper Thomson
Icia Vazquez Rodriguez
Veronica Vera
Natalia Viteri
Martin Wannam 


Now you can purchase the exhibition catalog for Breaking Boundaries and Breaking More Boundaries...

The exhibition catalog for “Breaking Boundaries: 50 Years of Images” and “Breaking More Boundaries,” is now on sale. The exhibitions are on view at Culture Lab LIC through July 30. 

"Breaking Boundaries: 50 Years of Images" curated by Orestes Gonzalez and Jesse Egner.

"Breaking More Boundaries," juried by Orestes Gonzalez, Mariette Pathy Allen, and Jesse Egner.

Purchase the catalog by clicking the button below.

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Queens Seen

What Artists are Creating in the World's Borough

On view June 1 - July 2 during gallery hours: Thursdays & Fridays: 5-9pm; Saturdays & Sundays: 2-9pm

Opening Reception: June 1, 6 - 9pm

Closing Party - Friday, June 30, 6-9pm featuring performances by Carmen Borla & Jennah Vox.

 in the World’s Borough"

Curated by Karen Kettering Dimit.


Jurors Include Ann Margaret O'Connor, Phil Ballman, Amy Simon, Julia Del Palacio Langer, and Louise Weinberg.

In partnership with Culture Lab LIC, Queens Rising is presenting a month-long gallery show highlighting the  brilliance, creativity and beauty of the work of Queens visual artists.  


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Accepted Artists Include: Willy Airaldi, Noah Bassman, Bugzdale (Anthony Jackson), Xiangyun Chen, Ann Cofta, Dawn DeVito, Anthony Duque, Karen Fitzgerald, Linda Ganjian, Tina Glavan, Jardley Jean-Louis, Veronica Lawlor, Grant Hao-Wei Lin, Margaret McCarthy, Richard Meyer, Ged Merino, Cristián Pietrapiana, Helen Quinn, Ellie Reynoso De La Rosa, Daniel Roberts, Santiago Rodriguez, Jennifer Saftler, Nelson Host Santiago, Celia Luz Santos, Elinore Schnurr, James Seffens, Elizabeth Sheehan, Minshik Shin, Josh Steinbauer, Susan Varo, Ian Zdatny


News From Somewhere

by Tomek Miernowski


On view May 4-28 during gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm. 

Opening Reception May 4, 6-9pm


News from Somewhere is a multimedia art installation that aims to provoke reflection upon social structures and power dynamics.


Using a touchscreen, the audience selects from a numbered list of societies and is immersed in the sonic results of a social study conducted by five world-class improvisers involved in movements for social justice, each of whom has chosen the sound arts as their primary form of artistic expression. The result is non-musical and anti-aesthetical; a sonic bridge that links the idea of society with physical creative collaboration, mutual aid, and evolution.

Today’s rapid environmental degradation and social upheavals demand new systems. The first step toward a new world is imagining it.


Participating Artists: Jon CowherdTomek MiernowskiDan RieserTony ScherrYusuke Yamamoto

Gallery hours and programming schedule are subject to change. Be sure to check Culture Lab LIC on Instagram & Facebook for up-to-date info.


Becoming Unbound

Queens College CUNY MFA Annual Exhibition

Curated by Niama Safia Sandy

Exhibition on view May 4-28 during gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm.  Opening Reception: May 4, 6-9pm. Free Admission.

The process of committing to making art is one that can feel like an unmooring. It is often a balancing act between grasping at the deepest reaches of one’s ambition and allowing for inspiration to touch us. Becoming Unbound is a celebration of the process of 14 MFA candidate artists coming into their own voices.

Together, Ris Aguiló-Cuadra (fruit bat & the flesh), Eugenie Y. Chao, Amber Doniere, Guin Ellsworth, Lia Embil, Bryan Fox, Sediq Kholdi, brandon king, Valesca LaFrance, Caitlin McDonagh, Natalie Raskin, Vee Tineo, Ari Wolff and Sachigusa Yasuda, traverse a space where they have disentangled themselves from the traditional limitations of materiality, form, and language. They have moved toward something that at once feels like a window to something new and a return to the ancestral, the primordial.

Opening Reception

PS384's Inaugural Art Exhibition

at The Plaxall Gallery

Opening reception May 11, 4-6pm
Exhibition on view May 11 - May 28

Come celebrate our young artists and creators with us! This exhibition includes selected artwork from each child.

Gallery hours and programming schedule are subject to change. Be sure to check Culture Lab LIC on Instagram & Facebook for up-to-date info.


Luminous: The Art of Neon

Curated by Kenny Greenberg

& Tess Howsam


On view: February 9 - May 21

Gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm.

Luminous: The Art of Neon, an exhibition inspired by the life and work of Long Island City local neon artist, Gerry Rose. 


The exhibition showcases the vibrant and dynamic world of neon art, featuring works that explore the medium's unique ability to capture and transmit light!

Featuring  neon artwork by:

Alissa Eberle, Brady Caldwell & Sam Smouha, Caroline LaCava, Chloe Kottwitz, Danielle James, David Ablon, Diane Hendry, Don Bruschi, Elysa D. Batista, Erin Taylor, Eve Hoyt, Graciela Cassel, James Akers, Jill Magid, Josef Pinlac, Joshua Ice, Kenny Greenberg, Kevin Scanlan, Molly Rose Levine, Jung Yun Choi, Norma Markley, Patrick Nash, Roger Borg, Sophia Wallace, Tom Unger, Tomas Penc, Gerry Rose

The story behind the exhibit...

Neon signs can be overwhelming walking down the street in Times Square, so they aren’t the first thing you’d expect to see in an art gallery. But fortunately Culture Lab LIC specializes in the unusual, and through May 21 you can see over 70 neon works from 30 artists presented in Luminous: The Art of Neon. The show was curated by Tess Howsam, Artistic Director, and Kenny Greenberg, the owner of Krypton Neon and a long-time LIC resident. “Owning a piece of neon art is like owning lightning captured in glass,” as Tess described the process of creating neon. To make neon, electricity is introduced into glass tubes filled with gasses such as helium or krypton that bang around and give off light in a sustainable process, Kenny explained. Also in the show, neon works by the late Gerry Rose - a former Sunnyside resident and the last neon tube bender for Artkraft Strauss - will be auctioned to benefit Culture Lab. “Gerry and I began as neon artists at the same time and kept in touch throughout the years. I had helped him set up a gallery show so I had taken photos of his art that is currently in our show. When his brother Ronnie Rose contacted me to get advice about how to value his deceased brother’s equipment and art, I suggested auctioning his work to benefit Culture Lab, and being part of the exhibit,” Kenny said. He added that as far as anyone can remember, this is the largest ever neon show in NYC. The show also includes history from the pre-development of the LIC waterfront. “LIC was a wonderfully deserted place with trees, grass and wild dogs. There was always something interesting to find, and usually it was quite rusty.” My wife (artist Diane Hendry) and I would find things and bring them home with the intention to one day do something interesting with them. One of those treasures is the piece titled Gravitas, which is part of the show.

Sculptors Guild presents

Past Tense/Future Infinite

Curated by Janet Rutkowski and Karen Dimit


Exhibition on view April 1-30 during gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm.


Art that reflects a new sensibility as we look toward the future with what we learned from these years of isolation. Humankind is looking ahead toward the future with a guarded sense of responsibility learned from the past. The pandemic revealed many hidden truths. It also taught us to seek our peace from within ourselves along with patience and contemplation. Cut off, we learned to be still and reflect. For some of us it was a time of fear, loneliness and separation. For others, it created an opportunity to be alone and discover ourselves—our strengths and our weaknesses. The works in this exhibition are related to that pause in time in which our confinement opened up a portal. You are invited to enter into this realm of balance, tranquility, and introspection.

Weather Report

Cristián Pietrapiana

Exhibition on view April 1-30 during gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm.

A selection of five years of work on climate change by LIC visual artist Cristián Pietrapiana. In this series of work on paper, the artist combines news, headlines, images, lines and painting that comment on the different aspects of our climate crisis. Included in the exhibition is a visual grid done by local students from MCHS after the artist led a three-day workshop on art & climate. 

AAPI Artists on Public Art

Panel Discussion

April 6, 6:30-8pm


Asian American Arts Alliance (A4) is pleased to present a panel discussion among AAPI artists across disciplines and orientations towards public art to discuss their perspectives and process. The panel will include Bahar Behbahani, Clae Lu, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, A young Yu, and Betty Yu, moderated by Shannon Lee, editor of The Amp. There will be time for Q&A.

This is part one of a two-part series on public art. In June 2023, A4 will be organizing a professional development workshop for artists looking to pursue a public art project. Follow A4 (@aaartsalliance) or sign up for our newsletter to stay updated.

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP is required.

This location is ADA accessible. If you need ASL interpretation, large print, or any other accommodations for this event, please email at least one week before the event.

A young Yu, artist
Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, multidisciplinary artist
Bahar Behbahani, artist
Betty Yu, multimedia artist
Clae Lu, artist and musician
Moderator: Shannon Lee, editor of The Amp

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Anonymouslyاز Iran

An Exhibition Amplifying the Voices of Iranian Women

On view: February 9 - March 26

Opening Reception: February 9, 6-9pm.


Gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm.

Since the murder of Jina (Mahsa) Amini, the global art community has taken an active and important role in support of the “Woman Life Freedom” movement in Iran. Iranian women are leading the fight against an aging theocratic regime clinging to power. While the authoritarian regime has sought to subdue the Iranian people and its culture, it is Iranians that are quelling the regime.

​Art has been a form of resistance. We have witnessed artists, curators, museums, and galleries worldwide show their solidarity by creating, partnering and providing avenues to raise awareness of the ongoing revolution.

The aim of this exhibition is to amplify the voice of Iranians who are and have been bravely defying tyranny and protesting for their freedoms through the lens of art.

This exhibition, featuring sculptures, installations, paintings, digital media, and performance art, is a celebration of the incredibly courageous Iranian people, especially the women of Iran, and its culture.


In solidarity with the artists and people of Iran, due to the current oppressive climate in Iran, and the risks protesters, artists and their families face, all work from all artists (inside and outside of Iran) will be exhibited anonymously.

Free Admission.


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Solidarity & Safe Spaces

by Diverse Streets Initiative

Exhibition on View: March 4-26

Join us for the work of 11 artists:

Adriana Taboada, Bridget Bartolini, Cecilia Lim, Catherine Heller, Elliot Johnson, Erick Tehran, Kim Chan, Kyra Cuevas, Janine Wang, Nafisa Ferdous, Ron Hall, Robert Thibault (DJ TRS)


International Women’s Day at Anonymously از Iran


In celebration of International Women’s Day: an evening of empowering and celebrating unapologetic and bold women.


There is nothing more powerful than a strong, free, and educated woman, a “Shirzan.” In Persian, 'Shir' means 'Lion' & 'Zan' means 'Woman'. The word "Shirzan" refers to an unstoppable woman. A woman who is powerful, not because of her majestic physical appearance, but for her inner strength and power.

This International Women’s Day, surround yourself with other Shirzan(s) for a conversation on how the first women-led revolution in Iran is confronting gender apartheid and why freedom for Iranian women will empower women around the world.


6-7 PM: Connect with other powerful Shirzan(s) and their allies.


7 PM: Welcome by Shabnam Salehezadeh (an “Anonymous” organizer)

A Conversation With Shirzan(s), a panel discussion with Iranian-American women who are breaking down walls in their careers to create more equitable communities for women.

Behnaz Ghahramani (CEO, Brother Vellies)

Dr. Hiva Feizi (Ph.D. in Foreign Policy; Executive Director of award-winning Iranian Human Rights Organization, PaykanArtCar)

Maryam Banikaram (Founding Member, NYCNext; NY Post’s “50 Most Powerful Women in NYC”)

Nicolette Mason (Brand Strategist; Founding Member, Iranian Diaspora Collective)

Simin Kermati (Visual Artist and Activist focusing on social-political topics, identity, and injustices facing women in Iran)

Moderated by: Mandy Ansari (Founder, Modern Girl Media; Founding Member, Iranian Diaspora Collective)

8:15-9 PM: Community Building + Networking


Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.

The venue will be closed to the public and entrance to the gallery will only be available for ticket holders.


The event is hosted by Culture Lab LIC in conversation with current exhibition, Anonymously از Iran: An Exhibition Amplifying the Voices of Iranian Women.



Anna Grevenitis

Curated by Orestes Gonzalez

On View: February 9-26

"With REGARD, I am opening a window into our reality... This ongoing series is very basic in its concept: it shows a child, it shows a mother, it shows them living at home, performing familial acts. Because I believe in the connective power offered by the depiction of domesticity, I hope that REGARD helps the audience rethink some of their assumptions about people living with disabilities."

- Anna Grevenitis

Anna Grevenitis' Official Site

Orestes Gonzalez's Official Site

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Off the Wall

The Affordable Holiday Art Fair 2022

Produced by LIC-A & Culture Lab LIC

On View: November 5 - December 18

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 6-9pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm,

and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm. (The gallery is closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.)


Off the Wall: The Affordable Holiday Art Fair is a wonderful way to showcase artwork - paintings, drawings, sculpture, and ceramics - to the greater NYC area while also focusing on tenants of the surrounding community, to buy art as gifts, enhance their homes or start their own collections. We want to support our local artists and make buying art accessible to everyone and help introduce all of our neighbors to our arts community.

Street Photography


Curated by Paul Kessel

& Orestes Gonzalez

On View: Sept 30 - Oct 30

Opening Reception: Oct 1, 5-9pm

Gallery Hours:

Thursday & Friday: 5-9pm

Saturday & Sunday: 2-9pm

We Are
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We Are

Fashion Exhibition & Runway

by NY Chinese Designers & Artists

from Parsons, FIT, Pratt, SVA and NYU


Opening Reception:

Saturday, October 1, 2-10:30pm

Exhibition on View: ​October1- 9

We are our own temple.

Throughout history, across nearly all religions and cultures, there has always been the concept of a temple, a place to contemplate the purpose and meaning of life. Though we may not be religious or go to a physical temple, as artists and designers we draw inspiration from the “temple” of our inner selves to bring imagination and beauty into creation.

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This exhibition will feature artwork and fashion collections from emerging Chinese artisans. The audience will have the opportunity to explore these artisan’s inner selves or “temples” by learning about the inspirations behind their artistic expression.


The main mission of this exhibition is to create more exposure for NY based Chinese artists in order to celebrate their culture and educate the public about their heritage.


This exhibition will represent diversity, inclusivity, cross-cultural values and faith. Through this unique visual and culture experience, visitors will be invited to reflect and explore their own internal temples during the exhibition.

Curator and Organizer
Jessica Rigby
Xiaowu Zheng (Co-curator)
Jingxuan Zhao (Co-organizer)

Fashion Designer & Artist
Alexix LIN
Amber Chen
Bonnan Li
Kanak Guo
Ni Ouyang @rotten_avocadoo
Roxxanne Zhao
V. Li Yixiao
Wanxuan Cao
Wanting li
Xiaowu Zheng @xiaowu_zheng_ishere
Xiia Cheng/Barbara
Yuxuan Liu
Yunyi Zhang
Zhimeng Liu
Elliot H X Jin

Digital Content Director
Haoquan Wang

Graphic Designer
Kaiwen chen
wanxuan cao

Video Music Artist
Lechang Chao

Fashion Photographer
Reiko Y.
Kanak Guo
Yifan Chang
Ruixuan Zhang

Production Consulting
Kyrie Yang

Lighting & Set Design Artist
Junri Li

Runway Music Composer
Zhiyi Wang
Haiwei Ping

Video Photographer

Runway Director
Binmi Wan

Exhibition Director
Xiaowu Zheng @xiaowu_zheng_ishere

Wanting Li

Jingxuan Zhao
Kyrie Yang
Jessica Yang
Jiaxun Li

Panel Talk
Tianyue Xing
Xiaowu Zheng
Edjo Wheeler

Dancers and Models
Sunshine Dance NYC


Pook Hustle
(Spotify @ Pook Hustle)

Sponsor: TNSCSSA
Eureka Tianyue Xing
Livy Liwen Sang
Camille Peiyang Li

Shihang Zhang
Ziyou Ma
Xinman Lu
Songbingxuan Shao
Chuyi Wang
Jianglan Li
Shuang Zhou
Yin Zhang
Siyu Cao
Kerong Xu
Ruotong Ding
Wei Lu

Special Thanks To:

New School Chinese students and scholars Association (Sponsor)

Pratt Chinese Scholars and Students Association

SVA Chinese Students Organization

FIT Chinese Scholars and Students Association

The BLANC Art Space


Velvet.Co International

Studio N

Sunshine Dance NYC

Kola Superdeep (Shen Zhen) Fashion Product Design Ltd

Kepler Mission Design

The New Spanish Photography

On View: 

September 3 - 25, 2022

Opening Reception:

September 3, 5-9pm

Curated by Orestes González

Featuring perception-bending photography by:


Asunción Lozano

Antonio E. Ojeda

Francisco Uceda

Cristóbal C. Cassinello.


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Art to Wear

Workshop by Teng Teng

September 10, 2-5pm

A unique chance to create a miniature painting on a gold-plated frame to bring home with you to wear as jewelry or display as art. After you arrive, Artist Teng Teng will give you hands-on instruction on how to paint using the tiniest paint brush you've ever seen.

Feel free to come with or without ideas for what to paint! Artist Teng Teng will provide picture books and reference pictures to give you inspiration. When you're done drawing your mini painting, Teng Teng will show you ways you can wear it as jewelry. Feel free to hang out and mingle and see what everyone else is working on.

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Well Behaved

Expectations, Socialization & Gender

On View: August 4-28


Well Behaved is an analysis of society, gender, and the ways in which we navigate these social constructs or reject them all together. 
Gender plays a significant role in opportunity, lifestyle, and livelihood of which every individual experiences uniquely. Despite society’s preconceived notion that gender should be dichotomous, many exist inside, outside, and in-between. Join Culture Lab LIC as we explore the construction and deconstruction of such normative standards in this exhibition.

The 37 diverse artists explore the narrative in this exhibition. Works featured range from fine art, installation, holographic, and video. 
Curated by Emily Addison, CM Cancel, and Tess Howsam. 

Free to Be - In Celebration of Pride Month - Art Exhibit - Indoors - June 2 - July 31, 2022

Art Justice Cohort:

Being Seen

Celebrating the acceptance of all humanity.


The Cohort's 14 artists employ the impact of portraiture to take viewers on a journey through the lives of everyday people.

A free, indoor art exhibit.

On View: June 2-26

Opening Night:

Saturday, June 4, 6-9pm

Official Site:

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June 2, 6-9pm

In this session, informed by Gestalt Art Therapy, we will work with both body and mind, flowing between movement and visuals that offer tools for each person to expand their connection, to both self and other, by exploring the creative process and it's potential for deepening self understanding. If you don't know what this looks like, come and find out.


No experience in art-making of any kind is needed. Please bring water and wear comfortable clothes for movement.


The workshop will be guided by Blanche Ellis, a multidisciplinary artist and musician based in Barcelona, training in Gestalt Art Therapy.


Official Website:

Instagram: @BlancheEllisArt

Register for this free event:

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Opening Reception: April 30, 5-9pm
Live entertainment starts at 5pm

Exhibition on view: April 28 - May 30

Queens is home to the largest and most diverse artists community in NYC. This event will serve as a platform for the Queens artists community to share their work with the general public. For those interested in collecting art, art fairs are an excellent place to begin one's journey. At these events one can see a wide range of works in a short period of time. While some fairs focus on a specific type of artwork, such as photography, prints, or contemporary art, Culture Lab LIC will show a high quality mix of work. Come meet artists, socialize with the art community, and have a good time!

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See the Women

Indoor Art Event

May 29, 3-7pm

Join us as we showcase the work of women artists who took part in our See The Women workshop. Visitors will have the chance to make their own healing prayer beads. This event is free, with donations accepted. 

Tara Evonne Trudell is coming from New Mexico to host a three-day Karma Star Sisterheal Prayer Bead retreat for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. She is fiscally sponsored by here there and EVERYwhere, a NYC-based non-profit providing creative expression workshops for survivors of trauma. This retreat will help to rebuild community for individuals who lost support during the pandemic, and extend a hand to newly suffering members of the population. Retreat participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and heal together through bead making, ceremony, and more. Participation is invite-only, but please join us for the cumulative exhibition where we will share the work created in the workshop. Expect a special guest artist playing classical contemporary piano during the exhibition.

Culture Lab LIC will also have on view the Spring Affair exhibition, and live, outdoor music will be performed from 3:30 to 9pm, featuring C.J. Lee, Andrew Richards and The Joseph Herbst Big Band. Food and drinks will be available during this exhibition.

curated by Joshua Chiet
On View: March 31 - April 24
Opening Reception: April 2, 6-9pm
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Stemming from the works of American anthropologist Ernest Becker and Austrian psychoanalyst Otto Rank, and proposed by American social psychologists Jeff Greenberg, Sheldon Solomon, and Tom Pyszczynski, Terror Management Theory seeks to understand the basic psychological conflict in human beings arising from our unique awareness of the inevitibility of our own mortality coupled with our innate sense of self-preservation. This dissonance results in a constant potential for existential terror which is managed by an anxiety-buffering system consisting of shared culture, individual self-esteem, and close interpersonal relationships imparting a sense that one is a person of value living in a meaningful world.

While the management of this terror can often lead to defensive distortions of reality and the aggressive protection of one’s beliefs and self-esteem, consciously confronted death anxiety can be a gateway for positivity. As Apple founder Steve Jobs said in his 2005 Stanford University commencement address, "Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

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Queens College CUNY MFA
Annual 2022
Curated by Lilly Wei
On View: March 31 - April 24
Opening Reception: April 2, 6-9pm
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Re-reading Masters

An international Exhibition of Women in Art
Curated by Leda Prado

On view: March 3-27
Opening Reception: March 5, 6-8pm

RSVP for free tickets

Culture Lab LIC

5-25 46th Avenue Long Island City, NY (Map)

Gallery Hours: Thu-Sun 5-9pm


Itinerant Eyes

An Installation by
Tamana Araki

On view: March 3-27
Opening Reception: March 5, 6-8pm

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Itinerant Eyes:  Pairs of round Mirrors project moving reflections of lights on the walls. When Tamana Araki lived in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas where many Mayan indigenous people live, it inspired her to create these mirrors-like eyes, spirits. Indigenous people believe that animals and nature have spirits.

Cages: An image of a cage came to her mind during the Covid pandemic lockdown. Araki has been exploring the theme of “Immigration” since 2019.  The former president’s administration’s action to separate immigrant families at the border and put them in detention centers, impacted her deeply as a mother who lived in Mexico for four and half years. A cage evokes containment and the structure of the border fence. Araki has travelled to El Paso, Texas and Ciudad de Juárez, Mexico to cross the U.S-Mexico border on foot. The sands that she collected at the both sides of the border was mixed into ceramic clay in the process of making the cages. All cages have an opening. Her experience of raising silkworm, observing the emergence of silk worm moths from the cocoon made an impact on the creation of this work.

"Migratory animals do not belong to countries. Humans divide the land by drawing the border. Sometimes national borders separate and contain. No one should threaten the lives of others as they cross the border."Tamana Araki /荒木珠奈

Tamana Araki /荒木珠奈 was born in Japan and studied art in Japan and Mexico. In 2012 she moved to New York, lives and now works in Long Island City, NY. Araki works in installations, etchings and small sculptures. She has had shows in galleries and museums in Japan, Mexico, Finland, Canada and the U.S.A.

Culture Lab LIC  5-25 46th Avenue Long Island City, NY (Map)  Gallery Hours: Thu-Sun 5-9pm


Judicators: Ebony Young, Emily Addison, and Luke Mannarino

Kamari Carter
Welket Bungué
Jenny Desrosiers
Marjani Jones
Terika Harris
Leslie Jean-Bart
Issa Ibrahim
Arthur Robinson
Leda Prado
Joane Buteau Dumont
Jalaa’a Brinsley 
Mark West
Gus Bennett
Sean Waltrous

This exhibition is about the multitudes of blackness. The breadth and depth of blackness, and in some cases not about it at all. This body of work is the bold, brazen, and a truly individual commentary of artists from all walks of life.

Exhibition on view: Feb 10 - March 27.

Opening reception: Feb 12, 6-9pm

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An exhibition in honor of Black History Month.


"Exploring the language and uses of photography, my work addresses the overlooked or hidden aspects of nature and the built environment. The cameraless technique I use, the photogram process, is associated with the early stages of photographic exploration and invention, a time of wonder at the possibilities of photography as a way of recording the world. The resulting images recall early botanical and medical prints, as well as contemporary architectural and scientific imaging such as blueprints, x-rays and scans." - Mary Pinto

Opening Reception:  Sat, Jan 8, 6-9pm

On view: Jan 6 - Feb 6

at Culture Lab LIC

in The Plaxall Gallery

5-25 46th Ave, Queens, NY 11101 (Map)


Other Ways of Seeing

An exhibition of work by photographers and media artists of all genres who creatively use the Alternative Processes available today.

Curated by Orestes Gonzalez

and Pierre-Yves Linot

Opening Reception:  Sat, Jan 8, 6-9pm

On view: Jan 6 - Feb 6

at Culture Lab LIC

in The Plaxall Gallery

5-25 46th Ave, Queens, NY 11101 (Map)

This is a photography based exhibition that explores the different technical methods of creating a photo impression. All techniques (except digital & analogue ) were allowed. This included, tintype, cyanotype, image transfers, chemigrams, albumen, bromoil, collage, and salt prints. We have a variety of printed surfaces that were used for printing, including fabric, metal, glass, wood, and even old dresses.

This international open call drew 200 entries, and 72 artists were selected based on creativity as well as variety. Artists from Argentina, Chile, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Scotland, Italy, and from 12 states are included in our show. But the largest group is from the NYC area, where the plethora of creative artists is most accessible to us at Culture Lab LIC. 

About The Curators

Orestes Gonzalez is a photo artist and curator based in New York. His work examines issues of nostalgia, family, and the economic and social forces that shape our lives today. Since 2008, he has curated over 21 exhibits, first at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery, and then independently, since 2012.

His curated exhibit, “Disruption”, opened at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in 2018, and is currently part of the “Migrations” exhibit at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College.

His work is in the public collections of the Perez Art Museum, Miami (PAM), The Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, and in the book collections of The Metropolitan Museum NY, MoMA, & Duke University, among others. He lives in Long Island City, Queens, NY.



Pierre-Yves Linot is a New York-based photo artist and curator. His interest in social justice led him to create “Immigrant Song,” a project in response to the inhumanity of The United States' immigration policies. Using an alternative process, he transfers his portraits and still lifes to watercolor paper.

Pierre-Yves is also curator @todaysalternative on Instagram, and has curated exhibitions at Soho Photo Gallery and at the Shiva Gallery at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

His work has been exhibited in New York at Foley Gallery, Culture Lab/Plaxall Gallery, Photoville, Soho Photo Gallery, and the School of Visual Arts, as well as in Los Angeles, Paris, and Madrid.


The Affordable Holiday Art Fair

at The Plaxall Gallery (Map)

Produced by Culture Lab LIC

and Long Island City Artists

On View: Dec 2-23, 2021

Opening Reception: Dec 4, 6-9pm

Read LIC-A Press Release (pdf)

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Culture Lab LIC presents
Photoville Festival: Queens is Family
Curated by Orestes Gonzalez & Skyler Reid

On View: September 18 - December 1, 2021

Presented outdoors in the Plaxall Gallery parking lot.  (Map)

For the first time in LIC, the Brooklyn-based Photoville Festival is including Culture Lab LIC in their annual photo festival.

The series, Queens is Family, takes advantage of our diverse ethnic mix, featuring Queens-based photographers from different backgrounds and ethnicities, all touching on subjects of family, friendship, loss, rituals and sacrifice.

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Salimah Ali
Jose Alvarado Jr
Kimberly J. Avalos
Kamal Badhey
Kisha Bari
Gisella Dionio
Orestes Gonzalez
Vanessa Gonzalez-Bunster
Kris Graves
Neil Kramer
Dean Majd
Erika Morillo
Beatriz Rodriguez
Griselda San Martin
Joey Solomon
AnRong Xu

Culture Lab LIC & HOLOCENTER present
SPACE:LIGHT Alternate Reality
An exhibition of light art and optical media


On View: October 2 - 31, 2021
Opening Reception: Saturday October 2, 7-10pm at The Plaxall Gallery

This year’s SPACE:LIGHT has a theme centered on an Alternate Reality that each artist personally creates in tandem with additional versions of Realities perceived, installed, and displayed by fellow conceptualizers within the community of Light Art to challenge the bounds of space and time.

Curated by Rita Jiménez and Patrice Scott

Featuring works by:
Maximus Clarke, Valeria Divinorum, Nic Koller, Ksenia, Linda Loh, Sam Moree, Steve Pavlovsky, Geo Stadnik, Erin Taylor and Everything Good Studio (Rachel Ciaverella and Jack Kalish)

Official Site

Culture Lab LIC Presents

LIC-A Members Showcase 2021

On View:  September 2 - 26, 2021 at the Plaxall Gallery (Map)

Opening Reception:  

Thursday, September 2, 6-8pm

Saturday, September 4, 2-6pm

This has been a time of re-evaluation for many artists, of a chance to experiment, perhaps, and create imagery reflective of the stressful past year. Artists are naturally gifted with the ability to visualize their thoughts and feelings and to communicate them without words.  We are pleased to present to the public this diverse and creative body of work by our members.

In person show curated by Jorge Posada

Online show curated by Carol Crawford

Exhibition coordinators: Nancy Bruno, Alexis Mendoza and Jon Garfield


Culture Lab LIC at the Plaxall Gallery

5-25 46th Ave, LIC NY 11101

(entrance through the parking lot)

LICA Members Showcase 2021

Featured Artists:

Kimberly Abbott
Catherine Abrams
Monique Allain
Bonnie Astor
Janya Barlow
Aileen Bassis
Romen Baulin
J F Bautista
Dino Blanche
Michele Bonelli
Patricia Bouley
Evan Brown
Xan Cambeiro
Luzia Castaneda
Veronique Chalarca
Irene Christensen
Nicholas Christopher
Robert Convery
Marilee Cooper
Carol Crawford
Adrian DiMetriou

Lenuta Donikian

Eric Friedmann
Ayakoh Furukawa-Leonart
Tina Glavan
Yona Goldfaden
Jean-Marie Guyaux
Akwasi Gyambibi
Steven Harris
Sheila Hecht
Lori Horowitz
Amanda Ioco
Kaiser Kamal
Susan Kaplow
Paul Katcher
Karen Kirshner
June Kosloff
Saori Kurioka
Jonathan Lev
Jane Levy
Alice Lipping
Robert Lobe

Nancy Macina
Ellen Mandelbaum

Leda Maria
Donnelly Marks
Dianne Martin
Anthony Mavilia
LisaMaria Maya
Gail Meyers
Bruce Minson
Nancy Nieves
Francesca O’Malley
Lawrence O’Neill
Becca Olinger
Michael Padwee
Steven Palermo
Mark Pinckney
Jorge Posada
Michael Quintero
Robert Roher
Ashlee Romain
Nancy R. Rouse

Lori Sanford-Ross
Carmine Santaniello
Elinore Schnurr
James Seffens
Andrea Segatto
Jacqueline Sferra Rada
Hisayasu Takashio
Akemi Takeda
Therese Tan
Peter Tews
Preston Trombly
Rouska Valkova
Roussina Valkova
Samuel Varnedoe
Jemina Vita
Sandra Vucicevic
Jon Wagner
Andrew Wheatley
Kim Zack

Note: Due to the recent NYC vaccine mandate, all visitors to the gallery must wear a mask, be vaccinated and will be required to show proof of vaccination (CDC vaccine card, NYC COVID Safe Pass, NYS Excelsior Pass)

Culture Lab LIC Presents
House of Mark West

August 2021 Showcase

July 29 - August 29, 2021 at the Plaxall Gallery (Map)

Opening Reception: July 31, 5-9pm. 

This show features a combination of paintings, photography, sculpture, and installation art from artists of color across New York City from the House of Mark West Artist Collective.


Each piece selected, ranging from abstract landscape and documentary-style photography, was driven by their unique cultural experiences. This showcase executes a contemporary blend of the Black and Brown diasporic experience, both locally and globally.


Featured Artists:

Karim Chambers

Sofeia Eddy

Mark West

Fiona Lee

Jeffrey Melo

Brenda Hayes


About the Team:

Mark West Center for the Arts (MWCA), also known as House of Mark West is a non-profit cultural art center, gallery and creative hub for artists across NYC. MWCA is black-owned and praised for catering primarily to Black, Brown, LGBTQ, disabled, and young (K-12) artists and creatives. Their mission is to  provide exposure and advocacy for underrepresented artists of all backgrounds. The House of Mark West will open a public museum highlighting African and Diasporic art located in NYC this Fall 2022.


Visit for more details.


PRIDE : A celebration of diversity, identity, and history

June 3 - July 25, 2021 at the Plaxall Gallery

In creating this exhibit, the word Pride was used as a base for inspiration and interpretation. It was designed to be taken literally, conceptually or theoretically. We chose strong, personal work that addresses the issues being discussed today, as well as projects that frame the historical struggles of the LGBTQ+ community and its increasing acceptance into the ever changing mainstream.


This dynamic group of visual artists mostly come from the New York City area, but also from across the country, as well as from Argentina, Taiwan, Cuba, Spain, Venezuela and India.


It is a true representation of the diversity we strive for in our Queens community, and to a wider, more altruistic extent, in our country.



Alex Pigeon

Bradley Hoseley

Carmelo Amenta

Cassi Alexandra

Christopher Stout

Cristina Velasquez

Daniel Alvarado

Dan Halm

David De Lira

David Wes White

Edward Gia

Elianel Clinton

Erika Kapin

Frances Bukovsky


Friends of David and Tom: (Anita Vitale, Cynthia Carr, Gracie Mansion, Jean Foos, Judy Glantzman,

Virginia Hourigan)


Gilberto Ruiz

Ismario Rodríguez

Ivana Larrosa

Jacob Grumulaitis

Jacqueline Silberbush

Jade Palmiotti

JaLeel Porcha

James Falciano

Jamie Ho

Jenna Petrone

Jesse Egner

Joe Klaus

Joel Handorff

Joey Regan

John Hanning

Jonathan Virginia Green

Jorge Mónaco

José Rafael Perozo

Joseph Radoccia

Joshua Tarplin

Keavy Handley-Byrne

Kelsey Sucena

Luisa Madrid

Mariette Pathy Allen

Michael Svizzero

Michela Griffo

Natalia L. Rudychev

Nicholas Loffredo

Nick Simko

Orestes Gonzalez

Pankaj Dahalia

Patricia Dahlman

Pierce Sapper

Rachael Warner

Raul De Lara

Ryan Aasen

Vincent CY Chen

Yorgos Efthymiadis

Zachary Francois

Orestes Gonzalez, Director of Photographic Programming at Culture Lab, Orestes Gonzalez is a photo artist and curator based in New York.


His photography work relates to issues of nostalgia, family and the political and economic forces changing our country. He has curated over 20 photography shows since 2008, first at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery in LIC, then independently, since 2012.


His curated exhibit “Disruption”, opened at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) in 2018.


Orestes has shown extensively in the US and Latin America, and is in the collections of The Perez Art Museum, Miami, and the book collections of The NY Metropolitan Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others.



Culture Lab LIC

Artists in Residency Exhibition 2021

May 1 - 30, 2021

Culture Lab is proud to present an indoor exhibition of work produced in 2020 by our resident artists

All visitors must wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.

The Plaxall Gallery

5-25 46th Ave, LIC, NY 11101 (Map)

Gallery Hours: Thursday: 5-9pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday & Sunday: 2-9pm




March 25 - April 25, 2021

at The Plaxall Gallery

Opening Reception:

Friday March 26, 5-9pm


Chao Wang

Stewart Bird

Jerry Chan


Jackie Stanley

Meirav Zaks

Allie Stabile

Jinyong Choi

Emmett Metier

Kosuke Kawahara

Download Exhibition Catalogue (PDF)

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All visitors must wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.

The Plaxall Gallery

5-25 46th Ave, LIC, NY 11101

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An exhibition of new art

by Karen Fitzgerald

January 3 - February 7, 2021

at The Plaxall Gallery

Karen Fitzgerald’s solo exhibition 'What The Light Saw" features 30 round, gilded paintings produced with an initial layer of Venetian plaster. 

Viewing hours are Fridays, 6-9pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5pm.

Join us for an opening reception on Jan. 9 from 12- 5pm.

A reservation is required for all in-person visits to the gallery.

Get a free timed ticket:

All visitors must wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.

The Plaxall Gallery

5-25 46th Ave, LIC, NY 11101

Gallery Hours: Fridays, 6-9pm Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5pm 


The HoloCenter & Culture Lab LIC present

December 3 – 27, 2020

at The Plaxall Gallery

Artist installations that experiment with light as a material and medium.

Artists include: Emily Andersen,  Ed Bear,  Blinn & Lambert,  Julian Day & Kamari Carter, Rachel Guardiola,  Emma Hendry,  Jess Holz,  Rita Jimenez,  Shohei Katayama, Nooshin Rostami and Evan Voelbel.


Curated by Jonathan Sims.

All illumination will emanate from the artworks that include experimental projection, neon, ultraviolet, stereoscopy, and other manipulations of light.

Virtual Opening Thursday December 3 at 7pm with a streamed experimental audiovisual performance by Testu Collective 

The Plaxall Gallery