A Memorable Day of Art, Close to Home

Many of Long Island’s universities have a hidden perk: a stellar art museum. Despite high-quality works, elegant environments and proximity, local residents oftentimes forget they’re here, or don’t realize these cultural gems exist at all. Those who want to spend an afternoon exploring inspiring works of art don’t need to spend the time nor the money trekking into the city. Check out a few of the most noteworthy Long Island college art museums on higher education campuses throughout Nassau and Suffolk. They’re all open to the public—and free.

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Stony Brook University, Stony Brook

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The esteemed 5,000-square-foot Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery at the Staller Center for the Arts is presenting the juried Senior Show, to include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, prints, photographs, digital media, mixed-media installations and works on paper, until May 18. Faculty members of Stony Brook’s Art Department select from among the best work of this year’s graduating class. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 12–4pm. It is also usually open before Staller Center performances and during intermission. Click to go

St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue

This intimate museum showcases different works throughout the year, including some high-profile artists. Now through May 12, the focus is on students’ artwork including paintings, drawings, photography, graphic design, ceramics and crafts. On May 2 at 1pm, an artist talk and reception is being held; all are welcome. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 10am–2pm. Click to go

Adelphi University, Garden City


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Three different art galleries can be visited on the Garden City campus, and at least one is open every day of the week. Aside from the usual mediums on display, visitors can take in a collection of African ceremonial objects including swords, knives, axes and wooden sculptures, as well as one made up entirely of musical instruments. The Outdoor Sculpture Biennial is open through May 31 with a variety of imposing sculptures utilizing different materials and found objects—including safety pins—around the campus grounds. Click to go

Hofstra University, Hempstead


Olga Moore (American, 1937-2013), Thahlahsah, 1980, from the portfolio Offset Lithographic Prints, 1981, offset lithograph on Warren’s Cameo 80 lb. dull cover paper, edition 55/100, 21 5/8 x 16 5/8 in., Hofstra University Museum Collections, gift of Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, HU83.48.11.A

The Hofstra University Museum is a place where art enthusiasts can explore thought-provoking work. Running through July 27, Portfolios II: Offset Lithographic Prints is the second exhibition in a series that highlights different groups of prints and photographs from the museum’s permanent collections. This particular portfolio consists of works by artists who experimented with using a commercial press to make fine art, including Chuck Close, John Moore, Olga Moore, Italo Scanga, Salvatore Scarpitta and Miriam Schapiro. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am–4pm. Click to go

Molloy College, Rockville Centre


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The Kellenberg Art Gallery, open 9am–8pm every day except school holidays, focuses on Long Island artists and Long Island arts organizations. Upcoming exhibitions include the Molloy Senior BFA/BS Exhibition from May 6 to June 8 with a reception scheduled for May 6 from 1–3pm. From July 9 to August 16, the gallery will house an encore exhibition of the Long Island Arts Council’s 38th Annual Juried Photography Show. Kellenberg exhibitions are accompanied by a mobile app and an interactive kiosk for extra information about the artist(s) being featured. Also, exhibitions often have self-guided cell phone audio tours, which allow visitors, at their own pace, to hear the artists themselves speak about their work. Click to go

Nassau Community College, Garden City

The Plaza Art Gallery has just moved into a renovated, state-of-the-art space located in the school’s Tower Building. The summer exhibit, Every child is an artist: Pablo Picasso, will feature the work of the children enrolled in NCC’s Greenhouse Day Care Center. It will be open every day except Friday and Sunday starting in June. Visitors can also take advantage of a range of lectures, panel discussions and workshops. Click to go

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Christina Vercelletto is a lifelong south-shore Long Islander. She currently resides in Babylon with her husband, three children, and a morbidly obese calico. A media veteran, Christina has held editorial positions at Babytalk, Parenting, Scholastic Parent & Child, Woman's Day, and Davler Media. Her work has appeared in numerous national publications, including Redbook, Rachael Ray, Good Housekeeping, FamilyFun, and The Huffington Post. She's been a frequent guest on Today, The View, and Good Morning America.