SCC faculty member’s artwork celebrated at new railway station in Staten Island
The artwork of Salem Community College Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts Jenna Lucente is permanently featured at the newly opened Arthur Kill Station on the Staten Island Railway.
Lucente was commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to design artwork for 28 large-scale, laminated glass panels featuring a mix of wildlife and landscape scenes that are unique to the area’s geography and community, according to an MTA news release. The panels were installed in windscreens at the top of station’s two towers and in the overpass connecting the northbound and southbound platforms.
Lucente, who grew up in the Castleton Corners section of Staten Island, devoted three years to creating the designs, then worked with a glass fabricator in Germany to make the glass. Last summer, she proudly watched the glass art’s installation.
According to the MTA release, the towers’ glass panels are laminated blue with foreground images of indigenous wildlife and framed with an intricate design that pays homage to neighborhood architecture. The background of each panel features a landscape, either natural or urban, of the neighborhood.
An SCC faculty member since 2015, Lucente earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Syracuse University and a master of fine arts degree from Queens College, City University of New York.
“Staten Island will always be home to me, and the artwork at the new Arthur Kill Station has great personal significance,” Lucente said. “My understanding, interpretation and connection with Staten Island will always be here through this artwork. It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to share this vision with the public, and my fellow Staten Islanders.”
Lucente’s artwork is described as a “thoughtful interpretation of the area’s natural beauty and a study of its historic significance” by Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts & Design, in the news release.