Maria Mazziot Gillan has donated her 2005 work, Japanese Women in Robes to the permanent collection of contemporary fine art at Passaic County Community College. PCCC’s collection includes paintings, photographs, sculptures, and works on paper by regional, national, and internationally known artists, including important works by Jacob Landau, Ben Shahn, and George Tice.
A more extensive catalog can be found on the PCCC website . It features additional information about the artists and their works, and new images will be added as the collection continues to grow.
Biographical note from the PCCC website:
Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the founder and Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey. She is also a professor and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Gillan has published eight books of poetry, including Where I Come From (1995), Things My Mother Told Me (Guernica Editions, 1998), and Italian Women in Black Dresses (Guernica, 2002). She is co-editor with her daughter Jennifer of three anthologies published by Penguin/Putnam: Unsettling America, Identity Lessons, and Growing up Ethnic in America. Also-, she has co-edited with her daughter Jennifer Gillan and Edvige Giunta, Italian American Writers on New Jersey (Rutgers University Press). She is the editor of the award-winning Paterson Literary Review. In recent years, Maria Gillan has returned to painting and collage. Her work was exhibited at North light Books and Café in Cotati, California, in a one-person show entitled “Through One Woman’s Eyes” in 2005.