Kathryn Ko • Puneeta Mittal
Barbara Rocco.
Curated by John Cino
March 13 – April 25, 2021

Closing Artist Reception April 25 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Coffee with a Curator March 20 @11:00 AM 

WHEN: March 13 - April 25, 2021
WHERE: Patchogue Arts Council MOCA L.I.,  20 Terry St, Suite 116, Patchogue, NY 11772

PATCHOGUE, NY, February 22 The Patchogue Arts Council • MOCA, LI presents our newest exhibition Sidling running from March 13 - April 25, 2021. The Patchogue Arts Council is pleased to announce a special Spring exhibition entitled Sidling.

This exhibit brings together three Long Island based artists all showing works influenced by shared experience or interest. It includes work by Kathryn Ko, Puneeta Mittal, and Barbara Rocco, and is curated by John Cino.
The Sidling-thread weaving these artists together is their encounters with cancer: medically and personally.

Artists are typically linked through form or subject matter.  “Sidling” is the term for the sideways locomotion of crabs, and the artists of Sidling are linked in a side-wise fashion based upon their experiences. – John Cino

Viewers are invited to experience Sidling at the Patchogue Arts Council Museum of Contemporary Art Long Island from March 13 – April 25, 2021. PAC•MoCA L.I is located at 20 Terry St., Patchogue, New York.

Planned events include a Closing Artist Reception April 25 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM and a virtual panel discussion. Also, the artists of Sidling will engage in conversation during Coffee with a Curator on Mach 20 at 11:00 a.m.. All are invited to join us on ZOOM or watch along on FaceBook Live. For more information please visit  

This exhibit and all coordinating events are free and open to the public.

Please note receptions are held outdoors weather permitting. Masks are required upon entry into the gallery and guests are expected to practice established social distancing protocols. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the space. Currently, we permit  only 4 guests in the gallery at one time.

Puneeta Mittal | What Lies Beneath

Barbara Rocco | Golden Age
ABOUT THE ARTISTS                
Kathryn Ko would argue otherwise, but it can be said she lives a bifurcated life. As Dr. Ko, she practices neurosurgery in New York City where she has earned the gratitude of her patients and the praise of her colleagues. But driven by a passion beyond her medicine, she earned an MFA and works in a variety of media including painting, sculpture and video. In a 2014 New York Times profile she said that both her vocation and her avocation…require a skilled hand and talent polished by study and practice, as well as an excellent observational eye.

Puneeta Mittal is a painter, ceramist, sculptor, and educator born and educated in India. Her love for the textures and colors of nature has been the inspiration for her work.  However, her interest in the natural world was broadened by her marriage to cancer researcher Vivek Mittal. Seeing his work, she developed a keen interest in microscopic forms of nature: particularly cancer cells. In a series of paintings, Mittal has captured the visual phenomena of cancer cells as they appear on laboratory slides.

Barbara Rocco is a keen observer of the human figure particularly “its movements and detailed gestures” which she reproduces in sculpture and drawing. Rocco sees these as our interface with our shared world and a medium of communication among individuals. As a young mother, she had surgery to remove a brain tumor, a profound and seminal moment. Vowing to seize the most from life, she returned to the study of art at LIU Post where she received an MFA.

For more information or an exhibition preview  please contact Beth Giacummo:
Cell: (621) 806-4722

The mission of Patchogue Arts Council, Inc. is to ambitiously educate, support, and elevate the arts- community. This includes artists at all stages of their careers as well as supporting the development of new works and public projects through exhibitions and innovative programming that emphasize community engagement while aiding in the revitalization and sustainability of the community. The Patchogue Arts Council, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose programming supports arts across all of Long Island. 

Museum of Contemporary Arts Long Island (MoCA L.I.) is the exhibition space of the Patchogue Arts Council (PAC).

By redefining PAC’s exhibition space from Gallery to Museum, opportunities for the community and the artists we serve grows exponentially. PAC has always been unconventional in comparison to other arts councils. Our primary focuses are to make current and contemporary art accessible to everyone and to serve artists across Long Island. We work to create inclusiveness in all of our opportunities for Long Island’s Spanish-speaking communities as well. Through our programming, we support, promote, and encourage early, mid-career, and established artists working in all media and all walks of life.

The Patchogue Arts Council is located at 20 Terry St., Suite 116, Patchogue NY.                                                                                                  For more information visit Email

Saturday, March 20  @ 11:00 PM
Coffee with a Curator | Artists from Sidling
Coffee with a Curator brings together the artists in Sidling on exhibit at PAC MoCA LI from March 13 through April 25, 2021.  Sidling is the form of locomotion associated with crabs.  The artists of Sidling, Dr. Kathryn Ko, Puneeta Mittal and Barbara Rocco are connected in a sidewise fashion. Join the artists and curator John Cino in a Zoom session as they discuss their lives, art and relationship and their hidden linkage with that noted crustacean.

Ask about a free Coffee with a Curator collectors mug and coffee!
First 25 signups can pick up their mug from the PMLIB.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 921 0006 7825
Passcode: 624939