Department of Art and Design
Art Forum is a speakers' series featuring notable artists, designers, art historians and art critics from around the world who come to campus to present their work and ideas in an open forum. Admission is free and open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as the general public.
Past Art Forum guests have included notables such as Chakaia Booker, Will Cotton, Aziz + Cucher, Inka Essenhigh, Judy Fox, Roxy Paine, Ursala Von Rydingsvard, and Seymour Chwast.
For further information and/or to confirm a scheduled date, call 973-655-4074.
Current Art Forum Season (see below) l Past Seasons and Guests
- TUESDAYS 2:30 - 4:20 p.m.
Location: Montclair State University; Calcia Hall, CA135
Open to the Public; Admission is free
- Program Coordinator: Prof. Patricia Lay
No Artist Lectures / Class will meet
Shane Hope : Multimedia
Shane Hope's research-based practice is foremost a form of Future Studies. It's from contemporary technoprogressive, technoanarchist, transhumanist, H+, hard sci-fi and singularitarian ideas that he filters-out fodder for more forward-looking visual responses. He describes his painterly depictions, which are built by way of modding molecular modeling research software, crafting code to perform generative crystallography, and hand-hobbling together DIY 3D-printers, as “plans for playborground ball pits of pure operationality all about an atomic admin access-privs picturesque". Hope studied New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute, Information Arts at San Francisco State University, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Shane's work has been shown at Susanne Vielmetter Projects and Carmichael Gallery in LA; Winkleman Gallery, Bushwick Storfront and Thatcher Projects in NY; and will be featured this Fall in SF's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts “Dissident Futures” exhibition.
Gregory Coats: Painting and installation
Gregory Coates is a master of minor artistic intervention that triggers major effects: "The less I do, the more honest I am”. Coates earned his formal training from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture - Maine and Kunst Akademie Duesseldorf - Germany. Coates has been awarded numerous awards including the Edward Mitchell Bannister Award, Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant, New York Artist Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and was also Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem NY. He has recently exhibited at Soft Machine Gallery - Allentown PA, Shin-Puh-Kan - Kyoto, Japan. He has had solo exhibitions at N’Namdi Contemporary, Miami, along with solos shows in Japan, Philadelphia, Chicago, Austria, Germany and many more. He has been a visiting artist for summer session at School of the Visual Art New York, NY since 2000. Coates work can be found in many public and private collections including Smithsonian Institute of American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem NY, and in Japan, Florida, Canada and Germany. He is represented by Magnan Metz Gallery in Chelsea, New York.
Jade Townsend: Painting/Drawing
Jade Townsend lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, VOLTA New York, Leslie Heller Workspace New York, Chatanooga TN, and Minneapolis. He has had group exhibitions in Columbus OH, Hamburg DE, Santonio TX, Seattle WA, Queens Museum of Art NY, Havana Cuba, Socrates Sculpture Park NY, and also in Germany and Switzerland. Jade Townsend's highly theatrical sculptures and installations use familiar imagery to explore themes of displacement, allegory, and alchemy, with subjects drawn from history, literature, popular culture, and everyday life. Townsend's works integrate many types of materials in a diverse range of forms.
George Gittoes: Painter/film
George Gittoes is an Australian Artist and filmmaker. With global vision, George Gittoes has set up mobile studios for three decades, creating works in regions of conflict and upheaval around the world. He has worked in North America, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, the Sub Continent, Far East, Asia Pacific and Africa, creating works in both traditional and digital mediums, still and moving images, within a matrix of cultural interfaces. In 2011 a retrospective exhibition of his work, curated by James Harithas was presented at Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston. He produced three Pashtun dramas in Jalalabad, Afghanistan "Love city", "Talk Show" and "The Tailor's Story" 2011-2012. He has participated in Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany for Film and performance. He recently completed a feature documentary "Love City Jalalabad", produced by Piraya Films, Stavanger, Norway. Gittoes is currently making films in Afghanistan, painting and drawing and creating his opus multi media work, Night Vision, while continuing to move around the globe.
Doug Bucci: Jewelry design and Educator
Doug Bucci is a jewelry designer and educator. Bucci earned his MFA (1998) from The Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. His work utilizes digital processes to explore and display biological systems and the effect of disease on the body. Bucci’s work has appeared in multiple periodicals and texts including Metalsmith magazine, American Craft magazine, and Lark Book’s, 500 series & Darling Publication’s, The Jewelry Compendium. His work is in the collections of the Windsor Castle, Berkshire, London; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Newark Museum, NJ; Deutsche Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Germany; and Design Museo, Helsinki, Finland.
David Henderson: Sculpture
David Henderson lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Atlanta, GA, he received his BA at Bard College, and his MFA at Columbia University. He has shown at Knoedler Gallery, Michael Steinberg Fine Arts, Kristen Frederickson Contemporary, Exit Art, and other locations in and around New York City, and across the country. He is currently represented by William Siegal Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. His modular, reconfigurable installation, "A Brief History of Aviation", has travelled to 6 locations, currently Auburn University in Alabama, and is the subject of a feature article in Sculpture Magazine (January/February2013).
Karina Skvirsky: Photography/ Video/ Performance
Karina Aguilera Skvirsky is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography, video and performance. In 2010, she participated in There is always a cup of sea for man to sail, the 29th Sao Paolo Biennial, where she exhibited work from her project, Memories of Development, a multi-part project that investigates the psychological and cultural legacy of Latin America's "third world" status through performance, video, and photography. Skvirsky's work has been exhibited internationally in group and solo shows including: DPM Gallery, Guayaquil, Ecuador (2012), La Ex-Culpable, Lima, Peru (2010), Scaramouche Art, NY (2010), Galeria Proceso (a parallel exhibition with the Cuenca Biennial 2009), The Grossman Gallery, PA,(2008), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT (2007), Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY (2006), Smack Mellon, NY (2007), Momenta Art, NY (2006) and others.
Dawn Clements: Painting / Works on paper
Dawn Clements lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work was included in Paper (Saatchi Gallery, London); 2010 Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, 2010); Edward Hopper and Contemporary Art (Kunsthalle Vienna, 2008); Aperto at the Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy, 1993). She exhibited her collaborative work with sculptor Marc Leuthold at Pierogi (Brooklyn, NY, 2012) and has had solo exhibitions at Pierogi, Hales Gallery (London), Acme Los Angeles, and Middlebury College Museum of Art. She has received fellowships from Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation; and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Ms. Clements’ work can be found in many public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art (NY); Whitney Museum of American Art (NY); and Saatchi Collection (London). Ms. Clements is represented by Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
Kara Rooney: Artist/ Critic/ Curator
Kara Rooney is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer and critic. She is the Associate Art Editor for The Brooklyn Rail, and faculty member at School of Visual Arts where she teaches art history and aesthetics. Her visual work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including The Trinity Museum, NY; Queens College Art Center, NY; Shoshana Wayne Gallery, CA; Gallery Aferro, NJ; the Chelsea Art Museum, NY; the International Women’s Museum, CA; the Jersey City Museum, NJ; the Montclair Art Museum, NJ; and the Pera Museum, Istanbul. Her critical writings have been published in Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic and Performa Live as well as in conjunction with the collaborative writing group, Open Dialogues. Kara earned her M.F.A in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts in 2009.
Nina Chanel Abney: Painting
New York-based artist Nina Chanel Abney is known for placing figures based on real people into imaginative worlds to create large genre paintings that deal with controversial issues regarding race and gender. She is interested in revealing racism that is hidden in the everyday, and loosens the dialogue around race and sexuality. Nina is represented by Kravets|Wehby Gallery in New York and has been included in The Incomplete Paris exhibition curated by Hubert Neumann, The Glamour Project at Lehman Maupin Gallery, and the next generation of exciting artists by Paper Magazine. Nina was featured in W Magazine's Art Issue and currently has a painting on view at the Brooklyn Museum as part of an exhibition of recent acquisitions. She is featured in the publication Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting, as well as the Rubell Family Collection’s 30 American’s exhibition which traveled from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and is currently at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia.
David Opdyke: Multimedia/Installation artist
David Opdyke lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens. Growing up in Schenectady, NY in the 1970’s and 80's, Opdyke witnessed the collapse of manufacturing in the city and the sprawl of suburban developments bulldozing over surrounding woods and farmland. Those images of transformation and decay permeate his work today. After his BFA in Painting from the University of Cincinnati, he moved to New York, working as a scenic painter and architectural model maker during the day to support his art habit. Roebling Hall, an upstart gallery a block away from his loft in Williamsburg, gave him his first big break in 1999. He quit his day job in 2004. Opdyke has also worked with Ronald Feldman Gallery in Soho, and is now represented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in Chelsea. He works in a wide range of media and scales, from hyper-realistic models and complex sculptures to intricate ink drawings and large-scale installations.
J.J Sedelmaier: Animation
J.J. Sedelmaier has inhabited the industry of animation for over 30 years. He cut his teeth as an entry level “inbetweener” on half hour TV specials like “The Berenstain Bears” and “Strawberry Shortcake”. By 1990, he opened J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. in White Plains, NY and proceeded to revolutionize how people perceive the use and craft of animation. JJSP is responsible for launching: MTV’s “Beavis and Butt-Head”, Saturday Night Live “Saturday TV Funhouse” cartoons, Tek Jansen for The Colbert Report, and over 500 other animation and design projects.
Kyle Coniglio: Painting / Printmaking
Sitting in a space between anecdote and allegory, Coniglio's campy, often tragic self-portraits explore the artist's personal relationship to the male body and gender. He received his BFA in studio art from Montclair State University and a MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University. Over the past couple of years his work has been included in shows at the International Print Center New York (NY, NY), the University of Connecticut (Stamford, CT), Annie Wharton Gallery in Los Angeles (LA, California), and Anna Kustera Gallery (NY, NY), as well as throughout his native state of New Jersey. Coniglio was a 2012-13 fellow of the Queer/Art/Mentorship program and an affiliated fellow at the American Academy in Rome in 2012. He has taught at Caldwell College and currently teaches at William Paterson University and Montclair State University.
No lectures - Finals week