Spring 2011 Schedule


Department of Art & Design
Art Forum Coordinator: Patricia Lay
TUESDAYS 2:30 - 4:20 p.m.
Location: Montclair State University; Calcia Room 135
Open to the Public; Admission is free


SARAH ABRAMSON, Jewelry and Metalsmith.
Calcia 135; 2:30-4:20

Sarah Abramson attended the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and earned her master’s of fine art in metal at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Abramson was awarded a studio residency at the Museum of Arts and Design and has participated in jewelry exhibitions throughout the U S and Florence, Italy. Her work is currently represented by Gallery Loupe, in Montclair, Galerie Marzee in Nijmenland, the Netherlands, and Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h in Montreal, Canada. Abramson's work is included in the permanent collections of both the Museum of Arts and Design and Galerie Marzee, as well as private collections. Her work has been published in The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellery 2008 as well as 500 Enameled Objects. She is a studio technician for the Jewelry Design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and lives and works in Brooklyn. www.sarahabramson.us/

PHIL PATTON, Writer and Curator.
Calcia 135; 2:30-4:20

Phil Patton is the author of many books on design and the culture of technology. Also a journalist, and independent curator, he writes on automobile design for The New York Times. He teaches in the Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts. He has been a contributing editor of ID magazine, Esquire, Wired, and Departures and served as consulting curator for museum exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art's "Different Roads: Automobiles for a New Century,” “Curves of Steel” at Phoenix Art Museum (2007) and “Cars, Culture and the City,” at the Museum of the City of New York in 2010. He has appeared on many programs including CBS Sunday Morning, Today, Charlie Rose, Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation. His books include Open Road: a Celebration of the American Highway, Made in USA, and Bug, a cultural history of the Volkswagen Beetle. His book on auto design appeared in Europe, along with 20th CenturyClassic Cars (Taschen). He recently wrote the introduction to John Margolies: Roadside America. philpatton.com/

Calcia 135; 2:30-4:20

Michael Eade received a BA from Oregon State University and did further studies at the Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenen Kunst, Stuttgart, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has received many honors including a current residency at the Hermitage Artists’ Retreat and fellowships from the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, the National Academy Museum and School of the Fine Arts, Artists’ Fellowship Inc., and Aljira. Eade’s work appears in public and corporate collections including the Harvard Business School, HERMÈS, AT&T, the Library of Congress Permanent Collection and many private collections. Eade’s lecture will present the evolution of his landscapes in egg tempera and illustrate his ongoing explorations into the realm of contemporary landscape painting. Eade’s next solo exhibition will be in 2012 at Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, N.Y. Eade lives and works in New York City. www.michaeleade.com

Calcia 135; 2:30-4:20

Elvis Fuentes is an associate curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York. Before joining El Museo del Barrio, Fuentes served as curator at the Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico and prepared a retrospective exhibition of the early works of Felix Gonzalez-Torres for the San Juan Polygraphic Triennial, 2004. Other projects, which he curated, are Print as Metaphor (Grand Prix, International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2005);, Rewind… Rewind... Three decades of video art in Puerto Rico (AICA Prize 2005);, and Homo humoris: Caricatures by Lorenzo Homar (Princeton University / Museum of Art, Cayey, Puerto Rico, 2005). Member of IKT, Fuentes graduated from the University of Havana (Art History, 1999), and completed studies at museums in Europe and the U.S. (Aachen, Amsterdam, Berlin, Columbus-Ohio, Madrid, New York, Paris, Cologne). He was curator at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (1999-2002), where he organized more than 20 exhibitions, workshops and lectures, including two video art festivals (2000, 2001) and a retrospective exhibition of Marcelo Pogolotti (1999, 2002). elvisfuentes.com

JESSICA RANKIN, Mixed-media Artist.
Calcia 135; 2:30-4:20

Jessica Rankin was born in Sydney, Australia, and lives and works in New York. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Australia. Recent solo exhibitions include PS1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York (2006), Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis (2005), and White Cube, London (2007). Rankin is best known for her organdy "embroidered paintings," as well as her drawings, watercolors, and editioned prints, sometimes linked to her larger- scale works. Rankin is represented by Christian Haye of The Project gallery in the United StatesA and, in 2007, began to exhibit with Jay Jopling at the White Cube art gallery in the UK. www.whitecube.com/artists/jessica_rankin

RAY RAPP, Multimedia Artist.
Calcia 135; 2:30-4:20

RAY RAPP, Multimedia Artist.
Ray Rapp has had many solo exhibitions and video installations in New York and surrounding areas and his work was part of many group exhibitions in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Italy and Belgium. His work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, Queens Museum, Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, Nederland, Black and White Gallery (N.Y.), Frederieke Taylor Gallery (N.Y.) and The Kitchen (N.Y.). Rapp has been awarded the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc. Grant, a MacDowell Residency and a Queens Museum Exhibition Honorarium. Rapp received degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University. He received an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Library of Congress and Musée du Petit Format, Belgium. www.rayrapp.com

LISA KERESZI, Photographer.
Calcia 135; 2:30-4:20

Lisa Kereszi graduated from Bard College, and moved to NYC and worked as an assistant to Nan Goldin. In 2000, she received an MFA from the Yale School of Art, where she now is a lecturer and also serves as acting director of undergraduate studies in photography. Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum, the New Museum, The Brooklyn Museum and the Berkeley Art Museum. She was granted a commission to photograph Governors Island by the Public Art Fund in 2003, which culminated in shows and a book. Her book on striptease, Fantasies, was published by Damiani in 2008, and one on escapism, Fun and Games, was released by Nazraeli Press in 2009. She is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. www.lisakereszi.com

Calcia 135; 2:30-4:20

Until recently, Tim Goossens worked as a curatorial assistant at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, N.Y. Goossens is currently involved in the fordPROJECT that will launch in January of 2011 in NYC. He has curated exhibitions with David Altmejd, Robert de Saint Phalle, Heather Rowe, Marc Swanson and Chitra Ganesh. www.fordproject.com

JEANNE JAFFE, Sculptor and Installation Artist.
Calcia 135; 2:30-4:20

Jeanne Jaffe is the recipient of fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid- Atlantic/NEA,. the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and New Forms Regional Grant from the Painted Bride Art Center. Ms Jaffe has had artist’s residencies fellowships at Yaddo Artists Colony, Rutger’s Innovative Printmaking Workshop, New Jersey Printmaking Council, Yellow Springs Institute, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Works by Ms. Jaffe have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at such places as The Kitchen, Delaware Art Museum, Hillwood Art Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, Michener Art Museum, and in Edinburgh, Scotland, Holland, Hamburg, Germany, Quebec, and London. Her work is currently represented by Gallery Joe in Philadelphia and has been reviewed extensively, including in Art in America, The New York Times, and Sculpture Magazine. Ms. Jaffe’s works are included in many private and public collections in such places as Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, N.J., the Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, Pa., Abington Sculpture Garden, Abington, Pa., Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, New Brunswick, N.J., Mosby’s Publications, Philadelphia, Pa., and Museum of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y. Jeanne Jaffe holds a B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art and an M.F.A. from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. www.jeannejaffe.com

ROBIN KAHN, Artist and Curator.
Calcia 135; 2:30-4:20

Robin Kahn is a visual artist, editor and curator. Kahn works in a variety of media that ranges from collage and ceramic sculpture to artist books and sound works. Recent exhibitions include “Telling Secrets” at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Women Artists (Washington, D.C.) and her solo exhibition, “Everybody Needs a Wife” at Mulry Fine Arts (Palm Beach, Fla.). She has authored numerous artists’ books including Reveries of a Spinster, Runaway Girls and The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Art (all distributed by DAP Books). Her newest publication, Dining in Refugee Camps: The Art of Sahrawi Cooking (Autonomedia, Fall 2010), documents her experiences cooking with Sahrawi women in refugee camps in Algeria and in the Free Territories of The Western Sahara. Kahn is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship Grant. Her works have been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (N.Y.), Museo Nacionales Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid), Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum and The New Museum of Contemporary Art (N.Y.). Her mixed-media collages, sculptures and artists books are a part of the permanent collections of The Smithsonian (D.C.), The Museum of Modern Art (N.Y.), The Whitney Museum of American Art (N.Y.), Brooklyn Museum of Art (N.Y.), and the J. Paul Getty Museum (Calif.), as well as in international corporate and private collections. For her presentation at Montclair State, she will talk about all the methods she has employed to interact with the public and bring her projects into a wide sphere of traditional and alternative art venues. www.robinkahn.blogspot.com

LESLIE ALFIN, Multimedia Installation Artist.
Calcia 135; 2:30-4:20

Leslie Alfin received a BFA from Hartford Art School, and an MFA from Montclair State University. Alfin has exhibited at the BRIC Rotunda Gallery, in Brooklyn, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, the Islip Art Museum, Axis Gallery, in Chelsea, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, City Without Walls, Newark, and the School of Visual Arts, in N.Y. She has received several honors, awards and residencies including "Working in Brooklyn" in 2009, honorable mention at the Metro Show, City Without Walls in 2004, and an artist’s residency at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. www.leslieaflin.com

Calcia 135; 2:30-4:20

Gary Petersen is a native New Yorker. He holds a B.S. degree from Penn State University and an M.F.A. from The School of Visual Arts. He lives in Hoboken, N.J., and was recently awarded a studio at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation in Brooklyn, N.Y. His work has been exhibited widely in New York City and throughout the United States. He has had solo exhibitions at Fusebox Gallery (Washington D.C.), Genovese/Sullivan Gallery (Boston) and at Michael Steinberg Gallery in N.Y. His work has been included in group exhibitions at McKenzie Fine Art, Janet Kurnatowski, Lohin-Geduld, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Triple Candie, Plus/Ultra (Winkleman) Gallery, Nicole Klagsbrun, Frederieke Taylor, Diverse Works (Tex), Newark Museum and The American Academy of Arts and Letters, N.Y. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Sun, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Partisan Review. www.garypetersenart.com

Calcia 135; 2:30-4:20

A leading proponent of painterly process abstraction, Carolanna Parlato has exhibited her work widely in New York and nationally. She was born in Brooklyn and received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Parlato has been written about in Art in America, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Brooklyn Rail and The New York Sun. Solo exhibitions of her paintings have been shown at the Islip Art Museum OH+T Gallery (Boston), the Phatory (N.Y.) and Elizabeth Harris Gallery in N.Y. Recently, her work was included in “Material Color” at the Hunterdon Art Museum, and in “Kuf-Mold,” an exhibition originating in Istanbul that travelled to Ghent, Belgium and Rotterdam. The exhibition will continue on to Istanbul, Memphis and New York. She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions including “Open House” at the Brooklyn Museum, “Splat” at the Sabina Lee Gallery (Los Angeles), Sandroni Rey (Los Angeles), Amy Simon Fine Art (Westport, Conn.), OH+T Gallery (Boston), White Box (N.Y.), Schroeder/Romero and Cristinerose galleries (N.Y.). Parlato’s paintings are represented in many private and public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Francis Greenberger Collection, Islip Art Museum, Reader’s Digest, and P?zer Inc. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn. www.carolannaparlato.com

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