Fine Arts Studio
Department of Art and Design Faculty
Andrew Atkinson, PhD
Andrew Atkinson is a photographer, critic, curator, and director of the MFA in Studio Art program at Montclair State University. He holds a PhD from the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England and is working on a book on the Woodburytype. He has curated exhibitions in the United States and Italy and exhibits internationally. He writes for Afterimage and the Architect's Newspaper and is a board member of the Society of Photographic Education Mid-Atlantic.
From the 1960s through the 1990s, Peter Barnet exhibited his work in New York City, with numerous one-man shows at the Chuck Levitan Gallery on Grand Street and West Broadway. His work was reviewed in Arts, Art News, The Village Voice, etc.
As the son of painter Will Barnet, Peter grew up in the center of the New York City art world. Much of his early education as both an artist and a teacher came from watching his father and his contemporaries at work. He was privileged to meet many of the Expressionists and pop artists at the family table or during the summers he spent in Provincetown, Mass., in the late 1950s. During his high school years, Barnet studied with Hans Hoffman briefly, and studied painting with Esteban Vincente.
Catherine Bebout earned her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in Printmaking and Sculpture. She is associate professor in the Department of Art and Design and the area head of Printmaking at Montclair State University since 1996. Bebout’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions in Shanghai, P.R. of China, Quebec, Canada, and Auckland, New Zealand. As a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar to India in 2008, her solo exhibition opened at the Ruchika Art Gallery in Goa, with traveling venues to the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, and Lalit Kala Akademi in Chennai, India. Her work was also included in the 2008 International Novosibirsk Print Biennial in Russia.
In addition to her exhibition record, Bebout has participated in a number of international artist-in-residency programs, such as the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium, Silpakorn University in Thailand, and Engramme in Quebec, Canada. Her work is in numerous public collections, such as the New York Public Library, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and The Musée des Beaux Arts, Antwerp, Belgium. Bebout received a 2008 Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She has also received grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for the Arts, as well as research grants in printmaking from the Canadian and Belgium governments.
Robert Browning, EdD
Artist/photographer Nancy Goldring has developed a personal, unique process that combines drawing, photography, and projections as a way of transcribing her experience of the world. She was one of the founding members of SITE, Inc., an experimental group in the 1970s that set out to develop a new design approach incorporating sculpture and architecture. She has received two Fulbright grants, one to Italy and another to Southeast Asia, where she has traveled extensively. From her stay in India and Sri Lanka, she produced a large body of work presented in Distillations, a small book published fall of 1999 by the Southeast Museum of Photography, Dayton Beach, Fla. In 2005, she received a commission from the Comune di Parma to produce a body of work focusing on the monuments of the city that resulted in Palinsesto: The Photographs of Nancy Goldring.
Based in New York, she has been exhibiting her drawings with photo-projections nationally and internationally for 30 years. Her recent exhibitions include a large installation project for the Italian city of Parma, Gallery 138 in New York, the Palazzo Pigorini in Parma, Italy, Houston Center of Photography, the Southeast Museum of Photography, and the International Centre of Photography in Mumbai, India. Her work is included in many public collections including: the Bibliothèque Nationale, Eastman House Museum, the International Center of Photography (N.Y.), the St. Louis Art Museum, the Smith College Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Herzlyia Museum, Polaroid Collection, the Leo Steinberg Collection, as well as many corporate and university museum collections. She is a professor of Drawing at Montclair State University, and has been a guest artist at the Rhode Island School of Design, Haverford College, and Parsons School of Design.
Julie Heffernan is an associate professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University. She received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking at Yale School of Art and Architecture. Heffernan has been exhibiting her paintings actively throughout the United States since 1988 and is represented by PPOW Gallery in New York City, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, Calif., and Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, Calif. In 2010, she will have solo exhibitions at PPOW Gallery in NYC and Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, and in 2011 at Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, Calif. From 2007-2010, Heffernan was invited to participate in 24 group shows, including ”The 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art” at the National Academy Museum in NYC; ”Old School” at Hauser and Wirth Gallery, London, England, and Zwirner and Wirth Gallery in NYC; ”Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life” at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, N.Y.; and “More is More: Maximalist Tendencies in Recent American Painting” at Florida State University Museum of Fine Art in Tallahassee, Fla.
Heffernan has received a number of grants and fellowships over the years, including a Thomas Bennett Clark Prize in 2008, and the Thomas R. Proctor Prize in 2004, both from the National Academy Museum, NYC;, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (NYFA); a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); and a Fulbright-Hayes Grant to West Berlin.
Heffernan’s work has been published and reviewed in major newspapers and periodicals including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Observer, Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Flash Art, Harpers, The Chicago Tribune, and Art and Auction.
A graduate of Pratt Institute and Rochester Institute of Technology, Pat Lay is a professor of Fine Art at Montclair State University and the founding director of the MFA in Studio Art program (1999-2001) in the Department of Art and Design. Lay has received two grants in sculpture from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a grant from the American Scandinavian Foundation. She has been awarded three public art commissions, including the installation of a large-scale, site-specific sculpture in the sculpture park at the Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo, Norway.
Her work was recently included in exhibitions at the Islip Art Museum, N.Y.; M55 Art, NYC; Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, N.J.; Mashiko Museum, Japan; Montgomery Center for the Arts, N.J.; and Loveed Fine Arts at Gallery Park, NYC. She has had solo exhibitions at the Jersey City Museum, New Jersey State Museum, and Douglass College, Rutgers University, N.J.. Her work has been included in group exhibitions in Japan, Austria, Korea, China, Norway, and Slovakia, and at the Jersey City Museum, Newark Museum, New Jersey State Museum, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Montclair Art Museum, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Everson Museum, and the 1975 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Lay’s work is in the collections of the Montclair Art Museum; the New Jersey State Museum; Jingdezhen Sanbao Art Institutue, Jingdezhen, P.R. of China; Novohradska Gallery, Lucenec, Slovakia; Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway; IBM; Rutgers University, N.J.; Montclair State University; and the Rochester Institute of Technology, N.Y. Lay’s work is featured in a number of books, including Lives and Works: Talks with Women Artists, Vol. II by J. Arbeiter, B. Smith, S. Swenson; Working in Clay, First, Second, Third editions, and The Craft and Art of Clay, First, Second, Third, Fourth editions, by Susan Peterson; World of Contemporary Public Ceramic Art by Zhang Yushan , P.R. of China; and Overseas Contemporary Ceramic Art Classics by Bai Ming, P.R. of China.
While completing his academic program toward a BFA in Painting in the School of Art at The University of Manitoba, William McCreath became seduced by clay and, with the complicity of the director of the school and by administrative cunning, crammed into his program the maximum number of experiences in ceramics allowed by the university. In 1964, he began his professional career as an artist.
From 1964 to 1966, he majored in ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art. In his second year, he was honored by being appointed graduate assistant to Maija Grotell, the internationally renowned ceramist and director of the program. He was also recognized by the institution with the Carl Milles Award.
In 1966, he was appointed to the faculty of Montclair State University and given the task of directing its ceramics program. Since 1966, he has accumulated a number of awards, has had seven solo shows, and has been involved in more than 100 group shows. Most recently, he exhibited in one in South Korea in 2006 and in one in Japan in 2008.
His work is included in 10 public collections and is in private collections in Canada, the United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.
Klaus Schnitzer’s interest in photography began as an undergraduate working for the student newspaper, and continued as a graduate assistant for photography at SUNY Albany. Outstanding in his early work are black and white pictures of rock stars on stage, such as Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Bob Dylan. In 1976, he began a fertile collaboration with printmaker Robert Sennhauser in which they combined photographs with evocative texts. Most of the work was done in black and white and was especially memorable when he employed his beloved platinum technique. Color, rarely employed during his first 20 years as an artist, has given his more recent work – photographs of ordnance – a new, powerful dimension.
A genuine interest in cars fostered Schnitzer’s “other” career as an internationally renowned automotive photographer. Assignments take him all over the world and have resulted in books, more than 100 feature articles, and more than 110 cover photographs for national and international publications. His name appears on the mastheads of Bimmer, Sports Car International, Forza, and Roundel magazines.
Schnitzer’s exhibition career consists of more than 160 regional, national, and international shows. His work can be found in numerous private collections, as well as in the Museum of Modern Art, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Polaroid International Collection, and BMW NA. Commercial clients include AMOCO, Bell Communications, Bentley Publishers, BMW Design News, KPMG Peat Marwick, Montclair Art Museum, and Newark Museum, among others. Schnitzer is currently represented by transtock (www.transtock.com), axiart.com, and the Forrest Scott Gallery.
As an undergraduate American literature major at Temple University in Philadelphia, Walter Swales’s interest in art was piqued by a series of elective studio courses taken during his senior year. He decided to pursue and develop this interest, first at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and then at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he completed his MFA in sculpture. He remained in Michigan subsequent to graduating, teaching and making art, until coming to Montclair State University in 1977.
Swales maintains an active sculpture studio on a two-acre property in Denville, N.J., and has shown at Amos Eno Gallery (now in Brooklyn, N.Y.) for many years. He had a one-person show opening at Amos Eno Gallery in April 2010.
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Katherine Niewodowski, MFA
Fine Arts: Drawing
Tom Sanford, MFA
Fine Arts: Painting
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