Art Forum

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 speakers 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.

Art Forum Speakers: Current Schedule (see below)   l  Past Schedules              [back to Visiting Professionals/Events]

Current Schedule (Fall 2014)

  • TUESDAYS 2:30 - 4:20 p.m.
    Location: Montclair State University; Calcia Hall, CA135
    Open to the Public; Admission is free

September 9

September 16
László Nagy: Graphic & Printmaking

Budapest-based artist László Nagy (b. 1975) holds a Master of Arts degree in Visual Communication Arts from the University of Art and Design, Budapest, Hungary, where he is currently a doctoral candidate. At the onset of his artistic training, he studied illustration at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Nagy has worked as an art instructor at the University of Art and Design in Budapest and has served as an art director for the Budapest office of the marketing and communications company dubbed Young & Rubica. Since 1995, Nagy has been concerned with The Modern American Rock Poster as a research topic. He is also interested in the history of American serigraphy.

September 23
Basim Magdy: Video, Installation & Painting

Basim Magdy was born in Assiut, Egypt in 1977. He currently lives and works in Basel, Switzerland and Cairo. His work has recently appeared group and solo shows at SeMa -MediaCity Seoul Biennial, Seoul; Lothringer 13 Kunsthalle, Munich; CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France; Trafo House for Contemporary Art, Budapest; Centre d’art Passerelle, Brest, France; State of Concept, Athens (2014); The High Line, New York; 13th

Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul; Biennale Jogja XII, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Picha Recontre, Lubumbashi Biennial, DR Congo; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, UAE (2013); La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris;  Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2012); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt; 1st D-O ARK Underground Biennial, Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCa), North Adams (2011); 2nd Ateliers de Rennes Biennale d’art contemporain, Rennes (2010); MARCO - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Vigo, Spain (2008); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain; Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France (2007). Selected film screenings include Film Festival Rotterdam (2012); Tate Modern (2013); Whitechapel, London; CPH:DOX Film Festival, Copenhagen and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2014).

In 2012 he was shortlisted for the second edition of the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre and in 2014 he won the Abraaj Art Prize, Dubai. Selected upcoming shows in 2014 include La Biennale de Montreal and Art in General, New York.

September 30
John Bowman: Painting, Drawing & Sculpture

John Bowman works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, and sculpture. He is represented by the Winston Wachter Gallery in New York City. Beginning in the 1980’s he exhibited at various venues in New York City, including the Holly Solomon Gallery, the Lang O'Hara Gallery, and the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. He has shown internationally and is represented in many private and museum collections. He taught at the New York Academy of Art and has lectured widely. Bowman is now a Professor of Art at the Pennsylvania State University. He is a founder of “First Street Green,” a collaborative community group in the East Village of New York City. This group has transformed a vacant lot into an urban cultural space and forum for the arts, film, dance, sustainable practices, and community action. Bowman recently participated in “Service to Public Areas”, a collaborative public art project in Shkodra, Albania. In this project, Albanian and American artists created sculpture for a public park using decommissioned weapons as raw material.

Octoberr 7
Wafaa Bial


Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal is renowned for provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics through high profile, technologically-driven art projects that employ the use of robotics, the internet, and photographic mobile mapping. For his 2007 installation, Domestic Tension, Bilal spent a month in a Chicago gallery with a paintball gun that people could shoot at him over the internet. Bilal’s work is constantly informed by the experience of fleeing his homeland and existing simultaneously in two worlds – his home in the “comfort zone” of the U.S. and his consciousness of the “conflict zone” in Iraq. Using his own body as a medium, Bilal continues to challenge our comfort zone with projects like 3rdi and and Counting.... In 2008 City Lights published “Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun,” about Bilal’s life and the Domestic Tension project. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; amongst others. He holds a BFA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently an Associate Arts Professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

October 14
Priyanka Dasgupta


October 21
Bruce Ferguson


October 28
Blane De St. Croix


November 4
Murtaza Vali


November 11
Alyssa Fridgen


November 18
Annabel Daou


November 25
Student Presentations


December 2
Student Presentations