Department of Art and Design - Studio Art (MFA)
The MFA in Studio Art program sponsors a Visiting Artist-Faculty program which brings to campus noted contemporary artists each year to teach Special Topics courses, work with students on Independent Study projects, plus give community lectures and student critiques.
In-residence: September 17, 2013
Sarah Walker creates paintings where multiple conjoined spaces evoke the material as well as virtual worlds at the same time. Her frequent visual metaphors of outer space turn in on themselves to describe inner space and its structures.
“While all the work winds through the metaphor of space objects we discover ‘out there’ that fascinate with their mystery or hurl towards us with menace, the meteor is my springboard for thinking about how we encounter ourselves as objects in a world of multiplicity informed by physics, psychology and technology, where the outlines of self blur and assume other forms potentially as fabulous as they are fearsome.” Her work has been included in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions and is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Decordova Museum, the Weatherspoon Museum and the Neuberger Museum. She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Prize and the Rappaport Prize. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Planet X’ at Pierogi Brooklyn NY, ‘Drift’ at Artifact New york, ‘Eyefinger’ at Gregory Lind Gallery, Edge of Everywhere at Pierogi. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Art Critic/Freelance writer/Educator
In-residence: September 24, 2013
David Cohen is publisher and editor of artcritical.com, the online magazine of art and ideas; Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute; Senior Visiting Critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; instructor at FIT and the New York Studio School; and a freelance writer, curator and educator. From 2001-2010 he was Gallery Director at the New York Studio School and from 2003-2008 he was art critic for the New York Sun. He is the author of several books on art, including Alex Katz Collages (2005), and numerous exhibition catalogue essays and articles in learned journals and the popular press. He has lectured extensively and moderated panel discussions, dialogues, symposia and debates with artists and with fellow critics, including The Craft of Criticism series at the New York Studio School and The Review Panel at the National Academy Museum.
In-residence: October 1, 2013
Monika Weiss is a New York based artist whose time-based works, sculptures, photographs, and drawings address relationships between body, history and memory. Weiss is renowned for the use of her own body as a vehicle of artistic expression and for incorporating historical documents and narratives within her works. Originally educated as a classical musician, the artist continues to compose sound environments for her public installations, performances and cinematic works. In 2005 Lehman College Art Gallery (CUNY) organized a retrospective of the artist’s work. Recent solo exhibitions include Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland and Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Santiago, Chile. The artist divides her time between New York City and St. Louis, where she is currently professor at Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University. Weiss' work is represented in public collections internationally, including Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, and Frauenmuseum, Bonn.
John Ensor Parker
In-residence: October 8, 2013
John Ensor Parker is a Brooklyn based, multi-media artist who works with painting, sculpture, interactive design, lighting, video and projection mapping. With a background in mechanical engineering, he inherently seeks to find a holistic balance of science, technology and art through the application of multimedia fundamentalism. In addition to gallery exhibitions, he works with large-scale public art including, “To the People of Orlando” in Orlando Florida, projections on the façade of The New Museum and The Manhattan Bridge Anchorage. He designed and instructed “Art & Science” curriculum at The New School for Liberal Studies and frequently lectures on the topic.
In-residence: October 22, 2013
Colin Hunt creates trompe l'oeil paintings, working from three dimensional collages, that capture and explore the temporality of memory. Pulled from books and magazines, these random images are assembled into memory “still-lifes”, and then articulated from life in paint. Through the mechanism of cognitive confusion and conflation, the paintings draw awareness to the uncertainty of facts and our elusive relationship to both self and the other. Colin Hunt lives in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from The Cooper Union in 1995 and his MFA from Columbia University in 1998. His work has been exhibited in New York and the U.S. including: Artist’s Space, White Columns, ZieherSmith, the Brooklyn Museum, and the National Academy of Design, among others. He has taught at Columbia University and the Cooper Union and been published in Columbia Magazine and The Brooklyn Review.
In-residence: November 12, 2013
Rupert Ravens is an intuitive curator, collector, artist, writer, lecturer and passionate patron of the visual arts. In 2006, following two years as a consultant for the Newark Arts Council, where he curated the widely acclaimed "Newark Between Us", he opened Rupert Ravens Contemporary, the largest commercial fine arts gallery under one roof in North America @ 30,000 sq. ft. Up until it's closing in 2013 RRC presented over 360 artists in biennial style exhibitions, including 85 solo projects. The International Association of Art Critics nominated him for Best Show in a Commercial Gallery Nationally in 2009. Ravens has received recognition from the New York Times, NY Daily News, NY Post, Flash Art International (Italy), G.Q (Italy), ART.ES (Newark Mayor Cory Booker), SHORT HILLS Magazine, TIME OUT, WHITE HOT, STAR LEDGER (Top Ten Shows of NY), SCULPTURE Magazine, HAUTE LIVING, and the ART NEWSPAPER, along with multiple blogs, including ARTCAT, KiptonART, NewarkUSA and Glocally Newark. Additionally, he has been covered by the James Kalm Report Artforum's online video channel. His new space is 20,000 sq ft. in Paterson - New Jersey and is part of the ArtFactory Complex.