Art Forum Spring Series Talks

Montclair State University’s long-running Art Forum series hosts weekly presentations by well-known contemporary artists, curators, and art critics.

Started in the early 1970s, the lecture series is being offered as a three-credit elective course in the Department of Art and Design although admission to the lectures is free and open to all students and the general public.

Presenters range from young emerging artists just making a name for themselves to older, well established artists who are experts in the field. Topics covered include the traditional arts of painting and sculpture to public art, performance art, and new media.

“It’s a way for artists and those interested in art in the Montclair community to connect with the New York art scene. It’s a chance to meet artists and gain insights into their creative process and motivations,” said Patricia Lay, professor in the Department of Art and Design who is the coordinator of the Art Forum.

The talks are held on Tuesday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. in Calcia Hall, Room 135 and run through April 26. For more information, contact Montclair State’s MFA office at 973-655-4074.

Spring 2011 Schedule:

February 8

Michal Eade, Painter

Eade’s paintings appear in public and corporate collections, including Harvard Business School, AT&T, the Library of Congress Permanent Collection, as well as many private collections. His lecture will explore the evolution of landscape painting.

February 15

Elvis Fuentes, Curator

Fuentes is an associate curator at El Museo del Barrio in New York. A graduate of the University of Havana, he furthered his studies at museums in Europe and the U.S. A former curator at the Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico, he has organized numerous exhibitions, workshops, and lectures.

February 22

Jessica Rankin, Mixed-media artist

A transplanted Australian, Rankin is best known for her organdy “embroidered paintings,” along with her drawings, watercolors, and editioned prints. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in the US, Europe, and Australia.

March 1

Ray Rapp, Multimedia artist

Rapp has had many solo exhibitions and has also participated in group exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, and South America. He has been awarded the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc. Grant, a MacDowell Residency, and a Queens Museum Exhibition Honorarium.

March 8

Lisa Kereszi, Photographer

A lecturer at Yale University and also acting director of undergraduate studies in photography, Kereszi’s work is in collections at the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Berkeley Art Museum, among others. Her books on striptease, Fantasies, and another on escapism, Fun and Games, were published in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

March 22

Tim Goossens, Curator

Currently involved in the fordPROJECT in New York, Goossens has curated exhibitions with David Altmejd, Robert de Saint Phalle, Heather Rowe, and Marc Swanson.

March 29

Jeanne Jaffe, Sculptor and Installation Artist

Jaffe’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are included in many private and public collections. She has been the recipient of many fellowship grants and has artist’s residencies fellowship at Yaddo Artists Colony, the New Jersey Printmaking Council, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

April 5

Robin Kahn, Artist and Curator

A visual artist, editor and curator, Kahn works in a variety of media from collage and ceramic sculpture to artist books and sound works. She will talk about the methods she has employed to interact with the public and bring her projects into a wide range of traditional and alternative art venues.

April 12

Leslie Alfin, Multimedia Installation Artist

Alfin 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 New York City.

April 19

Gary Petersen, Painter

A New York-based abstract painter, Peterson currently has a studio at The Sharpe Foundation Space Program in Brooklyn. His work has been exhibited in New York and throughout the U.S. in both solo and group exhibitions.

April 26

Carolanna Parlato, Painter

A leading proponent of painterly process abstraction, Parlato has had solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions. Her paintings are represented in many private and public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, Islip Art Museum, and Reader’s Digest.