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.
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. Prof. 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, she 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. Prof. 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.
|Aissa Deebi, PhD
Chairperson, Department of Art and Design
Aissa Deebi is visual artist and a scholar based in New York and Genève. His early work investigates the complexity of daily practices in post-1948 Palestine: "Days Like This" (1997); "Makkan" (1998); "My Dream House" (1999); "Nothing is New, Only Forgotten" (2000). Later, Dr. Deebi’s work tackled the theme of immigration and alienation, which culminated into his PhD research, providing critical analysis of Arab Diaspora as a creative space. In tandem with his scholarly work, he produced a body of works that interrogate the complex phenomena of cultural-migration Diaspora reality as experienced by an adult Palestinian-American artist in post-9/11 America: "Killing Time" (2004); "Naked Heroes" (2003); "Dead Sweet" (2004) "Tal El Samak" (2011). Most recently, in 2013, Dr. Deebi’s work, the Trial, was exhibited at the Venice Biennale 55.
Dr. Deebi held several positions teaching art and design at a number of institutions including the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, in the United Kingdom, Centre de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Design, Mexico and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand. In 2010, he joined the American University of Cairo’s Arts Department as a Professor of Art and Design, teaching in the areas of studio arts, design practice, theory and photography. In 2011, he was appointed to become the Director of the Visual Cultures Program, which includes the visual arts-film and graphic design majors. Dr. Deebi revamped the Art Program’s curriculum and structure to reflect the contemporary art discourse both in research and in practice. Additionally, he was the Director of the Sharjah Art Gallery at the American University of Cairo.
He was a founding member of ArteEast in New York City, where he served as the first Director of the Visual Arts and Director of the Board. He is also a consultant on education for the Birzet University’s Museum in Palestine, and the curator of Mizna, the Arab American Art and Literature Magazine in Minneapolis, USA.
His work was exhibited across the globe from the 55th International Venice Biennale, and the Queens Museum of Art in New York to the Haus am Lutzowplatz in Berlin, in addition to the Asia-Pacific Triennial, Taipei in Taiwan, VCU Art Gallery in Doha, Elga Wimmer Gallery in New York, and Art in Dubai.
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, Prof. Goldring 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. Prof. 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 presented 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, she 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.
Prof. 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.
Her 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.
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 Prof. 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.
Prof. 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. He is currently represented by ‘transtock’ (www.transtock.com), axiart.com, and the Forrest Scott Gallery.
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Katherine Niewodowski, MFA
Fine Arts: Drawing
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