Department of Art and Design - Spring 2014


News Highlights . . .

Welcome to the Department of Art and Design

It’s been a productive winter session and spring semester in the Department of Art and Design.  Students in our MFA in Studio Art program hosted a well-attended, engaging Open Studio event in December in the MFA Gallery in Finley Hall. The event showcased works by students from the classes of 2014 and 2015. (Read more about the event here.)

Our Fashion Studies students returned after traveling to Italy in January during the Winter Session to visit Rome and Florence, where they learned about dress and fashion from the ancient Roman era and the Renaissance. They, then, went on to Milan, where they immersed themselves in the contemporary Italian fashion system.

We are continuing to offer a full slate of artist presentations through our weekly Art Forum lecture series on campus and our MFA Art Talks at the nearby Montclair Art Museum (MAM). Some of the speakers this semester included Joan Logue, video artist, and Lucas Thorpe, photographer.

As respected professionals, both on and off campus, our artist-faculty continue making their marks. Read all about their accomplishments in our Faculty News section, as well as news about our students, alumni, and upcoming events.

Dr. Aissa Deebi

People Spotlights . . .Faculty, Students, Alumni


Drawing Prof. NANCY GOLDRING, presented her work as part of "The Last Brucennial" through April 4.

Painting Prof. TOM SANFORD presented a solo show at Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen on April 4.

Fine Arts/Studio Prof. JULIE HEFFERNAN served on a panel of artists in "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life" March 26. (Read more about the event here).

Printmaking Prof. CATHY BEBOUT participated in a group exhibition at City College in San Francisco, titled "Bridging the Gap," from February 24 through March 28. The show featured the work of six multi-media artists from the U.S. and abroad.


Industrial Design students AVIV BUTVINIV, ARIELLE CARDONE and GREGORY PEIN won first, second and fourth place, respectively, in the Traffic Safety Design Competition held in March. It is the third consecutive year that Montclair State's students won the grand prize and second consecutive year they won the second place at the same time. The exhibit of all student entries will be on display during the NY Auto Show and the awards ceremony will take place at the World Traffic Safety Symposium on April 25 at the Jacob Javits Center, N.Y.


TONI-LEE SANGASTIANO (MFA class of 2004) is presenting work in a juried exhibition entitled "Amazing Marvels at the Off Rhode Gallery" at Art Enables in Washington D.C., through April 19.

DAVID OQUENDO (MFA class of 2012) is presenting his work as part of "DisConnect" April 5 through May 10, at The Farm, in NYC (Soho).