Department of Art and Design - Fall 2014


Chair's Corner...

Welcome to the Fall 2014 edition of the Department of Art and Design e-Newsletter. In September, we welcomed an energetic class of new and returning students who came ready to work, to explore new directions, as well as network with professionals who are making their marks.

Our Art Forum and Art Talks speakers' series are well underway, hosting notable artists such as László Nagy; Wafaa Bial; John Bowman; 
Priyanka Dasgupta;  
Bruce Ferguson; 
Blane De St. Croix; 
Murtaza Vali; Alyssa Fridgen; 
and Annabel Daou. 

 This past June, 12 of our Art and Design undergraduates visited the Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan's leading institute of fine and performing arts, as part of the "Kakehashi Project," a large-scale student exchange program. In turn, a delegation of 23 graduate students from the Tokyo University of the Arts came to Montclair State to give presentations on their perspectives on the impact of traditional Japanese aesthetics on fine arts. The November 7 event was co-sponsored with Montclair State's Global Education Center.

Other student accomplishments...Be sure to check out works by our students in the MFA in Studio Arts Program at the MFA Gallery this semester including Teresa BraunIrena Pejovic; 
Daniel Morowitz; 
Esmeralda Vazquez; John Spano; 
Mina Zarfsaz; 
Ruth Borgenicht; 
Meagan Green and Stephanie Spitz; 
Brian Williams and Joseph Caraval; Natalie Jones and Katarzyha Skorynkiewicz; 
Ann-Marie Williams and Maryann Ficker; and  Gideon Appah and Belmira Silva. The MFA Studio students just held their annual Open Studio on November 14 from 6-10 p.m. at the MFA Gallery. (Read more here.)

Meanwhile, the University's main exhibition space, George Segal Gallery, is currently exhibiting the "Works on Paper Collection," until December 20. It showcases Montclair State University’s varied and extensive holdings, including some rare works by master artists. (Read more in the "News Highlights" section below.) Be sure to also read about our Industrial Design students' award-winning designs, and more about our students' trip to Japan.

The Department hosted its first Art & Design Day on Friday, October 24 -- part of the College's Arts Days series for college-bound students, Art & Design Day featured an overview of the Department's degree programs, portfolio workshops, artist talks and more! If, as a high school student, you missed it, I hope you will mark your calendar for March 20, and register here for Art & Design Day--Spring '15 . (Pictures of the October event can be found here.)

That's our recent news in a nutshell. Please scroll down to read more, including the many accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni.

Dr. Aissa Deebi


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News Highlights . . .








Segal Gallery Exhibits Rare Works By Master Artists in "Works on Paper Collection" through December 20

The first in a series of groundbreaking exhibitions showcasing Montclair State University’s varied and extensive holdings, the "Works on Paper Collection" opened on September 18 at the George Segal Gallery, and will be on display through December 20, 2014. The exhibit, curated by Segal Gallery Director M. Teresa Lapid Rodriguez, features prints, drawings, watercolor paintings, and collages selected from more than 2,000 paper pieces, including rarely exhibited works by George Segal (NJ), Alexander Calder (Conn.), Will Barnett (NY), Andy Warhol (Pa.), Andre Masson (France), and Richard Anuszkiewicz (Pa.). Read more...


University Authors Recognized for New Books and Media

At the sixth annual reception for Montclair State University authors, staff and administrators gathered to recognize those who had recently authored books, or produced CDs or DVDs, and to browse through the displayed works. Read more...







Students Take Top Honors in Designs for Safety Competition

For the third consecutive year, a Montclair State Art and Design student won the Grand Prize in the Designs for Safety Competition sponsored by the World Traffic Safety Symposium. Senior Aviv Butvinik captured the judge’s attention with his submission, the “Heads Up” Pedestrian Alert System, to take the top prize. Junior Arielle Cardone won second prize – the second year in a row a University student has received this honor - and Gregory Pein placed fourth in the prestigious national competition. The students received their awards at the New York Auto Show’s World Traffic Safety Symposium held on April 25 at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. Read more... (Read an article about Butvinik in the Fair Lawn edition of "Community News" here.)








Art and Design Majors Return from Study Tour in Japan

A dozen Art and Design majors went to Japan for an all-expense-paid, 10-day study tour in June to participate in the "Kakehashi Project - the Bridge for Tomorrow." The students participated in the “Student Creators” project, forming a delegation along with five other U.S. universities. Read more...


Congratulations 2014 Department of Art and Design Award Recipients and Graduating Students


People Spotlights . . .Faculty, Students, Alumni


Read about our faculty's recent achievements here.


Art History graduate Erica Brennan (2014) is now employed by Renwick Fine Art Services. She was also honored as an outstanding Art History student at the College's 2014 Convocation.

Christine Kojima (2014) is an intern at Freight + Volume Gallery in New York.

Andrea Bravo (2015) was honored as an outstanding Art History student at the College's 2014 Convocation.

Cynthia Huasipoma (Industrial Design ‘17) was awarded a Yovnello-CNJSCL Scholarship. She has designed the new CANVAS Community site for Art History students.

Arielle Cardone (Industrial Design ‘14), who interned at Aqua Products, designed a caddy for pool cleaning robot unit, expected to be manufactured in 2015; She also placed second at the Design for Safety competition, at the World Traffic Safety Symposium.

Noemi Nagy (Industrial Design ‘14) interned at Movado Group, where she designed the dial on the Lacoste design that should be on the market in June 2014; Tommy Hilfiger watch that she designed the dial for, and another one for which she designed the 3D Case will also be on the market soon.

Aviv Butvininik (Industrial Design ‘14) was the Grand Prize winner of Design for Safety competition, World Traffic Safety Symposium. Gregory Pein (Industrial Design ‘16) placed fourth.

Graphic Design majors Meghan Dougherty, Raymond Fuentes Jr., Meghan Pischke, Megan Naef, Jocelyn Schneider and Nicholas Kiray won the award for Best Presentation at the Annual Art Directors Club of New Jersey's student Design Derby, competing with teams from seven New Jersey colleges and universities.

Graphic Design seniors Jocelyn Schneider and Dane Coacci were awarded Certificates of Excellence at the Art Directors Club of New Jersey’s first annual “Fest of the Best” student portfolio competition.

Graphic Design majors Nicholas Kiray and Anthony Gambino were selected by audition to participate in the global study-abroad tour “Art and Design of Japan” in June 2014. The trip was part of the Kakehashi project, a youth exchange program organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan and supported by the Japan Foundation. MSU was one of only three U.S. colleges awarded grants for travel through the project.

Natasha Jozi (MFA ‘14) presented “Red Prayer” Performance at Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Delaware, where she also won the Curator’s Choice Award; “Red Massacre”, a Performance at Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, New York; as well a performance  “Headscarf – Gathering the Gathering” and “Touch(ing)” at Gallery Aferro, New Jersey. She also participated as part of a Performance by Pascal Rambert "A (Micro) History of the World Economics, Danced," at Lamama, New York.

Dana Michele Hemes (MFA ‘14) was selected as Artist-in-Residence at Whitecliffe College Auckland, New Zealand, where she presented an exhibition of her work. She also participated at the exhibition “Portfolio: Works on Paper” at Howard Gardens, Cardiff School of Art & Design, Wales


Ginette Montoya (Animation/Illustration 2013) was commissioned to illustrate a seven-page spread for Psychology Today.

Hannah Scherba (Animation/Illustration 2013) was commissioned to illustrate a four-page spread for Parade magazine.

Coral Payano (Art History, 2013) works at the George Segal Gallery as registrar.

Chris Janitz, (Industrial Design, 2012) is a watch designer at Movado Group Int. on the Ferrari and Hugo Boss brands.

Joe Lombardo (Industrial Design, 2011) works for Movado Group Int. on the Lacoste and Tommy Hillfiger brands.

Andrew Zhang (Industrial Design, 2011) works for Movado Group Int. on the Movado and Movado Bold brands.

Geoff LaCorte (Industrial Design, 2013) works at Jim Best ID.

Stephanie Whittaker (Industrial Design, 2013) at MZ Wallace.

David Song Randa (Industrial Design, 2013) works at Luggage.

Kevin Manthy (Industrial Design, 2013) and Aviv Butvinik (Industrial Design, 2014) work at Impact Displays.

Blagoja Gorgioski (Industrial Design, 2013) works at Daniel Arsham Studio.

Young Sun Compton (Graphic Design, 2010) completed his MFA degree at Maryland Institute College of Arts and was hired to work with Abbot Miller, a partner at the Internationally recognized Pentagram Design Studio. He assisted on the design and installation of the exhibition “Century: 100 Years of Type and Design” at the AIGA Design Center in New York City.

Beth Heinzen (Graphic Design, 2013) was hired as creative director at Toys "R" Us International.

Amir Kobaslija (MFA 2005) presented a solo exhibition, “Miniatures,” at George Adams Gallery, New York, NY.

Current students and recent graduates of the MFA Program presented "Sliver," at Index Art Center in Newark, from October 10-24. Participating artists were: Alex Schoenberg, Natasha Jozi, Christine Soccio, Daniel Morowitz, Teresa Braun, Dana Hemes, Irena Pejovic, Jackie Walsh, Stephen Douglass, Esmerelda Vazquez, John Ryan, and John Spano.