Department of Art & Design



News Highlights . . .

Student Films Showcased at Clearview’s Clairidge Film Festival
On December 17th, 2008 the Montclair BFA Filmmaking Program held its bi-annual “Best of …” film screening at the Clearview's Clairidge Cinema in Montclair. The four hour show was packed with proud students, parents, faculty and friends to celebrate the newly finished projects that were handpicked from over 80 films made this year through Montclair’s Film program. There was an incredible variety from the serious to the absurd, from documentaries and dramas to animation and experimental – all highlighting the creativity of MSU Film students. This reoccurring event is open to the public and takes place in December and May each year. For the full article click here.

Enrollment Growth and New Facilities for Design Programs
The Department of Art & Design is the largest department in MSU’s College of the Arts – in no small part due to its popular programs including Fashion Studies and other fast growing areas such as Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Animation, Filmmaking, among others. While technology in the twenty-first century is as important to the arts as just about anything, it is critical to the design areas, which is why the Art & Design Department has poured investments into its design facilities. For the full article click here.

People Spotlights . . .

Faculty and Students

ROBERTA FRIEDMAN (faculty member) brings extensive production and post-production film and television experience to the Department of Art & Design. She began her career working for George Lucas and his company, Industrial Light and Magic (creating drawings and coordinating visual effects on “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back”), continuing in Hollywood working with directors Milos Forman and Terrence Malick. She was represented at the 1987 Whitney Biennial, and is in the permanent collection at the Guggenheim Museum. Ms. Friedman has been a recipient of numerous grants, including NEA, NEH, and NYSCA grants. Her films were recently screened at the Berlin Film Festival and Rotterdam Film Festivals in 2008.

ABBY LILLETHUN (faculty member) was a member of the University of Rhode Island faculty before joining the MSU faculty, teaching in the graduate and undergraduate programs of the Textiles, Fashion Merchandising Department. Prior to her position at URI, Dr. Lillethun was a member of the Theatre Department faculty at the University of South Florida. Her designs for theatre and dance costumes have been seen in academic and professional venues in Paris, London, Cairo, and across Germany and the southeastern US. Dr. Lillethun has also worked in the fashion and costume industries in NYC. Berg published her recent book, The Fashion Reader (2007), co-edited with Linda Welters, which treats fashion from the perspectives of culture, history and business.

KEYONG-WON YOUN (faculty member) originally from Korea, received his MFA with an emphasis in graphic and interactive design. Before joining the faculty at Montclair State University, he taught at the University of South Alabama. Mr. Youn’s designs have been nationally and internationally awarded and exhibited. His clients include SONY Electronics; Korea Telecom, Co.; ICON Computing, Inc.; G Electronics, Inc.; University of South Alabama; The Order of Engineer, Inc. Mr. Youn has won several International Design Competitions including: 1st award in MEL Identical Logo and Trademark Design Contest in 2007; Silver award in the 7th Korea Self Promotion Portfolio Award in 2006; Silver award in the 9th Korean National Design Contest in 2005; Work Selected in the Final Round in the 2000 Osaka International Design Competition.

Two current MSU students and a 2008 graduate will be showcasing their work in Gallery 51’s first annual Interns and Students Exhibition

Montclair State University: Senior
Lauren Brown is an exceptional illustrator focusing on fantasy characters and scenarios. She hopes to pursue a career as a commercial illustrator, possibly a video game designer.

Montclair State University: BFA 2008
MFA School of Visual Arts: First Year
Noa is something of a prodigy. After receiving her BFA at the age of 17 from Montclair State University, she was immediately accepted to the Masters program at the School of Visual Arts. Her work ranges from traditional B&W photography, to complex digital imagery and interactive design.

MSU: Senior
Sam works in various mediums, including oil, pastels, and watercolor. Her work is mysterious and has a distinct sense of freedom.


LESLIE ALFIN (MFA ’06) is now a faculty member at Parsons School of Design, New York, NY and has participated in the group exhibition “In/Formation” in BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

ASHA GANPAT (MFA ’05), an independent curator, is currently seeking artist submissions for an exhibition “Lilliput” at Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University and is a participant in India Pop , Gershwin Hotel, NY and in “Resistance”, 14th Annual Book Arts Symposium, Newark, NJ.

TONI-LEE SANGASTIANO (MFA ’04) is a full time professor at Champlain College, Vermont and is one of the leading sideshow banner artists in the United States, having 3 banners in the Coney Island museum.

Alumni Exhibiting

ADAM HAYES - Solo exhibition at Number 35, New York, NY; “Access to the Magnificent Room”.

AMER KOBASLIJA - Group exhibition at George Adams Gallery, NY; “COOL.”; group exhibition at Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA, at Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA, “(In)Significant Objects”

ALEXANDRA PACULA- Group exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London; included in “The Westinghouse Project”, group exhibition, Newark, NJ.

NATHAN SKILES - Solo exhibition at Green Contemporary Gallery, New York, NY

KATI VILIM - Group exhibition at the Rupert Ravens Contemporary Gallery, Newark, NJ; “Boson Exotic”

JOANNE LEFRAK – Group exhibition at the Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York, NY, “Paper Cuts”

RITA ZIMERMAN – Group exhibition at Serrano Contemporary, Sonnet Gallery, New York, NY

AHNI KRUGER – Group exhibition at Art Upstairs Gallery, Morristown, NJ, “Artists Who Teach”; Solo exhibition at Korn Gallery, Madison, NJ, “Juxtapose”