Department of Art & Design

On the Move – Fall 2009

News Highlights . . .

Montclair State MFA Thesis Exhibition at New York Gallery

Montclair State University held its ninth annual MFA Thesis Exhibition entitled “Stimuleye” last spring (May 8-30), featuring the creative work of the graduating Master of Fine Arts degree students. "Stimuleye" included drawings, photography, paintings, sculpture, and jewelry by the 12 students in the MFA Class of 2009 and was curated by Matthew Guy Nichols, MFA Critic-in-Residence at Montclair State. For the full article, posted last spring, click here.


Industrial Design Program Redesigns Montclair Animal Shelter

Thanks to an anonymous donation; the generosity of two local businesses; the involvement of two Montclair State faculty members; and the talent, time, and effort of five Montclair State University industrial design students; the Montclair Animal Shelter now has a colorful, functional, and innovative new living space for cats. Designed, constructed, and installed by the students, the new space is ready and welcoming its first “guests”. All students involved were in an industrial design class taught by Professor DENIS FEIGLER, director of the industrial design program and the originator of the project. For more on the project click here. For the full article, click here.


People Spotlights . . .


DEAN DRUMMOND and ROBERTA FRIEDMAN, respectively members of the Music and Art & Design faculty, are included in a new moving image work, Kandinsky: A Close Look (3 Paintings: 3 Investigations) - a 35 min., LimoHD high resolution digital format piece, created in 2009 and showcased at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City: September 25, 2009 – January 8, 2010; screenings in the museum's New Media Theater. It is an investigation of three paintings from 1913 and includes computer assisted eye-tracking, a score composed by Dean Drummond for 8 musicians, and a reading by the former ringmaster of the Moscow Circus of an essay by Kandinsky. It was commissioned by the Guggenheim, produced by Roberta Friedman and directed by Grahame Weinbren. LimoHD, the high resolution uncompressed full color moving image playback technology, was designed and developed by Isaac Dimitrovsky. Click here for more information on Kandinsky.

JULIE HEFFERNAN (faculty) is highlighted as the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s guest artist this season, with work displayed in the Opera House and reproduced on all of the promotional materials.

Art and Design chairperson/faculty member SCOTT GORDLEY is featured in his second exhibition at Gallery 51 entitled “Family Portraits”. This show is a collection of the artist’s oil and watercolor paintings, on view September 19 - November 1. The artist is donating 10% of all proceeds from the sale of his work to Montclair State University. Gallery 51 is also hosting a book signing for Gordley on Sunday, October 18 from 2-4pm. The book catalogs Gordley’s two shows at Gallery 51 and includes several essays. Click here for more information on the exhibit and book signing.


YOUNG SUN COMPTON, Graphic Design, was one of the top ten finalists in a nationwide design competition hosted by Princeton University.

DENNIS CONNORS, Photography, premiered his 18 minute short documentary film “Breaking Boundaries: the Art of Alex” on Thursday, September 24 during the opening for Alex Masket at the Summit Medical Center in Berkley Heights, NJ.

BRIANNA FOX , Industrial Design, was invited to present the Merit Award at the Industrial Designers Society of American conference in Cambridge, MA.

AMANDA KRANICH, Ceramics, and ELIZABETH FISHER, Ceramics, were awarded scholarships by the Peters Valley Craft Education Center for its 2009 summer workshops.


ALAN ALEJO, MFA Studio Art, ’04, and TRACIE FRACASSO, MFA Studio Art, ’08, exhibited at the George Segal Gallery, Montclair, NJ.

LESLIE ALFIN, MFA Studio Art, ’06, exhibited at the Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, and at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn Heights, NY.

BARBARA ANELLO, MA Fine Arts, Art History, ’06, received a Fulbright grant to continue her photography of vernacular architecture in Southeast Asia.

ANASTASIA CHAPLYGINA, BA Fine Arts, Art History, ’09, was accepted into the MA program in Humanities at the University of Chicago.

NUNZIO ESPOSITO, BFA Graphic Design, ’03, and ANDRES JIMENEZ, BFA Graphic Design, ’03, won one gold award and three bronze awards for their design work by the New Jersey Art Directors Club. Their studio also designed the graphics for Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s “Milestone Celebration” at the Prudential Center.

ASHA GANPAT, MFA Studio Art, ’05, exhibited at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, the Queens Museum of Art, The John Cotton Dana Library, the Lex Leonard Gallery, among others.

ADAM HAYES, MFA Studio Art, ’06, exhibited at Number 35, NYC, and the Lower East Side Galleries.

AMER KOBASLIJA, MFA Studio Art, ’05, exhibited at Fraenkel Gallery and Rena Bransten Gallery – both in San Francisco.

AHNI KRUGER, MFA Studio Art, ’07, exhibited at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Madison, NJ, and the Art Upstairs Gallery, Morristown, NJ.

JOANNE LEFRAK, MFA Studio Art, ’01, exhibited at Frederick Taylor Gallery, New York, NY.

ALEXANDRA PACULA, MFA Studio Art, ’06, exhibited at the Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, and the Saatchi Gallery, London, England.

NATHAN SKILES, MFA Studio Art, ’06, exhibited at Greene Contemporary Gallery, New York, NY.