Department of Art & Design - Spring 2010

On the Move

News Highlights . . .

Art & Design Students Study in London

Art & Design professor JOHN LUTTROPP brought a group of ten students to London, England for a study-abroad course that tool place from January 6th though the 16th and focused on Graphic Design.  The course was part of this year’s new Winter Session, coordinated through Montclair State’s Office of Global Education.  The student group consisted of eight students from the Department of Art & Design – majoring in Graphic Design, Animation & Illustration, and Art Education, – along with two visiting students from the Pratt Institute in New York – a Graphic Design major and an Industrial Design major. For the full article, click here.


People Spotlights . . .


The Long Island Children’s Museum showcased the kinetic sculpture of Adjunct Professor MERYL TARADASH in an exhibition organized to enable children to see and understand the process of an artistic undertaking; from its conception to end result. “Light, Wind and the Art of Meryl Taradash,” which opened on January 29, 2010, features several examples of the artist’s suspended sculptures that are featured throughout the Museum. These large-scale, wind-driven pieces are made from aluminum, polished steel, and acrylic, and combine movement with reflected shadows and colors created by sunlight streaming through transparent planes of acrylic. Intricate engineering goes into each Taradash sculpture, resulting in a delicate balance of lines that creates the perception of weightlessness. The exhibition runs through May 2, 2010. For more information: Click here

Assistant Professor ANTHONY INCIONG attended the 8th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities on the island of Honolulu in January 2010. Inciong, a professor in the Graphic Design program, presented his paper – “Gilt Letters: Design, Wonder, and Optimism” – in which he described his teaching methodology and showcased the work created by Montclair State freshmen students in his “Foundations II: 2D Design.” Ideas from the conference are being applied this spring by Professor Inciong in an Interdisciplinary Global Issues-Globalization and Sustainability course, team-taught with Associate Professor David Lee Keiser of Curriculum and Teaching. Inciong’s component, titled “Designing, Learning, Constructing School,” constitutes a new collaboration between Art and Design and Curriculum and Teaching.

DR. WINFIELD PARSONS has been working on several Eco-Friendly, LEED-certified building projects in Montclair and the surrounding areas  (  As a professor in the Industrial Design program and an owner of Parsons Cabinetry Corporation, he is an expert on the design and manufacture of cabinetry and millwork that meets or exceeds the U.S. Green Building council standards, the pre-eminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.  These standards are there to help improve performance across the most important concerns: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emission reductions, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources, and sensitivity to their impacts. 


Sculptor NATHAN SKILES, a 2006 graduate of Art and Design’s MFA Studio program, recently held a solo exhibition at Sloan Fine Art, in conjunction with Greene Contemporary entitled “Black Forest/White Lightning”.  The show presented a “collection of densely adorned cuckoo clocks, ranging from the intricately elegant to the over-the-top outrageous, as a means to invigorate his method of associative image making and feed his interest in the incongruous,” according to the gallery’s press release.  For full gallery press release and images, Click here.

Artist JOANNE LEFRAK, a 2001 graduate of Art and Design’s MFA Studio program, had two pieces featured in the exhibition “InVisible: Art at the Edge of Perception,” which opened February 13, 2010 at MASS MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Art, MA). The group show also features work by artists Uta Barth, Christian Capurro, and Karin Sander, among others. According to Katia Zavistovski, curator of the show, “Joanne Lefrak creates surprisingly detailed ‘drawings’ using light and shadow. Working with paper, plastic, and Plexiglas, she draws using processes of subtraction and elimination – cutting, burning, and scratching into the surfaces of these materials. The artist’s subject matter is derived from her own photographs and addresses the temporal nature of existence and the cyclical processes of death, decay, and regeneration.”  “InVisible” is part of a continuing series of MASS MoCA exhibitions presented in collaboration with the Clark Art Institute and Williams College that runs through June 30, 2010. For full article, click here.