Department of Art & Design - Fall/Winter 2010

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News Highlights…

Congratulations 2010 Art & Design Graduates and Award Recipients!

Montclair State University’s College of the Arts held its Convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 15 at the University’s Amphitheater. Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree, and words of welcome and greeting were offered by President Susan A. Cole, Board of Trustees member Rose Cali, and Dean Geoffrey Newman. Michael Price received the Leonardis Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Thirty-eight students received awards in the Department of Art and Design.

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International Design and Seoul National University of Technology under Development

A 1+3+1 BFA in Design and an MA in International Design with Seoul National University of Technology are currently under development and will be implemented in the very near future. International linkages will continue to be forged with universities abroad – in South Korea, China, Hungary and New Zealand, among others. Ways are being sought out to infuse a wider global perspective into our Museum Management, BFA, and MFA programs.

A Presence within the Community

The Art and Design Department has worked throughout the past year to create opportunities for greater community engagement to augment our current offerings, which include Art Forum, Film Forum, MFA/MSU/MAM lecture/artist series, Paterson Museum collaboration, and National Park Service workshops. Additionally, through continued collaborative projects between the Industrial Design students and the Township of Montclair, and a mural painting project sponsored by a local business (completed by the BFA and MFA students), we have increased our presence within the local community.

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People Spotlights…


CATHERINE BEBOUT (Printmaking) had a solo exhibition, “Mapping the Body,” at Dowling College, Anthony Giordano Gallery, Islip (Long Island), NY, and had work in “Gunjifa 2009,” a traveling print exhibition organized by Chhaap Press, Baroda, India, with venues in Sweden, Australia, England, India, and the U.S. Bebout also had work in the invitationals “Art as Action,” Printmaking Council of NJ, Branchburg, NJ, and “10 Years of the Ink Shop: Prints and Books,” Ink Shop Gallery, Ithaca, NY.

ISAAC CHUNG’s (Filmmaking) film Munyurangabo had theatrical premieres in Washington, DC, Santa Fe, Chicago, and in France. It also screened at Ebertfest 2010 (Roger Ebert Film Festival) and was released on DVD in the USA, Netherlands, and France. His film Lucky Life screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival (Narrative Competition section).

DENIS FEIGLER (Industrial Design) was an invited judge at the Braun Prize Design Competition in Kornberg, Germany, one of the oldest and most prestigious design competitions. He also designed new display boards for the Kasser Theater, which were constructed by fellow Industrial Design colleague, Prof. WINFIELD PARSONS.

JANET FILOMENO (Foundations) was invited to be included in the upcoming edition of 100 Mid-Atlantic Artists (Schiffer Publishing, 2011).

Asst. Prof. ROBERTA FRIEDMAN (Filmmaking) produced Kandinsky: A Closer Look, which was commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum and ran in conjunction with the Kandinsky retrospective at the Guggenheim from November 2009-January 2010. She was associate producer on the film, A Kiss for Jed Wood, produced by the Irish Film Board and now completed, and received a $5000 grant from the Academy of Motion Pictures, a grant from Global Education to shoot a video piece in Graz, Austria, and a grant from the Essex County Arts Council for an installation show at the Montclair Art Museum.

NANCY GOLDRING(Drawing) had a solo exhibition, “The End of Print Culture,” at the European Institute, Columbia University in NYC and also co-curated the show. She lectured and conducted a workshop at Karl Franzen University, Graz, Austria, traveled to Budapest, and helped organize a Chinese exhibition and conference at Montclair State, all through the Global Education Center, and served as an evaluator for Kent State University.

SCOTT GORDLEY (Animation/Illustration) had solo exhibitions at Gallery 51 in Montclair, NJ, and at Hanafin Gallery in New London, CT.

KAREN GUANCIONE (Foundations) had a group show, “Piccole Belle Cose: Small Beautiful Things,” at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum on Staten Island, NY.

DOROTHY HEARD (Art Education) presented the paper, “The Aesthetic in Nurturing Pedagogy: Reflective Teaching as Care of Self and Caring for Others,” at the NNER 2009 Annual Conference in Bellevue, WA.

ANTHONY INCIONG (Graphic Design) presented the paper, “Gilt Letters: Design, Wonder, and Optimism,” at the 8th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.

WOBBE KONING (Animation/Illustration) chaired the annual NYC Metropolitan Area College Computer Animation Festival – MetroCAF 2009 – organized by the New York City chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH.

JOHN LUTTROPP (Graphic Design) was a commissioned reviewer for the book Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Prentice Hall), and was elected by the Montclair State faculty as Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees.

WILLIAM MCCREATH (Ceramics) participated in a group show, “The Dinner Party,” at Fork, etc. in Philadelphia, PA.

WALTER SWALES (Sculpture) had a solo exhibition, “Wallworks,” at Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, as well as participated in a group show at the same venue.

ELIZABETH DEL ALAMO (Art History) published “Romanesque Art” in Oxford Bibliographies Online; translated into English and French in 2010. She also served on the Advisory Committee for Romanesque and the Past: Retrospection in the Art and Architecture of Romanesque Europe, and on the Electronics Committee, International Center of Medieval Art, 2008-2011.

RICHARD VETERE (Filmmaking) was nominated for a council seat in the Writer’s Guild of America East. His stage play, Caravaggio, has been translated into Italian and will be performed on tour in Rome, Milan, and Naples in the summer of 2010. Professor Vetere produced and co-wrote a short film, You & Me, with director Eddie Sheih, which premiered at the Pan American Short Film Festival in NYC in May 2010. His play, Meatball Hero, was selected as one of the best ten-minute plays of the year and will be included in the anthology published by Smith & Kraus.


ROBERTO CHABEBE (BFA in Graphic Design senior) was awarded one of ten statewide student merit scholarships from the Art Directors Club of New Jersey.

JEREMY ELLIS (BFA in Industrial Design junior), SARA ISOLA (BFA in Industrial Design junior), LETICIA SUAREZ (BFA in Industrial Design senior), and ANDREW ZHENG (BFA in Industrial Design senior) were chosen to represent the Montclair State Industrial Design Program at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Jacob Javits Center, NYC.

DAN MATARAZZO (BFA in Industrial Design senior) garnered a student merit award from the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) after his portfolio was judged by an external independent professional panel.

ANTHONY PISTANO (BFA in Fine Art/Studio junior) was awarded the Cento Amici Scholarship.

BRENDA VILLEGAS (BFA in Industrial Design senior) won fourth-place honors in the National Invitational Road Safety Design Competition, hosted by the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center, NYC.


BARBARA ANELLO (MA in Fine Arts with concentration in Art History 2006) was accepted into the PhD program in Art History at SUNY Binghamton, with a teaching assistantship./p>

TERESA DICK (MFA in Studio Art 2009) had work selected for the 33rd Annual National Juried Small Works Exhibition at Harper College in Palatine, IL.

NUNZIO ESPOSITO (BFA in Graphic Design 2003) and ANDRES JIMINEZ (BFA in Graphic Design 2003) won a silver medal and two bronze medals from the Art Directors Club of New Jersey in their Annual Design Competition. They were also noted as “the toast of Newark’s corporate and political set” in a New York Times article.

CASEY FLINDT-DECARLO (BA in Fine Arts, Graphic Design specialization 2000) had her package design work for Hershey’s Good & Fruity candy featured on the cover of Graphic Design USA magazine’s Annual Awards issue. Her package designs for Good & Fruity and Good & Plenty candy both received awards from the magazine.

BETTY VERA (MFA in Studio Art 2002) received the 2010 Silvio and Eugenia Petrini Grant, awarded by the Handweavers Guild of America, for study in a non-accredited program. She also was awarded an Artist-in-Residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts to complete a sculpture and drawing project.