Department of Art and Design - Fall 2011


Chair’s Corner...

Welcome to the Department of Art and Design. This year has been a busy and exciting year for our department.
The department continues to grow and prosper on both the undergraduate and graduate levels – through its strong Studio BA and BFA programs, MFA and MA Studio programs, BA Fashion Studies program, highly respected Art Education program, Art History program, and growing BFA programs in Graphic Design and Animation/Illustration. The Animation/Illustration program recently implemented a new state-of-the-art mini 3D-computer-animation lab in Calcia Hall to support its primary 3D-Animation lab in College Hall.

In response to local and global educational, technological and production demands, Art and Design has initiated development of new programs in Art Therapy, Art Education, and Integrated Media Design. Activities this year includes a juried exhibition by the Illustration program opening in early November entitled SEX: the Exhibition! The Graphic Design faculty will lead their yearly student international design trip (London in January). The Fashion Studies program will coordinate the “Fashion Week” trip to Paris and Antwerp in March.  

A 1 + 2+ 1 BFA in Graphic Design and Industrial Design with Seoul National University of Technology will be implemented in the fall of 2012. We continue to forge international linkages with universities abroad –in South Korea, China, Hungary and New Zealand, among others. (Read the full article).

Our community outreach initiatives for the new school year include Art Forum, Film Forum, MFA/MSU/MAM lecture/artist Art Talks series (featuring such art luminaries as Vito Acconci), Patterson Museum collaboration and collaboration with the National Park Service.  Additionally, we are continuing to develop University projects, such as the project initiated by the Industrial Design students in Memorial Auditorium (interior redesign of the lobby) and the interior space design for the Montclair State University Annual Scholarship dinner, as well as the Annual Fashion show coordinated by our Fashion Studies faculty (last year’s entertainment featured renowned singer Wyclef Jean).  Finally, as our department works to embellish the reputation of our outstanding faculty and student body, we continue to expand our creative vision with passion and innovation.

Prof. Scott Gordley,


News Highlights . . .


Montclair State's MFA Program Celebrates 11th Year

Montclair State University’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program celebrates the MFA program's 11th year in existence. Read the full article.



Wyclef Jean Performs at Annual Fashion Studies Senior Fashion Show

More than 50 Montclair State University senior Fashion Studies students presented their designs as part of the fifth annual Senior Fashion Show at the Kasser Theater on May 10.  The event included an enthusiastic rap and hip hop musical performance by Grammy Award-winner Wyclef Jean who sang and danced with the Fashion Studies students and Ronald Sharps, associate dean of the College of the Arts.  Read the full article.



More Student Murals Added to Montclair's Streetscape

At first, it was just an 8-by-35-foot History of Montclair mural on one side of the wall in the walkway between the Bamboo Asian Bistro and the Montclair Char Broil Diner on Valley Road in Montclair. Now, Montclair State University’s Art and Design students have created more murals--albeit smaller ones—to adorn the wall across from the larger one as a gift to the Township of Montclair.  Read the full article.



College of the Arts Exhibits Works by 2011 Graduates of MFA and MA Studio Arts Programs

The College of the Arts and Department of Art and Design presented two culminating exhibitions featuring works produced by students graduating from the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Arts (MA) Studio programs. Read the full article.




Study-abroad MFA Students Exhibit Works at University of London

Students in Montclair State University's master of fine arts (MFA) pogram enrolled in the London Study Abroad program at Kingston University, participated in the  “Mapping Identities” installation shown at Goldsmiths, University of London, last July 4 – July 8 as part of the annual graduate exhibitions. Read the full article.



People Spotlights . . .


CATHERINE BEBOUT, associate professor/Printmaking, had the following group exhibitions: “For Love, Not Money” at the Tallinn Print Triennial, KUMU Contemporary Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia; “2010 Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Annual Member Show” at the Elizabeth Foundation Gallery for the Arts in NYC; “Material Matters” at Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff School of Art & Design in Wales, UK; and “Paper Trails: Works from the New York Metro” at Pearce Gallery, Whitecliffe College of Art and Design in Auckland, New Zealand.

CAROLE WONG CHESEK, adjunct instructor/Ceramics, had a solo exhibition, “Unearthing: Works in Clay and Mixed Media by Carole Wong Chesek,” at the Museum of Chinese in America in NYC.

JANET FILOMENO, adjunct professor, was included in the recently published 100 Artists of the Mid Atlantic (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.) by author E. Ashley Rooney. She also was featured in a two-person exhibit at the John Cacciola Gallery in Chelsea opening on March 24.

EILEEN FOTI, assistant professor/Papermaking, had a solo exhibition, “Elusive Borders,” at the Ben Shahn Gallery, William Paterson University, Wayne, and group exhibitions in the following: “For Love, Not Money” at the Tallinn Print Triennial, KUMU Contemporary Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia; “Penang Invitational Print Exhibition” at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia; “New Prints 2010/Summer HEAT!” at the International Print Center of New York in NYC; and “Win/Win Lottery Exhibition” at the Tamarind Institute Gallery in Albuquerque, N.M.

CHRIS GASH, visiting specialist in the BFA in Animation/Illustration program, was recently featured in the inaugural segment of The New York Times' new “Picture This” video series. He was commissioned to do live illustrations to accompany a narration on the very complex issue of cancer research. Watch the video here. He also illustrates spots for clients such as The New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Adweek, and Golf Digest. His first syllabus for Montclair State University was included in Steve Heller and Marshall Arisman’s book, Teaching Illustration. His illustrations have been recognized by SILA, Communication Arts, 3x3 and others. To see some of this work, visit here and here.

NANCY GOLDRING, professor/Drawing, had the following group exhibitions: “Paper Trails: Works from the New York Metro” at Pearce Gallery, Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, in Auckland, New Zealand; and “Put Up or Shut Up” at the New York Academy of Art in NYC. She published the article, “On Why Artists Loved Leo Steinberg,” in The Brooklyn Rail ( in April.

SCOTT GORDLEY, associate professor/Animation/Illustration, completed three major painting commissions: a double-page spread for the June 2011 issue of Playboy magazine illustrating a fictional story by author Robert Coover entitled Girl Next Door; a portrait from live sittings of renowned stage and screen actor James Earl Jones for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; and a portrait commissioned by the US Coast Guard Academy to commemorate the retirement of Rear Admiral Scott Burhoe, Superintendent of the US Coast Guard Academy. He participated in the panel, “Gender Equality in Education – Education and People with Disabilities,” at the Future of Education 2011 International Conference in Florence, Italy in June, and also presented the paper, “Creative Students on the Spectrum: Integrating the University Classroom,” at the same conference - his paper will be published in the book, The Future of Education (Simonelli Editore). In addition, he was selected by American Illustration magazine as one of 200 hundred artists to represent the best of American Illustration for 2011, with inclusion in its American Illustration 30 publication.

KAREN GUANCIONE, adjunct instructor/Foundations, had a solo exhibition “Karen Guancione: Ten Years of Installations” at the Ben Shahn Gallery, William Paterson University, in Wayne, and the following group exhibitions: “Material Translations: Artists’ Books from 1970 to Now” at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton; “16th Annual NJ Book Arts Symposium and Exhibition” at the John Cotton Dana Library Gallery, Rutgers University in Newark; “The Artists of the Italian-American Visual Artists Network” at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, N.Y.; “In the Bag: The Art & Politics of the Reusable Bag Movement” at the Darien Nature Center in Darien, Conn.; and “In the Bag at the Puffin” at Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck.

KALED HAMEIDE, assistant professor/Fashion Studies, published Fashion Branding Unraveled (Fairchild, 2011).

JULIE HEFFERNAN, associate professor/Painting, had the following solo exhibitions: “Holding Up” at the University Art Gallery, University of California at Stanislaus, Calif.; and “Julie Heffernan: Broken Homes” at Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; and the following group exhibitions “Land of Magic: Artists Explore Make Believe” at the Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, Calif.; “Feedback” at the Porter Sesnon Gallery, University of California in Santa Cruz, Calif.; “Arcimboldo-Artista Milanese tra Leonardo e Caravaggio” at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, Italy; “A Debt to Pleasure: Allegory and Realism in Contemporary Art” at the Montserrat College of Art Gallery in Beverly, Mass.; “Uncovered” at the Eden Rock Gallery in St. Barts, French West Indies; “Surface Tension: Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Art” at the South Bend Museum of Art in South Bend, Ind.; “In Canon” at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, Del.; “Humanimal” at the Portsmouth Museum of Art in Portsmouth, Maine; and “Other as Animal” at the Danese Gallery in NYC. In addition, she was commissioned by Royal Caribbean Cruises for a vestibule installation and corridor installation with sound and sculpture. One of her paintings was selected for the front cover of Tin House magazine, issue #47 (

ANTHONY INCIONG, assistant professor/Graphic Design, presented the following papers: “Graphic Design Education: Pedagogy and Research Methods” at the 2010 International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2010) in Madrid;  “Graphic Design as Education” at the Fifth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, in Rome; and “Treatise: Graphic Design Education In and Beyond the Classroom” at the National University and College Designers Association Design Education Summit: The State of Design Education, at New Jersey City University, Jersey City. 

PAT LAY, professor/Ceramics, had a two-person exhibition, “Pat Lay and Theresa Ellerbrock,” at Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the following group exhibitions; “Portraiture: Inside Out” at the Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University in South Orange; “It’s All Good! (Apocalypse Now) at Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.; “A Splendid Energy” at the Jersey City Museum in Jersey City; “What is Portraiture? Works from the Collection” at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair; “Story Time” at the Islip Art Museum in East Islip, Long Island, N.Y.; and “Core & Mantle” at M55 Art, Long Island City Art Center, N.Y.

ABBY LILLETHUN, associate professor/Fashion Studies, published The Fashion Reader, 2nd ed. rev., with co-editor Linda Welters (Berg Publishers, April 2011). She took part in the panel presentation, “(Re)Defining Fashion,” along with co-presenters Linda Welters and Joanne Eichler, at the 37th Annual Costume Society of America Symposium, June 7-12, 2011, in Boston, Mass., and published the proceedings in Research Abstracts of the 37th Annual Costume Society of America Symposium.

KLAUS SCHNITZER, professor, has his photography and research included in the book, Porsche – Origin of the Species, due out in November 2011. The project began in 2005 and features Jerry Seinfeld's famed Porsche collection as a starting point for an extensive and beautifully illustrated study by renowned automotive historian Karl Ludvigsen. Beginning October, the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s gallery space, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will host a retrospective of his work. He has had more than a dozen automotive articles/photo essays published in the last academic year.

WALTER SWALES, professor/Sculpture, had group exhibitions at DIA: Beacon in Beacon, N.Y., and at Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

MERYL TARADASH, adjunct instructor/Foundations, had a group exhibition “Wind through the Tees” at the Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens in Devon, Pa., and gave an Art Salon lecture at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J.

ELIZABETH VALDEZ DEL ALAMO, professor/Art History, published “Homage to the Child King: The Adoration of the Magi in Twelfth-century Castilian Portals” in Mittelalterliche Bauskulptur in Frankreich und Spanien: Im Spannungsfeld des Chartreser Königsportals und des Pórtico de la Gloria in Santiago de Compostela, a volume of Acts of a conference in Berlin that brought together specialists on French and Spanish sculpture of the second half of the 12th century; the scholars were from Germany, France, Spain, the United States, Austria, and Switzerland. An article, “Portals and Figured Columns in Spanish Sculpture before Maestro Mateo,” was submitted in 2010 for publication in Santiago de Compostela: Pilgerarchitektur und bildliche Repräsentation in neuer Perspektive/Pilgrimage Architecture and pictorial concepts in a new perspective, and the paper “Acróbatas a la puerta del cielo, donde se encuentran lo sagrado y lo profano” was presented at Iannua coeli: la porta monumental romànica als territoris peninsulars, Amics de l’Art Romànic, Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, in 2010.

CAROL WAX, adjunct instructor/Printmaking, had solo exhibitions “Dance of Shadows” at the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece, and “Carol Wax: The Unstill Still Life” at the Azabian-McCullough Art Gallery, St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y.

ANNE BETTY WEINSHENKER, professor/Art History, published the article “Resemblance, Reality, and Revenge: Nicola Van Houbraken’s Portrait of François Rivière” in Vendetta: Essays on Honor and Revenge, edited by Giovanna Summerfield (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), and gave a lecture on the art of Max Weber for the Hirschhorn Foundation at the JCC Metrowest in West Orange, NJ.


(BFA Filmaking candidate) received multiple awards for his documentary about an autistic artist. Read the full article.

LINDA DANH (BFA in Graphic Design, 2011) was a finalist in the Packaging category of the 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards, an annual international competition for students of graphic design and illustration.

ALYSSA FANNING (MFA in Studio Art, 2012) curated a group exhibition, “Young Blood,” in July at Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

ANTONIO GIANNATTASIO (BFA in Industrial Design, 2011) won third place in the National Auto Safety Design Competition sponsored by the 2011 New York International Auto Show held at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC. His design, Safety Shade, was chosen from among entries submitted by students across the United States.

AIMEE HERTOG (MFA, 2011) won Best in Show for her fabric sculpture at the Wide Open 2 juried contemporary art exhibition in Brooklyn last spring. Hertog’s work was selected for inclusion in the show from close to 1,600 entries (only 10 percent are accepted) and awarded the prize by juror Nat Trotman, associate curator of Contemporary Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

WILLIAM SCHEIDELER (BFA in Graphic Design 2011) won the President’s Award at the Art Directors Club of New Jersey’s 2011 Student Scholarship Competition.

LUSINE KATRJYAN, CHARLES LEENSTRA, JESSICA MOLLICA, CARLOS NORAT, AMY SERAFIN, and RUPAL VYAS – Graphic Design students – won the Art Directors Club of New Jersey’s Design Derby in November 2010, a statewide competition open to all design students enrolled at New Jersey colleges and universities. The University’s Graphic Design team, competing against 15 other teams, created the winning logo and brochure for this year’s invited client, the New Jersey Arts Collaborative.

GARY ANZELMO, ROBERT BYNUM, PAUL ELTERLEIN, ANTHONY FRAGOLA, SARA ISOLA, LUIZA KHORRAMCHAHI, JOSEPH LOMBARDO, ANDREW PISCHKE, HEATHER ROHLLF, IVANNA SAMYLENKO, SCOTT SATHER, and DAVID SCOZZARI – Industrial Design students – designed, constructed, and installed the special event interiors for the Montclair State University Annual Dinner held in April 2011 in University Hall (read the article here). In addition to LED-lit centerpieces for the tables and a one-of-a-kind chandelier, the students created a 360-degree “skyline” that transformed the Conference Center into a dramatic cityscape.

SAYDI KAUFMAN (MFA, 2010), AHNI KRUGER (MFA, 2008) AND ASHLI SISK (MFA Candidate for 2012) were part of a group exhibition entitled "HappyFeet and the AngryInch" at STAGE, in Newark, from last October through January 21, 2012.

The MFA in Studio Art Class of 2011 held their final thesis exhibition at Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.  (see related article here). Their work was also featured as part of "Young Blood" at the Amos Eno Gallery, in Brooklyn; in "Fresh Meat/Young Blood: New Jersey's New Masters" at the Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, in Long Branch; the College Art Association N.Y. Area MFA Exhibition held at Hunter College/Times Square Gallery; and in a group exhibition entitled "Seed Bomb" at Index Art Center in Newark, N.J.

Montclair State Student Wins Third Place in Auto Safety Design Competition - Montclair State University student Antonio Giannattasio, a sophomore in the Industrial Design program, won third place in the 2011 Designs for Safety Competition at the New York International Auto Show. Giannattasio, 23, from Whippany, New Jersey, was presented with a $1,000 scholarship on April 29, at the New York International Auto Show, with an additional $250 going to his instructor, Winfield Parsons, assistant professor of Art and Design. Read the article here.

Congratulations 2011 Department of Art and Design Graduates and Award Recipients! Montclair State University’s College of the Arts held its Convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 14, at the University’s Amphitheater. Read the full article and complete list of award recipients here.


AMER KOBASLIJA (MFA, 2005) got a solo show at the George Adams Gallery in Chelsea in 2011.

ADAM HAYES (MFA, 2006) had his second solo show at his gallery in the Lower East Side at Number 35 in NYC.

ALEX PACULA (MFA, 2006) received a 2010 fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), and the Robert Sterling Clark Visual Art Space Award, as well as having a solo show at Mighty Tanuka Gallery, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and receiving the Marie Sharpe Foundation award last year.

WILLIAM POPE L (BFA) currently has a piece in a show at the MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

NATHAN SKILES (MFA, 2006) will have a solo exhibition at the Hunterdon Museum from January to March 2012.

ANASTASIA CHAPLYGINA (2009 BA in Fine Arts, Art History concentration) was accepted into the Ph.D. program in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia after completing an M.A. in Humanities at the University of Chicago and an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

FRANK GAVERE (MFA in Studio Art) was commissioned to create a modular painting to serve as a backdrop for a dress by designer Brittney Banks at the Barami store in NYC.

VANESSA JUAREZ (2010 BA in Fine Arts, Art History concentration) has taken a position in Community Outreach at the Rubin Museum of Art following an internship.