Department of Art and Design -- Spring 2012


Chair’s Corner...

Our students and faculty in the Department of Art and Design have been exhibiting, traveling and learning from seasoned art and design professionals through our celebrated speakers’ series.

In late fall, students in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program held a successful, well-attended Open Studio event at the MFA Gallery in Finley Hall. The event featured works created by current students in the program, some of whom will be graduating this spring. An Art Silent Auction featuring selected pieces by the MFA students, faculty, and visiting artists who support the program was also part of the event.  Proceeds will go to a department scholarship that will support future outstanding students in the program. Read the full article. The MFA program also recently celebrated its 11th anniversary. Read the full article.

On the international front, Professors John Luttropp and Anthony Inciong just returned from the annual international design trip to London with 15 of our Graphic Design students, three fine arts/studio majors, one animation/illustration major and one pre-med major. The trip, which is run as a class, included seven days visits to design studios, specialty museums devoted to design, advertising, branding and packaging, as well as major museums, all of which feature graphic design, industrial design and illustration in their collections, and fine art collections.

Meanwhile, our Fashion Studies program students attended Fashion Week in Paris and Antwerp during the week-long Spring Break in March.  Offered for the last three years, the annual trip is also a three-credit course.

Also worthy of note, our Filmmaking program collaborated with a group of dedicated film, TV and communication professionals from Montclair and the surrounding community to host and co-sponsor our third annual "Montclair Underdog Film Festival," a daylong marathon screening of Oscar-nominated short films that were placed in the Documentary, Live Action, and Animated Academy Award categories. Read the full article.

Speaking of the Academy Awards, Spike Lee visited the campus for a filmmaking master class. (See below for the article on this Academy-Award-nominated Lee.)

Our on-campus and community-based speakers’ series, Art ForumArt Talks and Film Forum, are hosting a roster of distinguished professionals from the art and film industries. Presenters this season include noted filmmakers and producers such as Alan Berliner and Ted Hope and visual artists Graham Parker and Charlotte Hodes. Read the full article about our current Film Forum series. Our Department speakers’ series provide a steady stream of visiting professional artists who share invaluable insights with our students.

Art and Design students equally benefit from the University’s George Segal Gallery, which this spring exhibited a wide range of works of established and emerging artists in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and photography. Recently, the gallery wrapped up Art Connections 8, its annual juried art exhibition and fund-raising sale featuring  works from 115 artists from throughout the U.S. (Read the full article.) The Gallery’s late spring exhibition, Barnet/Segal: It Runs in the Family (to April 14), features the works of Peter Barnet and Rena Segal, who are offspring of important artists Will Barnet and George Segal. (See below for the article on this exhibition.)

Also coming up – don’t miss our end-of-year student exhibitions including the BFA and MA shows in the Segal Gallery (opening May 13) following the College of the Arts Convocation, May 13 at 2 p.m. on Sprague Field, and the MFA exhibition May 13-26 at the White Box Gallery  in New York. And, our Fashion Studies' students will present their sixth annual fashion show, "Let Them Eat Couture," on May 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium.

Prof. Scott Gordley,

News Highlights . . .


Spike Lee Brings His Game to Montclair State for Filmmaking Master Class

Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd of aspiring Montclair State filmmakers and broadcasting students on Tuesday, March 19, Academy Award-nominated writer-director Spike Lee was greeted with both reverential awe and comfortable familiarity as he spoke to students about his career, the film industry, and what it takes today to be a great filmmaker. Lee conducted this master class at the invitation of Montclair State’s Chiz Schultz, an adjunct professor of Art and Design.  Read the full article.


Barnet/Segal: It Runs in the Family

The talents of second generation artists, Peter Barnet and Rena Segal—the son and daughter of famed contemporary artists Will Barnet and George Segal—are the focus of "Barnet/Segal: It Runs in the Family," an art exhibition at Montclair State University’s George Segal Gallery, to April 14, 2012. Through 50 paintings equally divided between the two artists, this exhibition explores the unique niche each has found as the offspring of a famous artist while also presenting a pairing of painters whose works are complimentary in color, media, and subject choice. Read the full article.

Film Forum Opens Exciting New Season of Screenings and Events with Film Industry Professionals

Film Forum, Montclair State University’s annual spring film series running now through April 24, 2012, once again serves up a cinematic feast for the eye and the soul with events that include film screenings and conversations with notable filmmakers and industry professionals talking about their projects and the inner workings of the movie industry. Read the full article.

People Spotlights . . .


ELIZABETH VALDEZ DEL ALAMO has been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board for Studies in Iconography, a periodical dedicated to cross-disciplinary approaches to visual culture prior to 1600, published by the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University.

(adjunct instructor/Photography) exhibited her latest portfolio of photographs – Oiseaux Vigilants – at Old York Cellars, Ringoes, N.J., from March 10 through April 1. In conjunction with the exhibition, Prof. Erickson will be launching Oiseaux Vigilants, a picture book featuring photographs from the portfolio with an accompanying story by writer Lydia Gnau and an introduction by best-selling fantasy author Charles de Lint. Read the full article. She is also the editor of Photo Technique Magazine.

KAREN GUANCIONE (adjunct instructor/Art) is holding her first solo exhibition, "A Portable, Constant Obsession: The Book Art of Karen Guancione" at the Rutgers University Libraries in New Brunswick. The exhibit opened March 1 and will continue until August 31. Read more about the exhibit here. Since 2007, she has also been the Artistic Director of the annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium and Exhibition.

WOBBE KONING, assistant professor in Animation/Illustration, collaborated with Miho Aoki from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, on a survey of faculty teaching in programs where courses in 3D computer graphics and animation are offered in the United States. They then compared that data with the situation in Japan to assess similarities and differences, and presented their findings at the Computer Graphics Conference – SIGGRAPH ASIA 2011 – in Hong Kong. Read the abstract published in the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Digital Library here. Koning was also featured in MSU's OIT Faculty Spotlight where he shared his experience with using blogs as digital workbooks. Read the full article.

KARL NUSSBAUM (Filmmaking instructor) completed an eight-month marathon of artist residencies, research, and studies that took him from the United States to Germany, France, and Costa Rica. He was also included in “Artists and the Mind in the 21st Century,” an article by Geoffrey Koetsch, in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (November 2, 2011).


A solo exhibition, entitled "The Clockmaker’s Apprentice," by NATHAN SKILES (MFA 2006) was held recently at the Hunterdon Museum in Clinton, N.J. Read the review in The Star Ledger.