Tuesday, February 4 – Saturday, April 4, 2020
The George Segal Gallery announces Fifty Years of Inspiration and Impact: The Photographic Legacy of Klaus Schnitzer and His Students. The exhibition is a celebration of the career of Klaus Schnitzer, long-time professor of photography at Montclair State University, who will be retiring at the end of the academic year. As with any committed teacher, his legacy lives on through the work of his students, 54 of whom are included in this exhibit. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 and runs through Saturday, April 4, 2020.
A public reception will be held on Friday, February 7 from 5.30 – 8.30pm. The exhibit features the work of Professor Schnitzer alongside the work of his former students, many of whom are now engaged in their own professional activities in fine arts, commercial arts, art education, and other art-related endeavors. The exhibiting artists also currently represent a far greater geography than the small slice of North Jersey where they all once studied, including residents of California, Florida, Georgia, and Virginia. Work from numerous series will represent the different phases, collaborations, and projects Professor Schnitzer has undertaken over the past several decades.
Also showing in the exhibition, spanning almost half a century of Professor Schnitzer’s influence and impact, are:
Haylee Anne, Aaron Atkinson, Christine Back, Maria Baez, Nathan Bajar, Barbara Bell, Teresa Braun, Doug Cannon, Anne-Marie Caruso, Bryan Coppede, Antonio De Benedetto, Wendy Erickson, Robert Eustace, Brian Feeney, John Z. Fei, Ruth Frazier, Taylor Galloway, Jim Golden, Colleen Gutwein, Chris Heintze, Anna Calluori Holcombe, Eric Hummel, Lin Pernille Kristensen, Daryl Lancaster, Erik Landsberg, Jennifer Larsen, Bridget Laudien, Todd I. Lauther, Meg Lyding, Greg Maka, Leonor Marion-Landais, Gerard Marrazzo, Kelli McGuire, Diane Meyer, Chad Mooney, Christopher Pace, Heather Palecek, Greg Pallante, Craig Peters, Reneé C. Powell, Jim Rimi, Anthony Louis Rodriguez, Iggy Ruggieri, Anna Ryabtsov, Joseph Gerard Sabatino, Richard Schleuning, Toni Ann Serratelli, Sara R. Stadtmiller, Nicole Strafaci, Rex Thomas, John Vigg, Taylor Zartman, Mike Zawadski, and Pamela Vander Zwan.
Photography features heavily in the exhibit, with some notable exceptions, including fibers, ceramics, and installation work. A unique and innovative catalogue, designed by Montclair State University professor John Luttropp, will accompany the exhibit.
In the words of guest curator, Robert Yoskowitz: “This show will illustrate Professor Schnitzer’s pedagogical legacy in his teaching of photography and to the many exceptional students who flourished and succeeded under his instructions.
Over the years, Professor Schnitzer ‘exposed’ his photographic vision to his students, first by the thorough understanding of the technical aspects of the medium. And secondly, balancing that comprehension by shaping their eye to the camera, bringing out their creative side via Schnitzer’s inventive projects, leading to their self-discovery as photographers. Above all was the professor’s role as a professional photographer and imparting to his students the insistence to maintain that integrity in the photographic community. And it bore fruit – many of his graduates went on to become triumphant in their careers as photographers and other creative fields – in the commercial sphere and the fine arts.”