Department of Art and Design -- Fall 2012


Chair’s Corner...

Welcome to the Department of Art and Design. Fall 2012 opened with an exhibition of faculty work in the George Segal Gallery, running through December 8. Showcasing the talents of our full-time and adjunct faculty in fine arts, art history, animation/illustration, graphic design, industrial design, and filmmaking, the exhibition gives the campus community – as well as the regional community – a glimpse into the creative process at work within our diverse and committed cohort of artists, scholars, and designers who are actively engaged in aesthetic challenges when not busy educating students in the classroom. I hope you take the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful and inspiring exhibition.

Art and Design faculty continued their creative endeavors on a national and international stage. From October 3-26, Professor Julie Heffernan served as the Lee Ellen Fleming Painter-in-Residence at the University of Virginia (founded by Thomas Jefferson) in Charlottesville, building a new body of work while lecturing and critiquing as part of this prestigious fellowship. Professor Nancy Goldring’s exhibition, “Punti di fuga, altri paesaggi,” opened on October 4, in Genoa, Italy, followed by a lecture at the University of Genoa, Polytechnic School, Science Department for Architecture. Fashion Studies Associate Professor Dr. Abby Lillethun, and Graphic Design Program Director Professor John Luttropp are gearing up to bring a group of Fashion Studies and Graphic Design majors to London, England, for a week-long immersion during Spring Break as part of their annual Study Abroad international faculty-led tours.

Art and Design programs are also being revised to meet the changing needs of the industry and to ensure compliance with the most current accreditation standards. Faculty in Fashion Studies are working hard to update the BA in Fashion Studies curriculum this fall to incorporate more options, such as new minors and concentrations. The Animation/Illustration program will also be initiating changes to more clearly delineate different upper-level tracks. The Industrial Design program introduced a new industry partnership with Movado, maker of high-end timepieces. Developed by Industrial Design Program Director Dr. Denis Feigler, the Movado partnership will provide scholarship opportunities for gifted Industrial Design majors and integrate professional-level design projects into the classroom.

I look forward to another exciting semester and a very productive Fall 2012!

Prof. Scott Gordley,

News Highlights . . .


MFA Students Present "Open Studio 2012" November 16

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program is held its annual Open Studio night November 16, from 6-10 p.m. at the MFA Gallery in Finley Hall, for the general  public to view completed works and works in progress created by the program's 23 MFA candidates, plus works of the program's exceptional group of visiting artists. Read the full article here.



George Segal Gallery Presents Art and Design Faculty Exhibition to December 8

The George Segal Gallery begins its season with an exhibit of works by faculty of Montclair State University's Department of Art and Design and the Filmmaking and video programs from September 11 to December 8. Read the full article here.



The works of Taylor Galloway, Marta Kepka, E. Dannielle Slaughter and John Viggiano, four Montclair State University students who are BFA and MFA majors, were featured in the  exhibition titled, "Leading Lines" held in the Platform Gallery, Kingston University, Knights Park campus from July 16- 26, 2012. Read the full article here.


Graduating Students from the MFA in Studio Arts Program Showcase Works

Seniors in the Master in Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Arts program at Montclair State University exhibited their works recently. Entitled "Horse Designed By Committee," the exhibition   was on view at the White Box Gallery, 329 Broome St., N.Y., May 16-27. Read the full article here.



University Faculty and Staff Recognized for New Books and Media

For the fourth year, Montclair State University faculty and staff recently gathered in the Periodicals Reading Room of Sprague Library to recognize members of the University community who have recently published books, or released CDs or DVDs.Read the full article here.

People Spotlights . . .Faculty, Students, Alumni


Professor PETER BARNET (Painting) had a two-person exhibition, “Barnet/Segal: It Runs in the Family,” at the George Segal Gallery, March 6-April 14, 2012.

Associate Professor CATHERINE BEBOUT (Printmaking) presented a solo exhibition, “Mapping the Body,” at the Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, December 6, 2011-January 8, 2012; and was part of the following group exhibitions: “Fusion-International Contemporary Intaglio Print Invitation Exhibition,” at Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, Shenzhen, China, 2012,;“Paper View 2012” Czech Center Gala for Manhattan Graphics Center, at the Bohemian National Hall, NYC, April 2012; “Multiple Encounters 2nd Edition,” at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India, January 2012; and “Bebout, Johnson, Welden: Mixed Media Prints,” at Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY, March 24-April 29, 2012. She co-curated, with Karen Oremus (Sayed University, UAE), “Cartographies: Mapping Intersections and Counterpoint,” an exhibition in conjunction with the Impact 7 Conference 2011 on international printmaking, sponsored by the University of West England, Bristol, UK. Prof. Bebout gave lectures/workshops at Dowling College, Islip, Long Island, NY, at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, and at Manhattan Graphics, NYC, all in 2011. She served as an external assessor and consultant at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, New Zealand and was a guest lecturer in their MFA program.  She also served as a board member for Friends of Fulbright India, NYC, organized a reception for incoming Fulbright recipients at the Bose Pacia Gallery, NYC, and facilitated networking opportunities for Fulbright Scholars from India who are conducting research projects in the US.

Adjunct Instructor WENDY ERICKSON (Photography) was part of a group exhibition, “In-Sight: New Jersey Artists,” at Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ, November 8-December 20, 2011. She also introduced a second portfolio of photographs, “The Secret Garden,” printed by Digital Editions Atelier.

Associate Professor DENIS FEIGLER (Industrial Design) gave a workshop, “Design for Brand Identity,” at Moholy-Nagy University, Budapest, Hungary, in March.

Assistant Professor EILEEN FOTI (Papermaking) had group exhibitions, “Coming of Age: 21 Years of Artist Proof Studio,” at Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa, in May, and “Metal as a Medium,” at Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ, in June. She was a panelist at the 17th Annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, “Money: Currency, Value and Exchange,” at Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, in November 2011, and a presenter at the Alliance for Arts & Health New Jersey (AAH NJ) Conference, “Arts & Health: Connecting Across the Life Span,” at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, in June. Prof. Foti gave two workshops at the Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, Conn.: “Tangible Surfaces,” February 2012, and “Chipboard Relief Prints,” in June. Her documentary film, “A Ripple in the Water: Healing Through Art,” which she wrote and co-produced with Patty Piroh (Broadcasting), was screened at the Long Beach Island Institute for the Arts and Sciences, NJ, August 2011. She is currently assembling a contemporary art collection ($100,000 budget) for the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research’s new building at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

Assistant Professor ROBERTA FRIEDMAN (Filmmaking) was elected to the board of the organization Women in Film.

Adjunct Instructor ASHA GANPAT (Sculpture) had a group exhibition, “Obsessive Compulsive Design,” at the Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Asbury Park, NJ, March 3-April 27, and curated the exhibition “Reframe: New Compositions for Old and Found” at Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ, November 17-December 15, 2011.

Visiting Specialist CHRISTOPHER GASH (Animation/Illustration) won the Montclair Film Festival Inaugural Poster Contest; his winning design served as the official 2012 Montclair Film Festival poster.

Professor NANCY GOLDRING (Drawing) published five articles in PresS.IT (Publication of the Italian International Association of Criticism), an article in The Brooklyn Rail, August 2011, and an article in The Architect’s Newspaper, March 2012. She served as a finalist juror in the 2011 International Design Competition for Emergency Stations, “Outside the Box: Low and High Technologies for the Emergencies,” and gave lectures at the International Association of Architecture, Casa dell’Architettura, Rome, April 2012, and at the New York Institute of Architecture, May 2012. Prof. Goldring presented a solo exhibition, “Vanishing Points (Punti di Fuga),” at the Monitor Space, Casa dell’Architettura, Rome, April 2012, with an accompanying catalog, and group exhibitions, “From Life,” at the Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, NY, April 2012, “Classical Mythology in Modern and Contemporary Art,” at the Benton Museum, CT, January 17-March 11, 2012, and “Jüdische Frauen in der Bildenden Kunst,” at Inselgalerie, Berlin, November 2011. Her work was reviewed in Manifesto, “Review of Vanishing Points: Nancy Goldring,” by Massimiliano Tomba, May 2012, and in Hyperallergic, “Forms of Life: Breathing New Life into Traditional Genres,” by Patrick Neal, April 19, 2012.

Adjunct Instructor KAREN GUANCIONE (Foundations) presented group exhibitions, “In the Bag: The Art & Politics of the Reusable Bag Movement,” at the Boston Children’s Museum, Boston MA, September 16-November 30, 2011, “Reframe: New Compositions for Old and Found,” at Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ, November 17-December 15, 2011, and “In Stitches,” at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ, May 10-June 18, 2012. She also co-organized the 17th Annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, “Money: Currency, Value and Exchange,” at Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, November 4-5, 2011.

Assistant Professor KALED HAMEIDE (Fashion Studies) presented the paper, “Microbranding and the Impact of Technology on the Future of the Brand,” was presented at the World Conference on Management, Economics, Business & Entrepreneurship (Virtual Conference), June 28-30, 2012. His paper, “System Dynamics Modeling and the Diffusion of Products: A Marketing Perspective,” co-authored with Prof. Tarek Abdelhamid, was accepted for presentation at the 12th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations, held at University Center, Chicago, IL, July 6-8, 2012. Prof. Hameide was invited to join the committee for the International Conference of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and continued to serve as a committee member and reviewer for the European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He was also invited for the second year by European publisher Laurence King Publishing to review new fashion book proposals.

Associate Professor JULIE HEFFERNAN (Painting) presented the solo exhibitions, “Julie Heffernan: Infinite Work in Progress,” at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK, February 16-May 27, 2012, and “Boy O Boy II,” at Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA, September 3-October 29, 2011, and group exhibitions, “Women’s Work,” at the National Academy Museum, New York, NY, May 23-August 26, 2012; “Twisted Sisters,” at Kristen Dodge Gallery, New York, NY, May 19-June 24, 2012; “The Perfect Storm,” at Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY, June 28-August 17, 2012; and “The Calendar’s Tales: Fantasy, Figuration and Representation,” at 808 Gallery, School of Visual Arts, Boston University, Boston, MA, February 2-March 31, 2012. Prof. Heffernan served as a juror for the “Young Contemporaries” show, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in conjunction with the College of Charleston Visual Arts Club, Charleston, SC, March, 17-18, 2012.

Adjunct Instructor HYUN JUNG KIM (Metalwork/Jewelry) curated the exhibition “Metal as a Medium,” at Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, N.J., June 15-27, 2012 and also exhibited in that group show.

Two of Assistant Professor WOBBE KONING's (Animation/Illustration) digital images were accepted in the ACM Digital Arts Community juried online exhibition, “Environments – Natural – Constructed,” that went live on May 22, 2012 at Prof. Koning was also featured in MSU’s OIT Faculty Spotlight where he shared his experience with using blogs as digital workshops.

Professor PAT LAY (Ceramics) was part of a two-person exhibition, “Pat Lay and Michelle Loughlin,” at Woolpunk Studios, Jersey City, NJ, 2012, a national juried group exhibition, “Momentum,” at the National Women’s Caucus for Art, Los Angeles, CA, 2012, and a group exhibition, “mic: check (The: human mic) 489 artists: 520 works,” at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, February 26-March 18, 2012. She was a panelist with guest artists Jason Krugman, {dNASAb}, and Nurit Bar-Shai at “A Salon on Art & Technology,” moderated by John Ensor Parker at the Eugene Lang College, The New School, NYC, 2011. Photographs of Prof. Lay’s work were included in Susan and Jan Peterson, The Craft and Art of Clay, 5th Edition, Laurence King Publishing, London, 2012.

Associate Professor ABBY LILLETHUN (Fashion Studies) published “Review of Yves Saint Laurent, Exhibition and Catalogue, Florence Müller and Farid Chenoune, eds and curators, exhibition at the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris,” DRESS, and an invited paper, “(Re)Defining Fashion,” with Linda Welters and Joanne B. Eicher, DRESS. Her conference presentation (with abstract), “Toward a History of World Dress,” with Linda Welters, was published in the Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Textiles and Apparel Association, November 2-5, 2011, Philadelphia, PA. Prof. Lillethun served as a board member of the Costume Society of America, Mid-Atlantic Region, was a member of their Millia Davenport Publication Award Committee, and was installed June 2, 2012 as a member of their National Board of Directors, Class of 2015. She also served as research submissions adjudicator for the annual meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association held November 2012, served on the editorial board of the Journal of Fashion, Style, and Popular Culture, and gave the presentation, “Fashion Design: Drawing from the Past,” at MSU’s Humanities in the Schools Day, Old Made New-Dialoguing with the Past, December 2, 2011. Prof Lillethun was interviewed for the articles, “Why It’s So Difficult for Women to Find the Right Clothing Size,” Erinn Connor, The Record, April 11, 2012; “On ‘Mad Men,’ Fashion History Unfolds as Characters Evolve,” Erinn Connor, The Record, March 31, 2012; and “Louis Vuitton,” Clay Latimer, Leaders & Success section, Investor’s Business Daily (in press). She continues as a Faculty Mentor for the MSU Fashion Club, and received a $2200 Global Education travel grant to Whitecliff College for the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand.

Professor JOHN LUTTROPP (Graphic Design) was appointed onto the Board of Trustees of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey and served on the ADCNJ Education Committee. He completed a three-year term as Faculty Representative to the MSU Board of Trustees.  He was a reviewer for the book, Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide, 2nd Edition, by Johanna Drucker and Emily McVarish, Prentice Hall, March 2012.

Associate Professor ANTHONY PEMBERTON (Filmmaking) served as a juror on the Kidz Shortz short film competition sponsored by the Montclair International Film Festival, January 2012, and was a panelist judge for the Princess Grace Foundation, judging films nominated from elite film schools around the country.

Professor KLAUS SCHNITZER (Photography) presented a solo exhibition/retrospective of his automotive photography, “Klaus Schnitzer: Auto Focus,” at the Saratoga Automobile Museum, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., October 1, 2011-May 18, 2012, and a group exhibition, “Polaroid [Im]Possible: The Westlicht Collection,” at the Westlicht Museum of Photography, Vienna, 2011, with a catalog by Hatje Cantz. Prof. Schnitzer also contributed research and photography to the book, Porsche: Origin of the Species, by Karl Ludvigsen, November 2011, Bentley Publishers, and published over a dozen automotive articles and photo essays on various topics ranging from the Jeff Koons Art Car to a rare 1937/39 BMW 328 Mille Miglia race car (aka ‘Bügelfalte’).

Professor ELIZABETH VALDEZ DEL ALAMO (Art History) presented a paper, “La rueda de la tumba de Pedro I como diagrama mnemotécnico” (The Wheel of Fortune Rose on the Tomb of Pedro I of Portugal as a Mnemonic Diagram), at the Congresso Internacional “Pedro e Inês: O Futuro do Passado,” in Alcobaça, Portugal, March 25-31, 2012. She was appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of Studies in Iconography (Princeton University), beginning in 2012, and also served on the Advisory Committee for the British Archaeological Association conferences on Romanesque art: Romanesque and the Eastern Mediterranean, in Palermo, Italy, April 16-18, 2012. Prof. Valdez del Alamo continues to serve as Editor of the International Census of Dissertations in Medieval Art (hosted by MSU) for the website of The International Center of Medieval Art.

Adjunct Instructor MIMI WEINBERG (Art History) curated the exhibition, “Barnet/Segal: It Runs in the Family,” at the George Segal Gallery, March 6- April 14, 2012. She also served as a keynote speaker/panelist at the symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition, March 22, 2012.

Professor ANNE BETTY WEINSHENKER (Art History) was granted the Bibliographical Society of America’s ASECS Fellowship for Bibliographical Studies in the Eighteenth Century (began May 2012) for a study of the extant copies of a set of engravings known as the “Tombeaux des princes.” Prof. Weinshenker presented a paper on that subject, “Collected Remembrances of the ‘Worthies’: McSwiny’s Publication,” at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, San Antonio, TX, March 22-25, 2012.


ANTHONY FRAGOLA (BFA in Industrial Design senior) and Lindsay Hascock (BFA in Industrial Design junior) won Honorable Mention awards at the MSU Student Research Symposium, April 22, 2012.

SARA ISOLA (BFA in Industrial Design senior) gave a Merit Award presentation at the Industrial Design Society of America’s (IDSA) Northeast Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 13, 2012.

ALFRED MARROQUIN (BFA in Filmmaking senior) won the Montclair Film Festival’s New Vision 2012 Best Student Film Award for his film, “Lola” (2010), which was screened at the “New Visions from Montclair State University Students” showcase (May 4, 2012) as part of the Montclair Film Festival’s first annual festival, May 1-6, 2012.

ROBERT PASSARETTI (BFA in Industrial Design sophomore) won 1st Place in the 2012 World Traffic Safety Symposium’s Designs for Safety Competition for his design, “Inertia Re-routing Cabin.” Awards were presented at the New York Auto Show, Jacob Javits Center, NYC, April 13, 2012. (Read the article here.)

DUSTIN POH (BFA in Graphic Design senior) was selected as the Judges’ Choice Winner in the Nielsen Data Visualization Contest, a worldwide competition sponsored by The Nielsen Company, best known for the Nielsen Ratings. Dustin’s design was featured at Nielsen’s Consumer 360 event in June 2012 and in a Nielsen Wire article.


ROBERTO CHABEBE's (BFA in Graphic Design ’10) design work for Showpaper magazine was included in the “Millennium Magazines” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, February 20-May 14.

CARLOS BENITEZ (BFA in Fine Arts/Studio, Graphic Design Specialization ’06), ELLA RUE (BA in Fine Arts, Graphic Design Studio Specialization ’02), and DAVID VIOREANU (BA in Fine Arts/Graphic Design Studio Specialization ‘03) each won awards for their graphic design work at the 49th Annual Art Directors Club of New Jersey’s Awards Show, May 17.