Department of Art and Design -- Spring 2013


News Highlights . . .

Greetings students, colleagues, alumni and friends. Welcome to the Department of Art and Design's Spring 2013 newsletter.  I hope some of you got to see the inspiring work of our MFA students at our recent MFA Open Studios showcase which helped to raise scholarship money for students. Our MFA candidates will exhibit more of their work at the Magnanmetz Gallery in Chelsea, in mid-June, while our BFA students are gearing up for their end-of-year show at the George Segal Gallery. 

Great speakers this year in our Art Forum program, some additional good reasons to visit the Gallery, and our students are benefiting from studying abroad. . . Read more.

Prof. Scott Gordley,

 MFA Program Holds its Annual Open Studios

 In late fall, students in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program held their annual Open Studio event at the MFA Gallery in Finley Hall. The successful, well-attended 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 went to a department scholarship that will support future outstanding students in the program. (Read the full article.)

Students Travel Abroad

Fashion Studies Associate Prof. Dr. Abby Lillethun, and Graphic Design Program Director Prof. John Luttropp are taking a group of Fashion Studies and Graphic Design majors, respectively, for a week-long immersion during Spring Break as part of their annual Study Abroad international faculty-led tours. The graphic design students are heading to London, England, and the trip, which is run as a class, includes 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.

Distinguished Speakers

Our on-campus and community-based speakers series, Art Forum/Art Talks, are hosting a roster of distinguished professionals from the art world. Presenters this season include notables such as cartoonist Jimmy Margulies, clay sculptor Marc Leuthold, multimedia artist Carlos Estevez, painter/digital artist Pedro Barbeito, and internationally renowned artistAnn Hamilton. Our Department's speakers series provide a steady stream of visiting professional artists, critics, and art historians who share invaluable insights with our students.

At the George Segal Gallery...

Art and Design students equally benefit from the University’s George Segal Gallery, which just wrapped up Art Connections 9, its annual juried art exhibition and fund-raising sale featuring works from 49 artists from throughout the U.S. (Read the full article.)  The Gallery’s current exhibition is Israel Bernbaum: Painting His Story (to April 21), in part,  commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. The exhibition features the works of Israel Bernbaum, whose work was used to illustrate several children’s books, including the award-winning I am a Star: Child of the Holocaust by Inge Auerbacher, and his own work, My Brother’s Keeper: The Holocaust Through the Eyes of an Artist, which he dedicated to the memory of the 1.5-million Jewish children who did not survive the Holocaust. This Gallery exhibit is the centerpiece for campus-wide lectures, film screenings, children’s educational programs and other events by world-renowned Holocaust scholars, artists and authors. There will also be related programs including exhibition tours and workshops, a symposium, and a Holocaust Commemoration featuring in-person accounts from Holocaust survivors. (Read the full article.)

People Spotlights . . .Faculty, Students, Alumni


Associate Professor JOYCE CATHERINE BEBOUT (Printmaking) presented a solo exhibition, “Joyce Catherine Bebout: Artist Prints,” at the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery, University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC, November 2-December 8, 2012. She was also in a group exhibition, “Ontologies: Four Visions, at the Eleftherias Park Arts Centre in Athens, Greece, October 1-November 2, 2012. An article about the group exhibition was recently published in Mosaiko, the newsletter of the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece.

Assistant Professor ANDREW ATKINSON (Photography) was in a group exhibition, “Sideshow Nation,” at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, January 5-March 3, 2013.

BEBOUT and ATKINSON curated a works-on-paper show, entitled "Portfolio," in conjunction with Richard Cox, director of the Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff School of Art & Design, in Cardiff, Wales. Exhibited from 1/17 through 2/9, the works featured students currently enrolled in the MFA program and their faculty mentors.

Adjunct Instructor CHRIS BORS (Foundations) was in a group exhibition at BravinLee Gallery, NYC, December 31, 2012-February 9, 2013, as part of a Project Room curated by artist Tom Sanford.

Adjunct Instructor JAYNE HOLSINGER (Painting) was in a group exhibition, “Sideshow Nation,” at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, January 5-March 3, 2013.

Professor NANCY GOLDRING (Drawing) had a solo exhibition, “Punti di Fuga, Altri Paesaggi,” at the Martini & Ronchetti Gallery in Genoa, Italy, October 4-November 15, 2012. She was in a group exhibition, “After Affects,” February 8-24, 2013 in NYC. The exhibition was sponsored through the New York Foundation for the Arts’ (NYFA) Hurricane Sandy Emergency Relief Fund to showcase work in all media that was damaged during the hurricane and subsequently restored, repurposed or redesigned, or work that has been borne out of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. She was also in the group exhibition, “Selections from the Southeast Museum of Photography Collection,” at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, November 10, 2012-February 9, 2013. Her review of Oblique Drawing: A History of Anti-Perspective by Massimo Scolari was published in Architects Newspaper, October 2, 2012.

Assistant Professor JOSH JORDAN (Foundations) was in a group exhibition at BravinLee Gallery, NYC, December 31, 2012-February 9, 2013, as part of a Project Room curated by artist Tom Sanford. He also presented his talk, “The Library Project,” at the College Art Association’s (CAA) session, “Short Tales from Foundations Practice,” during the CAA 2013 Annual Conference in NYC, February 2013.

Adjunct Instructor DAVID KEEFE (Painting) brought the highly acclaimed Combat Paper NJ project to the campus of Montclair State University from September 11-14, 2012. This outreach program provides an avenue of expression for war veterans and a means toward healing trauma through art and poetry. An artist, teacher, and veteran himself, Keefe conducted workshops in which military uniforms were cut up and made into paper. Veterans could then record their personal stories through image and text on this handmade paper. A concurrent exhibition of art created by war veterans, “War Torn,” was presented by Gallery U in Montclair, September 15-21, 2012, as part of the Combat Paper NJ program.

Adjunct Instructor JAE YONG KIM (Ceramics) had a solo exhibition, “Lust for Donuts,” at Blank Space Art, NYC, September 13-October 6, 2012.

Professor PAT LAY (Ceramics) was in group exhibitions, “Sideshow Nation,” at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, January 5-March 3, 2013, and “Electron Salon,” at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, CA, November 8-December 1, 2012.  She also served on the jury panel to select artists for an indoor sculptural tree exhibition, “Nature Illuminated: The Enchanted Garden Revealed,” a project at the Van Vleck House and Gardens in Montclair, which opened on November 14, 2012.

Adjunct Instructor MICHAEL LEE (Drawing) curated the group exhibition, “This is How My Brain Works,” at Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, NY, September 8-30, 2012; he also had work in the show. He was co-moderator of an artist panel discussion in conjunction with that exhibition, held at Ruth Phaneuf Fine Arts, Long Island City, NY, on September 23, 2012.

Professor WILLIAM McCREATH (Ceramics) was in a group exhibition, “East & West Clay Works Exhibition,” at the Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ, January 13-March 10, 2013.

Adjunct Instructor TOM SANFORD (Painting) had a solo exhibition, “100 Little Deaths,” at BravinLee Gallery, NYC, December 31-2012-February 9, 2013.

Adjunct Instructor MERYL TARADASH (Foundations) was in a group exhibition, “Sideshow Nation,” at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, January 5-March 3, 2013.

Professor ELIZABETH VALDEZ del ALAMO (Art History) gave a talk on her book Palace of the Mind: The Cloister of Silos and Spanish Sculpture of the Twelfth Century (published December 2012) at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, NYC, February 26, 2013.


A team of BFA in Graphic Design juniors and seniors won the Art Directors Club of New Jersey statewide student Design Derby in October. Graphic Design students from schools across the state competed to create a designed identity for  the Morning Glory Shop, a resale store in Randolph. Sales from the Morning Glory Shop go to assist victims and families of domestic and sexual violence in Sussex County. The winning team consisted of graphic design majors MEGHAN DOUGHERTYCARLOS NORAT, LUSINE KATRJYANCHARLES LEENSTRA, and JUAN VILLANUEVA. The ADCNJ gives out two awards at the event, for best design and best presentation, and, for the first time ever, both awards were presented to the same team and school.


Graduating senior BFA in Graphic Design major JESSICA BIRS was awarded an Emmy for her work at the MLB Network. Birs was completing an internship at MLB, and created on-air graphics for many broadcast events while there. The Emmy was awarded to her for her graphics for the "MLB Tonight" program.