College of the Arts Exhibits Works by 2013 Graduating Bachelor-degree Candidates

Exhibitions to feature works by students in the BFA in Fine Arts/Studio, Animation/Illustration, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Filmmaking, and Production and Design programs

A still from "Our Mechanical Future," one of 9 short films by students in the BFA Filmmaking Program selected to be screened at the Montclair Film Festival.

The College of the Arts' School of Communication and Media, and Department of Art and Design are proud to present culminating exhibitions and screenings featuring works produced by students graduating this year from their undergraduate programs.

Exhibition Dates and Locations:

*Hours for exhibitions at the George Segal Gallery are: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.

About the Exhibitions

Dr. Denis Feigler, assistant professor and program director, said seven students in the BFA Industrial Design program will be showcasing their work at the thesis exhibition.

"Industrial design must not be mistaken with industrial arts," cautioned Feigler. He explained that industrial design involves a wide range of knowledge and skills, such as design thinking, problem solving and designing solutions. "This critical analysis of problems and development of solutions through multiple testing and refinements allows businesses to advance," Feigler said.

"My objective is, of course, to expose students to real-life scenarios on every level," he continued. "Therefore, I am constantly searching for industry partners with whom we can collaborate. I believe education today cannot be disconnected with reality and the only way we can make a difference is if we are able to provide opportunities so that this generation grows up to be responsible professionals." 

Feigler said graduates of the program currently work with major design firms and companies such as Movado, Toys 'R' Us, Marchon Eyewear, EK Success, MZ Burger, and Aqua Products.

"Industrial design is the hottest thing globally and I am proud to be able to educate the next generation of designers who will make a difference in people's lives," he said.

Industrial Design exhibitors include: Aders Lesmes; Lindsay Heskock; Dana Gennaro; Scott Sather; Guillermo Lopez; Joeham Collado; and Miles Koenig.

Also participating are students majoring in the BFA in Studio program including: Nathan Bajar; Jessica Blomberg; Joshah Brands; Alexa Coppola; Tatiana Crawford; Jessica Ellis; Taylor Galloway; Jillian Keats; Jennifer Larsen; Mallory Latella; Antonia Mastropaolo; Claire O'Connell-Brala; Graham Preston; Christina Roskoski; Anna Ryabtsov; and Wulf Vaughn

Prof. Josh Jordan, interim program director of the BFA in Studio, said the exhibit will feature works spanning a range of human experiences.

"The work from this group of young artists conveys a range of experiences and explore various aspects of the human condition," he said. "Obsessive urges, repulsion, moral struggle, familial estrangement, the fight and folly of existence, the intimacy of ennui, to the wonderment for the open frontier of early adulthood, all draw this group of young artists together for further examination."

Also showcasing their portfolios in areas including technical direction, costume and scenic designs, lighting and stage management, are the following majors in the BFA Production and Design program:  Jennifer Burkhardt; Laura Lee Chrismon; Tim DiGregorio; Manatsu Domoto; Matthew A. Kaprielian; Clare Ann McEwan; Sebastian Moon; Kelly Nagl; Kaitlin O'Leary; and Rocco Terranova.


Seniors and undergraduate students in the BFA in Filmmaking program will have their best short films showcased during "NJ Shorts: New Visions from Montclair State University" at the Montclair Film Festival May 3 at 7 p.m. at Bellevue Theatre, 260 Bellevue Ave., Montclair.

"NJ Shorts: New Visions from Montclair State University” is comprised of 9 of the top short films created by students from Montclair State University’s BFA in Filmmaking Program since the spring 2012 semester. This year’s showcase event marks the second time that the University’s short films are screened as part of the Montclair Film Festival. This eclectic collection of films runs the gamut from a "neo-silent" black comedy to two films dealing with children enduring the heartache of parental alcoholism and an endearing story about an elderly couple renewing lost love. (Read more about the students and the shorts.)