Department of Art and Design -- Fall 2013


News Highlights . . .

Welcome to the Department of Art and Design. Fall 2013 kicks off a very exciting semester for me as the Department’s new Chairperson, and I look forward to meeting all the students, faculty, and staff who make not only our department, but also the entire campus, such a vibrant and invigorating place to teach, learn, and grow. 

Here in the department, we are offering a full slate of artist presentations through our weekly Art Forum lecture series on campus and our MFA Art Talks at the nearby Montclair Art Museum (MAM). Some of the speakers this fall include multimedia artist Shane Hope, painter/sculptor Gregory Coates, painter Fred Tomaselli, and art critic/writer Nancy Princenthal. The Art Forum lectures are free to the public, and those with an MSU ID receive free admission for the MFA Art Talks at MAM. I am hoping our university community and extended families and friends will take full advantage of these wonderful presentations.

On the curriculum side, for students seeking to expand their academic horizons, our Fashion Studies program is now offering two new minors: a Minor in Fashion Design and a Minor in Fashion Merchandising. Those interested in the creative aspect of the fashion world or the retail side of the fashion industry may find these new minors to be the perfect introduction. 

For students looking to experience fashion on an international stage, Dr. Abby Lillethun, for the fifth year in a row, will be leading a contingent of Fashion Studies students to several European fashion centers to study key historic points. This academic year, students will travel to Italy in January 2014 during the Winter Session to visit Rome and Florence, where they will examine dress and fashion from the ancient Roman era and the Renaissance. They will then travel on to Milan, where they will immerse themselves in the contemporary Italian fashion system. Cities visited on previous Fashion study-abroad tours have included London, Paris, and Antwerp.

As respected professionals, both on and off campus, our artist-faculty continue making their marks. Read all about their accomplishments in our Faculty News section, as well as news about our students, alumni, and upcoming events

Dr. Aissa Deebi

People Spotlights . . .Faculty, Students, Alumni


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

Associate Professor 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 group exhibitions, “Ontologies: Four Visions, at the Eleftherias Park Arts Centre in Athens, Greece, October 1-November 2, 2012, and the Art and Design “Faculty Exhibition 2012,” at Montclair State's George Segal Gallery, September 11-December 8, 2012. She's also in a group show titled "Paper Work" at the Trenton City Museum, opening Nov. 15, 2013. 

Adjunct Instructor CHRIS BORS (Foundations) was in group exhibitions at BravinLee Gallery, NYC, December 31, 2012-February 9, 2013, as part of a Project Room curated by artist Tom Sanford; “Spacegrass,” at Bloom Projects, N.Y.,September 8-October 14, 2012; and “Untitled #1,” at Randall Scott Projects, Washington, DC, June 23-July 21, 2012. He also published articles and reviews in Artvoices (October/November 2012, December 2012/January 2013, Spring 2013 issues), ArtReview (October 2012, No. 62 issue), (July 18, 2012), and Artillery (July/August 2012, Vol. 6, Issue 6).

Adjunct Instructor LYNNE BUSCHMAN (Foundations) was in group exhibitions, “Booked 10,” at Pierro Gallery, South Orange, N.J., March 6-30, 2013, and the Art and Design “Faculty Exhibition 2012,” at Montclair State's George Segal Gallery, September 11-December 8, 2012.

Adjunct Instructor SABINE ECK (Art History) served on the Board of Directors of the Oversees Neighbors Sister City Organization as the Chair of the MSU Students/Alumni Association. She also won an Outstanding Service Award from the MSU Federation of Adjunct Faculty on April 26, 2013.

Professor NANCY GOLDRING (Drawing) held two solo exhibitions, “Punti di Fuga, Altri Paesaggi,” at the Martini & Ronchetti Gallery in Genoa, Italy, October 4-November 15, 2012, and “Projections: Place without Description by Nancy Goldring,” at the Devi Art Foundation-Sarai Center for Developing Studies, Delhi, India, February-May 2013. She was in the following group exhibitions: “After Affects,” sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Chelsea, N.Y., February 8-24, 2013; “Selections from the Southeast Museum of Photography Collection,” at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., November 10, 2012-February 9, 2013; “Anonymous Drawings 2013” at the Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany, March 2013; “Columbi Art,” curated by Anna Podesta and Umberto Squarcia, N.Y., spring 2013; and the Art and Design “Faculty Exhibition 2012,” at Montclair State's George Segal Gallery, September 11-December 8, 2012. She created photographic projections for writer/director Michael Taussig’s performance, “Berlin Sun Theater: The Master of Non-Mastery,” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y., February 23, 2013.  She published the following articles: “The Long View,” a review of Massimo Scolari’s book, Oblique Drawing: A History of Anti-Perspective, in Architects Newspaper, October 2, 2012; and a review of David van Dommelen’s book, Walls: Enrichment and Ornamentation, in Word Processor, Reanimation Library, September 4, 2012. She also received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts (December 2012) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation (January 2013) to support a new project titled “Urban Alchemy,” a series of drawings and projected images all based on the effects of Superstorm Sandy on the urban environment, personally and in general. She was the featured artist of the year in the Rutgers University-based journal, Raritan, which showcased her photographs and text in its 2012-2013 issues. Her photographs were also included in the book, Occupy: Three Inquiries in Disobedience, by authors W.J.T. Mitchell, Bernard E. Harcourt, and Michael Taussig, University of Chicago Press (May 15, 2013). She also served as head juror for the American Institute of Architects’ National Photography of Architecture Competition, April 2013, and as juror for the New York Institute of Architecture’s “Metabolic City” International Exchange Program.

Adjunct Instructor REBECCA GOYETTE (Foundations) presented a solo exhibition, “Lobsta Porn Theater,” at Airplane, Brooklyn, N.Y., November 10-December 16, 2012, and the following group exhibitions: “Double Dirty Dozen (& Friends),” at Freight and Volume, N.Y., August 16-September 22, 2012; and “Carne Valle,” at Flux Factory, Long Island City, N.Y., April 18-22, 2013. She was also invited to participate in the international residency project, “Off Shore Project,” in Kardamili, Greece, and continues to serve as a docent at the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.

Adjunct Instructor JONATHAN GREENE  (Museum Management) was the moderator at a panel discussion, “Museums are Hiring: 21st Century Leadership in Museums and other Cultural Agencies,” held at Montclair State University, April 3, 2013.

Professor MARTIN GREENWALD (Graphic Design), with co-author Dr. Richard Lowell, published the book, Images of the Tropical Forest, August 2012. The book, which serves as an introduction to understanding the elementary dynamics of tropical forests, is a result of 20 years of research and experience by the authors' leading student tours and teaching courses in the biology and ecology of the tropics of Central America.

Adjunct Instructor KAREN GUANCIONE (Foundations) was featured in a group exhibition, “An Inventory of Al-Matanabbi Street,” at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, UK, February 6-July 29, 2013. She also created the production concept for Cuatro Corridos, a chamber opera led by Grammy Award-winning soprano Susan Narucki and noted Mexican author Jorge Volpi, at the Conrad Presbys Music Center, University of California, San Diego, Calif., May 8-11, 2013. Her solo exhibition, “Sutra,” opened at the Noyes Museum of Art on October 4. The artwork is made from a thousand library catalog cards sewn into a large site specific installation. The show continues through August 31, 2014. There will be an artist talk and hands-on workshop on June 14, 2014.

Adjunct Instructor SUE HAVENS (Foundations and Drawing) held a solo exhibition, “Sue Havens: Drawings and Constructions,” at Luchsinger Gallery, Greenwich Academy, Conn., January 11-February 11, 2013; and was in the following group exhibitions: “6 x 6 x 2013,” at Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, N.Y., June 1-July14, 2013; “Folk Appeal,” at Mingo Gallery, Beverly, Mass., February 2013; and “Casheesh Six,” at Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, Mass., December 1-16, 2012. Her work was represented by Regina Rex at the NADA Miami Art Fair, Fla., December 6-9, 2012. She was also a visiting artist/lecturer at the Greenwich Academy, Conn., January 31, 2013.

Prof. JULIE HEFFERNAN (Painting area head) returned to MSU this fall after a very productive sabbatical in spring 2013. She created a series, entitled Sky is Falling, of large-scale paintings that contend with the idea of slow degradation, both in nature and at home, for a solo exhibition at PPOW, N.Y., running October 17-November 16.

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

Half-time Assistant Professor JOSH JORDAN (Foundations) was featured in the following group exhibitions: at BravinLee Gallery, N.Y., December 31, 2012-February 9, 2013; as part of a Project Room curated by artist Tom Sanford, “Portfolio,” at Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff School of Art and Design, Wales, UK, January 18-February 8, 2013; “The Wild Bunch,” at Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 21-July 20, 2013; and “Back Alley Sessions,” sponsored by FABnyc, NYC, June-July 2013, with a Zine component produced by Antagonist Art Movement. He also presented the following talks: “Biblioquest – The Library Project,” as part of the session, “Short Tales from Foundations Practice,” at the 2013 CAA Annual Conference, N.Y., February 2013; and “Influence – Antecedents and Self Awareness,” as part of the session, “Exploration, Experimentation, and Exposure: Stepping Stones to Self-Discovery,” at the 2013 FATE Conference, Savannah, Ga., April 2013.

Adjunct Instructor JAE YONG KIM (Ceramics) presented a solo exhibition, “Lust for Donuts,” at Blank Space Art, N.Y., September 13-October 6, 2012. His solo exhibition, Donut Fields, opened on October 10-November 10, 2013 at Waterfall Gallery, N.Y. The show was sponsored by Trump International Realty, Maserati of Manhattan, and Ferrari of Long Island, among others, and the exclusive opening reception was attended by such VIP luminaries as New York then-mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio and Ivanka Trump.

Professor PAT LAY (Ceramics) was featured in the following group exhibitions: “Boom and Bloom,” at The Phatory, N.Y., May 4-31, 2013; “Sideshow Nation,” at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y., January 5-March 3, 2013; “Real Time,” at AS/Artists Studios, N.Y., February 8, 2013; “Portfolio,” at Howard Gallery, Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff, Wales, December 2012-February 2013; “Electron Salon,” at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Calif., November 8-December 1, 2012; “Faculty Exhibition 2012,” at MSU's George Segal Gallery, September 11-December 8, 2012; and “Strange Glue: Collage at 100,” at Thompson Gallery, Weston, Mass., September 7-November 20, 2012.  Photographs of her work were reproduced in the book, The Craft and Art of Clay, by Susan and Jan Peterson (5th edition, Laurence King Publishing, London), and in the exhibition catalogs for “Strange Glue: Collage at 100” and “Faculty Exhibition 2012.” She 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, that opened on November 14, 2012; and on the advisory board of Gravity: Community Revitalization through the Arts and Innovation. She was also a member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, the International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, N.J., and the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.

Adjunct Instructor MICHAEL LEE (Drawing) curated the group exhibition, “This is How My Brain Works,” at Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, N.Y., 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, N.Y., on September 23, 2012. He was in a group exhibition, “Anonymous Drawings 2013: 800 International Drawings,” at Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany, March 24-April 20, 2013. 

Adjunct Instructor ELISA LENDVAY (Foundations) held a solo exhibition, “Elisa Lendvay: Small Sculptures,” at Jason McCoy Gallery, N.Y., September 12-October 26, 2012, and was in the the following group exhibitions: “The Order of Things,” at NURTUREart, Brooklyn, N.Y., January 4-February 4, 2013; “External Original,” at Clifford Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y., October 29-November 20, 2012; “This is How My Brain Works,” at Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, N.Y., September 8-30, 2012; and “Paper Band,” at Jason McCoy Gallery, N.Y., July 11-August 24, 2012.

Associate Professor ABBY LILLETHUN (Fashion Studies) was included in two encyclopedia entries in press, “Bricolage,” with Annette Lynch and Mitchell Strauss, eds, in The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Clothing in the United States, Alta Mira Press, Lanham, Md., and “History of Dress and Fashion,” with Linda Welters, in Joanne Eicher, ed., Berg Encyclopedia of Fashion, Berg Fashion Library, Berg Publishers, Inc. She gave two conference presentations: “A History of World Dress: Part 2,” co-presenters Linda Welters, Joanne Eicher, Charlotte Jirousek, and Dilia Lopez-Gydosh, with abstract published in the Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Textiles and Apparel Association, November 14-17, 2012, Honolulu, Hawaii; and “Considering ‘Old Shiny Cloth Workers’ and Bronze Age Aegean Ritual Dress,” with abstract published in Research Abstracts of the 39th Annual Costume Society of America Symposium, May 29-June 1, 2013, Las Vegas, Nev. She presented the following lectures: “Bringing Art into Life through Batik in the West,” at the Textile Museum, Washington, DC, June 20, 2013; and “Dress in the Aegean Bronze Age: Where are We Now,” as part of the Graduate Lecture Series at Cornell University’s Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design, April 18, 2013. She was a grant reviewer for the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and served as the Costume Society of America’s Mid-Atlantic Region Vice President, as a Planning Committee Member for their 2014 Annual Symposium to be held in Baltimore, MD, and on their National Board of Directors, Class of 2015. For the International Textile and Apparel Association, she served as adjudicator of research abstracts for their annual meeting to be held in October 2014 in New Orleans, La. She also served as a member of the Editorial Board of the  Journal of Fashion, Style, and Popular Culture.

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

Adjunct Instructor TOM SANFORD (Painting) held a solo exhibition, “100 Little Deaths,” at BravinLee Gallery, N.Y., December 31-2012-February 9, 2013, and was in the following group exhibitions: “Weird World,” at ISE Cultural Foundation, N.Y., March 8-April 26, 2013; and “Die Wunderkammer; Objects of Virtue,” at the Lodge Gallery, N.Y., March 21-May 1, 2013.

Professor KLAUS SCHNITZER (Photography) contributed research and photography for the book, Porsche: Origin of the Species, by Karl Ludvigsen, Bentley Publishers, September 2012. He published photo essays for Bimmer Magazine (October 2012, February 2013, and April 2013 issues) and Roundel Magazine (March 2013 issue), and contributed photography for Bimmer Magazine (May 2013 and June 2013 issues) and Vintage Motorsports Magazine (July/August 2012 issue). He presented the lecture, “Automotive Photography,” to the BMW Car Club of America and Unique Photo, March 2013.

Professor WALTER SWALES (Sculpture) held a solo exhibition, “Gone Fishing!!!” at Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y., April 3-27, 2013.

Adjunct Instructor MERYL TARADASH (Foundations) was in a group exhibition, “Sideshow Nation,” at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y., 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, N.Y., February 26, 2013.

Professor ANNE BETTY WEINSHENKER (Art History) presented the papers: “The Allegorical Tomb of Locke, Boyle, and Sydenham: A Celebration of Empiricism,” at the College Art Association 2013 Annual Conference, N.Y., February 2013: and “McSwiny’s Projects: Painted and Engraved Celebrations of Science,” at the 2013 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, April 2013. She also organized the panel, “Art within Art,” at the 2013 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, and gave two lectures at the Morris Museum of Arts and Sciences (under the auspices of the Morris Community School): one on American folk art in October 2012, and another on The Scream by Edvard Munch in April 2013.


MFA in Studio Art students curated the exhibition, “Rabble-Rousing Acts: 13 Examinations of Ubiquitous Iconography,” at the 73 See Gallery & Design Center, Montclair, March 28-May 4, 2013. The show featured selected works by fellow students and celebrity peers. (Read more here.)

BFA in Animation/Illustration senior, GINETTE MONTOYO, was commissioned to illustrate a seven-page layout for Psychology Today magazine.

BFA in Graphic Design majors – MEGHAN DOUGHERTY, CARLOS NORAT, LUSINE KATRJYAN, CHARLES LEENSTRA, and JUAN VILLANUEVA – won the Art Director’s Club of New Jersey statewide student Design Derby Competition in October 2012. For the first time ever, the two awards the ADCNJ gives out at the competition – for Best Design and Best Presentation – were presented to the same team and school.

BFA in Graphic Design senior JESSICA BIRS was awarded an Emmy for her work on MLB Network’s MLB Tonight program. Birs was completing an internship at MLB and created on-air graphics for broadcast events while there.

BFA in Industrial Design majors – sophomores ARIELLE CARDONE and NOEMI NAGY, and freshman PABLO MOSCOSO – won first and second place, respectively, at the 2013 World Traffic Safety Symposium’s Designs for Safety Competition. Scholarships for the winning designs were awarded at the New York International Auto Show, Jacob Javits Center, N.Y., on April 5, 2013.

BFA in Industrial Design senior LINDSAY HESCOCK presented “Improving ballistic vests for women in the army,” at MSU’s Seventh Annual Student Research Symposium on April 20, 2013. Her faculty advisor was Dr. Denis Feigler.

BFA in Industrial Design senior ANDRES LESMES placed second with his Student Merit Award presentation at the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) 2013 Northeast District Design Conference, Hartford, Conn., on April 19, 2013. He also gave his presentation, “Intuitive glucose monitor for the blind,” at MSU’s Seventh Annual Student Research Symposium on April 20, 2013. His faculty advisor was Dr. Denis Feigler.

MA in Fine Arts, Museum Management Concentration student REBECCA OLDERMAN gave her presentation, “Late nineteenth-century national attitudes as reflected in Orientalist painting,” at MSU’s Seventh Annual Student Research Symposium on April 20, 2013. Her faculty advisor was Dr. Elizabeth Valdez del Alamo.

MFA in Fine Arts student NATASHA JOZI, a Fulbright, is part of a group exhibition, MFA Biennial 2013, currently on view until March 9, 2014 at the DuPont II Gallery, Wilmington, Del.

Students LAKEN WHITECLIFFE (BFA in Fine Arts/Studio), JEREMY BELL (MFA in Studio Art), and ARIEL WILLIAMS (BA in Fine Arts) completed “Painting Adversity,” the third mural installed as part of the Department of Art and Design’s Mural Project partnership with Montclair Township. The mural, installed on May 29, 2013, can be seen in the 600 block of Valley Road in Montclair.


LAUREN BROWN (BFA in Animation/Illustration 2009) is a background/scenic artist for the FX animated series Archer.

MATTHEW KEAN (BFA in Animation/Illustration 2012) is a senior digital modeler for animation company Mr. X. Gotham and works as a beta artist for the software company Pixologic.

DAVID KEEFE (MFA in Studio Art 2009) brought the Combat Paper NJ project to campus, 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. 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.

CHRISTOPHER JANITZ (BFA in Industrial Design 2011) was recruited to a full-time position at Movado Group in September 2012.

AMER KOBASLIJA (MFA, 2005) exhibited Miniatures, at George Adams Gallery, N.Y., (opened September 20).