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

Exhibitions feature works by students in the BFA Studio, Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Filmmaking; and BA in Fashion Studies programs

Photo by Mike Peters

The College of the Arts and Department of Art and Design are proud to present culminating exhibitions and screenings featuring works produced by students graduating from undergraduate programs in the Department of Art and Design.

Exhibition Dates and Locations

  • Fashion Show, May 10 at 7 p.m. at Alexander Kasser Theater; Admission: $10
  • "Montclair Filmmakers-The Best of Montclair State University's Films" May 11 at Clairidge Theatre, 486 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, at 7-11 p.m.
  • BFA in Filmmaking Senior Thesis Films, May 10, at Calcia Hall, Room 135 from 7 to 10 p.m.; (A selection of these will be screened May 14, after the College of the Arts' Convocation, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Alexander Kasser Theater and the George Segal Gallery)
  • BFA in Industrial Design Exhibition, May 12-23, in the atrium of Alexander Kasser Theater
  • BFA in Graphic Design Exhibition, May 14-28, at the George Segal Gallery* (Opening follows College of the Arts' Convocation May 14)
  • BFA in Studio Exhibition, May 14-28, at the George Segal Gallery*

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

About the Exhibitions

Prof. Julie Heffernan, coordinator for the BFA in Studio program said that students have been working for four years discovering what they care about as artists. "The process included developing a relationship to their subject matter and refining techniques by working through many different projects - sometimes, even entire bodies of work - until they uncovered those ideas and imagery that represent their concerns," Heffernan explained. "Sometimes students started in one area of concentration, such as ceramics, and discovered that they needed to work in sculpture to get out the ideas that are inside of them.

"The BFA in Studio Thesis Exhibition represents the culmination of our studio students' work in their areas of concentration," Heffernan continued. "It's a very exciting process for me to witness as their advisor."

The students whose works will be exhibited are Stephanie Crousillat; Rebecca Desiree Fragola; Sarah French; Bagi Gorgioski; Melissa J. Graff; Jennipher Iadanza; Amanda Leigh Kranich; Kelli Lynne McGuire; Anthony D. Pistono; Daniela Puliti; Antonia N. Ramirez; Barbara E. Sanders-Harris; and Sara Sciabbarrasi.

Meanwhile, the BFA in Industrial Design exhibition will feature works by Nicole Sluzars, Heather Rohllf, Andrew Zheng, Erick Morales, Christopher Janitz, Anthony Meletta, and Joseph Lombardo, said Dr. Denis Feigler, assistant professor and Industrial Design program director.

"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.

"Our graduates now are part of this leading visionary professional elite, working 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."

Adopting a different format, students graduating from the BA Fashion Studies program will exhibit their year-end projects in a fashion show. Associate Prof. Linda Reilly said students are in complete charge of the event.

"The students in the Senior Seminar class are the managers of the fashion show," said Reilly. "They make the decisions about how they will conduct the show."