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  Mason Gross School of the Arts 2009-2011 Graduate Programs in Visual Arts Members of the Faculty  

Members of the Faculty

Gerry Beegan (graphic design) is a writer, curator, and designer who creates exhibitions, visual works, and historical/theoretical texts that explore the relationships among art, design, media, and audience. His writings on the history and theory of reproduction have been published internationally. His book, The Mass Image, is published by Macmillan; he has also contributed to journals and magazines including the Journal of Design History, Time and Society, Design Issues, Journal of Visual Culture, and dot dot dot. He curates exhibitions that juxtapose design artifacts with artworks, and his own work using books and magazines as its focus has been shown in galleries in London and New York.

Julie Langsam (drawing) is a painter whose work addresses issues of style, beauty, and idealization by combining images that reference the romantic sublime of the 19th and 20th century's utopian ideals of high modernism. Langsam's juxtaposition of iconographic architectural structures with backgrounds of broad, big-sky landscapes, associated with Hudson River School painters, alludes to the relationship of the sensuous body with the rational mind. Langsam has had numerous exhibitions, including a solo museum show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award; and is represented in many collections throughout the United States. She is represented by Frederieke Taylor Gallery in New York City. Among Langsam's other activities she is cocurator of such exhibitions as "Arte Povera American Style: Funk, Play, Poetry and Labor," "House: Case Study Cleveland," and "It's a Wonderful Life: Psychodrama in Contemporary Painting." Langsam is the former head of painting, and director of the Kacalieff Visiting Artists and Scholars Program at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Gary Kuehn (sculpture) examines certain innate forces within materials through his work. He was included in the "Eccentric Abstraction" show in New York and in "When Attitude Becomes Form"at the Kunsthalle in Bern, Switzerland. Mr. Kuehn has had shows at the Wurttembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart, Germany; the Galerie Rudolf Zwirner in Cologne, Germany; and the Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York. His work is in major museum collections in the United States and Europe.

Ardele Lister (digital film) works in digital media, which have been exhibited internationally in festivals, galleries, and museums. The issues of defining identity in postnational, globalized culture and the role of media in shaping our identities is at the center of Ms. Lister's research. One of the first artists to work with digital technologies, Ms. Lister's art (notably Hell, 1984) led to her work on avant-garde television projects such as Pee-wee's Playhouse (CBS). For this innovative television show, Ms. Lister produced all the "Connect the Dots" segments, in which live-action Pee Wee Herman "jumped" into the computer-generated and animated "Magic Screen." In 1977, Ms. Lister founded and edited The Independent, the first monthly publication for independent video and filmmakers, still in publication. She has written on media and art for Afterimage, Felix, Criteria, and other publications. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Beaubourg Center (Paris), the Kunsthalle (Berlin), and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa). She has been a fellow at the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, and Institute for Research on Women, both at Rutgers University.

Toby MacLennan (installation and performance) works in sculpture, film, and writing. Published books include 1 Walked out of 2 and Forgot It, The Shape of the Stone was Stoneshaped, and Singing the Stars. Her installations and performance work have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her films have been shown at the New York Film Festival and other festivals around the world.

Barbara Madsen (printmaking) works in print, photography, and installation. Her work challenges the traditional flat print format with three-dimensional installations that explore the monumental limits of the printed image by creating encapsulated environments. She has had one-person exhibitions in New York, Delaware, Italy, Scotland, Czech Republic, Serbia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. Her works have been shown in international exhibitions in China, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Serbia, France, Ireland, Finland, Belgium, England, Scotland, India, and Japan. She has exhibited in over 100 group exhibitions in the United States. She has been a visiting artist at St. Lawrence University, University of Delaware, Miami University, the Mori Art School (New Zealand), Anderson Ranch, Plains Art Museum; Sopocani Art Colony (Serbia), Frans Masereel Center (Belgium), Glasgow Print Studio (Scotland), Edinburgh Printmaker's Workshop (Scotland), Palacky University (Czech Republic), Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Purdue University, University of Oregon, and Dartmouth College. Her works are in collections of the New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Dartmouth College, University of Sharijah (United Arab Emirates), Buanlan Art Center (Shenzhen, China), and Amoco Corporation.

Diane Neumaier (photography) is an artist who has explored many aspects of photography, most recently abstract color photograms. Her exhibition "A Voice Silenced" addresses the Holocaust and is currently traveling internationally. Ms. Neumaier is editor of the book and curator of the accompanying exhibition, Beyond Memory: Soviet Nonconformist Photography and Photo-Related Works of Art. She is editor of the collection, Reframings: New American Feminist Photographies, and coeditor of Cultures in Contention, an anthology on cultural activism. She has organized many exhibitions and exchanges between American, Russian, and eastern European artists.

Thomas Nozkowski (painting) is a painter whose most recent exhibitions include an installation of new work at la Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy (2007); a career survey at the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany (2007); and one-person exhibitions at Max Protetch Gallery and Bravin Lee Projects, New York (2006). Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Pace Wildenstein  in New York, (2008) and a traveling career retrospective, organized by Musée d'Art Contemporain in Montreal, Canada, (2009). He is represented in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, High Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Phillips Collection, among many others. He was a Guggenheim Fellow (1993) and has received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Medal of Merit (2006). Mr. Nozkowski is represented by Pace Wildernstein in New York and Haunch of Venison in London.

Raphael Ortiz (performance) founded and was the first director of the El Museo Del Barrio in New York in 1969. His sculptures are included in many museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, where he has twice been included in the Whitney Biennial. He has created mixed-media, ritual performances, and installations for museums and galleries in Europe and Canada and throughout the United States. His computer-laser-video works are in numerous museum collections, including the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France. His video, Dance Number 22, won the Grand Prix at the 1993 Locarno International Video Festival of Switzerland.

Hanneline Røgeberg (painting) has exhibited her work at the Aldrich Museum, Whitney Museum, MIT, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Henie-Onstad Kunst Center in Norway, among other places. She received a Western States Art Federation-National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1996), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1999), and an Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2003). She taught previously at the University of Washington, Yale University, and Cooper Union School of Art.

Martha Rosler (photography, video, media, and critical studies) works in video, photo-text, installation, and performance, and writes criticism. She has lectured extensively in this country and internationally. Her work in the public sphere, often with an eye to women's experience, ranges from the link between social life and the media to architecture and the built environment. She has published 14 books of photographs, texts, and commentary, including several on public space, ranging from airports and roads to housing and homelessness. Her work has been seen most recently in the "Documenta 12" exhibition in Kassel, Germany; Sculpture Project Münster (2007); as well as in the Venice Bienniale (2003); several Whitney biennials; the Institute of Contemporary Art in London; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Dia Center for the Arts in New York; and many other international venues. A retrospective of her work has been shown in five European cities and New York at the New Museum and the International Center for Photography (2000). An accompanying book has been published by MIT Press. Her writing has been published widely in catalogs and magazines such as Artforum, Afterimage,and Studio International. A book of her essays is published by MIT Press (2004). She was awarded the Spectrum International Prize for Photography of the Foundation of Lower Saxony in Germany (2005); The Oskar Kokoschka Prize, Austria's highest fine arts prize, (2006); and an Anonymous was a Woman Grant (2007). She was  chosen as Honored Educator by the Society for Photographic Education's Mid-Atlantic region (2003).

Jacqueline Thaw (graphic design) is a graphic designer focused on the printed word and design's role in public life. Her work as an editorial and identity designer in New York City includes four years with the interdisciplinary design consultancy Pentagram. She taught at the University of Hawaii and School of Visual Arts in New York and has given talks and workshops at the Rhode Island School of Design, Fordham University, and the national conference of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Her work has been recognized by the AIGA, Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, and AIGA Honolulu Chapter. She is a member of Class Action, a collective that creates visual designs for social change.

Stephen Westfall (painting) has exhibited his paintings to considerable acclaim in the United States and abroad for over a decade. He has had shows at Lennon Weinberg Gallery, Galerie Zurcher, and at Galerie Paal; his work can be found in several public collections, including the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Munson Proctor-Williams Institute in Utica, NY; and the University Art Museum in University of California at Santa Barbara. He received fellowship awards and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Nancy Graves Foundation, American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts. He holds an M.F.A. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has held teaching positions at Bard College and the School of Visual Arts in New York.

John Yau (critical studies) is a writer, copublisher of Black Square Editions, freelance curator, and the arts editor of The Brooklyn Rail. His recent books include Paradiso Diaspora (Penguin, 2006), Ing Grish, with artwork by Thomas Nozkowski (Saturnalia Books, 2005), and The Passionate Spectator: Essays on Poetry and Art (University of Michigan Press, 2006). Since 1978, he has published reviews and essays in Art in America, Artforum, Art of Paper, American Poet, American Poetry Review, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times. In 1996, he curated Ed Moses: A Retrospective of Paintings and Drawings, 1951-1996 for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He has written or contributed to monographs and catalogs on Richard Pousette-Dart, Jasper Johns, Leiko Ikemura, Whitfield Lovell, Joan Mitchell, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mark di Suvero, and Wifredo Lam. He has collaborated with numerous artists, including Bill Jensen, Archie Rand, Pat Steir, Ed Paschke, Max Gimblett, Jurgen Partenheimer, Thomas Nozkowski, Peter Saul, and Suzanne McClelland. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry (2006-2007); and he has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts (three times), Ingram Merrill Foundation (twice), Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, and Peter S. Reed Foundation. His awards include a General Electric Foundation Award, a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, The Brendan Gill Award, and Best Book of the Year in 2006 for Ing Grish from Small Press Traffic. In 2002, he was named a Chevalier in the Order of the Arts and Letters by the French government.

Some of our distinguished graduate faculty who retired from the department after many years of teaching include: Mark Berger, Judith K. Brodsky, Mel Edwards, Lauren Ewing, Leon Golub, John L. Goodyear, Geoffrey Hendricks, Joan Semmel, and Peter Stroud.

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