College of Communication & Creative Arts - Art
News in the Department
Welcome to our new Assistant Professor, Amanda Almon. After conducting a national search, the Department of Art, with assistance from people in the Cooper School of Medicine and other areas across Rowan University, is pleased to announce that we hired Amanda Almon as the driving force for our department's new Biomedical Art and Visualization specialization. Almon has a track record of success in her work and her teaching. Her animations and illustrations have been seen on The Discovery Health Channel, National Geographic, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Novartis Animal Health, Merck, Bayer Pharmaceutical companies and ThatsNice Productions have used her medical and scientific illustrations, as have many leading book publishers. Most recently, Almon has expanded her research and work to include educational game design for kids, patients and doctors. Her instructional design, animation and illustrations are being used in collaboration with Lemming Labs LTD. to design new methods of interacting with information that turn play into learning.
Prior to joining our faculty, Almon worked at the Cleveland Institute of Art eight years. There, she served as the Chair of Biomedical Art, Animation, Game Design, building departments and innovative curriculum in arts education. We are excited to work with her in advancing new opportunities at Rowan University. Almon's credentials, combined with her energy and vision, will provide a great foundation for this new area of study at Rowan. Built on the traditional field of scientific and medical illustration, the specialization in Biomedical Art and Visualization will operate at the intersection of art, science and medicine. Students will establish skills in digital media techniques, interactivity, and animation and educational game design.
Congratulations to junior Derek Koch, BFA Specialization in Graphic Design. He was awarded The Nikki Pedersen “Best of the Fest” Award at this year’s scholarship competition by the Art Director’s Club of New Jersey.
Congratulations to Paige Stecklair. Her acrylic painting of historic Bunce Hall was selected by President Houshmand for this year's Rowan University holiday card. Paige is currently a junior in the Department of Art, studying for her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in painting. She shares a favorite view of this landmark building by focusing on the impressive tower and the graceful Ionic columns of the front entrance. Bunce Hall, circa 1922, was the first academic building on the Glassboro campus.
There is a foundry in the Department of Art and at 2200 degrees, it is HOT! Congratulations to Jim Greenwell and Charles Tucker for getting the foundry up and running again. On November 4, there was a successful test pouring for pieces that will be produced in the sculpture area over the next several weeks. Charles initiated a collaboration with internationally recognized artist Mel Chin and his assistant, Bradley Tucker (pictured, no relation to Charles). An edition of the bronze sculpture “Shape of a Lie,” which will be poured in our foundry, is scheduled to be included in Mr. Chin’s upcoming retrospective “Rematch” at the New Orleans Museum of Art in February 2014.
Please visit http://www.melchin.org/ for more information on Mr. Chin's work.
Welcome Joseph Leroux, our 2013 Artist In Residence. Joseph Leroux was born and raised in the small town of Newton Falls in the Adirondack Park of upstate New York. He attended The State University of New York at Potsdam in hopes of putting together a band and pursuing a career as a professional musician. In his freshman year, Leroux took his first sculpture class and was instantly addicted to the creative process and expansive techniques and materials associated within the field of sculpture. Sculpture was instantly a familiar practice to Leroux due to his family’s long lineage of hand laborers. He continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in 2010. While at Madison, he began to utilize his personal narrative and allowed the freedom he felt in his music-making to influence his art works. Leroux combines images, objects, and performances into a single practice that defies the traditional categories within art. Leroux currently makes artwork, plays music, and teaches sculpture courses at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA.
Congratulations to Dr. Tingting Wang! Her proposal, “Use of Digital Technologies and their Teaching and Learning Effectiveness at Rowan University Saturday Morning Art Classes” received Rowan University Seed Funding. A review panel appointed by the Senate Research Committee approved her grant proposal, awarding $10,000 for purchasing electronics and hiring research assistants to implement this research project. The project was one of 17 awarded in the university for the academic year of 2013-2014.
Rowan designers do it together! On May 11, more than 30 alumni and current design students gathered in a New York gallery apartment for a graphic design reunion. It was a great afternoon of sharing stories, showing portfolios, catching up with old friends and making new connections. The photos above show part of the mingling group (left), and present and former directors of The Gallery publication (right).
Congratulations to our 2013 Department of Art graduates! Here’s to success and new adventures. We’ll miss you!