The Mueller Gallery at Caldwell University is excited to present “Inspire 2023: Caldwell University Department of Visual Art and Design Faculty Exhibition”. “Whether you are an artist, an art student, or simply an art enthusiast, all are welcome to come and be inspired,” says Benjamin Fernandez ’24, a Caldwell University rising senior and studio art major. “This exclusive and informative event is a rare experience that is not to be overlooked.”
“Inspire 2023” will showcase a broad scope of contemporary art practices that highlights the individual creative endeavors and collective diversity of the Caldwell University Department of Visual Art and Design faculty.
The exhibition will be held from Wednesday, Sept. 13 to Tuesday, Oct. 10. The artwork of faculty members Kendall Baker, Suzanne Kammin Baron, Seth Steven Bechtold, Martin Dull, Jeffrey Morabito, Heidi Sandecki and Larry Szycher will be on display. Their work will encompass a variety of media. An artist’s talk will take place at the Mueller Gallery on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by a reception honoring the seven featured faculty artists from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
“As students, we are grateful to build stronger connections with our faculty as professional artists through this exhibition. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to attend and listen to the valuable insights of the professors in an evening filled with engaging conversation, celebration and, above all, inspiration,” Fernandez says.
Kendall Baker is an artist working in site-specific installation sculpture, mixed media sculpture and photography. Baker received his M.F.A. in Sculpture from the Yale School of Art and his B.F.A. from Clark University. He spent a year in India as a Fulbright Scholar, making sculpture and studying cave temple architecture. His artwork has been shown at I-Park Sculpture Grounds, the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, SculptureCenter (New York), the Althea Viafora Gallery (New York), the Snug Harbor Cultural Center (New York), the USIS Cultural Center (New Delhi) and MS University in Baroda, India, among other venues.
Suzanne Kammin Baron received her B.F.A. in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and her M.F.A. in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. She studied painting at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland and at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Baron served as a part-time assistant professor at Parsons School of Design for almost 20 years. She is an associate professor at Caldwell University and serves as the director of the Mueller Gallery. Baron exhibits her work extensively in New York, nationally and abroad.
Seth Steven Bechtold is a multidisciplinary artist, living and working in New Jersey. As he began his graduate studies in sculpture, his other passion, landscape photography, quickly became entwined in the process. His first constructed landscapes came to fruition while he was working in manufacturing and started imagining a world consumed by industrial waste—resulting in the development of his series, “Wasteland”. Nearing the birth of his daughter, he sought to refocus his energies to create a world of comfort and hope. Bechtold lives with his wife and two children in Northern New Jersey and teaches photography, sculpture and digital media at Caldwell University and William Paterson University.
Martin Dull is a mixed media artist and educator. He received his M.F.A. from the New York Studio School and was the 2015 recipient of the Peter Rippon/Royal Academy European Travel Grant, a 2016 artist in residence at the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation, a 2017/18 Trestle Open Studio resident and a 2020/21 NYSS Dumbo Sculpture Studio resident. He has been a guest speaker and critic at Pratt Institute, Fordham University and Hunter College. He has co-curated exhibitions throughout the New York metropolitan area and is co-founder of the curatorial collaborative JMN Artists. Dull’s artwork has been included in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States, most notably John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York and M. David & Co., Brooklyn, New York. He teaches as an adjunct professor at Caldwell University.
Jeffrey Morabito—born in Bronxville, New York, half Hong Kongese and half Italian—spent his early years traveling between New York and Hong Kong. He returned to Asia in 2006 to apprentice with a calligraphy master in Seoul, South Korea. He then spent six years in Beijing, beginning with a Red Gate Gallery residency, in 2009, while teaching art at Capital Normal University. Morabito received his M.F.A. from the New York Studio School in 2016 and exhibits his work extensively nationally and abroad. He works as an adjunct professor at Caldwell University and the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
Heidi Sandecki is a visual artist who continues to traverse the field of graphic design while inhabiting the world of fine art. Sandecki earned her M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in order to switch from a career in graphic design to a university teaching career. She works as an adjunct professor at Caldwell University, in the Department of Visual Art & Design’s graphic design program. Sandecki previously worked as an adjunct for institutions such as Seton Hall University, Montclair State University and the School of Visual Arts. She also teaches botanical art workshops at the Morris Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate.
Larry Szycher received his B.A. from New Jersey City University. He received his M.F.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland. Szycher is a representational landscape painter who has been exhibiting professionally for over 40 years. Cape Cod is a favorite subject. He is a professor of fine art at Caldwell University.
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