Class Notes

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Summer 2020

Marion Behr (BFA ’61, MFA ’62), who is owner/principal of WWH Press LLC, was selected as Top Professional of the Year in Writing and the Arts by the International Association of Top Professionals for her outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment to the profession.

Darren Sanefski (BFA ’85), associate professor of multiple platform journalism and associate director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), recently co-authored the textbook “Effective Graphic Design,” which introduces projects first and covers design concepts and tools as they are needed. He is also a Society for News Design board member (education director).

LaToya Ruby Frazier (MFA ’07) presented “What Is the Human Cost of Toxic Water and Environmental Racism?” as part of the TED Radio Hour episode “Our Relationship with Water.”


May 2020

As a student, Mitchel C. Resnick (BFA ’76) spent two and half years painting murals onsite in Jabberwocky, the on-campus night club at Kimmel Hall that hosted such artists as James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Cyndi Lauper, Jackson Browne, James Brown, and Talking Heads. After Jabberwocky closed in 1985, the murals were stored in a small office in New York’s Hudson Valley, where they survived a fire, and then moved to a private residence. Recently Mitchel gifted the panels back to the University, with plans for both temporary and permanent exhibitions in the works. He is “honored and humbled” to have been able to make this gift. View examples of his fine art.

Tracy (Skinner) Williams (BFA ’82, MFA ’91) had her two-page paper doll “Iryna” appear in the Spring 2020 issue of Doll Castle News.

Terri Ginsberg (BFA ’85) has co-edited a new scholarly collection, “Cinema of the Arab World: Contemporary Directions of Theory of Practice” (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Among her other publications over the past several years is the monograph “Visualizing the Palestinian Struggle: Towards a Critical Analytic of Palestine Solidarity Film” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), and an edited special issue on film and video of the International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies (2016). Ginsberg received a Ph.D. in cinema studies from NYU and is presently assistant professor of film and former director of the film program at The American University in Cairo.


April 2020

Jerome Harris Parmet (BFA ’57) is a former interior design major who retired in 1997 and now practices creating and fabricating steel sculpture as the further expression of his artistic capabilities. In December his painted steel sculpture Coming Together was selected by the city of Alpharetta, Georgia, for inclusion in its Omnium Gatherum Outdoor Sculpture Project, which is on view through April 2021 in Wills Park. View his work at www.sculpture.org/parmet.

Becki Davis (Bradford) (BS ’69) recently appeared in AMC’s The Preacher (second season), HBO’s True Detectives(third season), TNT’s Claws (second season), and Hulu’s Looking for Alaska. She is filming Showtime’s Your Honor.

James Little (MFA ’76) was featured in the New York Times in the “Show Us Your Wall” feature “Color and Design Matter. So Does Optimism.”

Multidisciplinary artist Lisa Levy (BFA ’78) revisited one of her first projects upon arriving in New York City in 1978 when she sold “Studio 54 Reject” t-shirts outside the famous nightclub. In early March she sold a limited edition of the t-shirts outside the opening of the Brooklyn Museum’s Studio 54: Night Magic exhibition. Read more about the performance.

Megan C. Austin (MA ’12) has joined Montclair State as the new director of the University Galleries. Her significant experience in academic museums includes serving as the director and curator of the Barrett Art Gallery at Utica College and as the associate director of the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College.