Jonathan Zalben

Composer, Sound Designer, Physical computing artist

Patricia Spear Jones

Poet, Playwright, Editor, Publisher

Pamela Z

Digital media, Sound artist, Performer

Abraham Gomez-Delgado

Composer, Multi-instrumentalist, Performance artist

Yuichiro Nishizawa

Maker

Christopher Stackhouse

Poet, Critic, Teacher

Alexandra Halkin

Filmmaker

Valerie Hegarti

Artist

Jonterri Gadson

Poet, Editor

At a Glance

MFA Tuition, Full Program:
About $30,000

Housing: $150 per week

Completion time: 2 ½ years


Three 6-week summer terms

Two 2-week winter terms

Two fall Independent Study terms

Two spring Independent Study terms

Transdisciplinary degree program for artists and practitioners in all areas.
 

  • Categrafica Digital Print Shop
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  • Digital Production Studios
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  • Audio Recording Studios
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  • Motion Capture Studio
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  • Fabrication Studios - Woodshop, 3D Printer, Laser Cutter, etc.
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  • Fine Arts Studio

  • Campus location:
    Bloomfield, New Jersey, 15 miles west of New York City

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MFA Faculty

 

 

Fred Brathwaite (Fab 5 Freddy)
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Hip-hop Pioneer, Artist, Filmmaker, Producer

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Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite is considered one of hip-hop’s leading architects and pioneers.

Brathwaite hit pop-culture stardom as the popular host of YO! MTV Raps, which became the highest rated show on the channel beginning in the late 1980s. The show helped bring hip-hop to mainstream America, and beyond.

Before that, Brathwaite gained notoriety in the late 1970s as one of the first graffiti artists to exhibit paintings international. He also was instrumental in the first film on hip-hop culture, “Wild Style,” which he produced, starred in, and composed all of the original music for.

After his departure from MTV, Brathwaite embarked on a number of business ventures, including serving as the head of independent label Pallas Records. There he signed, executive produced, and created the visuals for rap group Crucial Conflict. He currently focuses on producing and exhibiting his visual art. His work was recently featured in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition “Art in the Streets.” Learn more

 

Patricia Spears Jones Read Bio +/-

Poet, Playwright, Editor, Publisher

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Patricia Spears Jones comes to Bloomfield College with a four-decade history of major cultural impact.

Named by essence.com as one of its “40 Poets They Love” in 2010, she is the author of the poetry collection “Painkiller and Femme du Monde” and “The Weather That Kills,” as well as five chapbooks including “Living in the Love Economy.” Her fourth collection, “A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems” features her 2016 Pushcart Prize winning poem, “Etta James at the Audubon Ballroom.” Her works are included in numerous anthologies, and in 2015 she received a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund award for her memoir in progress.

Spears Jones is the editor of “The Future Differently Imagined,” an issue of “About Place Journal,” the online publication of “Black Earth Institute,” and was editor and contributor to the blog project “Thirty Days Hath September: Another Kind of Noise.” She was the co-editor of the 1978 ground-breaking anthology “Ordinary Women: An Anthology of Poetry by New York City Women.” Learn more

 

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Maker

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Yuichiro Nishizawa is an associate professor and the chair of the Division of Creative Arts & Technology.

Professor Nishizawa attended Rhode Island School of Design (BFA in Film/Animation/Video) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and MFA in Art and Technology).

Working with the diverse population of students and like-minded peers at Bloomfield College fuels Nishizawa. He regards his position as a privilege. He is “committed to the practice of knowledge as trans-disciplinary, teaching/learning as non-hierarchical, experiential and collaborative, and education as critical reflection, liberation and social action.”

He has enjoyed teaching regularly the following classes:

  • Design Thinking & Practice
  • Interaction & Interface: Introduction to Physical Computing
  • Process && Interaction: An Introduction
  • Japanese Culture and Language
  • Post-Studio: Collaboration
  • Geographies of Experience

    Nishizawa, born in Tokyo, is interested in the complexity of the technological influences on and beyond everyday experience. He employs a wide array of media and methods in his work and inquiry. His hope is to provide an experience that brings the viewer to questions, furthers their own spirit of inquiry, engages their curiosity, and prompts them to imagine. His innate interest in function and form, conjoined with his investigation, has also led him to pursue furniture design and fabrication.

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    Pamela Z Read Bio +/-

    Digital Media, Sound Artist, Performer

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    Pamela Z is a composer, performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video

    She has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can at Lincoln Center (New York City), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (San Francisco), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installations and has composed scores for dance, film, and chamber ensembles.

    Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, Creative Capital, the Herb Alpert Award, MAP, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, the NEA/Japan-US Fellowship, and a Djerrassi Resident Artist Program residency. Learn more

     

    Jonathan Zalben Read Bio +/-

    Digital Media, Sound Artist, Performer

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    Jonathan Zalben runs First Frame Music, a company for music supervision, licensing, and score. He has written music for numerous films.

    Zalben studied violin and music composition at Julliard Pre-College, attended Yale University (B.A. in music), and New York University (MFA in music composition and multimedia).

    Zalben’s music has appeared in films released by companies such as HBO, Lionsgate, Discovery, and Sony Pictures Classics. He scored the HBO Oscar-nominated documentary “Redemption,” the Starz feature film "Flock of Dudes," as well as the HBO documentary “There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane.” He has numerous music supervision credits and has received grants from the Experimental TV Center through the New York State Council on the Arts, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Manhattan Community Arts Fund and Swing Space Program, the U.S. Navy, and the National Academy of Sciences. Learn more

     

    Abraham Gomez-Delgado Read Bio +/-

    Composer, Multi-instrumentalist, Performance artist

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    Abraham Gomez-Delgado teaches Sound Art and Production at Bloomfield College.

    Professor Gomez-Delgado attended Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) and Bard College (MFA). He comes to Bloomfield College with an accomplished background as a composter, multi-instrumentalist, and performance Artist.

    Born in Puerto Rico, Gomez-Delgado relocated to the U.S. as a child. He leads the experimental Latin music group Zemog el Gallo Bueno, as well as co-leads the avant-latin jazz big band Positive Catastrophe, and has a Performance Art group under the name Eje. Gomez-Delgado is also a vocalist in his own compositions as well as in composer saxophonist Fred Ho’s Green Monster Big Band. He is the recipient of the New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation (2010), and has been awarded a Meet The Composer MetLife Grant (2010) and the USArtists International Award, National Endowment for the Arts grant (2010).

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    Alexandra Halkin Read Bio +/-

    Documentary Filmmaker/Director Americas Media Initiative

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    In 1998, Alexandra founded the Chiapas Media Project an award winning bi-national organization that has trained over 200 indigenous men and women in video production in Chiapas and Guerrero, Mexico. Alexandra has consulted with various organizations such as Witness and CLACPI (Latin American Coordinator for Indigenous Film and Communication). In 2004, Alexandra was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the Latin American Indigenous Video Initiative (LAIVI). In 2007, Alexandra was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the Indigenous Audiovisual Archive (IAA) in Oaxaca, Mexico. During this time she also produced five short documentaries in collaboration with Mexican human rights organizations - some winning international awards. Eyes on What’s Inside, about two indigenous women who were raped by the Mexican military, was used as evidence in an important human rights case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Other films have been used in bi-national advocacy campaigns in the U.S. and Mexico.

    In 2010, Alexandra founded the Americas Media Initiative (AMI) a non-profit organization that works with Cuban filmmakers living in Cuba. In March 2012, Alexandra collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art Department of Film on a US documentary shorts program, Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias that traveled to five towns in Cuba. In February 2013, Alexandra co-organized the New Cuban Shorts Program, part of the Documentary Fortnight Series at the MoMA. In 2014 AMI did the third Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias tour with the PBS documentary series, POV and the Executive Producer, Simon Kilmurry. Alexandra is currently developing the Cuban Documentary Film Fund with the International Documentary Association (IDA) that will support Cuban documentary filmmakers in Cuba.

    Alexandra is currently Co-Directing END OF LOVE a feature-length documentary in development about the lethal intersection of the developing adolescent brain, access to on-line pornography, and the criminal justice system. And she is in pre-production on The Healer, a feature documentary about Dr. Zhengang Guo, a traditional Chinese herbalist practicing in Chicago and the FDA’s decades long campaign to shut him down.

     

    Christopher Stackhouse Read Bio +/-

    Poet, Critic, Teacher

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    Christopher Stackhouse’s books include Seismosis (1913 press), which features his drawings in dialogue with text by writer/translator John Keene; and the volumes of poetry Slip (Corollary press); Plural (Counterpath press); and forthcoming, In Parts (Blue Streak press.) His writing has been published in numerous journals and periodicals including Der Pfeil (Hamburg, DE), American Poet-The Journal of The Academy of American Poets, Modern Painters, Art in America, BOMB Magazine, MAKE Literary Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Art.

    His recent contributions to artist monographs include Kara Walker’s Dust Jackets for The Niggerati (Gregory R. Miller & Co.); Basquiat – The Unknown Notebooks (Skira Rizzoli); and, forthcoming Stanley Whitney: American Painter (Lund Humphries).

    He has taught and lectured on art, literature, and American culture, at the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, Bethel University; Naropa University; Ohio State University; Azusa Pacific University; and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He received his MFA in Writing/Interdisciplinary Studies from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College.

     

    Jonterri Gadson Read Bio +/-

    Poet, Editor

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    Jonterri Gadson's debut poetry collection, Blues Triumphant, was published by YesYes Books in the summer of 2016. She is also the author of the chapbooks, Interruptions (MIEL, 2014) and Pepper Girl (YesYes Books, 2012). She previously served as the Herbert W. Martin Post-Graduate Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Dayton and has also received scholarships and fellowships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf, and the University of Virginia. She is a graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop whose poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Los Angeles Review, The Collagist, and other journals. She was selected for the 2016 NBC Late Night Writers Workshop for comedy writing and she writes for several live comedy shows in NYC. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing/English at Bloomfield College in New Jersey.

     

    Valerie Hegarty Read Bio +/-

    Artist

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    Valerie Hegarty is a visual artist based in Brooklyn who creates paintings, sculptures, and installations that often address themes of memory, place and history. Hegarty’s solo exhibitions include Nicelle Beauchene, NY; Marlborough Gallery Chelsea; Locust Projects, Miami; Museum 52, London; The MCA in Chicago; and Guild & Greyshkul, NY, among others including a commission for a public sculpture on the High Line, NY and her most recent show of site-specific installations in The Brooklyn Museum’s period rooms. Selected group exhibitions in NY include Artists Space, The Drawing Center, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, Derek Eller, White Columns and MoMA PS1. Hegarty has been awarded numerous grants through foundations such as the Pollock Krasner Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, and Campari NY. Residencies include LMCC, Marie Walsh Sharpe, PS 122, MacDowell, Yaddo and Smack Mellon. Hegarty received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from San Francisco’s Academy of Art College and a BA from Middlebury College, VT. Hegarty was the first Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Artist-in-Residence at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey from 2014-2015.

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