HYBRID, The 2022 Senior Capstone Exhibition

The Department of Arts, Culture & Media at Rutgers University-Newark, is pleased to present the 2022 Senior Graphic Design capstone exhibition, HYBRID. It will open with a public reception on April 28th from 5pm – 7pm at The Robeson Center Gallery, Rutgers University-Newark at 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102. HYBRID will be on view until May 19th, 2022

The 2022 capstone exhibition includes seventeen transmedia projects that individually examine the theme hybrid. Topics address our current state of living and learning; celebrate our intersectional and hyphenated identities; support complex, layered technologies and environments, and more. Student designers will create physical and virtual, multi-narrative experiences and interventions that live within the exhibition space at The Robeson Center Gallery, as well as circulating the campus, and our immediate Newark community. 

This is the first in-person capstone exhibition since 2019. The exhibition’s title leans into our collective journey over the past two years, and commemorates our adaptive strength amidst  a global pandemic. As a design cohort, we have not only embraced virtual spaces, but thrived there in collaboration and community, looking at hybrid as the solution. 

“For the last several years this class has maneuvered through a hybrid landscape with challenges that had never been faced before. The 2022 capstone exhibition is a monument to that achievement and a way to celebrate our perseverance through unprecedented times.” – James Negri, HYBRID designer 

Presenting graphic designers include Karen Alvardo, Yasmine Bacon, Omar Beltran, Jasmin Erichsen, Arshy Hernandez, Joanna Januszkiewicz, Timour Khan, Rachel Lantigua, Ailin Li, Jadzia Munoz, James Negri, Orisegbubene Ogbe, Jose Peralta, Bianca Pereira, Jill Prajapati, Kristel Rico, Corey Robinson, Sophia Sanchez, Quran Sherrod, and Pushpinder Singh. This year’s program was led by Associate Professor Jennifer Bernstein and Adjunct Professor Rebecca Pauline Jampol.

INTERTWINED, The 2021 Senior Capstone Exhibition

The Department of Arts, Culture & Media at Rutgers University-Newark, is pleased to share the 2021 senior graphic design capstone exhibition, INTERTWINED, Designing Systems For The Future We Want.  The capstone exhibition includes seventeen transmedia projects that individually examine systems of/& interdependency taking into account the events of 2020-2021, seen through the lens of communications design.
As we continue to work as a community toward reducing the spread of COVID-19, the 2021 capstone exhibition will be presented virtually within a simulated gallery space opening LIVE on April 30th, 2021.
The purpose of this exhibition is to present our commitment to dedicate our work as designers entering the work field, to the reform of systems that support our communities.

About the show:

We are an interdependent system.
The extreme conditions of the years 2020-2021 have, more than ever, affirmed how inextricably tied we are to one another. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed truths about our communities, our government, our ecology, our economy and our social constructs. We’ve seen the worst andthe best unfold. And through the pronounced exposure of unequal social, public health and economic systems, we have also witnessed creatives working their hardest; dedicating their abilities and ingenuity to aid our communities, show gratitude towards front line workers, creating new systems to support the sick, and finding ways to strengthen and empower voices during a global rise to advance racial and socioeconomic justice.
These acts of empathy, sensibility, respect and love, acknowledge our social system as an interconnectednetwork of embedded systems by design — democracy, health system, education system, environmentalin/justice, to name a few — and require us to own up to our individual responsibility towards collective wellbeing.
We are aware of our impact.

As we continue to work as a community toward reducing the spread of COVID-19, the 2021capstone exhibition will be presented virtually within a simulated gallery space opening LIVE on Friday April 30th, 2021. Please tune in this Friday at 6pm through acmbfa.design/intertwined/exhibition for opening remarks and a LIVE TOUR of INTERTWINED.

The ACM Graphic Design Program is especially thankful to Joseph Labib, from the Form Design Studio at Express Newark, who produced this impressive virtual experience, and who’s commitment is fueled by his intention to create experiences that uplifts the work of others. 

Announcing the 2020 Graphic Design Capstone Project

The Department of Arts, Culture & Media at Rutgers University-Newark, is pleased to share the 2020 senior graphic design capstone exhibition, REPRESENT. The capstone exhibition includes twenty-three transmedia projects that individually examine representation. 

You can view the project HERE.

Jordan Casteel -first NY solo show at New Museum

Professor Jordan Casteel will have a show of her work at The New Museum. Titled: Within Reach, the exhibit will run from February 19 – May 24.

“Bringing together nearly forty paintings spanning her career, including works from her celebrated series Visible Man (2013–14) and Nights in Harlem (2017), along with recent portraits of her students at Rutgers University-Newark, “Within Reach” will be Jordan Casteel’s first solo museum exhibition in New York City.”

For more information, click here.

Sandy Skoglund exhibition at Ryan Lee Gallery

Pioneering photographer and installation artist, Sandy Skoglund has an exhibition at the Ryan Lee Gallery in New York City. This show highlights some older works as well as her new piece, ‘Winter.’

The exhibition runs from January 9 – March 7, 2020. The Ryan Lee Gallery is located at 515 West 26th Street, New York, NY.

Professor Skoglund recently sat down with Lawrence Lerner for an interview where she discusses her exhibit as well as a recently released monograph of her work by Italian art historian, Germano Celant. You can read the interview here:


RU-N 2019 Graphic Design Show

RU-N Graphic Design Seniors dedicate their capstone exhibition to im/migrant’s voice at Project for Empty Space Gallery in Newark. Newark, New Jersey.

Rutgers University-Newark Graphic Design students present

I Stood at the Border: Im/Migrant Voices & Stories Retold, an exhibition which examines conversations surround­ing im/migration.

The exhibition will open with a reception Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 5pm-8pm at the Project for Empty Spaces gallery at Gateway Center in Newark, NJ. It is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 11 am-6pm through May 14, 2019.

Professor Sandrine Colard named Artistic Director of Ludumbashi Biennale

The 6th edition of the Biennale of Lubumbashi will be held in the Fall of 2019 under the artistic direction of Sandrine Colard (Belgium/USA).

Founded in 2008 at the initiative of Picha Association – “image” in Swahili – the biennale explores the contemporary creation of the artistic scene in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the world. It is today one of the most dynamic and experimental artistic events on the African continent.

You can read more about this event as well as Professor Colard’s participation here.

Edin Velez , Rutgers Professor, has film premiere at Museum of Modern Art

World Premiere: Museum of Modern Art, NY
Documentary Fortnight
Feb. 17, 2017 , 6:30 PM

State of Rest and Motion is a tour de force, a poetic homage to the subway as the rare place where people have time to themselves even as they share their space with thousands of others. Velez’s main intention is to produce a series of portraits of humans in their daily habitat. The faces are so honest and open, oblivious to fact that they are being recorded, yet there they are, close-up in stunning detail.

Edin Velez is the chair of the Video Program which is part of the Arts, Culture, Media department.

Rutgers Students featured in Newark film festival

  • Shot of Arlington Video as seen at Newark Film Festival

The Newark International Film Festival, which has events starting September 8th and ending on Sunday, September 11 will feature the work of 6 students from the Rutgers Newark department of Arts Culture Media.

The student short films were produced from original screenplays in the ACM Video Program’s, Narrative Video Production class at RN.

Click here for a link to festival information.


Directed by Gabrielle Mendoza

Logline: A former hero of the city turned homeless man walks the streets he once saved as he encounters his last known fan.

Length: 12:28 minutes

Contact: gabriellepatricia.mendoza@gmail.com


Directed by Yu-Hsuan Wu

Logline: A young woman has responsibilities way beyond her years as she fends for her sister and self when faced with domestic abuse.

Length: 11:49 minutes

Contact: yw360@scarletmail.rutgers.edu


Directed by Bruno Ferreira

Logline: An uncertain young man decides to confront the skeptic that is in all of us.

Length: 6:43 minutes

Contact: bbf1994@gmail.com


Directed by Jamella Braithwaite

Logline: A young woman struggles to cope with a dysfunctional home and her parents’ sudden separation.

Length: 10:11 minutes

Contact:: jsb245@scarletmail.rutgers.edu


Directed by Carlos Palaguachi

Logline: Two young men try to heal their friendship after a tragedy puts a rift between them.

Length: 13:30 minutes

Contact: palaguachi44@gmail.com


Directed by Adam Velez

Logline: While on the verge of suicide, Christian reflects on his life choices which is interspersed with his close friends and family talking to a psychologist.

Length: 11:22 minutes

Contact: adamvelez1@gmail.com