Inexorable Creators is a virtual exhibition featuring works created by students, faculty and staff during the pandemic and nationwide protests. The exhibition attempts to document complexities of this historical moment. While organizing the exhibition, the idea of isolation naturally came to mind. However, I wanted to broaden the stay-at-home isolation to include cultural isolation, geographical isolation, isolation caused by social stigmas, isolation from one’s family or a complete lack of family, the space between the real and the virtual, intrusion of privacy and death as the ultimate form of isolation.

The exhibition includes the work of 73 students, professors and staff from various disciplines and departments across the college. The works include written works, documentaries, multimedia works, dance performances, photography, game design, videos, web design, app design, multidisciplinary projects, graphic design, drawings and more.

Hrvoje Slovenc, Assistant Professor

Artist: Marisol Ross

Title: Yankee Stadium Lights

Medium: Polymer Clay, Mosaic on wood.

Size: 24” x 24”

 

School of Liberal Arts
Department of Art and Design

Professor John Soltes
School of Liberal Arts
Department of Communication

Excerpt from professor John Soltes’ journal entry about the pandemic. It was originally published on March 18, 2020 on Journalism student COVID site.

School of Liberal Arts
Department of Art and Design

Students: Tara Egan and Gretchen Rouff
Mentor: Professor Ray Kalas
Course: Television Production 2

Title: COVID-19, The Corona Effect
Medium: Video (7:57)

School of Liberal Arts
Department of Communication

Tara and Gretchen co-produced the video for Television Production 2 course. In the video, they discuss the effects of COVID-19 on various students and professionals.

Student: Spencer Coro
Mentor: Professor Eric Guadara
Course: Game Design Concepts

Title: Box Man
Medium: Game
On view: Screen capture of the game (1:41)

School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Information Technologies Department

 

Artist: Sebastian Gomez

Title: Raspberry Dragon

Medium: Digital painting

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Alumni: Sabrina Olivieri

Mentor: Professor Terence Duncan

Title: Inside Thoughts . . . Left Behind

Medium: Dance, performance (3:54)

School of Liberal Arts
Department of Music, Performing Arts and Music Technologies

“Creating dance has always been my outlet of self-expression. During this time of so much uncertainty and instability, I have turned to my art to keep me grounded. This piece allowed me to externalize my inside thoughts, acknowledge them, let them go into the universe, and breathe.”

 

Artist: Marisol Ross

Title: Through the Facade

Medium: Polymer Clay, Mosaic on wood.

Size: 7 ½” x 33 ½”

School of Liberal Arts
Department of Art and Design

Student: Caleb Simon

Mentor: Professor Ann Patten

Title: Time expresses as Delta

Medium: Poem

School of Liberal Arts
Department of English and Philosophy

Student: Luna Wroblewski

Mentor: Professor Nieves Gruneiro-Roadcap

Course: Documentary Photography

Title: Spies

Medium: Desktop documentary (2:36)

School of Liberal Arts
Department of Art and Design

 

Students: Tara Egan, Jarden Fessler, Victor Martinez

Mentor: Professor Eric Guadara

Course: Game Production

Title: Virtual Garden

Medium: Game

On view: Screen capture of the game (3:04)

School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Information Technologies Department

 

Student: Manuela Ramirez

Course: Photography Portfolio Preparation

Title: Where do I Belong?

Medium: Photography

School of Liberal Arts
Department of Art and Design

Excerpt from artist statement:

People who are first generation Americans are brought up with two different cultures; the American culture and the culture which their parents have from their country of origin.

Personally, it has always been hard for me to embrace my American culture because I never really understood what it was. Both of my parents are from Colombia, so I grew up learning and experiencing a small portion of that culture. Due to this, I never really related to my American culture despite being constantly immersed in it.

With this project, I photographed still life pictures of cultural objects and souvenirs that represent the Colombian culture. Objects that are used in everyday life are shown as monumental. That shows the uniqueness, beauty, and importance our culture has on us. I decided to juxtapose these still lifes with abstract images taken in my neighborhood to represent how I feel living in America and participating in its culture.

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Roots and Wings Spanish Version

Students: Anamaría Roa, Ciara Lyons, Sara Solano

Mentor: Professor Marcia Picallo

Course: Advanced Spanish Conversation

Title: Roots and Wings

Medium: Power Point presentation done for the service-learning community component of the course

Language: Spanish and English

School of Liberal Arts
Languages and ESL Department

The project focuses on Roots and Wings in Denville, an organization that helps young adults who have aged out of foster care. Some of those young adults are minorities. The students wrote and put together the presentation as a group. The students also volunteered at the organization.

English Version

Spanish Version

Woman in Mask

Student: Luna Wroblewski

Course: Photography 2

Medium: Large format 4”x5” black and white negative, scanned

School of Liberal Arts
Department of Art and Design

Student: Elizabeth Rivera

Mentor: Professor Eric Guadara

Course: Game Design Concepts

Title: Where the Dragons Went

Medium: Game

On view: Screen capture of the game (1:51)

School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Information Technologies Department

 

Ethical Considerations of Communicable Diseases Link

Students: Joelle Bramwell, Gavin Blyth, Emily Cimins, Lydia Cipriani, Karina Cunningham, Allison Davanzo, Kimberly Griff, Sannan Hayat, Karen Ingrey, Michelle Isibor, Bindu Joe, Kristen Kilcher, Alissa Lamanna, Noemi Lopez, Rivka Meer, Emily Munoz, Tatiana Munoz, Alexandra Paglia, Dhruva Patel, Alex Pearce, Brooke Steele, Amanda Tomaszewski, Hailey Vincelette, Honoria Wah

Mentor: Professor Jenifer Martin

Course: Microbiology

Title: Ethical Considerations of Communicable Diseases

Medium: Collage of student answers

Biology and Chemistry Department
School of Health Professions and Natural Sciences

Students were given the traditional definition of “isolation” and “quarantine”, and then asked to answer the following ethical questions regarding those terms as it relates to COVID-19:

  • What are some of the ethical concerns of the public that might make quarantine necessary?
  • What are some of the ethical concerns of the individual/(s) that are quarantined?
  • What is your stance on mandatory quarantines for exposure to communicable diseases such as Covid-19? Defend your position.

 

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Student: Judy Peo

Mentor: Professor Nancy Binowski

Course: Web Design 2

Title: Due East Design & Communications

Medium: Web page

On view: Screen capture of the web page (0:58)

School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Information Technologies Department

Due East Design & Communications is a website to showcase and promote the graphic designer’s portfolio.

 

Student: David Young

Mentor: Professor Nancy Binowski

Course: Internet & Web Page Design

Title: Esling Lake

Medium: Web page

On view: Screen capture of the web page (1:02)

School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Information Technologies Department

Estling Lake is a website for the summer lake community to provide information about what’s happening during the season and keep people in touch during the off-season.

 

Student: Ana Latorre-Luy

Course: Photography Portfolio Preparation

Title: Therapy Session

Medium: Appropriation, Digital photography collage

School of Liberal Arts
Department of Art and Design

Excerpt from artist statement:
For my project, I took old family photos and manipulated them. The photographs once lived in my family albums, and they served as memories of the places around the world where I used to live: China, Switzerland, Greece, Czech Republic, Mexico and the US. I manipulated these old photographs by making collages, distorting them, and making glitches to reveal the darkness in what is seems to be a perfect and exciting childhood.

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Students: Eric Malandrino, Maxwell Samuels, Joshua Sefah

Mentor: Eric Pedersen

Title: 2020 CCM COVID-19 PPE Production

Medium: 3D print

School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Engineering Technologies/Engineering Science Department

Eric P., Eric M., Maxwell and Joshua together produced over 1000 faceshields and over 1000 mask relief bands.

Shield bands are 3D Printed from PLA or PETG filament with a hole-punched transparency film attached to complete the face shield. Surgical Mask Tension Relief Bands are 3D Printed from PLA or PETG filament.

A sincere thank you to the Art & Design and IT Departments who offered/lent their 3D printers to assist in the production of this necessary PPE for Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center. Thank you very much to CCM Students Eric Malandrino, Maxwell Samuels, and Joshua Sefah for reaching out and offering their time and home 3D printers to assist in production remotely.

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Student: Kristina Torner

Mentor: Professor Brian Olson

Course: Forensic Science

Title: Garroted

Medium: Drawing

Biology and Chemistry Department
School of Health Professions and Natural Sciences

The assignment was to create a one-page design for an illustrated book called Chalk Fairy: A Death Scene Collection. The design should incorporate ithe following three elements: (1) writing, (2) illustration, and (3) accurate and relevant information on topics related to forensic science.

My Recipe Book

Student: Jacob Feldman

Mentor: Professor Nancy Binowski

Course: Mobile App Design

Title: My Recipe Book

Medium: Mobile App

On view: Screen capture of the app (0:59)

School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Information Technologies Department

My Recipe Book is a mobile app which organizes your favorite recipes, share them and discover new ones.

 

Student: Sofiia Shvaiko

Mentor: Professor Nancy Binowski

Course: Mobile App Design

Title: Booked

Medium: Mobile App

On view: Screen capture of the app (1:02)

School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Information Technologies Department

Booked is a mobile app that lets you search for books and make lists of those you want to read, are reading and have read.

Graphic Design 2 Portfolio

Graphic Design students: Allison Tierney, Amy Dehnert, Brian Cassidy, Brittany Gura, Cheryl Agbemabiese, Cres Ann Hoyt, Haley Dring, Julia Rose, Eboney Cajiao, Manuel Minchala, Nick Nestico, Katerine Sánchez, Liz Naumov

Photography students: Dawn Heckerman, Mariaelena Kalas, Aaron Horan, Maria Clark, Ana Latorre-Luy, Luna Wroblewski, Erin Luby, Jennifer Miller

Mentors: Professors Steve Longo and Hrvoje Slovenc

Courses: Graphic Design 2, Brochure & Magazine Design, Photography 2, Photographic Processes, Photography Portfolio Preparation

School of Liberal Arts
Department of Art and Design

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Student: Katy O’Neill

Title: Superhero

Medium: Painting

School of Liberal Arts
Department of Art and Design

The painting is of Fr. Emmet, a Franciscan Friar who is near 90 years old. He is currently at the Border Wall in Arizona ministering, and feeding and caring for people. He lives across the street from Kathryn, and she has known him for several years.

Student: Ryan Predenkoski

Mentor: Professor Nancy Binowski

Course: Web Design 2

Title: Move

Medium: Web page

On view: Screen capture of the web page (0:37)

School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Information Technologies Department

Move is a website that provides members information about their local gym.

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Student: Sean Jerry

Course: Photography Portfolio Preparation

Title: Hold.On.Pain.Ends

Medium: Documentary video (20:00)

School of Liberal Arts
Department of Art and Design

Excerpt from artist statement:
This documentary is to show the upsetting repercussions of drug use at a young age and how it stays with a person for the rest of their life. My subject has struggled and fought with drug addiction for well over 10 years. Despite being a member of his family, I’m learning about this for the first time alongside the audience. My goal is to show how common drugs are with teenagers and how drug addiction can start early. I want to show how much of a person’s life and personality can be stripped away when under tremendous social pressure.

Student: Thomas Anderson

Mentor: Professor Eric Guadara

Course: Game Programming

Title: Squeeze The Lemon

Medium: Game

On view: Screen capture of the game (0:29)

School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Information Technologies Department

Forensic Virtual Reality

Student: Maria Clark

Mentors: Professors Eric Guadara, Maureen Kazaba, Brian Olson and Hrvoje Slovenc

Courses: Narrative/Storytelling in X-R, Forensic Science, Investigative Function

School of Liberal Arts
Department of Art and Design

School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Information Technologies Department
Criminal Justice

Biology and Chemistry Department
School of Health Professions and Natural Sciences

For this project, the students created educational, forensically accurate, virtual reality death scenes. The students collected items of possible evidence, planed its arrangement, constructed a scene, and recorded a death scene that is loosely based on real cases.
This crime scene is used as educational tool in Forensic Science and Investigative Functions courses.

LINK: https://kuula.co/share/collection/7l8nx?fs=1&vr=1&sd=1&initload=0&thumbs=1&chromeless=1&logo=0

Polar Chef

Artist: Sebastian Gomez

Title: Polar Chef

Medium: Digital painting

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Financial Aid

Food Flinger Game

Artist: Professor Eric Guadara

Title: Food Flinger

Medium: Game

On view: Trailer (0:30)

School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Information Technologies Department

Tile Mosaic

Artist: Eric Pedersen

Title: Tile mosaic

Medium: Tiles, wood

School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Engineering Technologies/Engineering Science Department

Katie made the tiles, and Eric mounted/grouted the piece and built the frame.

Artist: Katie and Eric Pedersen

Title: Mountain coffee table

Medium: Wood

School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Engineering Technologies/Engineering Science Department

Mariaelena Kalas Photo

Student: Mariaelena Kalas

Course: Photography 2

Medium: Digital photography

School of Liberal Arts
Department of Art and Design