Office: Power Art 117
Phone: (973) 720-2992
Office Hours: Wednesday 4:00pm - 5:30pm & by appointment
Area Specialization: Painting, Drawing and Thesis
Professor Magistro has been teaching at the University level for the past thirty years. His career as teacher, artist, lecturer and administrator began at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his BFA in 1964. He then went on to complete his MFA at Ohio State University in 1967. He has been teaching at William Paterson since 1977, and served as Chair of the Art Department from 1996 to 2000.
Professor Magistro’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions, the most recent at the Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Gallery at the Williams Visual Arts Building at Lafayette College(2002). He has had three one-man exhibitions at the Virginia Museum in Richmond, and two shows at the James Yu Gallery, New York, NY. His prints have been included in the following museum exhibitions: the Winston-Salem Museum, North Carolina; the Mint Museum, North Carolina; the Virginia Museum, Richmond, VA.; the Whitney Museum, New York; the Norfolk Museum; and the Brooklyn Museum, New York. Many of his works are held in permanent collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Reese Museum in Knoxville, Tennessee, General Re-Insurance, New York; William Mercer, New York; Guy Carpenter, New York and others. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including a Best in Show award from the Juried Members’ Exhibition in East Hampton in 1990.
In his drawings, Magistro transforms a natural world of still-life and landscapes into a series of forms that connect and disconnect with each other, while moving on the surface of the paper in a composition of vortices. His is a visual vocabulary that belongs to the family of Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, early De Kooning, and Elizabeth Murray. Within this family, spirit and matter are joined.