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Office: Power Art 118
Phone: (973) 720-3274
Office Hours: Monday/ Wednesday- 4:00-5:30 By appointment

Department: Art
Position: Professor

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The general theme of Professor Fay’s work concerns nature and its continuum, size and scale, and real and imagined objects. His work comments on the botanical world and its relationship to humans, ranging from oversized plant forms to complex overgrown environments reminiscent of science fiction films. The artwork is an outgrowth of his inventory of fruits, plants, seeds, herbs, bones and mysterious objects. Over time he deciphers their usage and metaphorical meanings and produces new variants for his studio garden. Borrowing from folklore, he invents and interprets a new cultural context for his hybrid sculptures.

In recent years, his collective work has focused on the concept of an imaginary garden as a symbol of abundance and paradise as well as serving as a metaphorical a location for man’s ultimate desires. His style of works, which range from representational to surrealistic hybrid, brings renewed attention to the spirituality and transience of nature with a sense of humor and mortality.

Professor Fay was born in Shanghai, China and received his B.F.A from the Kansas City Art Institute and his M.F.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has exhibited extensively in the US and also abroad, including solo exhibitions at: MOCA, Shanghai; Exit Art, NYC; Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, NYC; Queens Museum of Art, NYC, Montalvo Gallery, CA; Ramapo College, NJ; Leslie Heller Gallery, NYC; Kim Foster Gallery, NYC; Butters Gallery, Portland, OR; Lungmen Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan; and Alisan Gallery, Hong Kong, China. Fay has also participated in group Exhibitions at: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; National Academy Museum, NYC; The New Museum, NYC; Zimmeli Museum, NJ; Kohler Art Center, WI; Katonah Museum, NY; Neuberger Museum, NY; Laumier Sculpture, St. Louis; International Artist Museum, Lodz, Poland; and The Hong Kong Museum of Art, China.

Professor Fay has completed numerous public art projects across the US including installations at: MTA, Delancey Street Subway Station in NYC; Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia; Affordable Housing in Bronx, NYC; the Staten Island Ferry Terminal of NYC; US Court House in Seattle; the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR; Llurberas Park in Yauco, Puerto Rico; and the Tivoli Townhouse for the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia. His sculpture has also been featured in numerous published books including the following recent publications: “Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary”; “Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria”, “Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970”; “City Art: New York’s Percent for Art Program”; “Along the Way: MTA Arts for Transit”; and “Extending The Artist’s Hand: Contemporary Sculpture from the Walla Walla Foundry.”