Arts, Culture & Media

The Department of Arts, Culture and Media combines an interdisciplinary community-oriented core curriculum taken by all majors in the department with discipline-based majors.In addition to the integrated core, the department offers programs of study in Art, Design and Art History, Media Studies (with majors in Journalism and Video Production), Music, and Theatre Arts. With a faculty that includes nationally and internationally recognized scholars and artists, the Department of Arts, Culture and Media offers innovative courses with an emphasis on integration in the arts and the campus's urban mission of community engagement. In addition to the opportunity to combine academic study with hands-on class experience, students benefit enormously from the Department's internship programs. These programs, which provide entry level professional contacts, draw upon the richness of Newark's cultural institutions such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newark Museum, Prudential, The Star Ledger, and New Jersey Television Network as well as the opportunities offered by the rest of Northern New Jersey and especially New York City.

Rutgers University has recognized six SASN faculty members this year as part of its 2020–21 Annual Faculty Year End Awards. The awardees were selected by their colleagues for exceptional contributions to teaching, research and public service. 
Jordan Casteel is used to bringing other people’s faces and humanity to the spotlight with her portraits, which capture moments of proximity with people and environments she has encountered on the streets of Harlem, within the New York subway, in her classrooms, and in the spaces occupied by those closest to her. Her paintings depict, in luminous hues and nearly life-size proportions, people of color and landscapes that convey relationships of mutual respect and care that extend beyond the canvas.  
Alexis Torres Machado, a senior in the Arts, Culture and Media department, was interviewed by WNYC about being a DREAMer and his new song, “For My Immigrants.” Alexis Torres Machado was only five when his family left Uruguay and moved to Newark. His parents told him he was undocumented when he was 11.
"Hi, my name is Jordan. What’s yours?" It’s the icebreaker that artist Jordan Casteel uses whenever she stops strangers on the streets of her neighborhood in Harlem. “I am a painter, and I have been working on this project,” she says, with her disarming manner. “Would you be interested in participating?”
As one of a series of events marking Rutgers University–Newark’s 75th anniversary as a public institution this year, the Dialogue in a Time of Fracture (DTF) project is also one of the most urgent.
Rutgers University–Newark Professor Salamishah Tillet was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in criticism for her New York Times essays on race in arts and culture, the Pulitzer Prize board announced.  Tillet is a Henry Rutgers Professor of African American Studies & Creative Writing at Rutgers-Newark and the director of Express Newark, a center for socially engaged art and design that brings together the Rutgers-Newark community and city residents. She joined the faculty in 2018.
Rutgers–Newark graphic design student James Negri has distinguished himself as being among the school’s highest academic performers. After graduating this May, the 27-year-old plans to pursue a career that utilizes his skills in 3D design and augmented reality.  
April is Jazz Appreciation month, but Wayne Winborne can list the many reasons jazz should be appreciated every day.  Winborne is executive director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark, the world’s  largest jazz archive and library, where thousands of LPs are housed along with artifacts such as Miles Davis’ green trumpet and Billie Holiday’s rhinestone jewelry. 
Mark Di Ionno (SASN ’84) has received many honors during his nearly 40-year career as a journalist. He was a Pulitzer finalist for news commentary in 2013 for a collection of columns on Hurricane Sandy, the death of Tyler Clementi and other issues he wrote about for The Star-Ledger, and won the New Jersey Press Association Award for column-writing six times.