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Dave Magyar
Andover Township, NJ

Artwork Details
7.5" x 5.5"

Dave Magyar attended college at Montclair State University where he received a BA in fine arts and certification in art education. It is there that his interest in photography began. He received his MFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute in 1976. From 1970–2004, he pursued a career in art education and taught art at two New Jersey high schools. Since 2004, he has been actively pursuing his interest in photography and has participated in many group shows.

Of his work Magyar states, “I explore the visual world around me, I create images, through photography, that express what I see and feel. Though my subject matter may seem quite diverse, the images do have much in common. They are generally realistic though some begin to approach abstraction. My images provide a second chance to explore or reflect upon some of those small wonders and often fleeting moments we frequently overlook or take for granted. How the forces of nature and time affect us and our surroundings; how we react to all we encounter; are all part of the human experience I seek to capture.”

Dave Magyar was selected to receive the von Holtzbrinck Coexistence Award for his entry in the New Brunswick Exhibition Coexistence art competition. Exhibition Coexistence is the world-renowned traveling outdoor exhibit created by the Museum on the Seam in Jerusalem. This exhibit "brings the universal message of diversity and accepting others to the world community" through billboard-sized murals created by artists from around the world. These billboards provide striking visual images of the need for greater tolerance. Exhibition Coexistence has traveled to major cities around the globe including London, Berlin, Paris, Cape Town, San Paolo, and Washington, D.C.  As a host city, New Brunswick was able to contribute an additional panel to Exhibition Coexistence. Magyar’s winning image came from a series of pictures he took shortly after the tragedy of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. Of it he explains, “As I looked at and worked with the image, it renewed all the thoughts and feelings I experienced that day as I stood across the Hudson River gazing on a smoke filled skyline. I could not comprehend the degree of hatred that would compel anyone to take such horrific action to make a point. I wondered what was next if we could not, somehow, learn to live together; understand each other's needs; accept each others differences. As the vividness of the event that played out before the entire world fades from our collective memories, I hoped that this image would help renew similar thoughts and feelings in all that view it so we might better consider our path to a peaceful coexistence.”

Some of Magyar’s exhibitions of work include the Geraldine R. Dodge gallery at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2006, Griffin Gallery 2006 Annual Juried Show in Madison, Art Connections 3 at Montclair State University's George Segal Gallery in 2006, Studio Montclair's Discoveries show in 2007, and Skylands Art Show sponsored by Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council in Newton in 2007.