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Montclair State University to Host George Segal Day Events Honoring 90th Birthday of the Renowned Artist


MONTCLAIR, NJ - On Thursday, December 18, the George Segal Gallery will host 'George Segal Day' on the Montclair State University campus to honor the world-renowned artist on what would have been his 90th birthday, as well as to commemorate the installation of Segal’s iconic sculpture, Street Crossing (1992), on the University’s campus. In advance of this celebratory day, the public is also invited to participate in a "Selfie with Segal" photo contest, in which participants are aske dto take their best selfie with one of Segal's figures.

The sculpture entitled Street Crossing, which is a collection of seven bronze figures with white patina, is one of Segal’s best-known works and was a gift to Montclair State University by the George and Helen Segal Foundation in 2006. Located outside the University’s oldest building, College Hall, the life-size figures are on display throughout the year. 

Street Crossing reminds me of the way people walk as they go to where ever it is that they are going,” said George Segal’s daughter Rena, who was one of the models for the piece and will be on campus for the day of celebration. “They cross the street in groups and then wander off to their destinations, each person in his or her own world.”

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The following George Segal events are open to the public and free:

  • Film Screening: The film George Segal: American Still Life chronicles the life and work of the New Jersey artist. There will be screenings hourly from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the George Segal Gallery.


  • Photo Contest: The public is invited to join the campus community by taking a “Selfie with Segal” at Street Crossing and entering it into a digital photo contest. Photos will be featured on the gallery’s Facebook page and winners will be crowd-sourced through public voting. There will be a “Best Photo” winner and five “Top Photo” entries. Winners will be announced on 12/16 and will be invited to attend an invitation-only reception on the evening of George Segal Day.  


  • Exhibit: A temporary exhibition of George Segal’s plaster casts will be on view in the Gallery on December 18, along with a selection of black and white photographs by Dr. Donald Lokuta, a photographer, academic and close friend of the artist. According to Lokuta, “George Segal’s sculptures of everyday people, doing everyday things, are pure masterpieces of the psychology of the human condition. His sculpture is about us – all of us, when no one is paying attention and no one is looking.”

Additional activities:

  • Segal-in-See-Through – Montclair Students Sculpt: Fifth grade students from Bradford Elementary will be involved in a hands-on art activity, learning about Segal’s plaster casting process through a staff-led gallery tour and art project. This event is for invited students and their teachers only.


  • Panel Discussion: An evening invitation-only program has also been planned; Rena Segal (the artist’s daughter and one of the models for Street Crossing) and Dr. Donald Lokuta will join George Segal Gallery Director Teresa Rodriguez for a curated conversation.


Montclair State University

Building on a distinguished 106-year history, Montclair State University is proud to be a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. The University’s six colleges and schools serve over 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students in more than 300 doctoral, master's and baccalaureate level programs. Situated on a beautiful, 250-acre suburban campus just 14 miles from New York City, Montclair State delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated and diverse academic environment.


The George Segal Gallery, which has received numerous Citation Awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for its excellence in artistic programming and public service to the arts, hosts visitors from around the world to view its collections.  For more information, go to

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