The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents a panel discussion on “Everything Everglades” on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Panelists will provide a variety of perspectives on the ecology, sustainability, social justice and the arts in the Everglades. The event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Common Ground: Artists in the Everglades,” which is in the Schmidt Gallery through Wednesday, Nov.5. The exhibition and panel are free and open to the public.
“Common Ground” presents selected artists from Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE), a unique program that provides an opportunity for artists to reside within the Everglades National Park. This program was started in 2001 after the U.S. Congress passed the $8 billion Everglades Restoration Plan. The program brings professional artists to reside for one month within the park to create original works from their experience of living in our nation’s most environmentally endangered eco-system. The exhibition aims to provide an overview of the dynamic works that have been produced by a variety of artists from this distinctive residency.
The panel will be moderated by Patricia Widener, Ph.D., FAU associate professor of sociology. Widener studies the political economy of the environment and community responses to the social, economic and environmental impacts of oil disasters and natural resource extractions. Currently, she is developing research projects on climate change and food-system justice in South Florida. Panelists include:
The Schmidt Center Gallery will be open one hour prior to this event. The University Galleries at FAU are open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays, from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Group and class tours are welcome during public hours as well as at other times scheduled by appointment. Gallery exhibitions are sponsored by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. For more information, call 561-297-2661, email email@example.com or visit www.fau.edu/galleries.