FAU’s University Galleries presents the “New Faculty Exhibition,” featuring the work of seven new faculty – five tenure-track professors, one instructor and a visiting artist – all from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and the School of Architecture. The exhibition will be presented in the Schmidt Center Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus from Friday, March 13 through Saturday, May 9. There will be an opening on Thursday, March 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The opening and the exhibition are free and open to the public.
The exhibition will introduce the work of the new faculty to the University community as well as the general public and will feature works in a variety of media including ceramic sculpture, painting, photography, multimedia installation, video, graphic design and architectural planning. Faculty artists participating in the exhibition include Joe Bova, Andrew Brown, Shane Christian Eason, Sharon Lee Hart, Jeff Huber, Camila Afanador-Llach and Julie Anne Ward.
Bova is a visiting professor teaching ceramics in the Department of Visual Arts and Art History. His work is inspired by hunting and fishing trips that influence him to create sculptures of animals that function as symbols, surrogates and totems. Brown recently joined the Department of Visual Arts and Art History as an instructor of Foundations in Art. Brown’s multimedia paintings are influenced by memories of rooms he has inhabited and he creates a sense of unease by challenging the viewer’s perception of space by combining illusionistic perspective with visually contradictory elements that flatten space. Eason is an assistant professor and acting multimedia production coordinator in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. He specializes in experimental and documentary films. Hart is an assistant professor of photography in the Department of Visual Arts and Art History. Her photographic work in the exhibition creates narratives from filtering ideas about the sea through mythology, alchemy, astronomy and mysticism.
Huber, assistant professor in the School of Architecture, creates work that focuses on interdisciplinary public projects that combine ecological, landscape, urban and architectural design. Huber has advanced sustainability education and professional experience in agricultural urbanism, green school design, missing-middle housing typologies, transit-oriented development and low impact development.
Afanador-Llach, assistant professor of graphic design in the Department of Visual Arts and Art History, will exhibit books that reflect her interest in contemporary political issues in the United States and abroad. Ward, assistant professor teaching sculpture in the Department of Visual Arts and Art History, fabricates objects and a wide variety of multimedia that draw from industrial heritage as well as an examination of the feminine craft of the handmade object.
University Galleries hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. The “New Faculty Exhibition” is produced in collaboration with the Department of Visual Arts and Art History. The University Galleries operate an active Museum Education Program that is approved as a Field Experience Provider by the School District of Palm Beach County. Class and other group tours can be arranged both during and at times other than the Galleries’ public hours. The University Galleries exhibition and education programs are supported in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, R.A. Ritter Foundation, Beatrice Cummings Mayer and individual contributors. Museum Education programs are made possible by the Kaye Endowment for Arts Integration. Classes and groups are welcome to come during public hours or by appointment. For more information, call 561-297-2661 or visit www.fau.edu/galleries.