Common Ground: Artists in the Everglades
Schmidt Center Gallery: September 20 – November 5, 2014
Opening: Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:30pm

Common Ground presents selected artists from Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE), a unique program that provides an extraordinary opportunity for artists to reside within the Everglades National Park. 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.  Jill Lavetsky and Sybille Welter, co-curators of Common Ground have selected a group of 8 artists who have in the last few years participated in AIRIE.


Artists in the Exhibition
Harumi Abe, Karen Glaser, Dana Levy, Gustavo Matamoros, Adam Nadel, Alice Raymond, Rebecca Reeves and Susan Silas



Related Public Programs
Click here to see the Two Exhibitions & a Series of Public Programs information

Thursday, October 2
12pm in VA-105
ARTIST TALK with Gustavo Matamoros

Monday, October 6
7pm at the University Theatre
PUBLIC LECTURE: Advocacy & Activism:  Catalysts for Social Change
Doris Sommer, Ph.D., Harvard University presents  Art Works: Cultural Agents  Tackle Urgent Social Challenges
The Doris Sommer public lecture is sponsored by the  generous support of Walter and Lalita Janke and the  Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative.

Michael J. Horswell, Ph.D., FAU Associate  Professor and Interim Associate Dean
Dorothy F. Schmidt Collge of Arts and Letters

Fred Fejes, Ph.D., FAU Professor
School of Communications and Mutimedia Studies 
Jane Caputi, Ph.D., FAU Professor
Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies  and Communications and Multimedia Studies
Kate MacMillin, FIU Assistant Professor
Department of Journalism and Broadcasting
Jay Critchley
Multi-media artist and activist

This program is in conjunction with Graphic Advocacy:  International Posters for the Digital Age 2001– 2012   presented at the Ritter Art Gallery from September 5  through October 25, 2014.

Friday, October 10
6:30pm at the Schmidt Center Gallery
READING by Andrew Furman
Andrew Furman is the author of Bitten: My Unexpected Love Affair with  Florida, the memoir, My Los Angeles in Black and (Almost) White (Syracuse  UP 2010), the novel, Alligators May Be Present (Terrace Books/University  of Wisconsin Press 2005), and two works of literary criticism, Israel  Through the Jewish-American Imagination (SUNY Press 1997) and Contemporary Jewish-American Writers and the Multicultural Dilemma  (Syracuse UP 2000). His essays, reviews, and fiction have appeared  in such publications as Poets & Writers, Oxford Americ

Brief book description 
In Bitten, an environmental memoir of Florida, Furman shares his amazement at the beautiful and the bizarre of his adopted state. Over seventeen years, he and his family have shed their Yankee sensibilities & awakened to the terra incognita of their new home. Each chapter of the book highlights a fascinating aspect of his journey into Florida’s natural environment, from pinelands to the Everglades, snail kites to snook, cassia  to coontie. As he learns to fish for snook and seeks out the state’s oldest live oak, a behemoth that pre-dates Columbus, Furman realizes that falling in love with Florida is a fun and sometimes humbling process of discovery.

Thursday, October 16
7pm at the University Theatre 
PANEL: Everything everGLADES
An in-depth discussion on the ecology, sustainability, social justice and  the arts in the Everglades. This public program is in-conjunction with Common Ground: Artists in the Everglades presented in the Schmidt  Center Gallery from September 20 – November 5, 2014

Patricia Widener, Ph.D., FAU Associate Professor 
Department of Sociology

Dale Gawlik, Ph.D., FAU Professor and Director
Environmental Science Program and Department of Biological Sciences
Max Kirsch, Ph.D., FAU Professor
UNESCO chair in Human & Cultural Rights
Department of Anthropology
Steve Traxler, Senior Biologist 
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Tim B.Wride
William & Sarah Soter Curator of Photography, Norton Museum of Art
Adam Nadel New York Based Photographer
Thursday, October 23
12pm in VA-105
Thursday, October 30
12pm in VA-105
CURATOR'S TALK with Tim B. Wride



Karen Glaser, Spanish Moss Dana Levy- Emerging from the Swamp
Rebecca Reeve, Untitled #2, from the Marjory’s World  series, 2013, Archival pigment print, Courtesy of the artist Harumi Abe- Pahayokee I
Alice Raymond - On-going project (property/territory) Susan Silas, The Specimen Drawer
Adam Nadel- Sawgrass Expressway Gustavo Matamoros-Bats and Insects.jpg
Images: (left column top to bottom) Karen Glaser Spanish Moss, 2009, digital prints 34x46” Courtesy of the Artist; Rebecca Reeves Untitled #15, 2013 archival pigment  
print 40 x 40" Edition of 5, Courtesy of the Artist;  Alice Raymond, On-going project (property/territory) 2014, acrylic on canvas, Courtesy of the Artist; Adam Nadel, Sawgrass Expressway, 2014, UV ink direct to ACM substrate 40 x 40", Courtesy of the artist;  (right column top to bottom) Dana Levy,  Emerging from the Swamp,  2014, mixed media, Courtesy the artist and Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv;   Susan Silas,  The Specimen Drawer,  2013 digital print, 8 photographs  8.5x12.75" Courtesy the Artist;  Gustavo Matamoros, Bats & Insects , 2014 sound installation in Schmidt Center Public Space.


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