Exhibiting artists are often invited to visit the campus to create or complete artworks on site, and they often give public lectures. Some artists, including Andre Montalvan, Lucy Orta and Terry Adkins, have involved many students in the creation of their works and in their public performances.
Lucy Orta: Nexus Architecture
Lucy Orta's sculpture combines fashion design, architecture and a social agenda. The artist orchestrates events to create literal and metaphoric human connections. Cross-disciplinary workshops that involve marginalized, at-risk or under served community populations, are an integral aspect of these interventions/events.
Modern and contemporary ceramic artists have often looked to east Asia's ceramic art for technical and aesthetic inspiration. This exhibition presents artists from Korea, Japan and the USA who have created an exchange to explore the rich territory of traditions and current practice of ceramic arts. In 2000, this group of 15 artists exhibited in Seoul and Tokyo.
MARKS of the SOUL: Eight Caribbean Artists
"This exhibition explores the expressive elements and conceptual components of African cultural traditions with the contemporary visual arts of Africa and the Caribbean," says guest curator Barbara Martinez-Ruiz. "It intends to create a space and opportunity for self-reflection about the religious approaches with and throughout art."
"Regional Selections: Idiosyncrasies" includes artists who are mostly "thirty something" or older. The degree to which their works have been seen and recognized varies considerably from Barbara Neijna and Nicolas Leiva, who have shown extensively in the region and beyond, to Sam Perry and Judith Robertson whose works are less well known.
"Regional Selections: Figurings" presents a group of artists who feature or focus on human subjects in their work. The exhibition is designed to complement its concurrent counterpart "Regional Selections: "Idiosyncrasies", and presents a wide variety of visionary and representational approaches to figurative art that provides an equally wide range of narrative and social interpretations.
Sightings in South Florida: Terry Adkins, Deeper Heart
Sculptor Terry Adkins' project focuses on African-American author Zora Neale Hurston and aspects of her relationship to Florida and the Belle Glade community. This project has benefited from the artist's introduction to Palm Beach County through collaborations with the African-American Cultural Arts Organization in West Palm Beach.
Sightings in South Florida: Peggy Diggs, Body Buy Back
Artist Peggy Diggs' project for the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space deals with the theme of cosmetic surgery. Her research on and interviews of area cosmetic surgeons, patients of cosmetic surgery and others have been aided by collaborating organizations, including the local chapter of the American Association of University Women.