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FAU Exhibition Features Thirteen Artists from Seven Southeastern States

            BOCA RATON, FL (January 19, 2011) –
The University Galleries in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University will present the southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art exhibition from Saturday, January 29, through Saturday, April 9. The exhibition presents 13 artists from 7 southeastern states in both the Schmidt Center Gallery and the Ritter Art Gallery on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The exhibition and associated events are free and open to the public.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, February 4, from 6 to 9 p. m. beginning in the Schmidt Center Gallery and concluding in the Ritter Art Gallery. The reception will include a panel presentation at 6:30 p.m. in PA 101. Several artists from the exhibition will participate in the panel, and there will be a performance by Louisiana-based artist Stephanie Patton. For her performance, Patton will assume the guise of Renella Rose Champagne, a romantic alter-ego the artist has perpetuated for the last 18 years through performances and a variety of public promotions.

southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art is a unique contribution to South Florida’s visual arts scene as it complements and expands upon the region’s Miami-centered contemporary art offerings. The once every three years exhibition results from reviewing the work of over 200 visual artists recommended by the region’s curators, galleries and many of the artists who exhibited in the two previous versions of southXeast. Few of the artists in the exhibition have shown in South Florida, yet many of them have shown throughout the United States and internationally. In association with the exhibition, three artists, Hunt Clark from Tennessee, Stephanie Patton from Louisiana and Scott Ingram from Georgia, will travel to FAU to install their three dimensional works and interact with FAU visual arts students. Miami-based Beatriz Monteavaro will also create an installation for the exhibition.

The exhibition includes four artists from the Atlanta, Georgia area, the southeast region’s second most populated art center. These artists include ceramic sculptor Pandra Williams, figurative painter Kathy Yancey, photographer Mario Petrirena and sculptor Scott Ingram. Three artists are from Florida, including Carl Knickerbocker, a painter from Oviedo, and the two Miami-based artists Beatriz Monteavaro and Clive King, both create somewhat surreal drawings.  Two artists are from Tennessee, including Hunt Clark and Christopher Miner, who are both video artists. Four other states are represented by an artist, including Barb Bondy from Alabama who creates process-oriented drawings, performance and installation artist Stephanie Patton from Louisiana, Damond Howard from South Carolina who makes large scale racially charged images, and realist painter Philip R. Jackson from Mississippi.

The schedule for southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art varies for each gallery as follows: Ritter Art Gallery, January 29 – March 5; and Schmidt Center Gallery, February 5 – April 9. The University Galleries are open Tuesday through Friday 1 – 4 p.m. and Saturday 1 – 5 p.m.  Group and class tours are welcome and can be arranged by appointment.

southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art is made possible in part by the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. University Galleries exhibition and education programs are supported by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, R.A. Ritter Foundation, Beatrice Cummings Mayer, the Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, BankAtlantic Foundation and individual contributors. For more information visit or call 561-297-2966.

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