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FAU’s Jupiter Campus Library Presents ‘The Superhero Project’

BOCA RATON, FL (February 7, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s John D. MacArthur Campus Library is hosting  “The Superhero Project,” a special exhibition on loan from The Harlan Levey Projects in Brussels, Belgium, through Friday, March 11, at 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter.

The exhibition features black and white and color portraits, and a video adapted from “The Superhero Project,” created by Abner Preis, an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The project documents the artist’s interaction with ordinary citizens as he traveled around the world dressed in a superhero costume.

Preis also documented others he met at random that agreed to dress in costumes and be superheroes.  He captured their performances in such places as post offices, supermarkets, parks, bars, restaurants, on street corners, in subway stations and at flea markets.

The artist’s “superpower” was his ability to help those he interacted with to imagine their superpower and become heroes. “There is a transformative moment of public intimacy that occurs between strangers who align themselves by sharing their imaginations with the artist,” said Harlan Levey, the project’s producer.

The MacArthur campus library gallery is in its sixth year and annually hosts 10 contemporary artists to educate and inspire the university community. Curator Diane Arrieta has built the gallery’s reputation on finding diverse artists, and has hosted photographers, multi-media artists, printmakers and book artists.  Preis is the first artist living abroad to be featured in the gallery. He appeared at SCOPE Art Fair in Miami in December, and Arrieta, who also has strong ties to the Miami art scene, seized the opportunity to bring his work to FAU.

“I thought it would probably be the gallery’s only chance to get a contemporary European artist to show here,” said Arrieta. “It also keeps with my belief that it is important to showcase different types of conceptual art to show students what is going on in the art world and to showcase art they cannot see in this area.”

The MacArthur library’s hours are Sundays from 12:30 to 11 p.m.; Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.  For more information on the exhibition, contact Diane Arrieta at 561-799-8530 or, or visit


About FAU’s MacArthur Campus:

FAU’s MacArthur Campus in Jupiter offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The campus is home to the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Lifelong Learning Society, the Scripps Florida research facilities and the future site of the Max Planck Florida Institute.

About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit

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