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FAU’s MacArthur Campus Library Presents “Blind Heritage” and “From the Backyard to the Backwoods”

Exhibitions of Sculpture-like Dresses and Wildlife Photos Run Simultaneously

              BOCA RATON, FL (May 9, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s John D. MacArthur Campus Library is hosting two exhibitions, “Blind Heritage” and “From the Backyard to the Backwoods,” Tuesday, May 15, through Saturday, August 11, on FAU’s Jupiter campus, located at 5353 Parkside Drive.

 “Blind Heritage” is an exhibition of sculpture-like formal dresses by Denise Moody-Tackley. She uses safety pins, garbage bags, mops, doormats, bedspreads, mattress covers and a myriad of seemingly insignificant objects to construct the garments.

Moody-Tackley, a Boca Raton resident and a 2004 FAU graduate, grew up in New York. Her work is deeply involved in the deconstruction of the American feminine myth with an acidic commentary on female identity.

             “For years, I have been confronted with gender issues, boundary concerns, class differences and the interpretation of the feminine identity,” said Moody-Tackley. “With the help of everyday objects that are inherent to a woman’s life, I create puns, wry and biting remarks about traditional women’s roles.”

Her work has been most recently shown at the 10 th International Open at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. She is a 2006 winner of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Artist Fellowship.

             Diane Arrieta, exhibition chairman at the MacArthur Campus Library, said Moody-Tackley’s exhibition is a must see.   “The craftsmanship is excellent, as well as the conceptual elements to her work,” said Arrieta.

The exhibit, “From the Backyard to the Backwoods,” is by Matthew Hyner, a West Palm Beach photographer and graphic artist. He focuses on wildlife and Florida landscapes.

 While Hyner has had a strong interest in photography since a young age, it wasn’t until five years ago when he moved from Long Island,   N.Y., where he grew up, that he became inspired by the beauty of Florida birds and wildlife. He has traveled throughout the East Coast, California, New Mexico and the Caribbean on various photography adventures.  

             “The goal of my work has been to build an understanding and awareness for the wildlife I’ve photographed within the public eye by trying to express the inner essence and emotion of who and what these creatures are,” said Hyner.

             Hyner displays his work at the Sailfish Marina on Singer Island during the weekly Sunset Celebration. He has received many awards, including a first place award at the 2006 MacART Exhibition at FAU, honorable mentions in Natures Best magazine and the 2005 Palm Beach Post nature photo contest.

             “Matt Hyner's photographs transport you outside to nature and give you a calm feeling of tranquility,” said Arrieta. “We are thrilled he is sharing them with the library.”

             The library’s hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 561-799-8530.

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