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FAU Exhibition Features South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Recipients

BOCA RATON, FL (August 17, 2009) – The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present an exhibition of works by the recipients of the 2009 South Florida Cultural Consortium Media and Visual Artists Fellowship.  The exhibition will run from Saturday, September 12 through Saturday, October 31 in both the Schmidt Center Gallery and the Ritter Art Gallery on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.  There will be an opening reception in both galleries to honor the artists on Friday, September 11 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.  The reception, exhibition, and public programs are free and open to the public.

            The 2009 recipients are: Ali Codina (Miami-Dade), James Drain (Miami-Dade), Gean Moreno (Miami-Dade), Gavin Perry (Miami-Dade), Frances Trombly (Miami-Dade), Colby Katz (Broward), Samantha Salzinger (Broward), Nancy Spielman (Broward), Blane De St. Croix (Palm Beach) and Karley Klopfenstein (Monroe).  Fellowships were awarded at $15,000 and $7,500 levels as selected by regional and national panels of visual art professionals. The $15,000 fellowships are the largest awards to individual artists provided by any local arts agency in the United States. To be eligible for the fellowship, the artists must live in one of the southeastern counties of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Martin and Monroe. 

            Three of the artists have ties to FAU, including Spielman, who graduated from the Masters of Fine Arts program from FAU’s department of visual arts and art history in 2006; Moreno, who taught at FAU as an adjunct professor in Fall 2008 and acted as juror for a two-part student exhibition Bodies of Work; and De St. Croix, Associate Professor of sculpture in FAU’s Department of Visual Arts and Art History, who recently returned from a one-year sabbatical.

In association with the exhibition, the University Galleries will present “Nights at the Galleries,” when the University Galleries will open to the public an hour before and after with artist talks by five of the participating artists:

 Thursday, September 24, 2009, 7 p.m. Artist Talks with Miami-based Jim Drain who has just completed a major installation at the Blouton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin along with Broward County photographer Colby Katz, whose current documentary photography explores the behind the scenes world of child beauty pageants.

Thursday, October 22, 2009, 7 p.m.  Artist Talks with politically-oriented Key West sculptor Karley Klopfenstein whose work focuses on specific American military weaponry, rendered domestic with traditional craft techniques along with Miami-based Gavin Perry whose paintings and other works simultaneously pay tribute to, extend and subvert modernist notions of abstraction.  The Galleries will also host a lecture by faculty member and sculptor Blane De St Croix at a later date.

The University Galleries exhibitions are open to the public Tuesday through Friday 1 – 4 p.m., Saturday 1 – 5 p.m. and other times convenient for school and group tours by appointment.

The exhibition and fellowship program are made possible in part through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the boards of county commissioners of Broward, Miami-Dade, Martin and Monroe counties; and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.

For further information, call 561-297-2661 or visit www.fau.edu/galleries.

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