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Four Internationally Known Artists in Residence at FAU to Create New Works and Present Lecture

                BOCA RATON, FL (October 9, 2007) –   The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will host four international artists this fall as they work to create and install works for FAU’s upcoming “Delicatessen” exhibition. These four artists – Thordis Adalsteindottir, Jane Benson, Luisa Caldwell and Andrew Scott Ross - will also participate in a public panel presentation on the evening of the opening of the “Delicatessen” exhibition, Friday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. The program will be followed by an opening reception. All events and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

“Delicatessen,” which will be on display in FAU’s Schmidt Center Gallery from November 9 through January 26, presents 22 contemporary artists whose work has been assembled to demonstrate how artists often employ mundane materials or ideas to make beautiful and meaningful works of art. The exhibition was developed by Diana Shpungin, artist and adjunct professor in FAU’s department of visual arts and art history.

Iceland native Thordis Adalsteinsdottir will begin working at FAU the week of October 29.   She will create a 150-foot long wall painting on the walls of the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space, a lobby corridor adjacent to the Schmidt Center Gallery. Adalsteinsdottir employs a figurative painting style that is full of sly humor as well as emotional expression. She studied art in Barcelona and New York City before receiving a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Adalsteinsdottir has had solo shows at Kobayashi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan in 2007, the Reykjavik Art Museum, Kjarvalstadir, Reykjavik Iceland in 2006 and the Stefan Stux Gallery in 2004.

The three other visiting artists all create three-dimensional works that require their expertise to install. Andrew Scott Ross, a native New Yorker, creates elaborate paper cutouts involving numerous realistic looking shadow figures. Luisa Caldwell, also from New York, creates exuberant decorative hanging works made from discarded candy wrappers. Jane Benson’s work in “Delicatessen” presents a de-feathered swan in a mirrored aquarium-like showcase that multiplies the bird infinitely. Benson was born in England and received her undergraduate degree from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.

All of the visiting artists will be assisted by FAU undergraduate and graduate art students. During their visits, the artists will also make presentations in FAU art classes and participate in reviews of student art work.

                The University Galleries are open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m.. The galleries are closed Sunday and Monday. Adult groups, public school field trips and university classes are welcome at alternative hours by appointment. Guided tours for groups are also available by appointment.

“Delicatessen” is made possible in part by a grant from the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. University Galleries programs are made possible in part through support from The State of Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; Palm Beach County Cultural Council; R.A. Ritter Foundation; FAU Student Government through student activity fees; and individual friends of the University Galleries. Sherwin Williams Paints and Sun Belt Rentals are exhibition production sponsors.

For more information about FAU’s University Galleries, call 561-297-2966.

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