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FAU Exhibition to Feature Photography by Students of the Boys & Girls Clubs and High School Student Artists of Palm Beach County

BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 12, 2013) - The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will collaborate with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County to present ImageMakers, their national photography competition, as well as with the Lantana Lodge No. 372 Free and Accepted Masons’ 2013 Liberty Art Contest for high school students of Palm Beach County. The combined exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, March 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Schmidt Center Public Space in the Performing Arts Building, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The exhibition will run through Saturday, March 30 and is free and open to the public.

“Photography helps build confidence as the children discover their hidden artistic skills,” said Dennis Young, director of computer education for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “Many of the participants have never touched a camera before. In the five years we have sponsored the program, the young photographers have become better and more creative. The photos truly are amazing.”

ImageMakers will feature photography by children from the 13 Boys & Girls Clubs in Palm Beach County. These children, ages 6 to17, learn photography skills and take photographs during scheduled club field trips within the community. ImageMakers is part of the organization’s participation in a national photography competition. In addition to Young, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County participate in the project under the guidance of Anton Spalding, core technology specialist.

More than 7,500 children participate in the Boys & Girls Clubs program at one of 13 clubhouses throughout Palm Beach County. The Boys & Girls Club is the county’s largest not-for-profit youth development organization dedicated to serving youth from 6 to 18 years of age, particularly those from disadvantaged circumstances.

The Liberty Art Contest features students from Palm Beach County High Schools, ages 15 to 18. These students learn photography skills and take photographs during scheduled school trips and after school club hours. Lantana Lodge holds this event to promote arts in the schools, encouraging many local high schools to participate. Local artists from Palm Beach County will judge the Liberty Art Contest and a $50 prize will be awarded to the top three winners, which is made possible by charitable donations from Lantana Lodge No. 372 Free and Accepted Masons.

The combined exhibition will be hosted at FAU by the University Galleries Museum Education Program, a program that engages FAU students in providing art education services through interactive tours of exhibitions and providing studio art experiences for school-aged children.

This project is produced by the University Galleries' Museum Education Program in collaboration with The Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. Museum Education Programs are made possible by the Kaye Endowment for Arts Integration.

The University Galleries’ programs are made possible in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Museum Education programs are made possible in part by the R.A. Ritter Foundation, the Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund, a fund of the McCormick Foundation and the BankAtlantic Foundation.

The University Galleries are free and open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, from 1 to 5 p.m. Classes and groups are welcome during public hours or by appointment. For more information, call 561-297-2661 or visit


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and 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. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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