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FAU Presents Annual Juried Student Exhibition

BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 12, 2013) - The University Galleries and the Department of Visual Arts and Art History in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University will present the annual Juried Student Art Exhibition from Friday, March 22 through Saturday, April 6 in the Ritter Art Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. An opening reception and award ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public.      

The annual exhibition is open to all FAU students who may submit up to three works in any media. Typically 80 to 100 students enter works and the selected exhibition presents approximately one-third of the submitted works. This year’s jurors are South Florida-based visual artist Phillip Estlund, and gallery owner Nina Johnson-Milewski.

Estlund lives and works in West Palm Beach and is represented in Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach. He was born in Athens, Greece and received his B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Recent exhibitions include WORK/SPACE, ACME, Los Angeles; Subprime/Subtropics, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Fla.; and I Won’t Grow Up, Cheim & Read, New York. He is also a 2012 recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Grant and has exhibited with the University Galleries on two occasions including the 2008 southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art Exhibition and the 2012 New Art: South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship Exhibition.

Johnson-Milewski is the director and owner of Gallery Diet in the Wynwood arts district of Miami, as well as the founder and publisher of the Miami Rail – an editorial expansion of the Brooklyn Rail. Gallery Diet has produced more than 30 solo and group exhibitions by new and emerging artists around the world and the gallery documents these exhibitions on a yearly basis in a hard cover publication. Johnson-Milewski has been interviewed and featured in publications and online journals and blogs, including the New York Times, New Times Miami, by Nikki Novo, and

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The University Galleries are closed Sunday and Monday.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the FAU Student Government, Boca Raton campus, through student activity fees. 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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