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FAU Presents the 2013 Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition

BOCA RATON, Fla. (August 29, 2013) – The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present the “2013 Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition” from Saturday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Schmidt Center Gallery, and Saturday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 9 in the Ritter Art Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

The exhibition features recent art by more than 30 artists that teach in University programs, including the Department of Visual Arts and Art History, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, School of Architecture. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning in the Schmidt Center Gallery and concluding in the Ritter Art Gallery. In addition, for the second year in a row, the “films4peace” series will be screened on an ongoing basis in the Ritter Art Gallery. Curated by Mark Coetzee, “films4peace” is an annual short film commissioned by PUMA.Peace, featuring 21 of today’s most innovative artists visually interpreting the subject of peace. The exhibition and opening are all free and open to the public.

The 2013 Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition includes a great variety of media and artistic styles, from traditional drawing, painting and sculpture to video and photographic works that demonstrate the preponderance of electronic and digital art works in contemporary art. In addition, some artists have developed new site-specific installations for the exhibition. The exhibition is an opportunity for students to see art made by their professors and instructors, and for the general public to see the wide range of visual arts that are produced and taught by FAU faculty. FAU’s visual arts, multimedia studies and architecture programs engage more than 3,000 students through faculty who combine teaching with their production of art both directly related to what they teach as well as art work that inspires and informs the subjects they teach.

The University Galleries are open Tuesdays through Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. The exhibition in the Ritter Art Gallery will close Saturday, Nov. 9, and the Schmidt Center Gallery will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 – Saturday, Nov. 30 for Thanksgiving. The Galleries also are open during other hours for class, school and group tours by appointment. The University Galleries recommend that visitors park and view the Schmidt Center Gallery first and then walk to the Ritter Art Gallery (a five-minute walk). The Schmidt Center Gallery is located in the Performing Arts building (No. 51) marked by a tall, white cubicle tower. Parking on the University campus is subject to strict regulations. Visitors should stop at the information booth on Glades Road and NW 10th Avenue to get a parking pass or park in metered spots.

The 2013 Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Department of Visual Arts and Art History. The University Galleries exhibition and education programs are supported in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, R.A. Ritter Foundation, Beatrice Cummings Mayer and individual contributors. Museum Education programs are made possible by the Kaye Endowment for Arts Integration.

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

-FAU-

About Florida Atlantic University:
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 www.fau.edu.

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