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Installation Art by Felecia Chizuko Carlisle Inaugurates ‘southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art’

BOCA RATON, Fla. (October 21, 2013) – The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present a site-specific installation by Miami-based artist, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle as the first in a series of “southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art” exhibitions from Saturday, Nov. 2 through Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  Carlisle’s installation will be presented in the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space, a large hallway space in the Performing Arts Building, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. There will be an opening lecture with the artist on Friday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the lecture hall adjacent to the exhibition space. The exhibition and the opening are free and open to the public.

Born in Florida, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle graduated from the University of West Florida and then went on to attain a M.F.A. degree at San Francisco Art Institute. Carlisle’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Miami Art Museum and University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, as well as Sarai Media Lab in Dehli, India. In 2013, Carlisle was awarded residency at OxBow Artist Residency, an affiliate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Saugatuck, Mich., and was also a local resident at Cannonball, a leading nonprofit arts organization in Miami. Her work is also a part of the Margulies Collection. Felecia Chizuko Carlisle currently lives and works in Miami and is represented by Emerson Dorsch.

Carlisle’s multi-media installation, titled “EE-glee’s Gate,” transforms the entranceway of the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space. The large foyer of the art building is enhanced with color and light through video projections of animated drawings that produce a soft sense of movement and transformation as students pass through. This work draws from the history of Gothic architecture and translates some of the aesthetic and conceptual underpinnings of the period.

“southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art” presents current emerging and lesser known mid-career artists from several southeastern states. FAU had similar exhibitions in 2005, 2008 and 2011. Rather than selecting and presenting artists employing a theme, the exhibition presents artists from the southeast region who would otherwise not be seen in South Florida, home to a growing international visual arts center in greater Miami. The goal of the exhibition is to present a diversity of approaches to contemporary art making, while also representing studio art disciplines taught in FAU’s Department of Visual Arts and Art History.

In addition to the Felecia Carlisle installation, the “southXeast” project will continue with exhibitions in the Ritter Art Gallery from Saturday, Jan. 25 through Saturday, March 1, 2014 and an exhibition in the Schmidt Center Gallery from, Saturday, Feb. 22 through Thursday, March 27, 2014.

The University Galleries are open Tuesdays through Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. The exhibition in the Schmidt Center Gallery will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 through Saturday, Nov. 30 for Thanksgiving as well as Saturday, Dec. 14 through Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 for winter break. The Galleries are also open during other hours for class, school and group tours by appointment. 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 park in metered spots, or stop at the information booth on Glades Road and Northwest 10th Avenue to obtain a parking pass.

The “southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern 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.

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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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