FAU University Galleries




2009  2010 

Curiosities: Rick Valicenti + 21st Century Thirst 
Schmidt Center Gallery 
February 13  April 3, 2010

Opening Reception + Lecture by Rick Valicenti 
Friday, February 12, 2010

6  9 PM  |   Schmidt Center Gallery 
Lecture: 7  8 PM  |  PA 101 (lecture hall next to the Schmidt Center Gallery)


Curiosities: Rick Valicenti + 21st Century Thirst is a collaborative project of the University Galleries and the Department of Visual Arts and Art History with Professor of Art, Stephanie Cunningham, serving as guest curator. University Galleries are a division of the School of the Arts in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Ars and Letters. This and other exhibitions and programs are made possible in part by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the R.A. Ritter Foundation. Museum Education programs are made possible in part by the Julius Kauffman Fellowship and Beatrice Cummings Mayer. 

New Art: 2009 South Florida Cultural Consortium  Media and Visual Arts Fellowship Exhibition
Schmidt Center Gallery and Ritter Art Gallery  
September 12  October 31, 2009


Opening Reception
Friday, September 11, 2009
7:00  9:30 PM  |  Schmidt Center Gallery and Ritter Art Gallery 


Nights at the Galleries   the University Galleries will be open to the public and an hour after the Artists Talks on each of the three following evenings. The talks feature 5 of the 10 artists participating in the South Florida Cultural Consortium exhibition.


Thursday, September 24, 2009 
7 PM  |  PA 101 (lecture hall next to the Schmidt Center Gallery)  
Artist Talks with Miami-based Jim Drain who has just completed a major installation at the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, along with Broward County photographer Colby Katz whose current documentary photography explores the behind the scenes world of beauty pageants. Katz was awarded the Magenta Foundation's 2006 Emerging Photographer Award. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2009   CANCELLED  

7 PM  |  PA 101 (lecture hall next to the Schmidt Center Gallery)  
Artist Talk with Blane De St Croix, FAU associate professor of art (sculpture) returns from sabbatical and will discuss his active exhibition and residency experiences while living in New York City during 2008/09.

Thursday, October 22, 2009  
7 PM  |  PA 101 (lecture hall next to the Schmidt Center Gallery)  
Artists Talks with politically oriented Key West sculptor Karley Klopfenstein, whose work focuses on specific American military weaponry, rendered domestic with traditional craft techniques along with Miami-based Gavin Perry whose paintings and other works simultaneously pay tribute to, extend and subvert modernist notions of abstraction.







2008  2009 


Designing Intelligence? Continuing the Intelligent Design Project 
Schmidt Center Gallery 
January 30  April 3, 2009

Opening Reception

Friday, January 30, 2008 
6  9 PM  |  Schmidt Center Gallery


The exhibition and public programs coincide and include a series of events presented by the Anthropology Graduate Student Union (AGSU) in celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150-year anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. 


Wednesday, February 4, 2009    Intelligent Design and the Arguments for and Against the Existence of God 
7 PM  |  PA 101 (lecture hall next to Schmidt Center Gallery) 

A lecture by Simon Glynn, professor of philosophy at FAU, that examines the strengths and weaknesses surrounding arguments for and against the existence of God. 


Tuesday, February 10, 2009   Flock of Dodo's
4 PM  |  PS 227 
This 2006 documentary examines both sides of the evolution versus intelligent design controversy. Flock of Dodos also examines ways in which scientists can make their message more approachable to the public. (AGSU) 


Wednesday, February 11, 2009   Evolution Education Seminar   
7 PM  |  PS 109  
Teaching  science is a rewarding but sometimes challenging job. Deborah Cunningham, PhD will lead the workshop, discussing tools to make science education accurate and exciting. The evolution education seminar is geared towards biology teachers but is open to all teachers as well as the general public. (AGSU) 


Friday, February 13, 2009    Panel Discussion 
7 PM  |   GS 119  
Darwin's theory of natural selection has impacted many disciplines and changed the way we view the world. Come and learn how one theory has impacted biology, philosophy, psychology and anthropology as well as many other fields. (AGSU)


Wednesday, March 18, 2009    Deborah Aschheim Artist Talk
7 PM  |  PA 101 (lecture hall next to Schmidt Center Gallery)  
Artist Lecture with Deborah Aschheim, who holds degrees in both Anthropology and Art, creates installations based on invisible networks of perception and thought exploring the subject of memory, which has led her to collaborate with musicians and neuroscientists.


Thursday, March 26, 2009    Who We Are & How We Came to Be: Perspectives on Our Origin    
7 PM  |  PA 101 (lecture hall next to Schmidt Center Gallery)  
A symposium introduced by Robert McCarthy, assistant professor of anthropology at FAU and moderated by Simon Glynn brings together leaders from Buddhist, Hindu, Judaic, Seminole Indian, Islamic and scientific viewpoints to promote cross-cultural insight about the origins of humans. 


Thursday, April 2, 2009    Birth: A Storytelling Event  
7 PM  |  Schmidt Center Gallery  
A performance collage of cultural myths and personal stories focusing on varying perspectives of birth, creation and the creative process. Presented by students of Dr. Caren Neile's Social Drama Workshop and Storytelling classes.



Bodies of Work: Juried Student Exhibition 
Ritter Art Gallery  |   January 16 – February 27, 2009 
Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space  |   November 24 – December 18, 2008

Opening Reception + Lecture by Gean Moreno
Friday, January 16, 2009 
6  8 PM  |  Ritter Art Gallery
Lecture:  "Forget The Art Object"  6 PM  |  GCS 119




De Furia y Redención: El Arte de Oswaldo Guayasamín Of Rage and Redemption (The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamín) 
Schmidt Center Gallery 
September 19  December 6, 2008

Opening Reception + Lecture (featuring acoustic music by Kuyayky)

Friday, September 19, 2008 
6:30  9:30 PM  |  Schmidt Center Gallery  
6:30  6:55 PM  |  Exhibition Viewing 
7 PM  |  Pre-Opening Lecture by Galo Mora, Republic of Ecuador's Minister of Culture 


Friday, September 19, 2008 –  Southeast Conference on Andean and Amazonian Studies** 
12:00 PM  |  Holiday Inn Town Center, Boca Raton  

Keynote Address by Dr. Regina Harrison  
Insistent Images: Machu Picchu as Icon 
**Conference Registration and Lunch purchase required. Call Isabelle Schmidt for details: 561-297-3860  


Saturday, September 20, 2008 –  Southeast Conference on Andean and Amazonian Studies**  
12:00 PM  |  Holiday Inn Town Center, Boca Raton 
Keynote Address by Dr. Norman Whitten
Interculturality and the Indigenization of Modernity: A view from Amazonian Ecuador 

**Conference Registration and Lunch purchase required. Call Isabelle Schmidt for details: 561-297-3860 


Saturday, October 4, 2008 
8 PM / University Theatre (adjacent to Schmidt Center Gallery) 
Exhibition open 1/2 hour before and after concert. 


Thursday, October 9, 2008 
7 PM / Schmidt Center Gallery 
Andean Poetry Reading: An evening of bi-lingual poetry reading presented by undergraduate and graduate students from the Spanish Studies program. 

Thursday, October 16, 2008 
7 PM / AL 189 (Schmidt Center Gallery) 
Lecture by Michele Greet, Assistant Professor of Art History at George Mason University  
Art in the Andean World of Oswaldo Guayasamín  
Dr. Greet examines Guayasamín in the context of modern art and other Ecuadorian artists. She presents Indigenism not as style or theme, but rather as a constantly shifting strategy for interacting with an increasingly international art world. 

Friday, October 17, 2008 
3:30 PM / Schmidt Center Gallery 
Gallery Talk by Michele Greet, Assistant Professor of Art History at George Mason University


(exhibition open before & after screenings)  

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 
7 PM /  PA 101 (Schmidt Center Gallery) 
Ratas, ratones, rateros (Sebastián Cordero, 1999) ,  
Cordero's first feature film follows in the Ecuadorian and Latin American social realism tradition of. Ratas invokes similar themes, images, and aesthetics seen in other recent Latin American films such as  Rodrigo D. No futuro, Ciudade de Deus and Amores Perros. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 
7 PM, PA 101 (Schmidt Center Gallery)  
Que tan lejos (Tania Hermida, 2006)  
This first feature film by Tania Hermida who worked on the award-winning films  Cronicas (2004) and Maria Full of Grace (2004), is a road movie shot in the majestic Ecuadorian Andes. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 
7 PM, PA 101 (Schmidt Center Gallery)  
Primer día (Galo Recalde, 2001) and El poeta suicida (Darwin Robles, 1998 ).  
Miami-based Ecuadorian film-makers present their short films. Both Directors will present for a post-screening discussion.



Political Circus: A 3-Ring Reflection on the 2008 Election Campaigns 

Opening Reception and Symposium: 
6:30 PM- 9:30 PM / Ritter Art Gallery


6:30 PM / GS 119 

Ritter Art Gallery 
September 5 - November 1, 2008

Hating Hillary, Baiting Barack and  Mocking McCain’ 
- Jane Caputi, professor, Women’s Studies / Communication and Multimedia Studies 

Minority Competitor and Dominant Fears 
- Art Evans, professor, Sociology 

“Femininity Misogyny and the Male of the Presidential Species” 
- Christine Scodari, Professor, Communication and Multimedia Studies


With Visiting Artist: Kenneth Tin-Kim Hung


Thursday, September 25, 2008  
7 – 9 PM (Ritter Art Gallery) 

Spoken Word Café

Hosted by Dr. Caren Neile Director, South Florida Storytelling Project, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, School of the Arts

Let your voice be heard! Here’s your change to share your thoughts and feelings, either on the exhibition or on the political circus hat inspired it. Participants are invited to share a reading, artistic performance or impromptu remarks with the audience. Please limit each presentation to five minutes; more than one presentation per person is possible if time permits.

Advance sign-up is encouraged, but not required.






southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art 

Ritter Art Gallery 
January 26 – March 8, 2008 
Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space 
February 8 – April 5, 2008

Opening Reception 
Friday, February 8, 2008 
8 - 9:30 PM / Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space & Ritter Art Gallery 

Friday, February 8, 2008 
6:30 - 7:00 PM 

Performance by Irene Moon 

Friday, February 8, 2008 

Artists Panel Presentation with Avantika Bawa, Mike Calway-Fagen, Phillip Estlund, and Critz Campbell 

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 
12 noon / VA 105 

Artist Lecture by Cedric Smith



(Thematic exhibition with 22 international artists) 

Schmidt Center Gallery / Public Space 
November 9 – January 26, 2008


Opening Reception 
Friday, November 9, 7:30 - 9 PM 

Pre-Opening Curator and Artist Presentations with 
Diana Shpungin, guest curator; and artists Thordis Adalsteindottir, Andrew Scott Ross, Louisa Caldwell, and Boyce Cummings



Fear and Trembling 

Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space 
April 26 – July 15, 2007

An installation by Grzegorz Klaman, visiting Fulbright Scholar from Gdansk, Poland and Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in the Arts. 

Opening Lecture and Reception 
Thursday, April 26, 6-9 PM 

Lecture by Grzegorz Klaman with Aneta Szylak, Director, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, Poland


Weavings of War & Allison Smith

Opening Reception 
Thursday, February 8, 7:30-9pm 

Friday, February 9, 2007 
6:30 PM Gallery Talks with Marsha MacDowell and Allison Smith


Thursday, February 8, 4:30 pm – PA 101


Lecture: Weavings of War: Museums, Arts and Civic Engagement, By Marsha MacDowell,


Thursday, February 8, 6:30 pm – PA 101, Panel Discussion: Weaving, Women, War


With visiting scholar Marsha MacDowell; visiting artist Allison Smith; Jeffrey Morton, FAU associate professor of Political Science and Director, Peace Studies Program; Josephine Beoku-Betts, FAU associate professor of Women’s Studies.


Weavings of War & Allison Smit h (continued)


Public Opening Reception: Thursday, February 8, 7:30-9pm 
Friday, February 9, 6:30pm, Gallery Talks: with Marsha MacDowell and Allison Smith


February 9 – April 7, 2007 


Weavings of War: Fabrics of Memory 


Allison Smith: Banner Valance (an installation in association with Weavings of War).





Drawn In/Drawn Out: 
Diego Sing h , Glexis Novoa, Frances Trombly, Carol Prusa




Opening Reception & Gallery Talk with Rod Faulds, University Galleries Director and Carol Prusa: Thursday, January 18, 6:30-9pm


January 19 – February 24, 200 



2006 - 2007

November 10 – January 27, 2007 

2 Poster Shows: The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice & the Environment 1965 – 2005 and Graphic Noise: Art at 1,000 decibels

Thursday, November 9, 2006 7pm – PA 101: Pre-Opening Lecture: Elizabeth Resnick

2 Poster Shows :


Public Opening Reception: Thursday, November 9, 7-9:30 pm


Thursday, January 25, 2007 7pm – PA 101 
Lecture: Jeff Matz 
Silkscreen Demonstration/Workshop: Jeff Matz 
Saturday, January 27, 2007 1pm – VA 104



 September 15 – October 28, 2006 
Nu Art 06 - South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual & Media Artists Fellowship Exhibition


Public Opening Reception: Friday, September 15, 7-9:30 pm

Contemporary Artists Lecture Series in association with Nu Art 06:

Thursday, September 21, 7pm – PA 101: Allison Smith and Julie Kahn


Tuesday, October 3, 7pm – PA 101: Asser-Saint-Val and John Bailly 
Wednesday, October 11, 7pm: Eric Freedman and Chad Tingle


Gallery Talk with Eric Freedman – Ritter Art Gallery, 7pm 
Film Screening: Another Day Another Dollar with Chad Tingle – GCS 120, 7:45 pm


Tuesday, October 24, 7pm – PA 101: Tim Curtis and Christina Pettersson


February 10 – April 8, 2006 
Picturing Florida: Ellen Harvey and Mark Dean Veca

Picturing Florida was an Artist-in-Residence project involving 7 community organizations – schools, after school programs and senior centers - occurring over an 18-month period.

Thursday, September 29, 2005, 7 pm, PA 101 
Artist Lecture: Mark Dean Veca, Artist-in-Residence. Veca will create a large-scale mural in the Schmidt Center Gallery in early February 2006. 

Thursday, October 20, 2005, 7 pm, PA 101 
Artist Lecture: Ellen Harvey, Artist-in-Residence. Harvey will create an installation in the Schmidt Center Gallery in early February 2006.

Artists creating works on-site: January 27 – February 8, 2006 
Public Opening Reception: February 10, 2006


January 7- February 11, 2006 
Rebirth After the Holocaust: The Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950


Public Opening Reception: Sunday, January 22, 2-4pm; Gallery Talk: 1:30 pm


Presented by Hebrew Union College and the Human Rights and Holocaust Education Center, FAU College of Education.




November 4, 2005 – January 21, 2006 
Yvonne Rainer: Radical Juxtapositions 
1961 – 2002


Wednesday, November 2, 7 pm 
Film Screening with Yvonne Rainer 
A Film About a Woman Who… (1974) 
Presented as part of “Women Directors: From Margin to Center,” a series sponsored by FAU’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Program in Film and Video


Public Opening Reception: Thursday, November 3, 6 – 9 pm


Lecture by Yvonne Rainer (lecture @ 7:30 pm in PA 101).




Fall 2005 

September 9 - November 12, 2005 
It’s a Dog’s Life: Photographs by William Wegman from the Polaroid Collection 


Thursday, October 6, 7 pm 
Lecture by Charles Stainback, former Director of the International Center for Photography, New York City, and Site, Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Tuesday, October 11, 7 pm 
Lecture and Gallery Talk on William Wegman by Barbara Hitchcock, Director of Cultural Affairs, Polaroid Corporation. 

Saturday, November 12, 11 am – 2 pm 
(Humane Society Dog Walk at 9 am) 
Pictures & Pooches: A William Wegman Family Day Event: Children’s Art activities, photo contest and Tri-County Humane Society Dog Walk.


February 10 – April 8, 2006 
Picturing Florida: 
Ellen Harvey and Mark Dean Veca 

Artists creating works on-site 
January 27 – February 8, 2006

Thursday, September 29, 2005, 7 pm, PA 101 
Artist Lecture: Mark Dean Veca, Artist-in-Residence. Veca will create a large-scale mural in the Schmidt Center Gallery in early February 2006. 

Thursday, October 20, 2005, 7 pm, PA 101 
Artist Lecture: Ellen Harvey, Artist-in-Residence. Harvey will create an installation in the Schmidt Center Gallery in early February 2006.



November 4, 2005 – January 21, 2006


Yvonne Rainer: 
Radical Juxtapositions, 1961 – 2002

PUBLIC PROGRAMS featuring Yvonne Rainer 
Wednesday, November 2, 7 pm 
Film Screening with Yvonne Rainer 
A Film About a Woman Who… (1974) 
Presented as part of “Women Directors: From Margin to Center,” a series sponsored by FAU’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies 
and the Program in Film and Video.

Thursday, November 3, 6 – 9 pm, 
Opening Reception, Yvonne Rainer: Radical Juxtapositions, 1962 - 2002 & Lecture by Yvonne Rainer (lecture @ 7:30 pm in PA 101).



Fall 2003

October 24, 2003 - January 24, 2004 
Fourteen Contemporary Artists 
From Latin America 
Guest Curator: Giannina Dwin

November 20 Lecture: Eugenia Vargas 
Artist gives slide presentation and lecture about her work. 

November 13 Lecture: Carol Damian 
FIU Art History Professor lectures on Andean culture. 

October 24 Lecture: Elena Poniatowska 
Renowned journalist and writer lectures on Latin America. 

Exhibition Catalog: Giannina Dwin, FAU Visual Arts & Arts History Faculty. 
Catalog highlights life and work of the 14 Latin American artists included in CORPORAL.




Spring 2003 

January 30 - April 19, 2003 
Hey Yud Dalet 
Large scale drawings of Nazi 
Concentration Camps

April 5 Concert: Department of Music performs Holocaust-and exile-related music. 

March 27 Symposium: Faculty discusses intolerance and xenophobia.

March 20 Lecture: FIU Professor of Religious Studies, Oren Baruch Stier, Ph.D., discusses options for Holocaust commemoration.

Images of Intolerance: Catalog depicting anti-Semitism and other examples of intolerance.




Fall 2002

November 8, 2002 - January 18, 2003 
Lucy Orta: Nexus Arthitecture + 
Connector IV 
Sculpture that combines fashion design, architecture and social messages

November 8 Lecture: Gallery Director W. Rod Faulds and Lucy Orta: Nexus Arthitecture + and other panelists discuss Lucy Orta’s work and that of other contemporary artists.


September 11 - November 9, 2002 
Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs 
Photographic exhibition of images 
from the 9-11 disaster

September 11 Ceremony: Tree dedication and community ceremony in remembrance of September 11th victims. 

September 10 Discussion: Panel discussion on issues and perspectives surrounding the 9-11 attacks. 

September 9 Symposium: Student symposium focusing on reactions to the 9-11 attacks.



September 19 - October 26, 2002 
The Longest Winter 
Images of feelings, moods and wanderings of a desolate winter 
by several artists 
Guest Curator: Jean Moreno

October 17 Reading: Poet and author Wayne Koestenbaum reads from some of his books of prose. 

October 3 Lecture: Miami-based sculptor Westen Charles talks about his work. 

September 19 Talk: Guest curator Jean Moreno, Gallery director W. Rod Faulds and artists Genie Kell and Anne Howard give a talk on the exhibition.

Exhibition catalog: The Longest Winter explores the artists’ works.





Spring 2002




April 6 Festival of Nations 2002 
Asian/Caribbean Festival: Family entertainment and events 
to showcase Asian and Caribbean cultures 
Activities: Music, dance, food tasting, storytelling

Fall 2001

November 9, 2001 - January 19, 2002 
Mark Catesby’s Travels in La Florida 1722- 1726 
Prints of 18th century artist Mark Catesby’s 
watercolors of nature and the environment

November 9 Lecture: Chief Curator, Worcester Museum of Art, talks about Mark Catesby’s natural art in a lecture titled “Mark Catesby and His Transatlantic Supporters.”

Concurrently showing: 
Natural Histories - Artists Forage 
Work of nine naturalist artists

January 18 Lecture/Symposium: artist Jay Critchley uses slides and talks about his work that focuses on the environment, social criticism and performance. 

January 16 Lecture/Symposium/Book Signing: Native American author Linda Hogan lectures on her writing on native traditions and the environment.


September 8 - November 10, 2001 
Life and work of artist Dick Higgins 

Also showing: 
October 17 - 27 2001 Biennial FAU Art Faculty Exhibition




November 13 Reading: Albert Goldbarth, distinguished professor from Wichita State University, reads from his numerous volumes of poetry. 

October 29 Gallery Talk: Art Historian Hannah Higgins presents a walking tour of the exhibition. 

October 23 Reading: Author Fanny Howe reads a selection of her poems. 

October 17 Lecture: Art Critic Peter Frank talks about modern and contemporary art.


October 5 Student Readings: FAU students read poetry from the University’s literary magazine, Coastlines.




Spring 2001


March 10 - April 14, 2001 
MARKS of the SOUL: Poetics, Philosophies, Religions of Eight 
Caribbean Artists

March 26 - 31, 2001 
Symposium & Film Series on 
Caribbean Identity, Location and Migration

March 30 Film Screening: Maria Antonia (Cuba) with panel discussion on African retentions in Cuban film. 
Film Screening: Eyes of the Rainbow and My Footsteps in Baragua (Cuba). 

An evening with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott who reads from his book Tiepolo’s Hound. 

March 29 Colloquium: Identify, Place and Migration with a Focus on the Caribbean Idea of Place. 
Film Screening: Brincando El Charco Portrait of a Puerto Rican.

March 28 Panel Discussion: African Poetics, Philosophies and Religions in Contemporary Caribbean Art.

March 27 Panel Discussion: Black & Blackness - Exploring historical similarities and differences among people of color.

March 26 - 31 Caribbean Festival: Dance, Music and Storytelling representing various Caribbean cultures.

March 31 Panel Discussion: Visions & Steoreotypes 
Film Screening: Dancehall Queen with panel discussion on Jamaican popular culture. 
Panel Discussion: Caribbean Aesthetics with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott 
Film Screening: Ava and Gabriel (Holland/Curacao)




Fall 2000

November 11 - December 22, 2000 
Never Never Land 
Artists whose works represent the 
Disney phenomenon and other commercial fantasies 
Guest Curator: Omar Lopez-Chahoud

November 10 Panel Discussion: The concept and culture of Disney. 
Exhibition Catalog: Dick Hebdige, Dean, California Institute of the Arts 
Explanation of Disney style and culture.






Women of the Book 
Jewish Artists Jewish Themes

February 15 - March 26, 2000

February 29 Readings: Novelist Rayna Rubenstein Harris reads from her book in progress, which is set in Jerusalem. 
Nancy Kalikow Maxwell reads from her essays 
reflecting Jewish themes. 

February 15 Lecture: Artist Carol Hamoy discusses her work.

February 13 Artists' Panel Discussion: Jewish themes.


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