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FAU Presents Sculptor and Multi-media Artist Deborah Aschheim

BOCA RATON, FL (March 5, 2009) – California-based sculptor and multi-media artist Deborah Aschheim will give a public lecture on her art on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Building, room 101, on Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The lecture is presented in association with the current FAU exhibition, “Designing Intelligence? Continuing the Intelligent Design Project” in the Schmidt Center Gallery, that includes examples of Aschheim’s work. The lecture is presented by the University Galleries, School of the Arts, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and is sponsored by FAU Student Government. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Deborah Aschheim’s art, while abstract in form, is often concerned with memory and “nueral architecture,” a term the artist uses to refer to the human body’s “wiring.” In its grandest sense, Aschheim presents her work in large gallery installations where electronically lit wires sprawl and criss-cross through space. Where the wires intersect there are often miniature video monitors that contain films influenced by the artist’s childhood memories. She has most recently exhibited such large scale installation projects at Illinois State University at Normal and at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, where she is currently serving as an artist-in-residence.

Aschheim  has also completed such installations for museum exhibitions at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville and at the Laguna Beach Museum of Art in California. In addition to these one-person exhibitions, Aschheim has been included in numerous museum and gallery group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including shows at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University; Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and in exhibitions in Thailand and Belgium.

             The artist earned a bachelors degree in both anthropology and studio art from Brown University, and then completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Washington in Seattle. From 2001to 2005, she taught at the University of California, Irvine, and from 1996 to 2000, she was an assistant professor of art at Drew University in New Jersey.

The “Designing Intelligence: Continuing the Intelligent Design Project” exhibition continues in the Schmidt Center Gallery through April 4 on Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 – 4 p.m. and Saturdays 1 to 5 p.m. Group and class tours are welcome at these and other hours by appointment. Programs at the University Galleries are made possible in part by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council; Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts Council; and contributions from individuals. For more information, visit  or call 561-297-2966.


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