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FAU’s Department of Visual Arts and Art History Hosts Open House

BOCA RATON, Fla. (October 31, 2013) – The Department of Visual Arts and Art History in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts And Letters at Florida Atlantic University will host an open house on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Building (PA), Visual Arts Center, Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, and T-10 Graduate Studios, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The activities, which complement the University Admissions Open House scheduled to take place that morning, will showcase the visual art studios, MFA candidate art works and the 2013 Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition in the Schmidt Center Gallery. The open house is free and open to the public.

The activities will begin with a welcome introduction by Brian McConnell, interim chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Art History, and will include spotlight talks in PA 101 and informal Q & A sessions with faculty and graduate students in their studios. Visitors will have a chance to meet FAU’s talented visual arts faculty and tour the Department’s studio facilities, including the T-10 graduate studios, where a Wood Firing and Soda Firing will occur with the ceramics area. The Jaffe Center for book arts will be open for viewing and visitors can print on the Vandecook 4 Proofing Press. Other highlights include “Bring in your T and We’ll Print it for Free” by the printmaking studios and viewings of Carol Prusa’s “Cradle, 2005” an installation in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing as part of the “Art in State Buildings” project. There will also be a family art activity led by the University Galleries Museum Education staff. All ages are welcome to create their own artwork using recycled materials.

Concurrently, the University Galleries is presenting the 2013 Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition that includes a variety of media and approaches to art-making by faculty from the Department of Visual Arts and Art History, the School of Communications and Multimedia Studies, and the College for Design and Social Inquiry. The exhibition presents traditional drawing, painting and sculpture along with digital media. Student-led tours of this exhibition will occur from 1- 4 p.m.

   There will also be a concert presented by FAU’s Commercial Music Ensembles, which present popular hits and original tunes, directed by James E. Cunningham and Alejandro Sanchez-Samper. The concert will take place in the University Theatre.

Free Shuttle Bus service between all venues will be running for the duration of the open house. The Visual Arts Open House is presented in collaboration with the department of Visual Arts and Art History and the University Galleries. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

For more information, call 561-297-2966 or 561-297-2661.


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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