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FAU Exhibition Features Selections from the John Morrissey Collection

BOCA RATON, FL (November 8, 2011) –The University Galleries in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University will present "Figured Spaces: Selections from the John Morrissey Collection," from Tuesday, November 29, 2011 through Saturday, February 11, 2012, in the Schmidt Center Gallery on FAU's Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The exhibition will feature works by 12 artists selected from the collection of West Palm Beach attorney John Morrissey. All of the artists present the human figure in spaces or environments that convey a wide range of psychological states and evoke strong emotional responses. Co-curators Karen J. Leader, assistant professor of art history, and W. Rod Faulds, director of the University Galleries, selected the works. An illustrated catalogue with an essay by Leader will be available. The exhibition and associated events are free and open to the public.

The 40 works in the exhibition include paintings, drawings and photographs, and range from intimately scaled drawings to paintings measuring over 10 feet. The selected artists employ human figuration in a wide variety of styles and sensibilities to present intriguing factual and imagined narratives and psychologies. Most of the artists have exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and other international venues. They include Natalie Frank, Katy Grannan, Hilary Harkness, Elisa Johns, Marina Kappos, Loretta Lux, Robyn O'Neil, Chloe Piene, Dasha Shishkin, Anj Smith, Mickalene Thomas and Su-en Wong.On Friday, February 3, in association with the exhibition, the University Galleries, the department of visual arts and art history, and the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will present a symposium titled "Taking the Space: Gender and the Figure in Contemporary Art." The symposium is organized by Leader and will feature internationally recognized art historian Linda Nochlin, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at New York University. The symposium will explore the figures and spaces included in the exhibition's art, as well as the exhibition space, the artist's figure and gendered spaces in the contemporary art world. Two artists from the "Figured Spaces" exhibition, along with Leader and other FAU faculty will speak during the symposium.

The University Galleries are open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Group and class tours are welcome and can be arranged by appointment during public and alternative hours. The exhibition will be closed for the winter semester break from December 17, 2011 through January 3, 2012.

"Figured Spaces: Selections from the John Morrissey Collection" is presented in association with the department of visual arts and art history, and has been made possible in part by John Morrissey. University Galleries exhibition and education programs are supported by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council; R.A. Ritter Foundation; Beatrice Cummings Mayer; the Sun-Sentinel Children's Fund; a fund of the McCormick Foundation; BankAtlantic Foundation; and individual contributors. For more information, visit or call 561-297-2966.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. 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. For more information, visit

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