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MEDIA CONTACT:   Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Presents 'Bodies of Work' Student Art Exhibition

BOCA RATON (January 8, 2009) – The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present “Bodies of Work,” an exhibition featuring five FAU student artists, from Saturday, January 17 through Friday, February 27, in the Ritter Art Gallery on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The exhibition was juried by Gean Moreno, a Miami-based artist, critic and curator. There will be an opening reception and lecture by Moreno on Friday, January 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The lecture will take place in General Classroom South, room 119, and the reception will follow in the Ritter. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

FAU art students are rarely able to exhibit a group of works, or a “body of work,” in exhibitions on campus. They are usually only able to show one or two works at a time. The “Bodies of Work” competition and exhibition was designed to feature a smaller group of advanced student artists whose portfolios were developed enough to present up to eight works. Over 30 student artists competed for the opportunity to exhibit.

The selected student artists include four undergraduate students. These are painters Vanessa Diaz and Patrick McElligott, and mixed media artists Madison Ohamne and Sue Stevens. There is also one graduate student painter, Kim Spivey. The selected artists’ works perhaps demonstrate juror Moreno’s preferences for conceptually-based artwork since most of the works are either abstract painting or are based in video and photographic technologies.

The Ritter Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Group tours are encouraged and can be arranged during public hours and at other times by appointment. Please call the Galleries at 561-297-2966 for tour information.

The “Bodies of Work” exhibition is made possible in part through generous support from FAU Student Government. The University Galleries also receive support from the State of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts; The Palm Beach County Cultural Council; The R.A. Ritter Foundation; and individual contributors.

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