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FAU Faculty Member Receives Guggenheim Award


            BOCA RATON (May 10, 2010) – Blane de St. Croix, associate professor inFlorida Atlantic University’s department of visual arts and art history in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, was recently awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. De St. Croix was one of 180 scientists, artists and scholars from the United States and Canada to receive this prestigious award. The recipients were chosen from over 3,000 applicants, and award amounts averaged $43,000.

            Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

“This is the highest honor one can receive for creative work in the arts or humanities research in the country,” said Manjunath Pendakur, dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “I am extremely proud of Professor De St. Croix for bringing such national level recognition to his artistry and prestige to FAU.”

De St. Croix's recent body of work explores the geopolitical landscape through drawing and sculptural installation. He conducts extensive research on each project through site visits, photographic documentation, interviews and satellite imagery. Employing a combination of natural and industrial materials, his interest lies in articulating humankind's desire to take command over the earth, revealing distinct conflicts with ecology, politics and ourselves in large-scale installations that utilize architectural space in a distinct, powerful and imposing manner.

        “Blane de St Croix is a prolific artist and sculptor who is creating work of exceptional artistic merit,” said Linda Johnson, chair of FAU’s department of visual arts and art history. “Recognized nationally and internationally, Blane pushes the boundaries of sculpture and extended media and in that is at the forefront of re-defining contemporary art.”

        De St. Croix’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally in venues that include Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; the New York Center for Art and Media Studies; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; Djerassi Sculpture Park, Woodside, CA; Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO; and many others.

        For more information about FAU’s department of visual arts and art history, call 561-297-3870.

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