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

FAU Student Receives Grant to Exhibit at Puerto Rico International Art Fair

            BOCA RATON (September 26, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University student Michael Burdman, a visual arts and art history major who specializes in sculpture and ceramics, has received an invitation to exhibit in the Puerto Rico International Art Fair (ARWI) in October 2008.   He also received a stipend of $4,000 to cover the costs associated with the exhibition.

            “This is an outstanding opportunity for an undergraduate student,” said Blane De St. Croix, associate professor in the department of visual arts and art history.   “These invitations are usually offered to professional artists with a number of years of show experience, not a student.”

Burdman’s works are kinetic sculptures made from metal and wood.   They consist of tracks and balls that follow paths from the top of the four to five feet sculptures to the bottom.   His work caught the attention of one of the curators of ARWI while on exhibition at Edge Zones during Art Basel Miami Beach of December 2007.   Burdman and three other FAU students were able to have their works at Edge Zones through a show sponsored by FAU’s student government.   The students were chosen through a juried exhibition at FAU which was judged by FAU faculty members.

            “I was very fortunate to be part of the Edge Zones exhibition during Art Basel,” said Burdman.   “Through the exhibition, FAU has given me the opportunity to have my works seen by an international audience.”

            Burdman is giving back to FAU by being a part of student government and activities.   He is currently the chief justice for FAU’s student government.   Burdman helped to create the very first “Owl Book,” a traditions guide for incoming freshmen at FAU.   He also helped to organize a trip for 55 students to FAU’s inaugural 2008 football game against the University of Texas in Austin, and he helps to create the cardboard and wood effigies that are used at the bonfires preceding some of FAU’s home football games.

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

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