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FAU Exhibition Features Art by Students of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County

BOCA RATON (December 19, 2011)– The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will host the annual “Art with a Heart” exhibition titled, “Coexist,” featuring visual art from the students of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. This year’s exhibition is part of a national competition and will be presented in FAU’s Ritter Art Gallery on the Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road, in association with FAU’s Museum Education Program. An opening reception will take place on Friday, January 6, 2012 from 6 to 9 p.m. Exhibition hours are Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 1 to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, January 10, 2012 from 1 to 4 p.m. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County are part of the more than 4,300 clubs across the country joining in a search to identify talented young artists. The competition is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) National Fine Arts Exhibit program, a comprehensive initiative promoting young people’s creativity and encouraging artistic skills and cultural enrichment.

The University Galleries have presented this annual exhibition since 2008. The University Galleries’ Museum Education Program also partner with the Jim and Jane Moran Boys and Girls Club in Deerfield Beach by providing interns to assist the club’s visual arts teachers. FAU students provide interactive exhibition tours and arts education outreach programs in school and in after school settings.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County teach and inspire budding young artists through their acclaimed Art with a Heart fine arts program. Under the guidance of senior art director Barbara Gore Fedderman, the visual arts program has grown from a traditional arts and crafts program to an inspirational and high-quality fine arts program.

“Our art instructors teach club members not only basic visual art skills, but they also teach about the lives, influence and techniques of master artists,” said Fedderman. “The program provides our youth with a nurturing, non-judgmental and serene atmosphere where they develop self confidence, embrace their inner selves and paint their futures one brushstroke at a time.”

The success of the program is evidenced by the 12 national winners the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County have had in the past nine years.

The Ritter Art Gallery is located immediately west of the S.E. Wimberly Library on the second floor of the breezeway on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The University Galleries programs are made possible in part by a grant from the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. Museum Education programs are made possible in part by the Julius Kaufman fellowship and Beatrice Cummings Mayer.

For more information, 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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