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Art Gallery Hosts Public Reception for Student Art Exhibition Opening April 17

FORT MYERS, FL - The public is invited to an opening reception for the Florida Gulf Coast University bi-annual juried Student Art Exhibit 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 17 in the Arts Complex Art Gallery. The exhibit runs through Saturday, May 10.

Students working in sculpture, drawing, painting and ceramics studios showcase their finest work for the spring exhibition. About 100 works of art demonstrating students’ accomplishments and experiments will be featured.

In addition to the juried works of art, senior projects by students majoring in art will be featured throughout the Arts Complex:

Art Gallery     Jenny Ryals, Naples

Printmaking Studio     Maureen
Cawlfield, Naples

Corridor     Sasha Storsberg, Englewood

Recording Studio     Christy Thrasher, Naples

Recording Studio     Caitlin Sonnichsen, Fort Myers

FGCU art faculty members Patricia J. Fay, Kate Kramer, Morgan T. Paine, Carl Schwartz and Mary Sullivan Voytek served as jurors.

Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, excluding holidays observed by the University.

To make a reservation for the reception, contact the gallery at (239) 590-7222 or

For more information about the exhibit, contact gallery director Kate Kramer at (239) 590-7222 or .

Download an accompanying high-resolution image from the juried exhibit at: by artist Jeffrey Scott Lewis of Fort Myers, The Red, Black & Blue, oil on canvas, 2003. Artist’s statement:

“This is not an anti-war statement, nor is it un-patriotic. It is simply a statement of how things are in the post 9/11 United States of America. Nothing is as it seems. The inspiration came from the famous flag images of Jasper Johns from the 1950s, a much simpler time.

“The image is mirrored. Maybe we all need to look at ourselves in a new mirror. The red has been changed to blue and the blue to red. The stars are in their proper places, only they are turned, tilted, and askew. I think many people feel this way. The black may seem ominous or depressing, yet it replaces white, which is the universal color for the flag of surrender. I feel that the color white has no place in our National symbol at this point in history. We will not surrender to terrorism. We may be Black & Blue, bruised and battered, but we will prevail.”

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