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FGCU Art Gallery Opens 'Puzzling Realism' Exhibition with Public Reception Oct. 6

FORT MYERS, FL -Florida Gulf Coast University invites the public and media to the opening reception for "Puzzling Realism: Paintings by Lynne Davison and Steve Levin" 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6 in the Art Complex art gallery. The show runs Oct. 6 through Nov. 17.

The exhibition features more than a dozen works by Naples-based painter Lynn Davison and more than 20 paintings by Steve Levin, professor of art at William College in Williamstown, Mass.

"These two painters are exploring representational painting in complex and compelling ways," exhibition organizer and FGCU associate professor of art Morgan T. Paine said. "Both use, in different ways, pictorial space and representational strategies, to create stories that are unsettling and complicated, but both encourage us to 'puzzle-out' what it means to be human."

Davison is one of Florida's most accomplished painters of the figure. Born in St. Albans, Vt., she attended both the Ringling School of Art and the University of South Florida. Her work is included in more than 15 public collections including the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto, Penn. Working primarily in oil on canvas, her large figurative works offer a portion of an unfolding narrative that captures a moment but provokes questions about origins and aftermaths.

Levin holds a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of California at Davis where he studied with internationally acclaimed painter Wayne Thiebaud. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has a Bachelor of Arts in studio art from Reed College in Portland. He lives in Williamstown where he is professor of art at Williams College since 1989. Levin constructs then renders with oil paint on thin sheets of metal, the eclectic combinations of objects that evoke the "Curiosity Cabinets" prized by early Renaissance humanists.

FGCU invites the public to two free talks with the artist in Art Complex 153. Levin speaks about his career and shows examples of his work immediately following the opening reception 6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 6. Davison discusses the development of her painting later in the run of the show at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct 27.

Admission and parking in FGCU Lot 7 is free for Gallery related events. The gallery is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays excluding University holidays (November 11 FGCU is closed for Veteran's Day).

For more information, media representatives should contact Gallery Director Scott Snyder at (239) 590-7354 or

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