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FGCU Art Gallery Opens "Home of the Brave: Politics, Propaganda and Patriotism in Contemporary Art" Exhibit Sept. 11

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Art Gallery invites the public and media to an opening reception for "Home of the Brave: Politics, Propaganda and Patriotism in Contemporary Art" exhibition that features works by four contemporary artists who explore current topics that affect people individually and globally, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Art Gallery. The exhibition runs through Oct. 18, and is free and open to the public.

Primary in this exhibition is the subject of the Iraq War and the United States’ place in the world. "The theme for this show opened up a floodgate of ideas that I could explore," said FGCU professor Scott Snyder, curator for the exhibition. "There was vast subject matter to explore with such a title, but the show has been narrowed down to this select group and a few themes that permeate political conversations leading up to what some consider a pivotal moment for the United States and its position and reputation in the global community."

Artists Tom Burtonwood and Holly Holmes combine imagery of consumerism and America's military might. The works bring about the question of what is gained by our military interventions.

Blaine Whisenhunt's powerful interactive installation allows gallery viewers to run images of Iraqi citizens through a paper shredder. The remains of the photocopies pile on the floor of the gallery to be swept up and thrown away at the end of the exhibition, which captures the reality that the losses to either side have long-lasting social effects on individuals, families and Iraqi communities.

Benjamin Schulman uses and manipulates lawn ornaments that are still produced and sold to this day to evoke subtle or direct images of racism and a far-from-perfect history of equality in American society.

This exhibit is sponsored by WGCU Public Media.

For more information about this exhibition or upcoming events, contact interim gallery director Anica Sturdivant at (239) 590-7199 or visit

The Art Gallery is located inside the Arts Complex on FGCU's main campus. The University is located off Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, east of I-75 and between exits 123 and 128. Parking is available in Lot 7 for gallery visitors; parking passes are available at the parking kiosk at the University's entrance.

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