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FGCU Art Gallery Opens "Close Encounters: Contemporary Art by Caribbean Women" Exhibition Feb. 18, and "Dyeing Arts: Batiks and Silks" in FGCU's ArtLab

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's Art Gallery opens "Close Encounters: Contemporary Art by Caribbean Women," an exhibition organized by FGCU associate professor of Art Patricia Fay. The exhibition opens with a reception 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Art Gallery located within FGCU's Arts Complex. Exhibition runs through March 19.

This exhibition is part of the College of Arts and Sciences' "Caribbean Spring 2010," an interdisciplinary exploration of Caribbean topics including four linked courses in the art, literature, history, and ecology of the region with accompanying speakers, films and special events open to the public. Through proximity and demographics, Florida is inextricably linked with the Caribbean region. The gallery exhibition is the visual springboard for the series, and provides an engaging forum for discussion of contemporary regional issues.

"In the 20th century, a visual canon was established for Caribbean art that focused on male artists making iconic paintings defining and illustrating sweeping issues of newly emergent national identity," said Fay. "In the 21st century, women artists from the region are producing intensely personal interpretations of Caribbean heritage in a range of media including photography, video, performance, mixed media, sculpture and installation of art. These works highlight an acute awareness of the social and psychological complexities of this post-colonial landscape, whether as perspectives on island life or reports from the diaspora."

FGCU's ArtLab will also open the same night featuring the textile works of artists Muffy Clark Gill and Nuch Owen in an exhibition of their work titled, "Dyeing Arts: Batiks and Silks."

For images and further information on this exhibition and others, please visit the Art Gallery’s website: or call interim director Anica Sturdivant at (239) 590-7199.

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