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FGCU's Art, Theatre and Music Programs Host "2011 Celebration of the Arts"

FORT MYERS, FL - On Wednesday, April 6 the Florida Gulf Coast University's Art, Theatre and Music programs gather for a night of celebrating the arts that add to the cultural richness of the region. Public offerings run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. in both galleries, the Theatre Lab and Bower School of Music. Below is a schedule of events for the evening.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Bower School of Music Student Recital in U. Tobe Recital Hall. This event is part of a year-long series of weekly Wednesday afternoon recitals where students perform representative works they are studying in their applied lessons.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Juried Art Exhibition Opening Reception in Main Gallery, Arts Complex. This annual competitive exhibition gives FGCU art students an opportunity to have their work judged by professionals and showcase their talent. Award announcements will be at 6 p.m. This exhibition continues through April 14.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Making and Collecting: Living with Ceramics in ArtLab, west end of FGCU Library. Curated by professor Patricia Fay and students of ART4930 Contemporary Ceramics, in conjunction with a pre-conference workshop for the National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Chamber Music from the Bower School of Music in U. Tobe Recital Hall. Presenting several vocal and instrumental chamber ensembles in a varied program designed to demonstrate another aspect of the School's performance offerings.

8 p.m. Curtain. "A Performance Constellation: Suite My Heart" in the Theatre Lab, Arts Complex. FGCU Theatre Lab and local non-profit Footsteps to the Future, dedicated to empowering women who are in and "aging out" of foster care, collaborate to present "Suit My Heart," an original, ensemble-created performance. The second in the Performance Constellation series of civically engaged theater works was developed over a period of eight months where students interviewed mentors, mentees and volunteers of Footsteps to the Future, and then transcribed those interviews as the basis for the script. Performance mediums include dance, song, music, film, ensemble scenes and duet scenes. Tickets are $7 and are available at Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. April 6 to April 17.

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 between exits 123 and 128. Parking is available in Lot 7 for gallery visitors, parking passes are available at the parking kiosk located at the University's entrance if arriving before 5 p.m., otherwise none is required.

For images and further information on this exhibition and others, visit the Art Gallery's Website: or call Sturdivant at (239) 590-7199 or

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