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The Galleries at FGCU Opens "Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity"

Major exhibit illustrates diversities in the American population

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Galleries at Florida Gulf Coast University opens early this year with an exhibition dedicated to contemplating the diversity of the American fabric. "Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity" opens Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Arts Complex. The show runs through Sept. 27. A reception for the exhibit is planned during the Welcome to the Arts event on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Arts Complex.

Infinite Mirror tells the story of generations of Americans through artists' examination of themes such as race, gender, religion, history, politics and family. Utilizing portraiture and figuration to represent emotional and social ideas, these artists have created works that are simultaneously narrative, reflective, autobiographical and universal.

Four main themes run through Infinite Mirror: Self-Selection, Pride, Assimilation and Protest, providing audiences with the opportunity to explore both the story and storytellers of the quintessential "American dream."

Curator for the exhibit is Blake Bradford, director of Education at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, where he oversees the Foundation's longstanding adult classes, its K-12 outreach and other public programming. Co-curators are Benito Huerta, associate professor of painting and director and curator of The Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington; and Robert Lee, executive director and curator at Asian American Arts Centre in New York.

Infinite Mirror is developed by Artrain, Inc. and Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. Presented with support from the Institute of Museum & Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 information booth located at the University's entrance.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday nights from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Evening with Art, Thursdays 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., or by appointment by contacting Anica Sturdivant at (239) 590-7199.

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

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