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FGCU Art Gallery Opens First Exhibition of the New Year

"Long, Long River: Tradition and Expansion in Native Art" Opens Jan. 9

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Galleries at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) presents "Long, Long, River: Tradition and Expansion of Native Art" with an opening reception Thursday, Jan. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gallery Talk, introductions, and performances begin at 5 p.m. Curators are Jessica Osceola and Anica Sturdivant.

Two performances will be presented on Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Reservations are required due to limited seating. The show is free and open to the public, and runs through Jan. 30.

The artists in the exhibition work to teach the younger generations of Seminoles traditional skills to ensure language and oral histories are not lost to time, and not eclipsed by the surrounding generic culture of the American lifestyle.

The exhibition includes works by poet and painter Elgin Jumper, documentarian Samuel Tommie, storyteller and photographer Gordon Oliver Wareham, painter James Osceola, painter and sculptor LeRoy "Henehayo" Osceola, iconic Seminole artist Noah Billie, activist oriented ceramist and sculptor Jessica Osceola, and pop inspired artist Daniel McCoy. These are a group of Native artists choosing their own path in self-representation, and building bridges between the traditional identities of one world and responding to the current ever-changing world.

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 Information Booth located at the University's entrance.

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

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