Current Season 2018 - 2019

 

Fall 2018 Senior Project

Senior Projects, Fall 2018
December 4 - December 14, 2018

 Wasmer Art Gallery
Opening  – Tuesday, December 4, 5-7pm
Student Presentations at 5pm in U. Tobe Recital Hall with a reception to follow until 7pm in the Arts Complex and ArtLab Gallery

At the end of their studies, art majors are required to develop and present a coherent body of self-generated work. This exhibition combines their knowledge of techniques and concepts while drawing on research of historical and contemporary artists. Each artist in the exhibition designs and creates a unique installation that combines their technical skills and conceptual vision. Read more...

Sponsored by The Layden Family Foundation and The Smith Family Foundation of Estero

Image: Installation detail, Charlotte Slabach’s Senior Project, The Gate, 2018. Photograph by James Greco. 

 

Third Dimension exhibition

The Third Dimension: Exploring Space
January 17 - February 7, 2019

 ArtLab Gallery
Opening  Reception – Thursday, January 17, 5-7pm

This exhibition will showcase student works from the Ceramics and Sculpture studios in the FGCU Arts Complex. Combining a variety of materials, techniques and concepts, art students working in the third dimension grapple with the physical and tactile properties of made objects while exploring the intangible relationship between form and space. Through figurative, abstract and functional projects, three-dimensional art offers an astonishing range of questions to ask and problems to solve. Read more...

Sponsored by Gene and Lee Seidler

Image: Details of student works in clay, wood and metal from the FGCU Ceramics and Sculpture studios.

 

Up Close and Unimaginable exhibition

Up Close and Unimaginable
Cliff Evans and Gregory Green
January 31 - February 28, 2019

 Wasmer Art Gallery - Curated by John Loscuito and Anica Sturdivant
Opening  Reception – Thursday, January 31, 5-7pm
Artist Talk at 5pm in U. Tobe Recital Hall with a reception to follow until 7pm in the Arts Complex

The heightened threats of terrorism and war are ever-present both nationally and abroad. These threats are experienced through a wide range of lenses including social media, international news outlets and direct exposure. Cliff Evans (Austin, TX) and Gregory Green (Tampa, FL) make work that is critical of these threats and the psychological toll they impose on everyday life. This immersive installation includes panoramic animated collages and sculptural installations. Read more...

Sponsored by Alice and Dean Fjelstul, Gene and Lee Seidler, The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

Images, top to bottom: Cliff Evans, The Road to Mount Weather (detail of still), 2006, Three-channel moving image installation (15 minute loop), Courtesy of the artist; Gregory Green, Worktable #9, (Minneapolis, Saint Petersburg), 2011 – 2017, Mixed media, 11 x 13 ½ x 5 ½ ', Courtesy of the artist 

 

Mally Khorasantchi

Mally Khorasantchi
Recent Paintings 2019
February 21 - March 28, 2019

 ArtLab Gallery
Artist Talk and Opening  Reception – Thursday, February 21, 5-7pm

Mally Khorasantchi’s (Naples, FL) large-scale paintings incorporate elements from personal history and social commentary. With no horizon lines or perspective to give order or focus and using both bold and delicately painted abstracted symbols, lines and shapes, she seeks to convey the chaos and order found in nature and of things manmade. She is interested in the juxtapositions of rhythm and remnant, intellect and emotion, beauty and discord, and invites multiple interpretations based on individual experience and memory. Read more...

Sponsored by The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

Image: Mally Khorasanchti, The Secret Life of Trees #1 (detail), 2018, 90 x 90", Nine panels, oil and collage on paper, Courtesy of the artist 

 

21st Annual Student Juried exhibition

21st Annual Student Juried Exhibition
March 21 - April 4, 2019

Wasmer Art Gallery
Opening  Reception – Thursday, March 21, 5-7pm with Award Presentations at 6pm

Students working in sculpture, drawing, digital media, printmaking, painting and ceramics submit their finest works for this annual juried exhibition. Up to 70 works of art, demonstrating students’ accomplishments and experiments, will be featured. The jurors for the exhibition are local artist, curators and art professionals. Read more...

Sponsored by The Layden Family Foundation, The Smith Family Foundation of Estero and Thomas Riley Studio

Image: Opening reception, 2018. Photograph by James Greco.

 

Senior Projects, Spring 2019

Senior Projects, Spring 2019
April 19 - May 3, 2019

 Wasmer Art Gallery
Opening  – Friday, April 19, 5-7pm
Student Presentations at 5pm in U. Tobe Recital Hall with a reception to follow until 7pm in the Arts Complex and ArtLab Gallery

At the end of their studies, art majors are required to develop and present a coherent body of self-generated work. This exhibition combines their knowledge of techniques and concepts while drawing on research of historical and contemporary artists. Each artist in the exhibition designs and creates a unique installation that combines their technical skills and conceptual vision. Read more...

Sponsored by The Layden Family Foundation and The Smith Family Foundation of Estero

Image: Installation view showing Senior Projects from Ariana J. Myers, Swarm, and Jadon Axe, Rise and Fall of Idyllic Comfort IV, 2018. Photograph by James Greco.

 

Finemark FGCU Art Alumni exhibition

Art Special Event  
FineMark National Bank & Trust
FGCU Art Alumni Exhibition
March 27 - April 19, 2019

 FineMark National Bank & Trust, Estero
10010 Coconut Point Road
Opening Reception  – Wednesday, March 27, 5:30-7:30pm
Select FGCU Alumni who exhibited their work in Senior Projects, Fall 2018 are invited to show their work at the FineMark Estero - Coconut Point bank office. FGCU Alumni are present to talk about their work and share there artistic vision with the community. Read more...

Sponsored by FineMark National Bank & Trust

Image: Artist Spencer Gillespie talks with a patron during the FineMark opening reception in 2018.
Photograph by Caitlin Rosolen - de Jesus

 

  


Visual Language exhibition

Visual Language
The Nature of Typography & Literature 
August 20 - September 20, 2018

ArtLab Gallery - Curated by Sasha Minsky
Reception and Poetry Readings - Thursday, September 13, 5 - 7p.m.

 In this collaborative experience, typographers in Sasha Minsky’s Principles of Typography course responded to haikus and sentences developed by the student authors of Jesse Millner’s Introduction to Nature Writing course. These haikus, inspired by nature, provided a starting point for emerging typographers to develop installation typography in the forms of digital media, mixed media, and experiential installations involving light and shadow. Individuals have the opportunity to experience an innovative installation, which emerged from this unique cross-collaboration.  Read more...

Sponsored by The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

 Image: logo design by Sasha Minsky  

 

Andy Owen, Old Dog Island III 

Eleven Voices
FGCU Art Faculty Exhibition 
August 30 - October 4, 2018

Wasmer Art Gallery 
Opening Reception – Thursday, August 30, 5 - 7pm

 Eleven FGCU Art Department faculty show the breadth of concepts and media they explore in their art practices. New works about the environment, social justice, and other contemporary issues are on display throughout the gallery in the form of installations, sculpture, prints, paintings and more. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view new works and engage with the FGCU Art Faculty. Read more...

 Sponsored by Gene and Lee Seidler and The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

 Image: Andy Owen, Old Dog Island III, 2018, Solarplate intaglio, 12 x 16". Courtesy of the artist. 

 

Tropical Reunion

Tropical Reunion
Megan Kissinger and David Shepard
October 4 - November 8, 2018

 ArtLab Gallery - Curated by Anica Sturdivant
Opening Reception – Thursday, October 4, 5 - 7pm

FGCU Alumni Megan Kissinger (Fort Myers, FL), class of 2004, and David Shepard (Honolulu, HI), class of 2013, are continuing art’s historic role of raising public awareness about threatened habitats and species in their respective tropical environments. Through an aesthetically broad and creative process, they are reconnecting people to the rich tapestry of life. Read more...

Sponsored by The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

Image, left to right: Megan Kissinger, Rise Up, 2018, Acrylic on metal, 15 x 9"; David Shepard, PuaKala Landscape Gold Blue + Lines, 2017, Digital media, variable dimensions. Photographs courtesy of the artists. 

Blind Date exhibition image

Blind Date
Neil Bender and Jen Ray
October 18 - November 15, 2018

 Wasmer Art Gallery - Curated by John Loscuito
Opening Reception, FGCU Jazz Combo performance, and Artist Talk
Thursday, October 18, 5-7pm

Neil Bender (Tampa, FL) and Jen Ray (New York, NY) meet for the first time in Fort Myers, Florida with unscripted results. Rebels at heart, each artist has created unique visual worlds through painting and installation. Ray’s warrior women occupy floating islands, fighting off unwanted intruders, while Bender’s ambiguous figures evoke mischief and pleasure. As the conversation continues between the two artists, questions surrounding motivation and inspiration are revealed. Read more...

Sponsored by Gene and Lee Seidler and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

Image, left to right: Neil Bender, My First Shirt, 2014, Ink and acrylic on paper​, 28 x 22", Courtesy of the artist; Jen Ray, Untitled, 2018, Watercolor and ink on handmade paper, 15 x 11", Courtesy of the artist and Albertz Benda, NY