LAUREN ASHLEY S. BAKER | JESSICA DEHEN | KARRI LEAMON
OCTOBER 14 - NOVEMBER 17, 2022
Opening Reception and Artists' Talk
Thursday, October 20 • 5-7pm
Citrus Flux embraces the continuous movement, the constant change and reinvention of three working artists, all alumni from the FGCU Art Program. Lauren Ashley S. Baker (BA 2010 FGCU, MFA 2018 Florida State University), Jessica Dehen (BA 2014 FGCU, MFA 2022 University of Miami), and Karri Leamon (BA 2018 FGCU, MFA 2022 Indiana University –Purdue University Indianapolis) span the gamut of materials and methods to bring us their current body of work. This series welcomes alumni back to our community to interact and talk with our students about their journeys since the days of their undergraduate studies.
Sponsored by Gene and Lee Seidler, Florida Gulf Coast University Alumni Association and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture
Images, left to right: Karri Leamon, Whalefall, 2021, Foam, Paper Clay, Resin, 144 x 420 x 144 in.; Jessica Dehen, 2021, Morningtide, Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 60 in.; Lauren Ashley S. Baker, Vanitas Impermanence, installation detail, 2018, Mixed medium installation, dimensions variable
Lauren Ashley S. Baker
Lauren Ashley S. Baker received her MFA from Florida State University in 2018 and her BA from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2010. From 2017-2021, Baker was the executive director of a nonprofit gallery called 621 Gallery. Lauren Baker is currently an adjunct professor at FSU teaching Figure Drawing, 3D Foundations, Contemporary Art History and Success Strategies.
Jessica Dehen graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2014 with her bachelor’s degree in Visual Art, as a President’s Gold Scholar and with honors. In Spring 2022, Dehen received her MFA in Painting from The University of Miami. During her undergraduate career, she served as studio intern for the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, FL and, in spring of 2012, was awarded the Vitelli Arts and Culture Grant by Florida Gulf Coast University. Dehen has exhibited in numerous university showcases during both her graduate and undergraduate career and has additionally exhibited in various group exhibitions across the state of Florida. Dehen joins us for this exhibition upon completion of Burren College's 2022 Summer Artist's Residency in Ballyvaughan, Ireland.
Karri (Tee) Leamon recently received her Masters of Fine Arts in 2021 from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Herron School of Art and Design, where she pursued sculpture and furniture design. She was born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida where she received her BA in Fine Art from FGCU in 2018, with a concentration in sculpture. She is currently based in Indianapolis, where she is a sculpture instructor at Indiana University.