2017 - 2018 Exhibitions

Location: FGCU Arts Complex

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Fort Myers FL  33965

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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd, South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
(239) 590-1000 or (800) 590-3428

Gallery Hours:

Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m

Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


The FGCU Art Galleries will be closed during all University holidays and breaks.

Florida Gulf Coast University Art Galleries

Wasmer Art Gallery and ArtLab Gallery

20/20: Art Alumni Exhibition

In celebration of Florida Gulf Coast University’s 20th Anniversary, twenty alumni from the FGCU Art Program will be exhibiting in both art galleries on campus. The exhibition showcases the artists’ practice since their graduation from FGCU and represents a wide variety of media and concepts.

Quinn Miller, “Euphoria,” 2016, Digital photograph, 20 x 30”, Courtesy of the artist

Wasmer Art Gallery and ArtLab Gallery

Sponsored by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture

Electronic version of full exhibition catalog

August 21 - September 21, 2017

Wendy Wischer:

Ecological Syntax

Wendy Wischer and Win Everham will discuss current environmental issues at FGCU, Wischer’s art practice and their ideas for the exhibition “Wendy Wischer: Parallel Journeys,” which opens February 1, 2018 in the Wasmer Art Gallery.

FGCU Cohen Center, Room 247

Reception and public lecture with Win Everham, Professor of Environmental Studies

Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 5pm

Co-sponsored by The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education

Wendy Wischer, Courtesy of the artist

Special “Crossroads of Art and Science” Event

To visit Wendy Wischer’s website, click here.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT


“Having lived in both rural and city settings has brought the natural and urban worlds together in my work. The natural world stirs a nostalgic affection and strong sense of identity; at the same time, the excitement of an urban environment and advancing technology prove to be equally intoxicating. With a minimalist approach to form and a conceptual approach to process, I am lured to re-define the shape of my environment: to explore our shifting relationships with nature, the voice of the elements, the topography of technology and the mapping of time, space and memory.


I am interested in boundaries, where they collide, where they overlap, and where they continuously link forming threads throughout, both conceptually and visually with a specific focus on the gap between the visible and the invisible. I address boundaries of nature, technology, science, mythology, personal identity and universal connections. I am fascinated by the sometimes conflicting and magical realms between the physical and the imaginary, the sensual and virtual existence.

With our increasing global climate crisis, I am compelled to incorporate and focus on environmental issues; finding ways to translate data into personal understanding and create artwork that moves the viewer in poetic ways. Often focusing on installations, my interest in light lies in the fluidity of the medium, being both tangible and intangible. The performative nature of light encourages the presence of the viewer to change their movement and reflection, making evident the existence of its occupation in space.


I seek to re-direct attention to the smaller things in life, exposing the sacred within the mundane and the monumental within the minute. I hope to unveil inherent connections to our surroundings and with that, re-establish intrinsic relationships as thoughts and memories, experiences and environments, continuously appear and reappear in overlapping fragments.”


~ WENDY WISCHER

Wendy Wischer, Shattered, 2017, Projected light, acrylic mirror and coated styrofoam, Courtesy of the artist’s website

October 12 - November 16, 2017

Untethered, Stories Come Like Charms:

Barbara Balzer and Linda Hall

The works of Barbara Balzer and Linda Hall playfully draw on art history and mythology using ceramics and soft sculpture. Their fantastical and sometimes humorous works are being shown together for the first time, providing two distinct viewpoints that revisit age-old stories...


“As artists, we shepherd fragile ideas into intimate forms, both human and animal, both real and unreal.” - Balzer and Hall

Wasmer Art Gallery

Opening Lecture and Reception | October 12, 2017 | 5-7pm


A performance from Professor Greg Longenhagen’s Acting Styles class begins at 5pm

Left to right: Barbara Balzer, “Les Diplomates” (detail), 2017, Ceramic and metal, 26 x 24 x 18", Courtesy of the artist, Linda Hall, “Sometimes The Earth is Sky” (detail), 2017, Fabric, fiber fill, glass and paint, 6 x 3 x 1’, Courtesy of the artist

Sponsored by Gene and Lee Seidler, Renata and R.J. Vigoda, and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture

October 5 - November 17, 2017

Stop and Listen:

FGCU Students on Environmental Awareness and Restoration

This exhibition invites FGCU students to voice their concerns and display their research surrounding environmental issues. Stop and Listen asks students to express their observations, concerns and possible solutions on issues surrounding ongoing changes in the environment. This exhibition is in partnership with the visiting artist Wendy Wischer and Win Everham, Professor of Environmental Studies.

ArtLab Gallery

Artists discussion and reception | November 16, 2017 | 5-7pm

Sponsored by U. Tobe

Sienna Quinn, “Untitled” (detail), 2006, Soft pastel on paper, 26 x 19”, Courtesy of the artist

Electronic version of full exhibition brochure

Faculty and Classes involved in this collaborative project:


Dan Bacalzo, Theatre Faculty

Ecologies of Performance Class


Win Everham, Environmental Studies Faculty

Conservation Strategies for a Sustainable Future Class


Patricia Fay, Art Faculty

Wheelthrowing and Ceramics I Class


Kara LeFevre, Environmental Studies Faculty

Social Engaged Art and Ecology Class


Sasha Minsky, Art Faculty

Graphic Design I Class


Aaron Nunes-Zaller, College of Arts and Sciences Faculty

Tai Goggins, Artist Collaborator

Colloquium Class