A participatory art project by Xavier Cortada

regionally curated by Mary Sullivan Voytek

May 17 - June 13, 2014

Reception: May 17th • 5pm to 7pm  in the Main Gallery

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Florida Native Plant Society and

The FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education


FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project created by Miami artist Xavier Cortada to commemorate Florida’s quincentennial in 2013. The project marks the importance of the moment when Juan Ponce Deleon landed in 1513 and the history of our state changed forever. It provides a glimpse of what Florida’s landscape was like 500 years ago.

“A team of scientists selected the 500 native flowers- the same ones that grew in our state when Juan Ponce de Leon landed and named it "La Florida”–from "flor," the Spanish word for flower. Five hundred Floridians were then invited to depict 500 native wildflowers,” said Cortada.

FLOR500 combines the efforts of artists, scientists, and historians with a goal to raise environmental and ecological awareness. While each of the artists included in this exhibition comes to collaborative work with a unique perspective, their individual creative choices, taken in aggregate, reveal much about the past, present and future of our state’s ecology.

The opening of the FLOR500 exhibit will coincide with Florida Native Plant Society’s 34th Annual Conference, which is being held at FGCU from May 15-18. Prior to the opening reception, from 2:20 p.m. to 3p.m., Xavier Cortada will speak about FLOR500 Project in the Student Union Ballroom on the second floor of the Cohen Center.

Participating Artists:

Jeanette Lee Atkinson

Lauren Baker

Celeste Borah

Jill Brougher

Andy Browne

Aida Bukovica

Kel Campbell

Pat Collins

Xavier Cortada

Erin Curry

Nancy Baur Dillen

Veron Ennis

Patricia Esposito

Patricia Fay

Toni Ferrell

Muffy Clark Gill

Katerie Gladdys

Brenda Gregory

Geoffrey Hamel

David Hammel

Bill Hammond

David Hatchett

Lily Hatchett

Raymond Hernandez

Charles E. Humes Jr

Hollis Jeffcoat

Krista Johnson

Leo Johnson

Judith Berk King

Megan Kissinger

Lauren Lake

Lydia Fogaras Ljiboja, MD

Ann McCarty

Brandy Magill

Kerri Meehan

Kellen Beck Mills

Stephanee Mirachi

Beth Newman

Nuch Owen

Renee Rey

Myra Roberts

Leslie Robison

Dana Roes

Sherry Rohl

JoAnn Sanborn

Marjorie Shropshire

Carl Schwartz

Elizabeth Smith

Mary Sullivan Voytek

Anita Wexler

Kim Willis

Michael Workman


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Kerri Meehan," FLOR 394: Sweetbroom (Scoparia dulcis)”, oil on museum panel, 8" x 10"  2014.