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

January 26 - March 2, 2017

Thursday, January 26

Artist’s Talk at 6pm in U. Tobe Recital Hall  

with a reception to follow until 8pm in the Arts Complex


Matthew Shlian, Ara 211, 2016, Paper, 48 x 83 x 6 in.

Exhibition catalog


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Matthew Shlian: Telemetry represents FGCU Art Galleries’ third year of Crossroads: Art and Science Residency and Exhibition. Each year an artist is invited to FGCU to explore a different connection between Art and Sciences while working with FGCU faculty and students. Matthew Shlian was a natural fit for Crossroads as he has been collaborating with scientists throughout his career. The essay in the catalogue (linked above) provides an introduction into the variety of ways he has influenced scientists and they have influenced him.

For this exhibition Matthew Shlian has created new works of art including a collaborative piece with students in the Fall 2016 class, Alternative Printmaking. Shlian agreed to spend a week with the students, generating monotype prints that were transformed into one of his folded paper constructions that the students also helped assemble and install.

This exhibition could not have been possible without the help and support of the donors to the exhibition as well as FGCU faculty, staff and students, especially Andy Owen who taught Alternative Printmaking, and Matthew Shlian who so generously gave his time in the planning and execution of the exhibition.

Matthew Shlian is an artist/designer and founder of the Initiative Artist Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His work extends from drawings to large-scale installations to collaborations with leading scientists at the University of Michigan. His work for the National Science Foundation explores paper folding structures on the macro level translated to the nano-scale. His client list includes Ghostly International, Apple, P&G, Facebook, Levi’s, Sesame Street and the Queen of Jordan. Matthew Shlian holds a BFA from Alfred University (2002) and an MFA from Cranbrook (2006).

~ John Loscuito, Gallery Director, Florida Gulf Coast University Art Galleries


To view Matthew Shlian’s Artist Talk presented January 26, 2017, click here

For a glimpse of the opening reception in the Main Gallery on January 26, 2017, click here

Matthew Shlian’s work can be seen at and

To read the article about Matthew Shlian in Naples Daily News, click here

Reflections on Telemetry

Divised Theatre Performance

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Students in Dr. Dan Bacalzo’s “Devising Performance” course presented a live performance piece responding to Matthew Shlian’s “Telemetry” exhibit, currently on display in the FGCU Art Gallery until March 2nd. The performance will combined movement and text, and was inspired by Shlian’s art work, as well as his meeting with the students in January.

To see the performance on the FGCU Arts Youtube channel,

click here...

Performers included John Sebastian Alday (Junior, History), Gabriela Brissett (Sophomore, Elementary Education), Daniel Cancio (Senior, Theatre), Max Conoley (Sophomore, Theatre/Marketing), Ashley Curry (Theatre), Laura Frederick (Senior, Theatre), Yodis Fuentes (Sophomore, Nursing), Austin Goodwin (Freshman, Psychology/Creative Writing), Wenya Huang (Freshman, Theatre), Andrea Juron (Freshman, Marine Science), Nicole May (Junior, Theatre), Kaitlin Paul-Hus (Sophomore, Theatre), Haili Seabourn (Junior, Theatre), Nathanael Tria (Freshman, Theatre/Business), Alex Wise (Junior, Communications), and Hanny Zúñiga Fallas (Senior, Theatre).


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