2020 Faculty Exhibition

October 15, 2020 - November 5, 2020

Location: UCF Art Gallery

The UCF Art Gallery is proud to present a dynamic exhibition of artworks by the faculty of the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design. These professional artists have received both national and international recognition for their engaging and thought-provoking works. The exhibition showcases a wide range of traditional and contemporary media and processes including ceramics, drawing, digital art, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles.

Faculty include: Hadi Abbas, Chuck Abraham, Jason Burrell, Byron Clercx, Larry Cooper, Victor Davila, Brooks Dierdorff, Scott F. Hall, Kevin Haran, Robert Hoekstra, Tommy James, Joo Kim, Amer Kobaslija, Keith Kovach, Theresa Lucey, Justin Nolan, Carla Poindexter, Robert Rivers, Debi Starr, Ashley Taylor, Keri Watson, M. Laine Wyatt, and Margaret Zaho.


Join us for these online programs:

 

Tuesday, Oct. 20 | Noon-1 p.m.
Art History Presentation: Building the World of Tomorrow: Disability, Eugenics, and Sculpture at the 1939 New York World’s Fair” by Keri Watson

One of the most important cultural events of the twentieth century, the 1939 New York World’s Fair opened amid the turmoil of a global economic depression and escalating tensions that would soon erupt into a second world war. Despite such dire circumstances, the fair, optimistically subtitled “Building the World of Tomorrow,” was the most spectacular exposition ever held in the United States and one of the best-attended events of the first half of the twentieth century.  The result of close collaboration between corporations, private investors, and local, state, and federal governments, the 1939 New York World’s Fair was one of the largest expositions ever held—twice the size of the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition—and its grounds were decorated with monumental sculptures celebrating America’s past and future.  Although the abstract and geometric Trylon and Perisphere marked the center of the fairgrounds and decorated a myriad of souvenirs from postcards to ashtrays, the majority of the fair’s sculptural decoration, from James Earle Fraser’s George Washington to William Zorach’s The Builders of Tomorrow, was figurative. What did visitors make of these sculptures and how did they help shape the “World of Tomorrow?” This presentation examines the fair’s sculptural program to explore the ways in which it drew upon eugenics to simultaneously construct the typical American as white and able-bodied and signal the fear of bodily “degeneration” that characterized the Great Depression.

 

Monday, Oct. 26 2-3 p.m.
Artist Panel with Larry Cooper, Byron Clercx and Tommy James

Join us for a lively discussion about the artists’ disciplines and backgrounds as they actively engage in research and professional practices as faculty of the University of Central Florida.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 28 1-2 p.m.
Artist Panel with Ashley Taylor, Chuck Abraham and Brooks Dierdorff

Join us for a lively discussion about the artists’ disciplines and backgrounds as they actively engage in research and professional practices as faculty of the University of Central Florida.

 

Thursday, Oct. 29 10-11 a.m.
Art History Presentation: Art and the Origins of Flower Symbolism by Margaret Zaho

Flower Symbolism in Art: Flowers, plants, and trees have, throughout human history, been an integral and ever-constant aspect of human thought and understanding of the world. Archaeological evidence reveals that flowers have been associated with funerary practices since the early paleolithic period. Flora became, quite naturally, intertwined in human’s daily life and therefore our beliefs, sentiments, and superstitions. Flowers in the earliest cultures were endowed with sacred properties and were woven into the fabric of religion, myth, legend, and fairytale. Flowers were often used as votive offerings, expressions of love, and connected with the seasons and stages of life.