Monday, December 17, 2012

new wall piece

 Local artist Birds are Nice installed a wall mural on the back wall of the library. This artist likes to combine scientific text with her art to communicate to  viewers the importance of  conservation; while synchronously demonstrating how conceptual art can incorporate both science and art [having different levels of meaning to each work].

Stop by for a closer look.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Art Basel Miami news

Dec 6-9, 2012 Miami Beach will host the 11th edition of the biggest art event in America, Art Basel. Over 260 of the world's leading galleries will be showing. For a complete list of participating galleries and events go to their website here: 

Dec 4-9, 2012 in conjunction with basel, there are several satellite art fairs. From experience, these are a must see. 

Here is the list:

Miami Beach Art Fairs
Art Basel Miami Beach   |   Aqua 12 at the Aqua Hotel   |    Design Miami   |   Ink Miami   |  
NADA Art Fair   |   Select Fair   |   UNTITLED.   |   Verge Art Miami Beach

Miami Art Fairs
AOA Tribal Art Miami   |   Art Asia   |   Artexpo Miami   |    Art Miami   |   Context   |   Fountain Miami
International Contemporary Jewelry Fair   |   Just Mad Miami  |  Miami Project   |   Miami River Art Fair
OVERTURE   |   Pool Art Fair   |   Pulse Miami   |   Red Dot Miami   |   Scope Miami   |   Seven

for specifics go here:


Friday, November 16, 2012

Broadening our scope

The gallery exhibition program at the MacArthur campus library is transitioning from traditional exhibitions toward new media (art film) and special projects throughout the year [The last post was an example]. Hence, this blog will also be transitioning to include a broader scope of writing to include national and international spotlights of contemporary art.

The mission of the gallery program is to bring contemporary art not seen in this area to the academic community on the Jupiter campus. This blog will continue to do so by bringing these to you virtually.

First up: South Florida printers and writers team up

Miami, October 23, 2012 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Galleries of Art + Design will present The SWEAT Broadsheet Collaboration, a project that originated with a small group of South Florida artists and writers, from Friday, Nov. 2 through Friday, Dec. 21 at the Wolfson Campus Centre Gallery. An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 1.The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.   

The 46 artists and 40 participating writers were interested in the intersection of their respective genres – that is, artists interested in text and book arts, and poets and fiction writers attracted to visual images. Through a series of planned meetings, artists and writers from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties met, shared their work and began to collaborate to create varied and vibrant limited edition artworks.

Nearly four years in the making, this exhibition includes seventy-eight broadsheets, fine art prints created in a wide variety of media. Media included in the exhibition include letterpress, silkscreen, etching, digital pigment prints, relief prints, monoprints and many forms of hand work, including hand coloring, hand-cut paper and applique on fabric.

The theme was “sweat,” partly as homage to South Florida’s tropical climate, partly as a nod to Sweat Records, the beloved store in Little Haiti where the group’s first meeting was held, and wholly intended as a flexible, broadly defined concept to be interpreted widely by the participants in the project.

MDC will host two related events. On Saturday, Nov. 17, a reading and discussion will be presented as part of the college’s Miami Book Fair International. A panel discussion with Alex Campos, executive director of the Center for Book Arts in New York, will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10. Panelists will include visual artist Rosemary Chiarlone; Michael Hettich, poet and professor at MDC; John Cutrone, director of Jaffe Center for Book Arts and Frank Luca, Chief Librarian at the Wolfson Library.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Student collaborations

The library started a new project.  A series of artists and writers collaborating on a wall murals.

The first one is a collaboration between poet and FAU student, Peter Bui and graphics by artist Birds are Nice. It is located in the library by the elevator. Come check it out.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

exhibition Reception

‘Student Body Art’ Photo Exhibition and Opening Reception at FAU’s MacArthur Campus Library

The opening reception for the exhibition is from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, September 13,
and the exhibition runs through Friday, December 14. Both are free and open to the public at
FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus Library Gallery, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter. For more
information visit, “Stories on the Skin” on Facebook or call Z.
Koppisch at 561-297-2116.

The exhibition features photographs of students and their tattoos by visual artist Z. Koppisch. The photos are from “Stories on the Skin: Tattoo Culture at FAU,” a long-term creative collaboration between the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts at FAU’s Wimberly Library and Karen Leader, Ph.D., of FAU’s Department of Visual Arts and Art History. Koppisch, an FAU alumna, is a photographer and senior designer at the Wimberly Library. Students from the Jupiter campus are invited to add their ink to the archive by being photographed and/or videotaped at the reception.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Film screening Sept. 21 in Library lab

MacArthur Campus Library Joins Hundreds of Cultural Institutions World Wide in Peace Initiative

Jupiter, FL, USA, – Today, MacArthur Campus Library @ FAU announced it will join hundreds of cultural institutions worldwide, from Australia to Zimbabwe, supporting films4peace to celebrate World Peace Day—an international UN day of ceasefire, and a day for individuals, organizations and countries to demonstrate acts of peace.

films4peace an annual short film commission by PUMA.Peace, features 21 of today’s most innovative artists visually interpreting the subject of peace. These art films will be released at cultural venues globally, online on World Peace Day on 21 September 2012 on a dedicated films4peace website, through social networking and video sharing sites and blogs amongst others.

Live screenings will accompany the online release at major museums globally, including the Bass Museum of Art (Miami, USA) and the Design Museum (London, UK); in public urban spaces, such as the City of Barcelona (Spain) and the Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis, USA); educational institutions and youth leadership conferences, such as the H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute (USA) and the 2012 One Young World summit (Pittsburgh, USA).

The films include 35mm live action, experimental animation and fine art. The films are 30- to 90-second to facilitate online as well as live screenings. None of the films are language specific. The  artists were selected for the quality and scope of their work and their sensitivity in interpreting the theme.

“Artists confront us with the challenges that face us at this time,” said Mark Coetzee, films4peace curator. “films4peace are both disturbing and inspiring, responsive to the reality of our time but they also ask us to be responsible for our actions. PUMA.Peace wishes to contribute to making the world a better place. A world that is safer, more peaceful and more creative. We are honoured that [add your institution name] has joined us in this important initiative.”

Curator Mark Coetzee has invited 21 artists to create 17 new works:

Janet Biggs (USA)
Ergin Cavuşoğlu (Bulgaria)
Magali Charrier (France)
Gregory Crewdson and Costanza Theodoli-Braschi (USA and UK)
Yang Fudong (China)
Tom Gran and Kayleigh Gibbons (UK)
Max Hattler (Germany)
Isaac Julien (UK)
Peterson Kamwathi (Kenya)
Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy (Ireland)
Nandipha Mntambo (Swaziland)
Michael Nyman (UK)
Noriko Okaku (Japan)
Jacco Olivier (Netherlands)
Bill Porter (UK)
Levi van Veluw (Netherlands)
Hank Willis Thomas and Terence Nance (USA)

In keeping with the spirit of the commission, these films will be gifted to the world, within public domain and screening cost free, as tools for peace. By releasing these short films as broadly as possible, on multiple live and virtual platforms, the aim is to effect positive social change and broaden the discussions around peace globally.

films4peace is organized by Diane Arrieta at MacArthur Campus Library. Contact her at or stop by the front desk.

Through its PUMAVision platform, PUMA is workings towards creating a better world for generations to come, and as a part of this platform, PUMA.Peace is working to inspire and educate individuals around the globe that peace is possible. Through the initiatives of PUMA.Peace, PUMA is providing real and practical expressions of this vision by strategically implementing long-term partnerships, creative initiatives and raising global awareness. For more information, please visit

Monday, August 13, 2012

First exhibition for the Fall season


Student Body Art
Z. McCarthy-Koppisch
September 13- December 14
The photos are from "Stories on the Skin: Tattoo Culture at FAU," a long-term creative collaboration between the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts and Karen Leader, Ph.D., of FAU's Department of Visual Arts and Art History. McCarthy-Koppisch, an FAU alumna, is a photographer and senior designer at FAU Libraries.

Sept 13 from 3:00-5:00pm
in the library gallery.