Press Release for Thursday, April 12, 2007

Florida Artist Displays 'A Reflection on the Yin' Exhibit at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Women’s Center presents Florida artist David La Cagnina on Monday, April 30, at 6 p.m. in the Robinson Theatre on the UNF campus. He will lecture on “A Reflection on the Yin: Under the Florida Sea” and will also have his artwork on display. This event is free and open to the public.

The art exhibit continues on Tuesday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, May 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Robinson Theatre. La Cagnina’s pieces will be on sale in the front lobby and on the staging area of the UNF Robinson Theatre each day of the exhibit.

La Cagnina's lecture will examine the complex connection between art and the feminine (reflective) perspective. His art work features an abstract aquamarine genre, and his eclectic mix of fish scenes allows for an aesthetically-pleasing experience for all audiences.

David La Cagnina is the son of late Key West artist, Henry La Cagnina, who achieved fame when the Great Depression hit Key West in 1933. To help restore the town's economy, the federal government created a vision of a tourist town for the Keys. Henry La Cagnina was one of the 13 artists selected to share their visions of the unique cultural climate of the Keys with the rest of the country.

Henry La Cagnina’s posters encouraged the war effort along with those of 350 other invited artists at the National Gallery in Washington, D. C., in 1943 and toured nationwide. His work has been collected by the Fords, Melons and other notable art collectors. David continues the La Cagnina legacy by working to perfect his own unique style.

David La Cagnina graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and subsequently completed naval flight training. His first assignment was Jacksonville, where he spent three years from 1961 to 1964 deployed in the U.S.S. Shangri-la and other aircraft carriers. Upon leaving the Navy, he owned and operated art galleries in Stuart, Hobe Sound and Naples. Currently his paintings are on display at the La Cagnina Gallery in Highland, N.C., and Gallery on the Greene in Key West.

For more information about this event, contact the UNF Women’s Center at (904) 620-2528.