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Press Release for Friday, October 26, 2007

Anniversary Arts Celebration Features Distinguished Professor

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

University of North Florida Distinguished Professor and world renowned artist Dr. Louise Freshman Brown will headline the UNF Women’s Center’s 20th annual “Celebration of Women in the Arts” on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the UNF Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s event not only celebrates women’s contributions to the arts, but also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Center at UNF. In 1987, the Center opened to host just two events, one of which was the first “Celebration of Women in the Arts.” Since then, the annual event has grown into one of the Women’s Center’s most successful endeavors, attracting more than 800 people in 2006.

Freshman Brown’s lecture will explore the many different roles she has played over the course of her life, including artist, mother and teacher, and how those roles sometimes complement, sometimes contradict each other. Audience questions during the presentation are welcome and encouraged.

A mixed media artist and painter, Freshman Brown’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country and Europe. Her most recent exhibition, “Those Things Similar,” recently ended a run at the UNF University Gallery, and her works can be found in over 500 private, public and corporate collections throughout the country. She is also known for conducting painting and drawing workshops locally and in Italy.

In her 26th year teaching at the University, Freshman Brown received UNF’s prestigious 2007 Distinguished Professor Award, which is presented annually to a faculty member who has a record of distinction in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service.

For more information about the “Celebration of Women in the Arts” event, contact DeeAnne Crookham at (904) 620-2528 or by e-mail at