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Press Release for Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cultural Center Hosts Enlivened Spaces Sculpture Exhibition

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

University of North Florida art students will have their sculpture on exhibition at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra, starting Friday, April 17, and running through Friday, May 22. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will take place Friday, April 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The UNF “Enlivened Spaces Sculpture Exhibition” is comprised of student artwork that was part of a course called Enlivened Spaces, which was designed by UNF art and design instructor Jenny Hager-Vickery to inspire artwork that transforms and enhances an existing space.

The class recently created a large-scale art project titled “Contrasting Nature,” which was temporarily installed on the UNF Nature Trails bridge over Lake Oneida on campus. The structure was comprised of galvanized pipe, custom steel brackets and various fabrics.

Hager-Vickery’s course objectives for her students also included generating ideas, drawing up proposals, creating models, obtaining permission for installing/displaying the piece, scaling up the work for the specific space for which it is designed, designing and agreeing upon a budget for the project, getting quotes, purchasing materials, building the project and installing and removing it.

“I try to encourage big ideas and then help guide the students in producing them,” she said. “The students do all of the work necessary to create a project of this scale.”

The upper-level art and design course is designed to empower the students to work independently. UNF art student Scott Mihalik came up with the idea for the project and served as the project leader. But because of the scale of the project, collaboration is a large part of the process and curriculum.

“The students involved pooled skills, resources, design ideas, money and time to create this work on campus,” Hager-Vickery said. “They literally shared their specific skills with each other. Some showed others how to weld or sew, while others contributed ideas about engineering and construction.”

The Art & Design Department at UNF offers six major tracks, including Art History, Ceramics/Sculpture, Graphic Design, Multi-media, Painting/Drawing and Photography. It also oversees the University Gallery in the heart of campus, where five exhibitions of regional, faculty and student artwork are highlighted.

For more information about the UNF “Enlivened Spaces Sculpture Exhibition” at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra, go to or call (904) 280-0614.