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Sawmill Slough in Spring

Monday, March 12, 2018

Preserver Art ExhibitionOver the past few months, student and alumni artists have been creating works of art inspired by the Sawmill Slough Preserve, a 382-acre protected area located on the UNF campus. This call to artists is part of the Pre[serve] Art Exhibition, an initiative that encourages artists to venture into the Preserve and create works of art based on their experience. Selected works are then displayed in a juried exhibition as a way to highlight the importance of conservation. 


The selection committee was overwhelmed by the response. Forty-two artists submitted 91 works for consideration. This was a dramatic increase in submissions from the first call to artists in 2016. The increase in participation demonstrates the importance of the Sawmill Slough Preserve to students and alumni. 


The Pre[serve] initiative also includes a series of workshops and lectures artists who use nature in their work. There were two events hosted this year: one hands-on workshop and one lecture. The hands-on workshop was with artist Andrea Frank, who also opened a show at the UNF Gallery of Art. During this event, students joined Frank for a silent walk in the Preserve, and then they headed back to the UNF Gallery of Art to create a collaborative piece inspired by their walk. The second event was a lecture by award-winning photographer John Moran. During his lecture, Moran used his photographs of Florida to tell a compelling story of why conservation matters.


The opening reception for the Pre[serve] Art Exhibition is scheduled for Thursday, March 29 from 5-7 p.m. in the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery. The gallery is located in the Student Union, Building 58E, Room 2401. The gallery will feature 35 works submitted by students and alumni. Beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the event. Members of the UNF and Jacksonville communities are invited to the reception. Lufrano Intercultural Gallery events are free. UNF charges $5 for parking. If you cannot attend the opening reception, the exhibition will run through Friday, April 27.


 Pre[serve] Art Exhibition — Opening Reception 

Thursday, March 29, from 5-7 p.m.

Lufrano Intercultural Gallery

1 UNF Drive

Building 58E, Student Union, Room 2401

Jacksonville, FL 32224


The Pre[serve] Art Exhibition is organized by the Environmental Center and Department of Art and Design, with additional support from the Cummer Family Foundation and Lufrano Intercultural Gallery.                                      

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