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Artist Talk Series 2013-2014

NorthArtistTalkSeries.jpgBroward College’s North Campus expands upon its inaugural Artist Talk series with a new 2013 / 2014 line-up of some of South Florida’s most groundbreaking, locally and internationally acclaimed artists visual artists. Each of the up and coming and speakers will present the diverse concepts and aesthetics within their respective bodies of work and engage in a discussion with the public for a dynamic and unique learning experience. All six artists will then direct a hands-on workshop the following afternoon within the Fine Arts Department to further allow the public to experience and learn from their artistic processes. 


Virginia Fifield   |   Contemporary Realism in Charcoal Drawing

Thursday, October 3, 2013  |  6:30 p.m.  |  North Regional BC Library Auditorium (62/154)


Virginia Fifield’s large-scale charcoal drawings explore how our perception of self, and sense of dominance and ownership distorts our relationship to nature. Hyper-realistic images of animal subjects are re-presented in a stark, over-scale format, deliberately devoid of color and context, aiming to spark contemplation and internal dialogue about our coexistence with the natural world. Originally from Toronto, Fifield earned her BFA from York University and studied architecture at University of Toronto. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, the Boca Raton Museum, The Hollywood Art and Culture Center and has been featured on PBS.


Workshop   |   Charcoal Techniques & Materiality 

Friday, October 4, 2013  |  2 p.m.  |  Fine Arts Ceramics Studio (50/125) ​



Jaques De Beaufort  |   Surrealism in Contemporary Painting 

Thursday, October 24, 2013  |  6:30 p.m.  |  North Regional BC Library Auditorium (62/154)


Jacques de Beaufort is a painter and Associate Professor of Visual Art at Palm Beach State College working steadily towards the construction of a unique and visionary surrealist aesthetic. Working in oil-based media he strives to create “in the contemporary space, but to always be reaching for a realm that exists outside of now but simultaneous with both the past and present”. De Beaufort has exhibited extensively in South Florida, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London and has received substantial critical support for his work including his first feature length film Sanctum and Sacrum, music videos and the founding of his project space UNIT1 Exhibitions in Lake Worth, FL. 


Workshop   |   Basic Oil Painting Techniques

Friday, October 25, 2013  |  2 p.m.  |  Fine Arts Ceramics Studio (50/125) 



Leah Brown & Peter Symons   |   Artists as Curators & Digital Innovations

Thursday, November 14, 2013  |  6:30 p.m.  |  North Regional BC Library Auditorium (62/154)


Leah Brown and Peter Symons are one of the major forces behind the burgeoning art epicenter that is F.A.T. Village, in the heart of the Arts & Science District of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. As head curators of The Projects | Contemporary Art Space they are instrumental in producing massive exhibitions that can be seen during each third Saturday Art Walk, many times showing their own large-scale sculptural installations within. Since receiving her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from he University of Miami, Leah Brown has exhibited to wide acclaim, having recently won the 2014 Cultural Consortium Award. Peter Symons also earned his BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from the Pratt Institute in New York prior to relocating to South Florida where he manages the wood and digital fabrication studios at FAU.


Workshop   |   Sculptural Life-Casting Tutorial 

Friday, November 15, 2013  |  2 p.m.  |  Fine Arts Ceramics Studio (50/125) ​



Kate Kretz  |   Intricacy and Obsession in Fiber and Multimedia

Thursday, January 23, 2013  |  6:30 p.m.  |  North Regional BC Library Auditorium (62/154)


Originally from New York, Kate Kretz works across media boundaries, creating obsessively made objects that tell difficult truths. He works include embroideries with human hair, tiny silverpoint drawings in the bowls of silver spoons, clothing based-sculpture and paintings and drawings that pose questions about the absurdity that can be found within the everyday. Kretz earned her BFA at the State University of New York at Binghamton before receiving her MFA from University of Georgia. Her work has been seen in over 95 international publications and has been featured repeatedly in the New York Times, ArtPapers, Vanity Fair, and ELLE as well as university textbooks nationwide and has been exhibited worldwide with a recent retrospective at the Hardcore Contemporary Art Space in Wynwood, Miami. Kretz currently lives and works in Washington, DC. 


Workshop   |   Digging Deep: Finding Your Visual Voice

Friday, January 24, 2013  |  2 p.m.  |  Fine Arts Ceramics Studio (50/125) ​




​Taylor Pilote  |   Satire and Social Commentary in Industrial Sculpture

Thursday, February 20, 2013  |  6:30 p.m.  |  North Regional BC Library Auditorium (62/154)


Sculptor  and self-proclaimed “shop-rat” Taylor Pilote’s work is a exploration of what it means to be a young, reckless male navigating through contemporary culture with high art interests and a low brow upbringing, all under a smooth, meticulously polished exterior. After receiving his MFA from the University of South Florida Pilote has worked and exhibited throughout the U.S., Canada and Paris. Employing the visual language of automotive exteriors he attempts to conjure a variety of reactions to his materials and subject matter simultaneously as difficult or farcical issues are presented in a slick, seductive manner. 


Workshop   |   Sculptural Techniques 

Friday, February 21, 2013  |  2 p.m.  |  Fine Arts Ceramics Studio (50/125) ​





Amy Gross  |   Connecting Fiber Art and the Natural World (In conjunction with Earth Week) 

Thursday, April 24, 2013  |  6:30 p.m.  |  North Regional BC Library Auditorium (62/154)


Amy Gross uses everyday materials such as yarn, thread, beads and wire to create objects that mimic the natural world but remain wholly artificial. Her fiber and mixed media sculptures, nicknamed biotopes, reflect on the inevitability of change, attempting to counter inevitable vulnerability by stopping time. Her life forms are imitations of life. They, simply, do not die. Gross earned her BFA at The Cooper Union in New York City and worked as a surface designer, creating textiles, toys, and jewelry before turning full time to fiber art. She lives and works in South Florida.


Workshop   |   Fiber Based Materials and The Environment 

Friday, April 25, 2013  |  2 p.m.  |  Fine Arts Ceramics Studio (50/125) ​


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