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Gallery 31 opens at WHC for artists and art lovers to enjoy

July 22, 2016 | News

P1000025 (1)When you walk through the doors of Building 31 of the Willis Holcombe Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale, make sure to stop in the foyer and take in the art on display.

Referred to as Gallery 31, the new conceptualized space is expected to become a destination for students looking to participate in curated shows, maybe even for the first time. The plan is to also feature work of faculty and other contributors from outside the College.

The idea came from associate dean for academic affairs Richard White. Coming from an art background and knowing how important it is for artists to have a venue for expression, he felt there was a need for a gallery on campus. White wants to see graphic design, architecture and all other creative disciplines represented over time. A partnership with ArtServe  will assist in bringing in high quality participants in select exhibits.

Gallery 31 itself is in a high visibility location with regular foot traffic. The wall units showcasing the pieces come with the flexibility to be reconfigured for a new exhibit or relocate due to any building changes in the future. White is grateful to John Dunnuck, vice president for operations at Broward College and Ana Ovalles, facility planner, for helping to make the WHC addition a reality.

Rick McCawley, program manager for graphic design at the College, has offered to serve as gallery advisor for a student committee. McCawley’s collection of eye-catching photography is currently featured the inaugural exhibit. He explores his subconscious with images infusing the elements of nature such as a mysterious female figure becoming one with the water.

Outside of academia, McCawley was a staff photographer for the Miami Herald for 12 years and seen his work used in other prominent publications. He also has a consulting firm and has written books on Photoshop.

Gallery 31 is the latest addition to various art exhibit spaces across Broward College campuses for students, faculty and art lovers all over the community to visit. These include the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery on Central Campus, The South Gallery on South Campus and the Fine Arts Exhibition Space on North Campus. Opening dates and times vary.

 

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