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Press Release : Apr 6, 2015

April 10 Reception Celebrates First Art Exhibition in Innovation Square’s Urban Arts Space Featuring Sculptures by University of Florida Students

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Twelve sculptures created by University of Florida (UF) students in Professor Celeste Roberge’s ART 3715 Sculpture: Metals class will be featured in the first-of-its-kind exhibition in Innovation Square’s Urban Arts Space in Gainesville, Florida. The exhibition, Steel Towers, will be on display outside from April 8-15, 2015 with an opening reception on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 5-7 p.m.

The sculptures featured are a result of the “Metal Sculpture Towers Project” in which students visualize and build sculptures dealing with the concept of verticality. All sculptures are fabricated in forged and welded steel. The Tower is both a structural and a mythological object, political and religious, aesthetic and historical. Students explore these issues in the sculptures created for this project.

The work of 11 UF students—Daniella Alonso, Emily Bonani, Kevin Dotson, Rebecca Franke, Victoria Heuston, Bahareh Karamifar, Mallory Scottow, Sarah Joy, Katie Ladd, Jessica Pondo and Rose Vastola—will be featured in the exhibition. This project is made possible through support from the University of Florida, UF College of the Arts, UF School of Art + Art History and Innovation Square.   

Steel Towers will be on view April 8-15, 2015. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, is Friday, April 10, 2015 from 5-7 p.m.

Urban Arts Space in Innovation Square at the corner of SW 3rd Ave. and SW 9th Street in Gainesville, Florida.

Interview, Photo & Video Opportunities:
Professor Celeste Roberge and the students whose work is featured will be available for interviews the evening of the reception on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 5-7 p.m.

About the University of Florida School of Art + Art History:
The School of Art + Art History is one of the University of Florida College of the Arts’ three institutionally-accredited schools. The School of Art + Art History supports the College of the Arts’ mission of serving as an educational, professional and cultural resource in the visual arts for the campus, community, state and region. Programs offered include art education, art history, art and technology, creative photography, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, printmaking, sculpture and visual art studies. In addition, the school supports five galleries that are open to the public and feature contemporary artwork, student pieces and more. To learn more, visit

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