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FSW Art Students to Exhibit at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Dec 3, 2014

Artwork produced by visual art students at Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) will be on exhibit at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers from December 11-23.

The Abstract 9 Art Exhibit will feature large-scale artwork produced by students in the college’s “Abstract Painting” and “Photography” classes, taught by FSW Professors Dana Roes and Steve Chase. Each course helped students demonstrate the complexities of the world through abstract art.

“Overdosing on information, we’re seduced into believing that the world is easy to decipher; that the real and the true can be wrestled to the ground and dissected by pundits,” said FSW Professor Dana Roes. “Now, more than ever, we need to be moved beyond familiar forms of expression. We need to be taken to a place where words fail and reason falters.”

Throughout the semester students defied traditional techniques for producing art and the Abstract 9 Art Exhibit will bring together their final assignments.

There are 14 FSW featured artists. From the Abstract Painting class: Merlina Canalda, Rachel Carr, Julia Leon, Kirsten Pettifor, Jessica Pohopin, April Rodmyre, Sally Rose, and Angelina Zuniga-Reed. From the Photography class: Corinne Price, Bailey Allen, Heather Back, J. Scotty Anderson Sr., Joseph Peter Villadolid, and Ginny Hayden-Anderson.

An opening reception is scheduled for December 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on 2301 First Street, Fort Myers. It will feature a performance by artist Leila Mesdaghi.

For more information, visit To keep up-to-date on arts and cultural events at the college, visit Arts@FSW at

About FSW:

Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving more than 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW will debut its intercollegiate athletics program in the fall 2015. Visit for more information.

Last Updated: December 3, 2014

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