Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) announced that the California-based artist and designer Connie Hwang received a prestigious American Graphic Design Award for her work with the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW.
“This is a significant national recognition for a project generated locally, and a testament to the quality of programming and publications that have become characteristic of our endeavors here at FSW,” said Gallery Director Jade Dellinger.
Last year, the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery collaborated with curatorial colleagues at the University of Florida’s Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art to organize “ELEVEN: The John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA) 10-Year Retrospective,” an exhibition of portable JEMA galleries (no larger than a shoebox) and conceptualized over the last decade by artists including Yoko Ono, Ben Patterson, Oliver Herring and The Art Guys.
Hwang had been commissioned by the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery to create a full-color poster/brochure for the JEMA Retrospective, which later earned the award of excellence from Graphic Design USA.
An important project for the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery and a notable collaboration between FSW and the University of Florida, the JEMA Retrospective was initiated at Florida SouthWestern State College and presented locally last summer before traveling to the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art/UF in Gainesville.
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About The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery:
The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery was founded as The Gallery of Fine Art in 1979 on the Lee County campus of Florida SouthWestern State College/FSW (then Edison Community College). On June 4, 2004 the Gallery of Fine Art was renamed the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, to honor and commemorate our long time association and friendship with the artist. Over more than three decades until his death, the Gallery worked closely with Rauschenberg to present world premiere exhibitions including multiple installations of the ¼ Mile or Two Furlong Piece. The artist insisted on naming the space the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery (versus the “Robert Rauschenberg Gallery”) as it was consistent with the intimate, informal relationship he maintained with both our local Southwest Florida community and FSW.
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