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Magnus Sodamin at Frost Art Museum

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Neon fluorescent lights, mirrors, fiberglass, embroidery, and motion pictures are some of the medium employed by the artists included in the 10 th Annual Aesthetics and Values 2016 exhibition. The works selected by the student curators will explore connections between the past and the present, engage in the virtual and physical world and explore the relationship between objects, space and humans.

Forty-two FIU Honors College students worked with nine of Miami’s most notable artists at the 10th annual Aesthetics and Values 2016 Exhibition (A&V) This exhibition, which is free and open to the public, opens on April 5th, and will run until May 1st at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum located on 10975 S.W. 17 th Street, Miami, FL, 33199. The students will be hosting a reception, Wednesday, April 6 th, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This year, the exhibition includes works in various media by established contemporary Miami artists such as Randy Burman, Westen Charles, Clifton Childree, Brookhart Jonquil, Barron Sherer, Magnus Sodamin, Alex Trimino, Michael Vasquez and Agustina Woodgate. Many of these artists produce works specifically for this exhibition. “I can’t think of a better thing to do than something I have never done before,” said artist and graphic designer, Randy Burman, whose Aesthetics and Values project raises questions about the constant surveillance taking place in today’s world and our reaction to it.

Taught by artist and Honors College Alumni, John Bailly, The Aesthetics and Values exhibition is an annual project produced solely by students which gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their resourcefulness and creativity through the research, curation and organization of an on campus exhibit of contemporary Miami artists.

From the curatorial vision to the installation design, the students who become curators as part of a yearlong course, oversee all facets of the exhibition and fully immerse themselves in the art world. The Aesthetics and Values class is not only known locally, but across the nation. A&V students have presented at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference (NCHC) since 2007.

A & V will be hosting its opening reception on April 6, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to speak to the artists on view, connect with thoughtprovoking art of various mediums, enjoy live music, films, art talks and food. Studentrun tours of the exhibition will also be available.

About Aesthetics Values

The Aesthetics and Values seminar examines the vital role visual art plays in the social and cultural dialogue surrounding controversial issues. It investigates how artists have challenged or enforced authority by creating new aesthetics. It further explores how art is used to initiate, accelerate or combat social change.

About the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University

Situated at the heart of FIU’s Avenue of the Arts, the Frost Art Museum’s 46,000 square feet lakeside building opened its doors in 2008. The museum has welcomed more than 40,000 visitors per year since its founding. Admission to the museum is always free and is located on 10975 S.W. 17 th Street, Miami, FL, 33199 across the blue garage and adjacent to the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC).

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