Fine Arts Gallery

2019-20 Season

Due to the temporary closure of building G on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, events for the 2019-20 season will be held in alternate locations. Please see below for individual event details such as dates, times and locations.

Jose Betancourt  
Cuba: Reconstructing Memories

Dates: Oct. 3 - Nov. 4, 2019

Opening Reception: Oct. 3, 5-7 p.m.

Location: Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Building J, Room 109

In June of 1971 José Betancourt’s life changed forever, literally in a matter of minutes. With his suitcase and a toy plane, Betancourt traveled with his parents from Havana, Cuba to Miami, Florida. The flight was part of the Freedom Flights that carried over 250,000 Cubans to a new life in the United States between 1965 to 1973. Everything was left behind except what Betancourt and his family could carry. As a five-year-old he had no idea what this meant.

For this exhibition, Betancourt chose to assemble a group of photographs that are initiated by memory. Part of his method was to write down what he remembered and apply the photographic technique that best communicated his unclear image. The pictures are usually missing something or manipulated to a surreal state. Sometimes they seem as simple as the artist’s memories.

Fine Arts Faculty Exhibit

Dates: Nov. 7 - Dec. 9, 2019

Opening Reception: Nov. 7, 5-7 p.m.

Location: Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Building J, Room 109

This exhibit presents an overview of the work executed by studio faculty of Seminole State College. Faculty of the Fine Arts Department will represent the wide variety of materials used by the artists, whose personal experience directly benefits their students.

Beatrice Athenas 

Adventurous Journey 

Dates: Jan. 9 - Feb. 6, 2020

Opening Reception: Jan. 16, 5-7 p.m.

Location: Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Building J, Room 109

Beatrice is a native of Hamburg, Germany, and studied art and foreign languages, French and English at the Helene-Lange-Lycee. Her artwork is a display of oils on canvas and oils on linen. For the past 20 years she has been sharing her art with the community with exhibits and outdoor art shows as well as giving workshops and teaching painting classes.

Susan Hensel
Eros and Thanatos

Dates: Feb. 13 - Mar. 16, 2020

Opening Reception: Feb. 13, 5-7 p.m.

Location: Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Building J, Room 109

The artwork in the Eros and Thanatos series is elemental, like the first handprints on the cave walls. The images are beautiful: oval, floral, undersea, vulvar: evocative of birth, life and pleasure. This work is a consideration of beauty while still acknowledging vulnerability, pain and brokenness.

51st Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit  

Dates: Apr. 9 - 30, 2020

Opening Reception: Apr. 9, 5-7 p.m.

Location: Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Building J, Room 109

The season concludes with the 51st Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. The exhibit will feature the juried selection of artwork executed by the Seminole State College Fine Arts students during the past year. Media include photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed media, ceramics and sculpture.

Call for Artists

The Fine Arts Gallery, at Seminole State College of Florida, seeks professional artists in all mediums to exhibit for the 2022-23 academic year (August - May).  Visit the Call for Artists webpage to learn more.


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