Southern College presents
exhibition of artist Byron Browne
(Sept. 3, 2001) - Florida Southern College will feature the art
of abstractionist Byron Browne in the Melvin Art Gallery beginning
Sept. 20 and running through Oct. 12. Opening night events start
at 7 p.m.
is on loan from the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Fla. "We
are very fortunate that through our relationship with Bill Meek,
an FSC graduate whose Harmon-Meek Gallery is agent for Byron Browne's
estate, to be able to mount an important retrospective exhibition
of Browne's work," said Dr. James Rogers, FSC professor and
chairman of the art department.
was a painter and sculptor born in Yonkers, N.Y. As a founding member
of the American Abstract Artists, he and other leaders of this small
group championed the cause of abstract modernism throughout the
1930s and early to mid-1940s. "Without them, there could not
have been Abstract Expressionism and the other international styles
that made New York the art capital of the world," Rogers said.
The Melvin Gallery
is publishing a 64-page catalog to accompany the exhibition. It
contains more than 60 color reproductions of Browne's works, tracing
the development of his career. Rogers said the catalog represents
an important contribution to the study of Browne and "hopefully
to the understanding of the development of modernism in American
The Melvin Art
Gallery is open weekdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and before and during
intermissions of most performances of the FSC Fine Arts Series.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.