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Dawn Roe - 'From The field'
From The Field - edits Still photography and digital video
December 2013
Artist-in-Residence Dawn Roe Exhibits at Lee Wagener Art Gallery

Dawn Roe PortraitThe public was invited to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to view Artist-in-Residence Dawn Roe’s exhibition at the Lee Wagener Art Gallery, Terminal 2, Departures level. The exhibition, Airfield Studies (2013-14), ran through October 13. It included a grouping of photographic transparencies created as part of the airport’s Artist-in-Residence project associated with the development and construction of the South Runway.

A series of visits to the site over the last 13 months allowed Roe to witness the gradual and dramatic changes occurring throughout the construction process. At the completion of the residency, a suite of artworks in the form of still photographs and digital video will be housed throughout the airport’s terminals.

Roe creates multi-panel photographs and video works that ask the viewer to repeatedly consider their perspective response to ambiguous or indefinable spaces by presenting similar or identical imagery in sequence or series. Roe uses the camera to investigate issues of temporality, memory and history with a focus on optical experience.

Dawn Roe (MFA, Illinois State University, BFA, Marylhurst University) is an assistant professor of art at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Her works have been featured in galleries and exhibitions nationally and internationally while her writing and blogs have appeared in print and web-based journals including Oxford American and Fraction Magazine.

Visit the Public Art & Design Tour on the Broward Cultural Division’s website to see the full collection of Broward County Public Art and other artists who have exhibited in the Lee Wagener Art Gallery.

The Lee Wagener Art Gallery, supported by Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program and the Broward County Aviation Department, offered Broward artists an opportunity to exhibit their work in a prominent, high traffic area. Artists were selected through the Public Art & Design Program.     



Broward County’s Public Art for the Greenways is Complete

 Public art for the Greenways
Greenways; Artist James Adamson & S. Badanes with the collaboration of B. Cullin from Key Largo Canvas and B Kaminstein Pottery
The Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design (PAD) Program has completed the artwork for two County Greenways along the New River Canal and the Cypress Creek Canal. Greenways is a connectivity concept: a countywide network of safe, clean bicycle and equestrian paths, nature trails and waterways.

Through the Public Art & Design Program, artists James Adamson and Steven Badanes (who do business as the Jersey Devil Design Build Group) were commissioned to design and install the amenities to connect each neighborhood - from the Everglades to the Atlantic Ocean to conservation lands, parks and recreation facilities, cultural and historic sites, schools and business areas.

Jersey Devil designed benches with canopies placed approximately every half mile along the east-west corridor of the County to create a network of bike paths. The artists also designed a broad range of amenities such as shelters, shade canopies, seats, trash receptacles, bicycle racks, "splitter islands" and "logo markers" along the trailways.

"It was a local collaborative effort, working with designers throughout Broward County on each of the independent elements," says Broward Cultural Division Director Earl Bosworth. "A community effort for a community project."

The "splitter islands" are constructed to slow down foot/bike traffic when approaching a major road and consist of a circle of ceramic tiles depicting a stylized school of Pompano fish. The "logo markers" are installed at each bench location and depict a specific local plant associated with the particular Greenway, such as leather fern for the Cypress Creek Canal and coco plum for the New River Canal. These images have also been incorporated into the signage of each Greenway. The system will provide opportunities for restoration and enhancement of native vegetation and wildlife habitat, as well as alternative modes of transportation.        

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