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Lee Wagener Art Gallery

The Lee Wagener Art Gallery is located in Terminal 2 of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Terminal 2 is on the Departures Level, which is a pre-security, high-traffic public area.

Lee Wagener Art Gallery offers Broward County artists an excellent opportunity to exhibit their work. Artists are selected through the Public Art & Design Program and exhibits change every three months. The far end of the gallery has been reserved for the exhibition of video artworks from Broward County’s permanent art collection.

For more information, contact Christina Roldan, Public Art & Design
project manager at 954-357-8542 or email

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Current Exhibition: July 10 – October 13, 2014

Dawn Roe
Airfield Studies (2013–14)


Airfield Study (Sand, Flag, Light), Sequence 1, 2014 by Dawn Roe

"Airfield Study (Sand, Flag, Light), Sequence 1, 2014" | 36" x 48" Duratrans Print in LCD Light Box

Airfield Study (Sand, Flag, Light), Sequence 2, 2014 by Dawn Roe

"Airfield Study (Sand, Flag, Light), Sequence 2, 2014" | 36" x 48" Duratrans Print in LCD Light Box


Artist's Statement

This grouping of photographic transparencies was produced in conjunction with the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport Artist-in-residence project, which will result in the production of a suite of artworks related to the development and construction of the south runway and Terminal 4 expansion. A series of visits to the site over the last 13 months has allowed Dawn Roe as the artist-in-residence to be witness to the gradual and dramatic changes occurring throughout this process. The artworks produced will take the form of still photographs and digital video, and will ultimately be housed throughout the terminals of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Roe creates multi-panel photographs and video works that ask the viewer to repeatedly consider their perceptive response to ambiguous or indefinable spaces by presenting similar or identical imagery in sequence or series. Using the camera to investigate issues of temporality, memory and history with a focus on optical experience, she looks to spaces that shift or change either through environmental or seasonal occurrences, or manmade transformation. The opportunity to respond to the runway construction and terminal expansion in relation to the surrounding landscape and its varied history will provide a rich area of artistic investigation that corresponds directly to the scope of the artist’s practice.

Often working on location, Roe’s process is generally a combination of research and response. The underlying narratives that run underneath and throughout particular locations influence her interaction with each space. Intrigued by the associations that occur when we encounter sites or scenes that reference a common experience of place, Roe seeks to draw out the poignancy of fleeting present moments in tangible, visual forms and is particularly interested in the ephemeral qualities that natural materials share with personal processes of recollection and recognition. It is within the landscape that time moves most slowly, and distinctions between now and then become less clear. Here, the enduring theme of time marks its presence most succinctly. The rich histories within Broward County coupled with the metaphoric removal and redistribution of the land throughout the construction process are perfectly suited to the nature of Roe’s work.

Artist's Biography

Dawn Roe (MFA, Illinois State University, BFA, Marylhurst University), divides her time between Asheville, North Carolina and Winter Park, Florida where she serves as Assistant Professor of Art at Rollins College. Her studio practice involves the singular and combined use of still photographs and digital video and relies upon the mimetic nature of these media to activate and make visible perceptual inconsistencies between experienced and recorded time.

Roe’s recently completed project, Goldfields, was exhibited in Melbourne, VIC, Australia at Screen Space Gallery (2012) and later traveled to The White Box at The University of Oregon PDX, Portland, OR (2013). A multi-media exhibition of this work opened the fall season at The Clara M. Eagle Gallery at Murray State University, Murray, KY (2013). Her works have also been exhibited at The Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC (2014), The Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, WA, Australia (2013), The Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Detroit, MI, The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, Charlotte, NC (2012) Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Launch Projects, Toronto, ON, Canada (2011), Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL (2010), Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR (2009), and other venues throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Lee Wagener Art Gallery at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as well as a two-person exhibition with Tammy Mercure at the William King Museum in Abingdon, Virginia.

Roe has received funding for her work from various organizations including The Associated Colleges of the South/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The United Arts of Central Florida, The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and The Society for Photographic Education. She was recently awarded a public art commission from the Broward County Cultural Division’s Public Art and Design Program, which will result in the production of a suite of artworks for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Roe’s work and writing has been featured in numerous print and web-based journals and blogs including Oxford American, One One Thousand, fototazo, Fraction Magazine and Urbanautica (for which she also serves as an editor). She recently engaged in a long-form interview with Lauren Henkin as part of Tilted Arc's Women in the Landscape series. As well, her collaborative essay on the Goldfields project with Leigh-Ann Pahapill and Lisa Zaher was published in the Routledge print journal, Photographies. Roe recently founded the public art project window (re/production | re/presentation) and serves as the curator.


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

For more information, contact Christina Roldan, Public Art & Design project manager at 954-357-8542.

Previous Exhibitions

Issac Allen Sandy artwork

Isaac Allen Sandy

Public Art & Design show
Ruben Ubiera

Isabel Perez "Between Two Lands" exhibition at Lee Wagener Gallery
Isabel Perez Salazar

painting by Janet Onofrey
Janet Onofrey 

The Art of Being There, an exhibition by artist John Bowen


John Bowen

Peter Nolan Exhibit at Lee Wagener Gallery in FLL

Peter Nolan

Painting by Rosanna SaccoccioRosanna Saccoccio

Katherine Allen

Katherine Allen

Jeremia Jenner


Jeremiah Jenner


Michele Guarino Exhibit

Michele Guarino

Nancy Spielman
Nancy Spielman  

Mary Lou Siefker
Mary Lou Siefker  

Candy Childrey

Candy Childrey

Nolan HaanNolan Haan

Virginia Fifield

Tom De Vita

Harumi Abe

Artist Andrea Huffman


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