In May, the White House confirmed speculations of who would be the next chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts(NEA) by announcing the highly-regarded Broadway producer Rocco Landesman as successor to Dana Gioia, former chairman of the NEA. As president of the for-profit Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns and operates five Broadway houses, Landesman has produced a number of successful Broadway shows, the most notable of which are Big River, The Producers and six plays by August Wilson. He was trained at a not-for-profit performing arts conservatory and this new role will gain him further experience of lobbying for more financial support for the arts.
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| Artist Isabel Perez Featured at Lee Wagener Art Gallery Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport|
Between Two Lands, an exhibition by artist Isabel Perez, opened at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in early July. The exhibition, at the Lee Wagener Art Gallery, in Terminal 2 Departure Level, will run for three months, through October, 2011.
Artist Isabel Perez, Wetlands, 2010, 48 x 48"
Isabel Perez was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She majored in Fine Arts at the Cristobal Rojas School of Visual Arts and received a scholarship in Drawing I and II from the Federico Brandt Art Institute. Perez studied stained glass, wood carving, molding, and photography. In her work, she uses many different mediums including oil, acrylic and mixed media. She has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally.
Between Two Lands is a collection of different works characterized by the presence of landscapes and magical, imaginary trees. The visual impact caused by the difference in the nature of Perez's birth country and Florida are reflected in more than 10 artworks created in different formats. Using trees and landscapes as a reflection of her emotions while creating in mixed media, the artist superimposed layers of painted and sewn fabrics, reinforced with recycled materials, thread and nets.
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. Also on view in the gallery is the public art video, Tree-Rain, a permanent artwork by Broward-based artists Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov.
For more information, contact Christina Roldan, Public Art and Design project manager at 954-357-8542.
| Jodi Jeffreys-Tanner is Appointed as Broward County's Newest Cultural Council Member|
The Broward Cultural Councilrecently welcomed Jodi Jeffreys-Tanneras the newest member to Broward County's arts advisory board. Appointed by Commissioner Chip LaMarca, Jeffreys-Tanner will now be a part of the 24-member team.
After attending the University of Florida, Jeffreys-Tanner entered the financial industry working at brokerage houses Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney. During this time, she became politically active in the community through campaigning and fundraising for various local, state, and national political candidates. She took action by dedicating herself to volunteer, fundraise and bring awareness to many local not-for-profit organizations such as The Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, The Covenant House, Childcare Connection, The American Cancer Society and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
In 1994, Jeffreys-Tanner went to work for Broward County Commissioner John E. Rodstrom, Jr. and served as his administrative assistant. Many opportunities arose from that position where she could be even more involved and make a positive impact in her community. During 11 years, she served on the North Broward Hospital District Community Relations Council, the City of Fort Lauderdale American Assembly, the City of Wilton Manors Zoning Board, was named the winner of The South Florida Business Journal's Price Waterhouse Up & Comers Award in the Government category, and served from 2006 -2008 on the Broward County Charter Review Commission.
Jodi Jeffreys-Tanner is a native Floridian and has spent most of her life in Fort Lauderdale. She is married to Paul Tanner, Sr. Vice President - Investments at UBS, has a son, Jerrod, 12 and two stepsons, Stephen, 24 and Garrett, 21. Her biggest passion is raising her son Jerrod and watching him play baseball and football. She is currently active with the Museum of Discovery & Science Leonardo da Vinci Society, Taylor's Closet - A nonprofit for at-risk youth girls, Holiday Park Athletic League, and Rio Vista Community Church.
Please visit the website of the Broward Cultural Division at www.broward.org/arts.
The Broward Cultural Council, created in 1977, is an advisory board of the Broward County Commission. The Council is dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of Broward County through the development of the arts.
| Broward County Board of County Commissioners Approve Artwork for New County Courthouse|
Recently, Broward County Board of County Commissioners approved the Public Art & Design Art Project, Flow, to be integrated into the new Broward County Courthouse, projected completion date, 2014.
The artwork, designed by Broward-based artist Margi Glavovic-Nothard, takes its shape and form from Broward County’s New River. The graceful seagrass that inhabits its riverbed inspired this functionally-integrated project which covers the central 70’ x 129’ area of the breezeway running through the ground level of the new courthouse garage.
This is an important area, as breezeways and arcades, a feature that ran through most of the original downtown Fort Lauderdale and Las Olas in its early days, might well be one of Fort Lauderdale’s urban legacies, according to a source discussing An Architectural Walking Tour of Downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The new County Courthouse breezeway continues a design system that begins at City Hall on Broward Boulevard. Walking through the monumental passageway of the Wachovia Bank Tower on One East Broward Boulevard, then through Stranahan Park and the breezeway of the Main Library, onto the breezeway of the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale and finally onto Huizenga Plaza and the Riverwalk at New River, it easily projects that the city has been designed with a plan. On a larger scale that central, stretching, breezeway recalls all the intimate breezeways on Las Olas, and the urban legacy. The new Broward County Courthouse, its presentation and its sense of place, will be an important icon for the next 100 years.
Glovoic-Nothard's artwork design includes the walls, flooring, seating and lighting elements. It will afford a calming place of respite for citizens and their families participating in the judicial process, as well as a pleasant environment to enjoy a lunch break. The lighting elements will activate the area after dark with a dynamic and engaging experience, making the breezeway a safe and inviting corridor for travel between the Courthouse Plaza and the river.