The Frank Gallery will continue to enhance its virtual programming to help audiences across South Florida access art from home since temporarily closing its doors to the public this spring. Beginning Thursday, June 11, the Pembroke Pines-based cultural arts haven will host its current exhibition, “The Academy,” digitally. Guests can enjoy an interactive 360-degree tour of the exhibition from the comfort of home.
The exhibition features stellar artwork from Florida International University (FIU)’s Department of Art and Art History Academy of Portrait & Figurative Art. Presented in partnership with the City of Pembroke Pines and South Florida-based art and technology nonprofit, Interactive Initiative, “The Academy” will be on virtual display August 8.
The works featured in “The Academy” are inspired by the intense visual drama of Italian Renaissance masterpieces and the technical precision of 17th century French académies. A classical art atelier with courses in drawing and painting, FIU’s Department of Art and Art History is led by David Chang, founder, professor, and chair of the department. The Academy of Portrait & Figurative Art, where students apprentice with a master artist to hone their abilities, is a pioneering source of art education and is the first of its kind at a public university.
“FIU’s Academy of Portrait & Figurative Art is a distinguished program and we are so honored to now be sharing their work to a broader audience by moving it online,” said Taryn Möller Nicoll, chief curator of The Frank. “This exhibition is so special, and we were so disappointed when we had to close our doors due to the pandemic. We are very excited that The Academy can now be experienced virtually and even more thrilled that we are not only sharing it with the South Florida community but also with the global community.”
In addition to “The Academy,” virtual patrons can tour works in the Third Space Gallery, which focuses on supporting non-profit organizations, educational partners, underrepresented populations, and community advocacy groups.
To pique the interest and curiosity of budding artists of all levels, The Frank is also offering free engaging and educational virtual workshops, lectures, and events for children and adults. For more information, visit the website.