Alumni Spotlight

FIU alumnus John Bailly ’90 to feature work at Deering Estate as Artist-in-Residence

john-bailly-work-2John William Bailly ’90 is an accomplished FIU alumnus, he received his MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University and has been serving as a Faculty Fellow of the Honors College since 2004. His work explores the random nature of information and the manner in which we process it. Utilizing juxtapositions of diverse data and multiple historical references, Bailly’s work intends for us to reflect on the manner in which we conceptualize our realities. He was awarded the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists and a State of Florida Individual Artist Grant. In 2007, Bailly and critically acclaimed poet Richard Blanco produced a collaborative project, Place of Mind. At FIU, Bailly founded the Aesthetics & Values project, an interdisciplinary curatorial program that has earned national recognition. He has been awarded two Excellence in Teaching awards and a European Union grant for course development.

Bailly was selected by the Deering Estate to serve as their Artist-in-Residence. In this role, he has developed a body of working that explores the cultural and biological history of Miami. As a Deering Estate Artist-in-Residence, Bailly was able to conduct field research through hiking onsite, snorkeling in adjacent Biscayne Bay, and by conducting collaborative research with interpretive staff on the sites’ archaeological and historical resources. Additionally, he traveled to Catalonia (Spain) to visit Charles Deering’s former villa Maricel in Sitges where he collected visual and factual records.

We invite you to explore 10,000 Years of Miami at the Deering Estate during the February Features Exhibit Evening on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Exhibit Evenings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The exhibit will be on display daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from February 06 – March 25, 2016, and is free with Deering Estate admission.


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