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Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts

Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building
11200 SW 8th Street Miami, Florida 33199

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Meet the artist: John Bailly

 

John Bailly is an artist and Faculty Fellow at The Honors College at FIU. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) in painting from FIU and his Master of Fine Art (MFA) in painting and printmaking from Yale. His work has been exhibited at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, and many other galleries and museums in the U.S. As a faculty member at FIU , he has taught in France and Italy as part of the university’s Study Abroad program, and he founded the Aesthetics & Values course.

Aesthetics & Values is a course that spans over two semesters. It begins in the fall and ends with a student-curated exhibition in the spring. It is open to all students who are interested in contemporary art, and has received national recognition. Students (often with no background in art) are taught and challenged to organize all aspects of a museum exhibition on their own. As a class, they visit many art institutions in Miami including the Lowe Art Museum and Rubell Family Collection, and learn about the local art scene. Students often work in pairs and choose Miami-based artists to include in their exhibition. To qualify for selection, artists must have no current affiliation to FIU. Students form a working relationship with artists and exhibition preparation includes selecting artwork, fundraising for a catalog, writing a press release, and installing the exhibit themselves at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. The current Aesthetics & Values exhibition is on display and well worth a visit!

John Bailly’s Cities series, (part of which will be exhibited in the alumni painting show at Miami Beach Urban Studios next month), deals with the evolving nature of cities. It reflects the ideas and culture of its people. He is also currently exhibiting Place of Mind, a series of paintings and poems he completed with Richard Blanco, (the inaugural poet for President Obama’s second inauguration). The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the University of Maine Museum of Art and will travel to other museums nationwide. John Bailly and his work are represented by ClampArt, which is based in New York.

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