FIU Students and Alumni in New Broward County Exhibition


On Tuesday, September 23rd, the Broward County Main Library will open Dwelling Projects: To Puerto Rico and Back! This exhibition is organized by a FIU alumna and includes alumni and students from the university.

Sofia Bastidas (FIU BA ’13) founded Dwelling Projects, a traveling residency that supports the creation, presentation, and dissemination of contemporary art through its annual program. The program’s core principle is its strategic partnership with organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean that provide residents with work space, technical and logistical assistance, exhibition spaces, and access to any other particular needs required to optimize the residency experience. By creating this program, participants are able to dig into the country’s current art scene by bridging the gap between theory and practice for artists, intellectually and practically enriching the production of their work. It is a mutually beneficial learning experience. (Source: Dwelling Projects)

Dwelling Projects hosted the residency “To Puerto Rico and Back!” in June and July 2014. Through funds raised from the program’s exhibition In Bituin (CARTA News, February 2014) and partnerships with Girls’ Club Collection, s t u d i o 2 5 9, Walter Otero Contemporary Art, Espacio 20/20, and The Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico (Amigos Del Corralón), Dwelling Projects was able to provide a residency program in San Juan for artists Greisy Lora (FIU BFA ’14) and Valeria Guillen.

In Gallery Six of the Broward County Main Library, Dwelling Projects: To Puerto Rico and Back! will be a visual summary of the discovery of new art scenes in Latin American and the Caribbean by South Florida emerging artists. The exhibition is on display as part of the Main Library’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th.

Dwelling Projects: To Puerto Rico and Back! will open on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 5:30PM in Gallery Six of the Broward County Main Library: 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. For more information, call (954) 357-7444. For more information on the Main Library’s events for National Hispanic Heritage Month, click here.

The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 39 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use, and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of Broward County’s diverse community. Broward County Libraries Division continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to its comprehensive web site,, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps, movies, and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Broward County Historical Commission. (Source: Broward County Libraries Division)


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