Connie McSilver Unveils New Sculpture “Whoopee” at the School of Architecture


On Monday, January 26th, renowned artist Connie McSilver unveiled a 10-feet-tall sculpture called “Whoopee” outside the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture building.

The sculpture unveiling and subsequent reception at the BEA International Gallery celebrated the launching of a new scholarship fund, which will award those FIU Interior Architecture students who best integrate artwork and collections of art into their designs. The Martin and Constance Silver Award was created to promote the integration of art in interior architecture and to focus on learning on understanding why and how to form a strong and creative relationship between art pieces and the environment that houses them. The reception at the BEA International Gallery also celebrated the addition of a piece of artwork by artist Connie McSilver at the FIU Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum.

The unveiling and reception were co-hosted by FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Dean Brian Schriner and artist Connie McSilver. FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg attended the event, as did as John Stuart (Executive Director of the CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios), who helped open the event.

Connie McSilver was selected to have her sculpture on display at the FIU School of Architecture to inspire students. The artist’s unique style, which is influenced by her background as a psychoanalyst and social worker, provides a strong visual source of inspiration to contribute to the students’ own creativity development.

About Connie McSilver

Connie McSilver is an artist with an unusual and exceptional background – a Ph.D, psychoanalyst, acclaimed social worker, and gifted artist. Her experiences with human challenges motivate her work, which explores the intricacies of the psyche with a unique and often humorous perspective. She is a Vice Chairman of the Board of the New York University and founder of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. As she has been touched in her professional life, her personal expression is vivid and inspiring, revealing in vibrant imagery the struggles and triumphs that we face as human beings. Connie McSilver shares her own passion and gives back both literally and figuratively; she donates proceeds from her sales to a university scholarship fund. For more information about the artist and her art visit: or

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The header image was taken by Manuel Perez-Trujillo.

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