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FGCU Wasmer Art Gallery opens Enrique Chagoya exhibit

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The Art Galleries of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) present Everyone is an Alienígeno: Enrique Chagoya Exhibition.
Enrique Chagoya is world renowned as a political and social justice artist tackling issues of borders, immigration and cultural conflicts. This will be the first ever survey exhibition of Enrique Chagoya’s work in Florida covering his political and social activism through his innovative prints and paintings. Chagoya will be present to speak about these timely issues on Thursday, October 17 from 5-6pm with a reception to follow until 7pm in the Wasmer Art Gallery
Using pop culture icons, current events and historical images, Chagoya creates layered narratives dealing with immigration and cultural identity as a basis for social reflection. Born in Mexico City, Chagoya immigrated to the United States in 1977, where he worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, and became an American citizen in 2000.
He is currently full professor at Stanford University’s department of Art and Art History and his work can be found in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco among others. He has been the recipient of numerous awards such as two NEA artists fellowships, one more from the National Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, residencies at Giverny and Cite Internationale des Arts in France, and a Tiffany fellowship to mention a few.
Starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, there will be an opening reception and artist talk. The exhibition will run through Thursday, Nov. 14.
The Wasmer Art Gallery is located inside the Arts Complex on FGCU’s main campus.

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