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WJB Gallery

The great feature of the Gallery is its multivalence. In this situation it becomes a classroom, and not only a classroom but a laboratory for the creative process, and then on top of that it serves its function as an exhibition space where the students’ work is on display for public engagement.






The WJB Gallery is an 1100-square-foot exhibition space shared and managed by the departments of the College of Fine Arts: Art, Art Education, Art History, Interior Architecture & Design, Dance, Theatre, and the Museum of Fine Arts.  The 24 x 46-foot glass-walled gallery stretches the length of the central five-story atrium in the Johnston Building, providing rich natural lighting and secure but vivid public exposure for exhibitions.

All exhibitions in the WJB Gallery are curated by or display works by students of the College of Fine Arts. Faculty and students develop exhibitions in consultation with a gallery committee of representatives from each department and the Museum of Fine Arts.  The scope and timeline of exhibitions varies with the needs and resources of the host department. Previous shows have included extended displays of student-designed furniture, short-term one-artist openings, semester-long curatorial projects, and one-night dance performances.



Currently on Display

Cassia Kite in her studio. Image: Jenny Acheson for Sarasota Magazine

Playing with Art: Cassia Kite and the Invention of Soundstitching

Developed by students from the graduate level Visitor-Centered Exhibitions course, under the direction of Dr. Ann Rowson Love, Playing with Art is a solo exhibition of work by Sarasota-based multi media artist, Cassia Kite.

Playing with Art showcases an innovative and emerging art form known as “Soundstitching.” Invented by artist Cassia Kite, it is an interdisciplinary, multimedia project that transforms color from a hand-stitched, embroidered image into a musical composition that can be interpreted by musicians and performance artists. 

South Side of the Kite House by Cassia Kite



The exhibition will be open until September 23rd, and will conclude with an artist-talk, co-hosted by Cassia Kite and the Visitor-Centered Exhibitions course.



Previously on Display

“Life Framed: Everyday Objects and the Still Life”
What objects reflect your everyday life? Exploring the tradition of still life, this exhibition features objects and art works drawn from and reflecting upon our daily lives. Some of these works are traditional, while others push the boundaries of what constitutes a still life.
We invite you to consider the differences between arranged and found compositions, the effects of imposing a frame, and whether the artist’s engagement with tangible objects is essential to the concept of a still life.

“Learning from COVID19 Experiences Project”

The paramount aim for this Learning from COVID 19 Experiences Project is to address the significant mental health consequences of the global COVID 19 pandemic and identify effective art-based methods for supporting resilience among youth and families through the professional exchanges of US and Russian art therapists, mental health professionals, educators, and students. These aims will be accomplished through three major project programs: an online conference; a virtual art exhibit; and local exhibits and events at FSU in Tallahassee, Florida and in Volgograd and Samara, Russian Federation.

A Walk Through the Gallery

A look at the WJB Gallery during the 2017 exhibition Kul’ttovary – Bringing Culture
into the Soviet Home
(Yelena McLane and students, Interior Architecture & Design).

Student Resources

College of Fine Arts faculty and TAs may submit exhibition proposals for review by the gallery committee. We encourage you to check the upcoming timelime and contact your department representative on the committee, in planning your exhibition. Once you are ready to formally propose an exhibition, please submit through our online Proposal Form.

The Gallery committee approves proposals, arranges the schedule, allocates a small budget for supplemental equipment or materials, and supervises a staff of interns who may assist with installation, marketing, and some supervision/guided tours. Requests for staff assistance with installation should be directed to Meredith Lynn, Director of Galleries. In designing your installation, please refer to the Floorplan and Exhibition Guidelines.

WJB Gallery Committee Members

Meredith Lynn (MoFA)

Grace Ali (Art)

Tenley Bick (Art History)

Irvin Gonzalez (Dance)

Kellen Hoxworth (Theatre)

Yelena McLane (Interior Architecture & Design)

Ann Rowson Love (Art Education)