Renowned expert in modern art and Frank Lloyd Wright visits campus
LAKELAND (March 30, 2017) – In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Florida Southern College will name New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Director Dr. Glenn Lowry as its honorary chancellor during the annual Founders Day Convocation on Friday, March 31.
The convocation, which begins at 11 a.m. in Branscomb Auditorium on campus, is not open to the public, but the media is welcome to attend.
Dr. Lowry has served as MoMA Director since 1995 and has led a $900 million expansion of the museum and its endowment, including new archives of Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect of FSC’s National Historic Landmark-designated West campus.
Each spring, Florida Southern celebrates Founders Day, and as part of the tradition choses an honorary chancellor. In recent years, honorary chancellors have included ocean explorer, conservationist and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau; media mogul and environmentalist Ted Turner; and Dr. Michael Griffin, Administrator of NASA; as well as many other luminaries who are revered for contributions they have made to our world in a wide variety of professions and disciplines.
“Naming an honorary chancellor is a cherished tradition here at Florida Southern,” said President Anne Kerr. “We seek to recognize a wide variety of people and bring them to campus, from former presidents and authors, to explorers and architects. With Dr. Lowry, we have a kindred spirit and someone who loves the arts and has a deep connection with the architecture of this campus.”
That connection flows through the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Florida Southern holds the world’s largest concentration of buildings designed by Wright, and Dr. Lowry has spearheaded the expansion of MoMA’s archives of Wright documents. To celebrate the recent 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth, the MoMA will host a major exhibit of Wright works, including approximately 450 architectural drawings, models, films, furniture, textiles, paintings, scrapbooks and other items rarely if ever publicly exhibited.
During Dr. Lowry’s visit, Florida Southern will also produce its first-ever “Pop -Up” art show, with 35 iconic photographs by the father of photomontage, Jerry Uelsmann. The Pop-Up runs from Friday, March 31st at 9 a.m. through Sunday, April 2 at 4 p.m. at the campus Melvin Gallery.
The convocation event will also feature the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award to three graduates who have made outstanding contributions in their professions and communities: Mr. Joe Capitano, Ybor City restorationist and founder and president of The Radiant Group, a Tampa franchise ownership company; Mr. M. Clayton Hollis, Jr., retired vice president of public affairs at Publix Super Markets, Inc.; and Mrs. Carol Prevatt Sipe, president and CEO of Summit Consulting in Lakeland, a leading provider of worker’s compensation insurance.
Additionally, the college will name the Honor Walk Student – the highest honor the College bestows upon a graduating senior who has demonstrated superior leadership, character and achievement.
About Florida Southern College
Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is a private, comprehensive college and the oldest college in Florida. Florida Southern maintains its commitment to academic excellence through more than 50 undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business, accounting, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 29 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Best Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a 2016 Top ROI College by Forbes; and included in The Princeton Review’s 381 Best Colleges and The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society. FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa and home to the world’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.
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