President’s Perspective — 19 December 2014
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From the President’s Desk

Florid Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese.

Florida Tech’s status as one of the premier technological research institutions in the world is unquestionable. That we provide our students outstanding, hands-on research using the best tools and technology available is a given.

But our two wonderful university institutions of fine art are preparing for major new exhibitions opening in January that remind us that Florida Tech has a softer side, as well.

Opening Jan. 10 at the Foosaner Art Museum in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne and running through March 22 is Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray. A fascinating look at one of Mexico’s most famous female artists, the exhibition features more than three dozen photo portraits.

A Hungary native, Muray traveled to Mexico in 1931, where he net Kahlo. The two started a romance that lasted 10 years, and a friendship that lasted a lifetime.

On Jan. 31, the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts on the Florida Tech campus will open Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art. This exhibit, on view until April 25, is making one stop in Florida, and it’s at our center.

It features works from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, Calif., including rare wall-hung installations and pieces never before seen in the United States.

As the importance of art and design grows in discussions of science, technology and math – the movement known as STEAM – we are thrilled that Florida Tech can offer its students access to extraordinary exhibits like these.

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