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May Issue 2008

Flood Gallery Fine Art Center in Asheville, NC, Offers Group Exhibition

The Flood Gallery Fine Art Center (Flood Gallery) on the second floor of the Phil Mechanic Building in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC, proudly presents Insurgents, curated by its recently hired Assistant Director, Reneé M. Cagnina. The exhibit is on view through May 11, 2008.

This exhibition subversively addresses the internal battles that plague the psyches of its participating artists and exemplifies a unique ability to diplomatically address politics through vibrant illustrations.
"Flood Gallery is dedicated to providing a pluralistic environment for all of Asheville's residents and visitors," says founding Director Jolene Mechanic, "and it is exhibitions like these that provide a platform for dialogue and encourages the community to be proactive."
This exhibition strives to be a subtle and peaceful way to express artistic views often found to be unsuitable for public discourse. Whether through video, photograph, or sculpture, participating artists exercise their right to freedom of speech in the visual form. Insurgents allows artists to take back a wheel once driven by fear, and encourages an open discourse by giving form to political ideas, positions and agendas, while seeking to highlight the difference between the original meaning of "Insurgent" and its newfound connotation.
Participating artists include Mike Estabrook from Brooklyn, NY; Guerra de la Paz from Miami, FL; Nelson Gutierrez from Washington, DC; Heinz Kossler from Asheville, NC; Susan Lee-Chun from Miami, FL; and One-Three Collective from Miami, FL.
Insurgents will coincide with the "Pump" exhibition space located on the main floor of the Phil Mechanic Building. This exhibition will feature the photo-documentary work of University of North Carolina at Asheville Spring 2008 BFA candidate, Will Ketchum.
Since its inception in 2006, Flood Gallery Fine Art Center has been dedicated to advancing the careers of emerging and mid career artists, as well as educating the public and furthering the understanding of contemporary art and its importance within the community and beyond. Flood Gallery's mission is to provide a stimulating environment for artists so that they will successively enlighten, challenge, inspire, and elevate awareness for the necessity of art in contemporary culture.
Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, a non-profit 501(C)3 organization, seeks to be a vital cultural resource for Asheville through providing funding and space for innovative local, national, and international artists as well as curators who stretch boundaries in all media. Through our extensive exhibition schedule, residency program, educational activities, presentations and publications we aim to serve a diverse audience that will in turn enhance quality of life and provide opportunities and experiences that would otherwise be unavailable.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 828/254-2166 or visit (www.floodgallery.org).

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