February 6, 2000
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Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

Former FSU educator brings art to Valdosta

Artist, educator and Florida State University graduate Dick Bjornseth presents his exhibit, "Frames of Reference," at the Lowndes/Valdosta Art Commission, 1204 N. Patterson St., Valdosta, through the end of February. It is free and open to the public. The exhibition includes 42 original works of various media.

Bjornseth said he owes his ideas to artists such as Duchamp, whose display of a urinal shocked Paris, and Dali, who forced his audience to give meaning to his stretched images. "My artwork is just about having fun, about discovery and about seeing things in a fresh way," Bjornseth said.

Bjornseth recently earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at Florida State University. After earning his degree, he taught at FSU for two years and did post-graduate studies in Art Administration. Bjornseth was also a 1996 recipient of FSU's "Florence Award," which allowed him to teach in Italy for one semester. He is now an assistant professor of Art at Valdosta State University.

For more information on the exhibit, call the Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission at 229-247-2787.