Lufrano Intercultural Gallery’s new exhibition is open to students and faculty – UNF Spinnaker

A new senior exhibit has opened at the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery and UNF Gallery of Art for students to experience through the end of January. The Lufrano Gallery is located in the John A. Delaney Student Union, and the UNF Gallery of Art is located in Founders Hall. Both galleries showcase the graduating fall class of 2021 senior projects in various multimedia ways meant to be enjoyed through experience.

Jessica Borusky oversees and manages the two aforementioned galleries as well as “The UNF Gallery of Art” at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in downtown Jacksonville. Borusky also gives contemporary art classes. They have been curators and teachers for about 10 years. There are certain exhibits here at UNF that they develop, and they select the artists for those exhibits, who come up with the concepts. They oversee the shipping, handling, installation of the artworks and all programs that are connected for the duration of the exhibition.


The current exhibit features projects for seniors focused on the arts and social justice. These works of art aim to capture ideas of community and impact the viewer in unique and expressive ways.

Featured works

Presented in the form of a shopping cart filled with items, this captivating installation was created by Camryn Media. The work features a series of items suspended from the ceiling. The attention to detail and creativity in this piece is evident.

Lufrano Gallery installation created by Camryn Media. Photo by Carter Mudget.

Many works of art are exhibited in the space, each one having a different shape and form from the previous one. Artist Gage Perna presents a series of oil paintings that use color to create visually stunning images.

Darrion Cisero has an exhibition of acrylic paintings titled different things like “The Tasteful Juggler” and “Ring Leader, Year of the Horse”. Darrion works with music while creating works of art. Viewers can listen to a song he wrote by scanning the QR code displayed next to the board titled “Circus Act.”

“Environmental Impacts” is a series of raised prints on plastic bags created by Brooke Dowling. This installation piece features different images painted on plastic bags that catch the eye and convey an important environmental message.

“Environmental Impacts”, created by Brooke Dowling. Photo by Carter Mudget.

Another visually creative piece titled “Weight Problems: Charcuterie Board, 36 lbs” by Darby Carver features an array of molded, pastel finished foods presented as a charcuterie board for viewers to view and analyze.

Weight Issues: Charcuterie Board, 36 lbs by Darby Carver
“Weight Issues: Charcuterie Board, 36 lbs” by Darby Carver. Photo by Carter Mudget.

Melody Verkerk’s exhibition of black and white portraits is a meaningful and beautiful piece. Different quotes are written under each portrait, “Character not color” and “Be kind to others”. Verkerk has a website that includes his entire portrait project which can be accessed by scanning a QR code displayed next to the piece.

An exhibition of black and white portraits of Melody Verkerk.
An exhibition of black and white portraits of Melody Verkerk. Photo by Carter Mudget.

At MOCA Jacksonville, Jessica Borusky curated the UNF Gallery of Art exhibit, “Techno-Intimacy,” which showcases the relationship between digital platforms and the practice of intimacy, caregiving, and community building. The pieces present different forms of video and installation art. The exhibition will continue until February. UNF students have free access to MOCA, so Borusky strongly encourages students and faculty to check out the exhibit. They also encourage students to check the MOCAfor updates on hours and events, as well as programs offered to graduate studio art majors for amazing opportunities.

Both UNF galleries will be open to viewers until the end of January, and Borusky strongly encourages students and staff to check them out.

“I think it’s exciting for students, faculty and staff to take a look at it because it really shows the openness that art can have and the different ways we can think about life. ‘art. It means that art is not just a painting in a frame, it can work in different ways,” Borusky said.

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