Garry Noland in the Spotlight for Friends of Textiles Lecture Oct. 18

Contemporary Artist Featured in Ruth Funk Center Exhibit  

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Contemporary artist Garry Noland will be the focus of Florida Institute of Technology’s fall Friends of Textiles Lecture Series event on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Noland will lead an exclusive tour of his work in the exhibition Transformers: Recontextualizing Our Material Culture, on view at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts on the Florida Tech campus. The event begins with a reception at 5:15 p.m. followed by the gallery talk at 6 p.m.

At 11 a.m. on the 18th, Noland will lead a free, interactive tour for Florida Tech students.

The cost for the evening event is $10 for the general public. It is free for Friends of Textiles members and full-time Florida Tech students, faculty and staff with Florida Tech ID. Reservations are not required.

Noland’s abstract collages illustrate his fascination with unusual and often overlooked materials, such as PVC pipe, bubblewrap and duct tape.

“My studio practice is multi-disciplinary. The one constant is an openness to rough patches, glitches or mistakes,” Noland said. “These particular works are made of found and reclaimed materials from alleys, side streets and urban dumps…The resulting combination sets up the inevitable dialogue between new/old, purposeful/accidental, and play/toil.”

Noland, who had been based in the Midwest before recently moving to Los Angeles, earned a degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has been been a studio artist since 1980.

He has received fellowship awards from the NEA/Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Charlotte Street Foundation. Recent exhibits have been at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Missouri, and at University of Northern Iowa.

For more information on the Friends of the Textiles Lecture Series, please visit and click on “Upcoming Events” under the Events tab, or contact the Ruth Funk Center at 321-674-8313.


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