The Art Galleries of the Bower School of Music & the Arts at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) present “Untethered, Stories Come Like Charms: Barbara Balzer and Linda Hall” in the Wasmer Art Gallery from October 12 – November 16, 2017.  This exhibition is curated by Gallery Director, John Loscuito, and Gallery Coordinator, Anica Sturdivant.  

On Thursday, October 12, 2017 there will be an opening reception with a theatre performance and artist talk beginning at 5pm.  The exhibition is sponsored in part Gene and Lee Seidler, Renata and R.J. Vigoda and by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

The works of Barbara Balzer and Linda Hall playfully draw on art history and mythology using ceramics and soft sculpture.  Their fantastical and sometimes humorous works are being shown together for the first time, providing two distinct viewpoints that revisit age-old stories.  Over 30 sculptures and installations ranging from the intimate to monumental will guide viewers through the space.

“As artists, we shepherd fragile ideas into intimate forms, both human and animal, both real and unreal.”– Balzer and Hall

The Wasmer Art Gallery is in the Arts Complex on FGCU’s main campus at 10501 FGCU Blvd. S.  Parking is available in Lot 7 for gallery visitors.  Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

For images and further information on this exhibition and others, go to or call Anica Sturdivant at (239) 590-7199 or


ATTACHED:  Images (left to right): Barbara Balzer, Les Diplomates (detail), 2017, Ceramic and metal, 26 x 24 x 18″, Courtesy of the artist.

Linda Hall, Sometimes The Earth is Sky, 2017, Fabric, fiber fill, glass and paint, 6 x 3 x 1’, Courtesy of the artist.


Anica Sturdivant at (239) 590-7199