Artist Connie Mcsilver’s sculpture celebrates new scholarship fund program for students of the college of architecture + the arts of Florida International University
The unveiling of “Whoopie”, a 10 feet tall sculpture donated by renowned artist Constance McSilver to the Florida International University Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building’s courtyard, took place at an intimate outdoors ceremony on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 1:30pm. Some of attending guests included Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg – President of FIU, Janine King – Associate Professor and Department Chair, Adam Drisin – Associate Dean, College of Architecture, and a number of students who gathered to enjoy the new addition to the school’s landscape.
The affair celebrated the launching of a new scholarship fund which awards FIU interior architecture students who best integrate artwork and collections of art into their interior architecture designs. The Martin and Constance Silver Award was created to promote the integration of art in interior architecture, while learning focused on understanding why and how to form a strong and creative relationship between the art pieces and the environment that houses them. Artist Constance McSilver was selected to have her sculpture on display at the FIU’s School of Architecture Courtyard to inspire students. The artist’s unique style, which is influenced by her background as a psychoanalyst and social worker, provides a strong visual source of inspiration to contribute to the students’ own creativity development.
The private event was followed by a reception at the School of Architecture Building BEA Gallery, where the winning projects of the new scholarship award program, from the first semester, were on display. Topics included art integrated in hospitals, residential buildings, hospitality business, and sustainable environments, showing the level of creativity and advanced education that the students have.
Constance McSilver is an artist with an unusual and exceptional background. A PHD, Psychoanalyst, acclaimed social worker, and gifted artist. Her experiences with human challenges motivate her work, which explores the intricacies of the psyche with a unique and often humorous perspective. She is a Vice Chairman of the Board of the New York University and founder of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. As she has been touched in her professional life, her personal expression is vivid and inspiring, revealing in vibrant imagery the struggles and triumphs that we face as human beings. Constance McSilver shares her own passion and gives back both literally and figuratively; she donates proceeds from her sales to a university scholarship fund.
With close to 100 students in the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited Master of Interior Architecture program, the Interior Architecture Department at FIU is one of the premiere professional interior design programs in South Florida. Recognized as the 9th best interior design program in the United States, is known for the quality of its students, for its excellent faculty, and for its strong relationship with Miami design professionals. They offer students cutting edge award-winning facilities that house studios, galleries, labs and workshops, and foster a dynamic community of creative and ardent lifelong learners investigating design and its countless contributions to society.