Surfing ExhibitionPaul Aho, Paducah School of Art photography instructor and interim director, is pleased to announce the opening of Surfing Florida: A Photographic History in Boca Raton, Florida.
A first of its kind, the exhibition opened March 16 at The University Galleries in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Aho and University Galleries Director W. Rod Faulds, who served as the exhibitions curator, developed the exhibition over the past three years.
Surfing Florida presents the history of Florida surfing and its impact on the sports international dimensions through contributions from more than 60 photographers, includingFlorida standouts like Tom Dugan and Richard Meseroll, as well as internationally known photographers like Jeff Divine, Leroy Grannis and TomServais. Hundreds of surfers, in and out of Florida, have formally and informally influenced the projects development and content.
The exhibition at FAU also includes historical surfboards representing Floridas nearly 100-year surfing history and presents Floridas surfing history through seven regional sections, five on the East Coast and two on the Gulf Coast. This exhibition also includes several theme-oriented sections such as The Sunshine State, Spiritual Dimensions in Surfing and Environmentalism and Surfing, contributed by six humanities scholars associated with the project.
Produced as a traveling exhibition by Faulds and student assistants, Surfing Florida will also be presented at the Pensacola Museum of Art in the summer and travel to other locations during the coming year.
Aho, a lifelong Florida surfer, surfboard shaper and winner of the FloridaState Surfing Championships in the early 1970s, is also producing a book of the same title that encompasses photos and narrative content well in excess of the exhibition context.
Surfing Florida, which runs through May 12, is made possible in part by grants from the Florida Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Roslin Family Foundation.