The Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery proudly announces a partnership with Sacred Heart University, the first local institution of higher education making a commitment to the Arts by adopting the gallery’s innovative FLAG+Up program.
Sacred Heart is the newest client to FLAG+Up, a curatorial platform that brings challenging, thought-provoking work from emerging contemporary artists to corporations, organizations, schools, and commercial and residential developments. Through FLAG+Up, the university is exhibiting a rotating collection of works from gallery artists, with a winter show on view now through March 31, 2015. A reception for the collection will be held on Tuesday, February 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Both Sacred Heart and the Gallery welcome students, staff, and the public to attend the viewing.
“We are pleased to work with the gallery and provide our students and faculty a learning environment that is unique and inspiring,” says Mary Lou DeRosa, Vice Provost of Special Academic Programs at Sacred Heart. “The addition of the art has made the campus come alive, and the feedback has been extremely positive and appreciative.”
A commitment to the arts is critical to success in academia. Countless studies show that fostering a creative environment is associated with higher student achievement, overall student satisfaction, and increased attendance and retention rates. Sacred Heart is becoming a leader in this sector, providing its students with a multitude of opportunities to increase their exposure to art.
“Sacred Heart has become the ideal partner for our curating arm of the gallery,” says Gallery Director Fernando Luis Alvarez. “They show a vision and appreciation of creativity that exceeds their peers. We know that the gallery can curate inspiring exhibitions for their staff and students that seek to challenge them intellectually. This is the sort of culture created at Sacred Heart and one we look to emphasize.”