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Gerry Trilling in the Spotlight for Florida Tech’s Friends of Textiles Lecture Nov. 15

Contemporary Artist Featured
in Ruth Funk Center Exhibit  

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Contemporary artist Gerry Trilling will be the focus of Florida Institute of Technology’s final 2016 Friends of Textiles Lecture Series event happening Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Trilling will lead an exclusive tour of her 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 15th, Trilling 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.

Trilling is a conceptual artist whose work is rooted in the history and assimilation of the American Jewish Diaspora. Her parents escaped the Holocaust, relocating to St. Louis, Missouri, where she grew up in a community of immigrants.

Her experiences there greatly influenced her body of work, particularly relating to the concept of “home” and “community.” Her abstract work incorporates a variety of fabrics meant to mark the passage of time and emphasize the unique way patterns relate to a larger visual landscape.

Trilling earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. She has studied weaving, dyeing and paper making and traveled extensively, collecting materials and conducting independent studies in Asia, South America, Australia and Europe.

Trilling is currently engaged in a three-year residency at Studios Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri, where she will be presenting a large, pattern-based show in May 2017.

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

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