FIU School of Architecture + The Arts Unveils WHOOPIE

The unveiling of “Whoopie”, a 10 feet tall sculpture donated by C.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 focus learning on understanding why and how to form a strong and creative relationship between the art pieces and the environment that houses them. C. 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.