The Academy

From February 13 through August 8, 2020,The City of Pembroke Pines and the Frank Art Gallery hosted the first ever major exhibition by the Academy of Portrait & Figurative Art at Florida International University's Department of Art +Art History.. This atelier with courses in drawing and painting is led by its founder, David Chang, a classically-trained artist, professor and chair of the department. At The Academy, pupils learn one-on-one with a master to perfect their drawing and painting. Since its inception, many of FIU’s most talented students and alumni have become a part of this unique and competitive experience at the university, establishing it as a leader of visual art in higher education. It remains the first of its kind at a public university in the nation.
Be sure to take the elevator upstairs to our mezzanine gallery, The Third Space, which features two exhibitions. View digital paintings by Elton Burgest, and In Between: a bi-level solo retrospective of works created by Yochi Yakir-Avin between 2015 and 2020.


Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Additional funding is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.
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