In Search of the Miraculous: Exhibition Concept & Description

The University Galleries at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) are seeking venues for an exhibition project – In Search of the Miraculous – featuring artists whose work reflects upon the ocean and the practice of surfing in literal, psychological and critical ways.

The artists in In Search of the Miraculous range from emerging to internationally renowned and are both seriously committed surfers and non-surfers alike. They live and work across four continents, reflecting the internationalism of the art world, the surfing world, and the pervasiveness of ocean culture across the globe. The exhibition focuses on art made after 2000 and includes paintings, sculpture, film, photography and multimedia works. The exhibition also includes media stations with video documentation of activism and scientific inquiry around critical questions about surfing, surf culture and the ocean as a site of human activity.

Number of Works

Approximately 70



Paintings, photographs, sculpture, video, mixed media works, and a section of documentary films.

Space Requirements

350 – 450 running wall footage; 4500 / 6000 square feet

Display Requirements

5 –7 video projectors and/or flat screens; 8 –12 pedestals with/without Plexiglas vitrines; high ceilings (over 15 ft.) for some works

On Site / Special Installations

University Galleries, FAU will invite one or more artists to create installations for the opening exhibition that may or may not be included in the traveling exhibition. University Galleries encourage participating venues to work with artists to create/install work(s) specific to each venue’s presentation/installation.



Catalogue / Publication

The exhibition catalogue will combine images of art in the exhibition, artists biographies, and essays by authors including “Surf Studies” scholars on currently relevant subjects included in books such as The Critical Surf Studies Reader (2017, Duke University Press); Surfer Girls in the New World Order (Comer, 2010, Duke University Press); and Surfing and Social Theory (Ford & Brown, 2006, Routledge).

Public Programs

The University Galleries, FAU will present a multidisciplinary series of lectures and films reflecting the planned catalogue publication


Spring/Summer 2021, University Galleries, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton FL

Available Fall 2021 and beyond

Fine Arts Insurance

Borrower provides (approximate insurance value $2,000,000)


Borrower responsible for outgoing shipping to next venue

Projected Rental Fee

$25,000 for 6 – 8 week exhibition period (negotiable)


Rod Faulds: Director, University Galleries, FAU –

Image details:

Julian Schnabel

Painting for Malik Joyeux and Bernardo Bertolucci (Surfer),
2006, inkjet print, gesso, ink on polyester, 180 x 240 in,

© Julian Schnabel Studio, Courtesy the artist;
Photo by Tom Powel Imaging.


Ashley Bickerton

Untitled, 2011

Oil and acrylic on digital print on canvas, wood with plastic,

65 × 78 × 5 in,

Courtesy of Lehman Maupin.


Jennifer West

Dawn Surf Jellybowl Film, (stills), 16mm film negative, 2011,

8 minutes 15 seconds,

Courtesy of the artist.

Categories: Traveling Exhibitions