The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will be celebrating its 5-year anniversary this season, and for its September exhibit, SBDAC is presenting a retrospective including many of the artists who have exhibited at the Davis over the years. Among the fifty artists represented in the show is popular local artist David Acevedo.
Acevedo was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in November, 1975. He graduated cum laude in 1998 from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus with a bachelors degree in Visual Arts. He moved to Southwest Florida in 2000 and has held various positions with the U.S. government, currently supervising a unit of twelve employees. In 2007, he opened his first professional art studio in Fort Myers. In 2008, he moved his studio and transformed it into the highly-acclaimed daas Gallery in downtown Fort Myers, where he banded together with other gallery and business owners to found Fort Myers Art Walk, which has helped resurrect the River District after four years of road construction and detours associated with the Downtown Utility and Streetscape Improvements Project.
As a gallery owner and director, Acevedo curated numerous exhibitions and produced a steady body of work for other galleries and events. In 2009, he received the title of Visual Artist of the Year at Lee County's Angel of the Arts Awards. The following year, he presented the same award to internationally-renowned urban expressionist Marcus Jansen. In collaboration with Scottish artist Ronnie Ford, he founded the Vibrant Arts movement, which allowed him to show his work in different parts of Europe including Scotland and Germany.
In 2011, Mayor Randall Henderson recommended Acevedo for appointment to the Fort Myers Public Art Committee and Hotel Indigo in downtown Fort Myers commissioned a mural titled The Heart of the City's Sky, which now adorns the Phy in the Sky rooftop lounge. In July of 2012, daas Gallery closed its doors, freeing Acevedo to renew his focus on the production of his own art. He opened his second professional studio at the Alliance of the Arts Campus which he shares with other artists under the name of The Union Artists Studio.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is part art gallery, part performing arts center and part art, music and theater school. During its inaugural 2009-2010 season, over 65,000 guests visited the Art Center. In addition, its outreach programs were presented to thousands of children through area schools, at-risk organizations and hospitals. Today, SBDAC regularly recruits award-winning artists who have performed worldwide at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in its ongoing mission to provide elite programming to all of Southwest Florida which includes concerts, theatrical performances, dance, independent film, art exhibits and cotillion.
For more information, please telephone 239-333-1933 or visit http://www.sbdac.com.