FSU Art BFA ’21 Melissa Gonzalez-Lopez, also majoring in Psychology, completed one of FSU’s Global Exchanges at Universitat Politecnia de Valencia in Valencia, Spain in Spring 2020. Her experience was also featured in an article by FSU’s Center for Global Engagement. To other students in the art program at FSU she says,
“I strongly recommend the program at UPV because it allows you to attend a host university and completely immerse yourself in the host culture. It also allows you to create art networks overseas that would otherwise be very difficult to obtain as an emerging artist. UPV also provides classes that are not offered at FSU, such as mural painting, sound art, traditional animation and stop motion, performance art, 3D modeling for video games, and much more!”
She is also exhibiting her first solo show De Mí Te Cuento at Quart Jove in Quart de Poblet, Valencia, Spain, February 15-28, 2021. The show was curated by Ana Tomás Miralles, Professor of Art, at Universitat Politècnica de València. The show opening will be held virtually, accompanied by an exhibition catalog.
Ms. Gonzalez-Lopez is an interdisciplinary Cuban artist living and working in Tallahassee, Florida. In April 2021 she will attain her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University. In her senior year she worked alongside Professor of Art Holly Hanessian in the creation of a Hurricane Emergency Art kit.
Her art practice spins around the overall themes of time, memory, and sense of place. She employs a variety of mediums, such as painting, printmaking,
photography, ceramics and video installation to realize her ideas into the world. Besides making art, she enjoys reading about neuroscience, astrophysics, mathematics and relativistic mechanics.
This exchange program transformed me into a mature ethno-relative person. It opened my eyes to the wonders of traveling and exploring the world.