Ken Falana, Best in Show winner of our “Inspired By” exhibition in 2020, presents a retrospective of his work spanning the past 60 years!
Ken Falana, Best in Show winner of our “Inspired By” exhibition in 2020, presents a retrospective of his work spanning the past 60 years. Born and raised in Florida, he experiments with silk screen, collage and monoprints to create a boldly abstract and colorful collection of art pieces.
Falana was the first in his family to attend college and received an Associate of Arts from Gibbs Junior Community College in 1962 and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education in 1964 from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Following graduation, Ken moved to Hollywood to teach public school art at what was then known as Attucks Junior and Senior High School, and worked as an Art Special at the Communication Art Center, BBPI, in Fort Lauderdale. In 1970, with a desire to learn more about printmaking, Ken entered the University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate program, earning an MFA in printmaking in 1972. Soon after, he returned to Florida to accept a teaching position at his alma mater Florida A&M University, and spent the next 30+ years as a Professor of Art while continuing to create and exhibit his own work.
Falana describes himself as a “colorist,” whose inspiration stems from his remembered experiences growing up in rural Central Florida and the Gulf Coast. His oeuvre spans over six decades, and includes a series of early silk screen works and collage prints that explore the Civil Rights movement of the sixties to monotypes and expressionist collages that comment on today’s most pressing issues, such as the global effects of climate change. In recent years, Falana began combining silk screen printing (serigraphy) with collage, and experimenting with monoprinting to create boldly abstract and vibrant new pieces. His artwork remains in public and private collections, including the Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists, Boston; NCCU Art Museum; and Florida A&M University, among others.
Exhibition Dates | November 18 – December 31, 2021
Opening Reception | November 18 | 5:30pm- 8:30pm
Ask the Artist | 6:30pm
Complimentary Admission for all ages
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Monday + Friday + Saturday | 9am – 5:30pm
Tuesday – Thursday | 9am – 8:30pm
Sunday | Closed
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