Florida School of the Arts presents artist Lydia Dildilian

Lydia Dildilian

As part of the visiting artist series, Florida School of the Arts will present a gallery exhibition for Gainesville artist Lydia Dildilian.  The exhibit will open with a reception on Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery located on St. Johns River State College’s Palatka campus.    The exhibit will be on display through October 3.   Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and during Main Stage performances.  Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.

The exhibit, titled Our Subconscious Ghost, is described by the artist as “a social geographical space visualized by a series of acrylic paintings.”  “Our Subconscious Ghost utilizes maps, blueprints, diagrams, schematics and other technical and structural visual data,” said Dildilian, adding “Pulling from these impersonal, yet everyday, banks of information provides perspective into the fractured world we interact with.  Perceptions of these spaces are mirrored in the layered abstractions of these paintings, yielding a discomforting and alluring experience no different than our global relationship to one another.”      

Dildilian holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from Miami University in Ohio and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida, where she has served as a graduate teaching assistant and instructor of record, educational technology and curriculum specialist for e-learning and manager of the GRADhaus studio.  Dildilian has also served as a studio assistant to prominent Gainesville artist Arnold Mesches.   

The works of Lydia Dildilian have been exhibited in several states and are included in a private art collection displayed at the University of Florida Student Health Center.  In addition, Dildilian has presented a variety of lectures and workshops at the University of Florida and the GRADhaus studio.    

Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards the two-year associate degree in the following areas of study:  acting, dance performance, musical theater, stage management, theater technology, graphic design/new media and studio art.  The School serves the entire state of Florida.  Admission is based on an audition or portfolio review, an interview with the faculty and admission to SJR State.

Students produce and perform in approximately four visual arts exhibitions and 10 performances each year. For more information about Florida School of the Arts call (386) 312-4300 or visit online at

The paintings of Gainesville artist Lydia Dildilian will be displayed in an exhibit titled Our Subconscious Ghost at the Florida School of the Arts Main Gallery located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College.   An opening reception will be held Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m.  The exhibit will be on display through October 3. 

An acrylic on wood panel piece by Lydia Dildilian.  The work is part of a larger, wall-sized painting titled The Phantom in the Machine



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