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Miami-Based de la Cruz Collection Art Exhibit at Nova Southeastern University

“Pink Powder” runs now through May 15 at the Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery at the Alvin Sherman Library

Donachie, Kaye. The Ideal has Blown Away, 2007, Oil on Canvas, 2007, 24 X 20 inches

Donachie, Kaye. The Ideal has Blown Away, 2007, Oil on Canvas, 2007, 24 X 20 inches


LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. –– Renowned throughout South Florida and the international art scene, the de la Cruz Collection presents “Pink Powder”, on view now through May 15 at the Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery inside the Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University (NSU).

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, brings together a group of artists whose work addresses the female form with an unapologetic intensity. Imagery varying from the quiet and ponderous to the raw and rebellious subvert the traditional role of the female muse within the canons of art history, literature, and popular culture. Works ranging from painting and photography to neon and fiber-based works express an openness and agency towards action. The viewer is confronted with fantasies of revisionist history, personal or otherwise, which unabashedly expose the romantic, self-indulgent and at times morbid desires of the female subject. Artists in the exhibition: Kaye Donachie, Tracey Emin, Naomi Fisher, Birgit Megerle, Ana Mendieta, and Christoph Ruckhaberle.

“We are delighted that the de la Cruz family has returned to Nova Southeastern University’s Alvin Sherman Library to showcase this exciting exhibit of world-class artists,” said Lydia M. Acosta, M.A., NSU vice president for Information Services and university librarian.

“The de la Cruz Collection is pleased to collaborate with NSU in this innovative program,” said Rosa de la Cruz, founder of the de la Cruz Collection. “These exhibitions serve as the perfect platform to further engage communities beyond the scope of the collections programming and exhibitions. Through this program, we hope to encourage a conversation which raises awareness of contemporary art practices. ”

This is the second in a series of exhibitions curated and organized by the de la Cruz Collection for NSU.

Additionally, on Thursday, May 5th at 6:30 p.m., collector Rosa de la Cruz and director of the de la Cruz Collection, Ibett Yanez, will discuss the works featured in the “Pink Powder” exhibition. This discussion will highlight the artists, their process and narrative, as well as their inclusion of art history and influence from past movements.   To RSVP for the lecture, please contact Lilly at 954-262-4578 or


About the Alvin Sherman Library: Nova Southeastern University’s Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center—one of the largest library buildings in the state of Florida—is a unique joint-use facility serving the residents of Broward County as well as NSU students, faculty, and staff members. Thanks to an agreement between the Broward County Board of County commissioners and NSU, the Alvin Sherman Library offers traditional public library services as well as the full academic resources of one of the nation’s major independent universities. For more information visit

About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution with more than 26,000 students, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit for more information about NSU and for more information on the largest fundraising campaign in NSU history.

About the de la Cruz Collection: Completed in December of 2009, the de la Cruz Collection is privately funded by Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz. This space serves as an extension of their home, where for over 30 years they have shared their collection with the public. The primary purpose of this space is to provide education and awareness in the visual arts. Educational programming includes lectures, artist-led workshops, docent-led tours, scholarship opportunities and student travel initiatives. In an effort to create a cross-disciplinary platform for artists and audiences, the de la Cruz Collection has organized multiple exhibitions, provided artist residencies, as well as, collaborated with multiple institutions.

Contact information:

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