Palm Beach Atlantic University Art Gallery


About Tauni de Lesseps Gallery of Art

Located in the Warren Library at Palm Beach Atlantic University, this exhibition space was made possible by a generous gift from Tauni de Lessep’s Alpha Omega Charitable Foundation Inc. Tauni de Lesseps, who passed away in 2001, was a well-known international artist and was an active resident here in Palm Beach.


Renee Rey

Current Exhibition

Renee Rey, Beyond This Point

  • Dates of the Exhibition: March 6 – April 13, 2023
  • Reception: March 9, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.





Artist Statement

Peripheral Vision

I rebel against the chaos of the physical world.

I am seduced by the sublime.

In two and three-dimensional paintings and mixed media artwork, I explore the flux in time, transformation, belonging, isolation, and loss activated by my diasporic identity rooted in a multi-cultural American/Jewish and Armenian/Christian heritage. As I investigate the personal, I am also interested in interweaving narratives of spirituality, science, and the current political and cultural global theater.

The hybridized ecospheres I create are a connection and collision of the raw and the refined, abstraction and realism, and a constellation of materiality formed by oozing oil paint, bent wood branches, shaped paper, sharp sewing pins, and gritty sandpaper. By design or accident, systems of saturated yellows, greens, reds, oranges and blues change with intensity and texture. The anomalies in scale symbolize an unpredictable wonderland and dualities of harmony and tension, and control and chaos.


About the Artist

In What Direction

Renée Rey is an award-winning artist whose studio is in south Florida.

Rey's artwork has been selected national awards and exhibitions by art professionals, museum curators and gallerists including Alejo Benedetti, Curatorial Assistant, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AK; Jade Dellinger, Director of Exhibits & Collections, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College, Fort Myers, FL, Dr. Julie Sasse, Chief Curator, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Curator of Latin American Art at the Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, Erin Wright, Curator at Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA and Gisela Carbonell, Curator, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Orlando, FL.

Rey was invited to the School of Visual Arts Summer Painting Residency, New York, NY, 2019 and Sun Peak Center for Art and Sustainability, Colorado Springs, CO, 2106. She has taught drawing, painting and creative thinking to adults and children for over 8 years in southwest Florida. 

The artist has studied drawing, painting, 3D design, film, performance art, computer art and art history on the undergraduate and graduate levels in New York and Florida. Rey holds an MBA in Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, an A.A.S. Interior Design, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, an M.A. Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY and a B.A. Judaic Studies; University at Albany, Albany, NY.



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300 Pembroke Pl, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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