Lehigh Acres artist Marcus Jansen opened his show, "Prince &?Broadway," on Aug. 2.
He recently participated in a "Revelations in Realty" book publication in New York City just a few weeks ago, where he was featured on the cover.
The exhibition resulted in invitations by curators to show in Museums in Zurch Switzerland, Dubai and Lisbon Portugal this and next year.
"People attempted to enter the space for a sneak peek two hours prior to opening" said UNIT A's Terry Tincher.
The exhibition attracted returning visitors from Lee County, Collier County and many new guests. Over 120 attended the reception at UNIT A, located on the edge of downtown Fort Myers on Evans Avenue.
Exhibiting 25 medium size and small works on cardboard and canvas created between 199-2003, many of which were still signed "MEPS," Jansen's first signature. The paintings consisted of many works that were similar to the works sold during Jansen's days of selling from street corners like Prince and Broadway in Manhattan back in 1999.
"The exhibition revealed the man behind the curtain" art professor David Meo, from Southwest Florida College, said.
Meo is bringing 25 art students to UNIT A to hear Jansen and Jonas Stirner lecture about their works.
Jansen displayed experimental as well various other stages of works from his career.
Many other academics attended the exhibition, among them former art professor Carl Schwartz and author of the book "Legendary Locals," by professor Gerri Reaves who also wrote the essay to Jansen's first book in 2006. Art professor Dennis Mayra Velez, who resides in the Dominica Republic, discovered that he lived on the same street where Jansen grew up on "Boynton Ave," in Bronx N.Y., during a conversation with Jansen.
"We are proud of you," Valez said.
The show showed red dots next to paintings as people entered the room.
"We sold important works prior to the opening and sold more works during the reception" Jansen said.
The show had a relaxing feel, partially because of jazz musician Mark Dun who kept people in a trance while viewers were soaking in New York like loft atmosphere. Special guests included chief executive officer Katheen van Bergen and Richard Tooke from Artis-Naples and the Naples Philharmonic.
Jansen was awarded the Arte Laguna Art Prize 2013, Venice, Italy.
His museum collections include The PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), The Housatonic Museum of Art, CT, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Smithsonian Institution.