“Why Sculpture Matters” by Board of Directors of the Sarasota Season of Sculpture

April 13, 2012
Speakers and panel members include esteemed artists, arts educators and cultural critics. Seating is very limited so kindly RSVP as soon as you can. We look forward to joining you in conversation about this vital topic!

April 13, 2012
Ringling Museum of Art

Sculpture and public art help define a community. Art in public view is a way of saying, “This is who we are; this is what we want to be; or, in some cases, this is not what we want to be.” That sense of shared civic identity must begin with dialogue and reflection.

Speakers and panel members include esteemed artists, arts educators and cultural critics. Seating is very limited so kindly RSVP as soon as you can. We look forward to joining you in conversation about this vital topic!


Agenda

(9 a.m.) Coffee and Continental Breakfast

(9:30 a.m) Introduction by Dr. Larry Thompson
President of Ringling College of Art & Design

(9:45 a.m.) “The Importance of Sculpture” by John Henry
Sculptor and Curator of “Under Azure Skies”

(10:45 a.m.) Panel Discussion: “Public Art: Site Appropriateness”
Dr. Larry Thompson, Moderator
Mike Lash, Arts Advocate, Arts Administrator
Mary Ellen Scherl, Sculptor, Arts Advocate
Dennis Kowal, Sculptor and Author
Isaac Duncan, Sculptor, Arts Advocate, Board Member,
Mid South Sculpture Alliance

(1 p.m.) The Enduring Role of Sculpture in the Public Sphere
Geoffrey Bates
Director and Curator, Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

(1:45 p.m.) Panel Discussion: “The Role of Public Art in Communities”
Bruce Rodgers, Moderator
Executive Director, The Hermitage Artist Retreat
Steven High, Executive Director, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
John Henry, Sculptor and curator of “Under Azure Skies”
Katelyn Littlejohn, Project Administrator, Rose Kennedy Greenway Project Boston
Ann Wykell, Public Art Coordinator, Bradenton

(3 p.m.) Panel Discussion: “The Art of Collecting”
Dr. Larry Thompson, Moderator
Keith Monda, Collector and Philanthropist
Allyn Gallup, Director, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art
Bob Edwards,Collector, Board Member, International Sculpture Center
Phillip Kotler,Collector and Author

(4 p.m.) Closing Remarks by Steven High

(5:30 p.m.) Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art


Symposium
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota

Reception
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art
1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota

Tickets
$50, includes lunch
Limited seating; RSVP required
RSVP to MorganJBettes@gmail.com