Illest of Illustration – Adventures on the Horizon

October 14 (7:30pm) – October 24, 2011
Exhibition Hall, Ringling College of Art and Design

In fall 2006, a group of Illustration students created a gallery show to further display to underclassmen a set of skills, talent, dedication, and the creative drive that goes into a piece of artwork. Known as Illest of Ill’ , this art show has quickly become one of the most anticipated shows of the year. Student-run, the exhibition is also juried by world renowned illustrators such as El Coro, Sam Weber, Jillian Tamaki, Andrew Hem & Josh Cochran.

Illest 2011 is run by Scott Prather, Tarrah Belcher
Illest 2012 will be run by: Audrey Gonzalez, Natalie Andrewson and Angeline Chen!

For general inquiries: illestofillustration@gmail.com

Season of Sculpture: Under Azure Skies

Sarasota Season of Sculpture Announces 2011-2012 Exhibition: “Under Azure Skies”. This free exhibit of large-scale sculpture returns to Bayfront Park this November

(Sarasota, FL) Sarasota’s Bayfront Park will soon be home to 10 new works of large-scale sculpture when the Sarasota Season of Sculpture (SSoS) unveils its sixth season of sculptures on the bayfront in November. The exhibit, entitled “Under Azure Skies,” features works by 10 artists and was curated by the Tennessee-based sculptor, John Henry. The sculptures will be installed in late October; the official unveiling, open to the public, is set for November at Sarasota’s Bayfront Park. SSos offers free docent-guided tours during the exhibition, which runs through early May 2012. For more information, visit www.sarasotaseasonofsculpture.org.

John Henry, the exhibit’s curator, says that the artwork reflects a range of styles, but most share the use of natural materials, evocative and iconic subject matter and an organic emphasis. “This exhibition was curated with the idea in mind that there is a power and significance that is unique to the man-made object,” says Henry, adding that the exhibition was first shown at Art St. Urban l in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 2007, where it has remained until this exhibition. After the Sarasota exhibition, the show travels to Florida International University in Miami.

“These sculptures come from artists of diverse backgrounds and origins. It is our hope that viewers will see this art as a common language understood all over the world,” says Susan McLeod, SSoS’s board president. “This museum without walls has raised the bar for regional public sculpture and added an important element to Sarasota’s rich cultural tapestry.” McLeod adds that the exhibition series has attracted more than one million visitors during its 12-year history and turned Sarasota’s downtown bayfront into “a major art destination.”

The exhibit’s 10 featured works are: “Big Red Tumkin” by Verina S. Baxter (steel); “Untitled” by Chakaia Booker (rubber tire and stainless steel); “Squirt” by John Clement (painted steel); “Untitled” by Isaac Duncan (stainless steel); “Complexus” by John Henry (steel); “Untitled” by Terry Karpowicz (granite, steel, and wood); “Mercury, Mars, and Venus” by Peter Lundberg (copper, steel, and colored concrete); “Portal” by Albert Paley (natural patina core and steel); “Oh’d” by Bret Price (galvanized steel) and “Crown” by Douglas Schatz. For detailed information about each artist and his or her work, visit www.sarasotaseasonofsculpture.org.

SSoS provides free docent tours for students, teachers and others, as well as educational opportunities uniting artists with donors and the interested public. Throughout the year, SSoS will host various events, including artist talks and symposia. For more information about SSos, please visit www.sarasotaseasonofsculpture.org.

About Sarasota Season of Sculpture
Sarasota Season of Sculpture (SSoS), founded in 1998 by Jill Kaplan and Bruce White, is a 501c3 arts organization, which presents world-class biennial sculpture exhibitions on Sarasota’s bayfront. SSoS focuses its exhibitions on the monumental work of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, and periodically includes the work of renowned local artists. This free biennial exhibition on Sarasota’s bayfront is unique among the many stars that make up Sarasota’s cultural crown. A drive down Sarasota’s Gulfstream Avenue during an exhibition season can be the first impression visitors and tourists receive about the dynamic cultural core of our community.

With A Sun

Friday September 16th (6-9pm)
Crossley Gallery, Ringling College of Art

The Crossley Gallery is proud to present new work from Fine Art Seniors Christofer Degrér, Sean Pearson and Kyle Petreycik.  During their junior year the artists had the benefit of attending the New York Studio Residency Program, and are now putting their exposure on view for the Sarasota community.

Connectivity, the body and identity are being discussed with a mixture of humor, romanticism and mystery. This eclectic selection of installation, sculpture, video and photography shows a fascination with the idea of New York as a center, and a point of departure for future artistic development.  The title “With a Sun” playfully denotes the pivotal role of the metropolis, not to mention a shared reflection on the idea of the middle.

Opening Reception: Friday September 16th
6-9pm

Crossley Gallery Ringling College of Art
2698 Bradenton Rd, Sarasota, Florida 34234

GADZOOKS! Starring Alex the Beck

Saturday, October 1, 2011
529 Clothesline Gallery, 529 S. Pineapple Avenue

Alexander Buckley Beck, born in Arlington VA 1990, was raised by an artistic east coast family.  At a young age, Alex was introduced to art as a lifestyle and chose to follow the path of an illustrator. This journey first brought him southward to attend the Ringling College of Art and Design. There, Alex gained the enthusiasm to create daring works of art.

Then in 2010, Alex Beck enrolled as a student in the Illustration Masters Class to learn from the likes of James Gurney, Donato Giancolo, and Dan Don Santos. He seized every opportunity to make teachers of his idols. With the help of John English, Alex went on to study under award-winning illustrator Mark English,  as well as Sterling Hundley, Gary Kelly, and Marshall Vandruff.

Most recently, Alex Beck’s work was featured in the 2011 Society of Illustrators group show in New York City. Today, he prepares for to his first solo exhibition in downtown Sarasota, FL.

Opening reception: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Four Portfolios of the Twentieth-Century: Archipenko, Gropper, Evans, and Doisneau

July 16-November 13
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL

We bring together two lithographic and two photographic portfolios by four important artists. The portfolios by Alexander Archipenko and Robert Doisneau are European, while those of the photographer Walker Evans and artist William Gropper are decidedly American.

Archipenko’s Sixteen Lithographs, known as the Wasmuth portfolio (1921), is an outstanding early body of work. Commissioned by the noted publisher Ernst Wasmuth of Berlin, the prints were created soon after the modernist sculptor departed from the Paris art world and broke with the Cubists.

Gropper’s portfolio of color lithographs, the Watergate Suite (1973), was given to the Museum in 2010 and is being shown for the first time. Gropper was a social realist whose art came of age during the Great Depression. Here he addresses the congressional hearings on the Watergate scandal, which led to Richard Nixon’s resignation.

Doisneau’s photographs capture Paris and its environs from 1944-1972. They reveal his love for the city, as well as his abundant sense of humor and humanity. Among the 15 images is his famous Kiss of the Hôtel de Ville (1950). Doisneau’s photographs have been instrumental in creating the vision of Paris in the popular imagination.

Evans’s posthumously published portfolio contains some of his earliest photographs, including a rarely-printed image of the Brooklyn Bridge (about 1928). The 14 others include signature photographs of the South, created under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the 1930s, as well as works from the late stage of his career. These diverse portfolios encourage us to explore the past century through documentary and street photography, modernist experimentation, and political imagery and commentary. They also reflect the vitality of the Museum’s collection of works on paper.