Art Center Sarasota Calls for Artists to Submit Work to Florida’s Finest, A Juried Exhibit

Open Call accepts Florida-based Artists, All media and All subjects.

An entry may consist of 1 to 3 two-and three dimensional works in any variety of media. Florida artists who wish to be considered for inclusion in, Florida’s Finest, can bring their work to Art Center Sarasota on June 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Online submissions are available from June 9 – 23, 2017 at this link, Florida’s Finest: Juried Exhibition. The exhibition includes these substantial awards ($1,500 for first prize; $1,000 for second prize; $500 for third prize; $250 for merit awards; and $100 for special recognitions). Florida’s Finest, is funded, in part, by the Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues.

Floridas Finest

Florida’s Finest, was created as an annual exhibition to showcase the wide-ranging talents of Florida-based artists, and includes two- and three-dimensional works in a variety of media. Lynn Whitelaw, former Director and Curator of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, will be jurying this year’s exhibition, which is installed in all four of the center’s galleries.

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707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL
941-365-2032
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Artist Talk: A Conversation with Amy Ernst

Art Center Sarasota presents an artist talk with exhibiting artist, Amy Ernst who currently has a show up titled, The Third Entity

Thursday, June 14, 2017
3:00 PM
Free and Open to the Public

Join us over some light refreshments and food and learn about Amy’s process and inspiration with her monoprint artworks. There will be catalogs for sale with a suggested donation of $5.99, all proceeds will go to the Art Center Sarasota. A catalog signing with the artist herself will occur after the talk.

On View May 25 – June 30, 2017, The Third Entity: Works by Amy Ernst and Amy Ragus

“The Third Entity” investigates the shared methods and subjects of Amy Ernst and Amy Ragus, two artists who work primarily in collage. Their works on paper include Ragus’ digital photo collages and Ernst’s monoprints and paper collage, as well as collaborative pieces created specifically for this exhibit.

“Both artists use methods that place separate pieces of imagery, texture, or pattern in a simultaneous image,” says Sarah Viviana Valdez, Art Center Sarasota’s exhibition coordinator.

“This layering creates unexpected tensions that transport the imagery into the realm of the surreal. They’re open to the fluidity of random combinations.” Valdez adds that the artists have been good friends since the 1970s.

Amy Ernst, a Sarasota resident, is the fourth generation of artists in her family; her great-grandfather Philip was a portrait painter; her grandfather Max was a surrealist master; and her father, Jimmy Ernst, was a leading abstract painter. Ernst makes a unique contribution to this profound family legacy with collages and monoprints. The artist notes that she works from within: “The imagery flows through meditative inspiration. Almost like automatic writing, it becomes and then begins to breathe life once the image is created. When I’m asked how long it takes for me to complete a work, I answer ‘a lifetime and a moment.’”

Amy Ernst

Amy Ragus’ photo-collages have been exhibited in one-person and group exhibits in the U.S. and abroad. Trained as a painter at Wellesley College (BA) and Columbia University (MFA), she turned to photography in the 1980s. She describes herself as, “a painter who uses photo fragments as brushstrokes on a larger field.” Ragus is a three-time MacDowell Fellow and has been an artist-in-residence at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood and other venues around the country. Most of the collages in this exhibit were shot in and around locations in Sarasota County.

Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL
941-365-2032
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In Process

In Process is an exhibition of new works from artists Dustin Juengel, Noelle McCleaf, Nathan Skiles, Sarah Viviana Valdez, and Tom Winchester.

Friday, January 27, 2017 (6PM -8PM)
3080 N Washington Blvd, #40, Sarasota

Media on view include photo-realistic and abstract painting, color and black-and-white photography, and video installation. Each artwork represents the artist’s individual style, as well as the commonality of an investigative approach.

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Meet the Artists

Dustin Juengel
Dustin Juengel earned a BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design and a MA in Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Art and Design. He is a visiting Faculty member in the FA department at Ringling College and serves as exhibition curator for Art Center Sarasota. His work has been exhibited in the U.S., UK and Germany.

Dustin Juengel
Dustin Juengel

Noelle McCleaf
For In Process, I will be exhibiting new photographs from the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp in Cassadaga, Florida. I’ve been fascinated by spiritualism and the metaphysical world for most of my life, and I’ve touched on these themes in previous bodies of work. I plan to return to this vibrant community and explore the landscape and its residents as I build upon this new series.

“Spiritualism is the science, philosophy, and religion based upon the principle of continuous life, demonstrated through mediumship”, (Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp, Rev. Mary Rose Gray).

Modern spiritualism began in the 1840s, and still continues today at the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp in Cassadaga, Florida. Spirit Doors were used during séances so spirits could enter and exit homes easily. Many of them still remain on homes in Cassadaga, but have been closed due to obvious dangers. Spiritualists do not believe in the concept of ghosts, but spirits, who are allowed to come and go, and are not “stuck” as ghosts are often described.

Noelle McCleaf
Noelle McCleaf

Nathan Skiles
Nathan Skiles lives and works in Sarasota, FL and is an instructor at the Ringling College of and Design. Recent exhibitions include: The Clockmaker’s Apprentice, The Hunterdon Art, Clinton, NJ; Black Forest / White Lightning, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY; Welcome to Tartarus, Welcome to Valhalla, Greene Contemporary, New York, NY

Nathan Skiles
Nathan Skiles

Sarah Viviana Valdez
Valdez’s work is an investigation on play within order, which has been a common occurrence all throughout her undergraduate work up to present. She currently works in a variety of platforms. The medium of curation allows her to assemble exhibitions as a way to often challenge the institution and its predecessors. She uses live performances combining sound and visuals to explore the malleability of environments, both spatially and on the level of human interaction (the audience-performer relationship). Her primary focus as of late has been the use of digital processes in conjunction with microbial substance, under the loose guise of fashion.

Valdez has been working with unconventional materials that biodegrade in order to merge biology with technology. The proliferation of new technological products assimilated into our daily lives has softened our natural senses and is in the process of divorcing humanity from its very ‘human’-ness. Her use of biological and technological materials proposes a needed identity for herself and to our developing counter-culture — to establish a true connection to the natural decaying world by having a symbiotic exchange with the objects we wear as our second skin. Valdez believes that working with multiple tools and platforms creates pathways within each medium and transforms them into useful objectives to aggregate desire, leisure and productivity for the viewer and herself.

Sarah Viviana Valdez
Sarah Viviana Valdez

Tom Winchester
The Black-and-White series is a collection of traditional, black-and-white photographs, created using thirty-five-millimeter film, that are printed in ways which guide viewers’ interpretations toward theories of postmodernism.

This is accomplished by including nuanced cues that expose the physical elements of the medium, in an attempt to create unique objects that allegorically counteract the infinite reproducibility of digital photographs.

By photographing places and objects that illustrate themes of banality, simulation, and fragmentation, then subsequently printing those images in a traditional process that can degrade, stain, or be subject to arbitrary variations outside of my control, the Black-and-White series utilizes photography’s affinity for depiction in order to convey a sense of lost reality.

Tom Winchester
Tom Winchester

3080 N Washington Blvd, #40, Sarasota, FL

SECOND SKIN curated by Sarah Viviana Valdez

POP-UP exhibition featuring works by Irene Garibay, Ava Howard, Ruzica Ivanovic, Celia Garcia Nogales, Sophia Schultz and Sarah Viviana Valdez, curated by Sarah Viviana Valdez.

SECOND SKIN curated by Sarah Viviana Valdez

The work in Second Skin explores tactile interconnectivity. The artists’ ideas have naturally merged by means of interactions with all sorts of materials to define the context of the second skin. These artists have in common an understanding of the body as an entity that expands out its physical contour. Dynamic semiotic materials that form diverse bodies that co-shapes one another. Donna Haraway mentions in When Species Meet that “ … figures have always been where the biological and literary or artistic come together with all of the force of lived reality. My body itself is just such a figure, literally.” She curiously observes the doubleness of our world, where we exist in mundane synergy.

The skin has sensors, consumes experiences, provides a shelter, retains memory, can be subtracted, added or manipulated, changes through time, sheds and regenerates. It interconnects a collection of memories that play an essential role for species when they respond and relate to one another. The final result of this survey is guided through a series of works created with methods that exist outside of the material and transport the spectator and the artist inside the body.

Artists Bio’s:

Irene Garibay (Mexico City, 1991) received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2016 with a trustee scholarship. She is currently working on a grand sculpture for Ringling Collage’s library through the Nancy Markle sculpture grand.

Sophia Schultz is an Anthropology thesis student receiving her B.A at New College of Florida. Born and raised in Sarasota her art focuses on the body as a home for trauma and healing. She works primarily with installations, photography, and video to engulf the audience into a narrative.

Ružica Ivanović comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina, she is currently a senior in Fine Art in Ringling College of Art and Design, with a main interest in sculpture and installation work.

Ava Z. Howard is an interdisciplinary artist, activist, and organizer in Sarasota, Florida. She is currently working on her B.A at the New College of Florida, as well as organizing with Nothing Arts Collective. Ava studies and is active in the social sciences and art, and allows these intersections to inform her work.

Celia Garcia Nogales (Madrid, Spain) is a student of Fine Arts at Ringling College of Art and Design. She concentrates on printmaking processes and collage.

Sarah Viviana Valdez is a multi-disciplinary artist and independent curator based out of Sarastoa, FL. She received her B.F.A from the Ringling School of Art and Design Fine Art department in 2010.

Artworks:

Celia Garcia Nogales and Ruzica Ivanovic
Dermis
Canvas, wood, projectors and digital video.
(Performance during the opening reception)
In collaboration we have made a video projection piece that speaks about the composition of the skin layers and the hidden events under its superficial tissue.

Ava Z. Howard and Sophia Schultz
‘my home holds me in, and what seeps through’
Canvas, natural dyes, wood, cyanotypes photographs, plants, steel rod, found objects
This piece recognizes the second skin as being one of multiple layers. When descending past the surface it reveals what cannot be seen and what is protected. Remnants of the self, vulnerability, growth, and memory are found within this actualized space.

Irene Garibay
Trozos Alrededor (Slices Around)
Scoby (cultures of bacteria and yeast present during production of kombucha), hemp string and light bulb.
Trozos Alrededor is a sculpture that intends to reveal fragmented materiality. The sculpture is the space, the sculpture is the smelly body in decay, drying out and cracking.

Sarah Viviana Valdez
Biodegradable Gorget : Prototype I
Scoby (cultures of bacteria and yeast present during production of kombucha, mycelium chest plate (root of a mushroom), corn stalk, flour, concrete blocks and hemp rope.
This gorget accessory is part of a series of prototypes that biodegrade and merges biology with design. The materials propose a needed identity for me and to our developing counter culture—to establish a true connection to the natural decaying world.

Intra-Figure
Guache, salt water, cold press rag paper

Solace Death: Critter I
Digital Animation 00:00:30 Loop
This animation and painting is part of a series where each figure goes through a stage in death.


Exhibit runs until November 5th
Gallery Hours: Monday thru Saturday (10 am – 4:00 pm)

Art Center Sarasota
www.artsarasota.org
707 N. Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL 34236
941-365-2032

SARTQ at Art Center Sarasota 2016

SARTQ, Art Center Sarasota, Print SARTQ Print Party

January 28 – March 05, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 28 • 5-8pm

Featuring small-scale, limited-edition prints by the 15 members of this dynamic local artist collective. This is SARTQ’s first all-print exhibition and it reflects their dedication to the medium. The 24” x 30” works are created using traditional and non-traditional print-making methods. Dustin Juengel, the curator of this show and Art Center Sarasota’s exhibitions curator says,

“The prints are unified through their common size and framing instead of turning the focus to the diversity of the SARTQ artists and their different printing styles and methods.”

SARTQ members include Elena De La Ville, Larry Forgard, Zachary Gilliland, Joni Younkins-Herzog, Tim Jaeger, Jeffery Cornwell, Cassia Kite, Andrew Long, Noelle McCleaf, Jenny Medved, Daniel Miller, Laine Nixon, Javier Rodriguez, Steven Strenk, and Natalya Swanson.

SARTQ, Art Center Sarasota, Print
SARTQ Print Exhibit at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL

7th Annual Print Party!

SARTQ Print Party 2016 / Art Center Sarasota
February 13, 3-7pm

SARTQ Print Party 2016

An annual event that gives the public a chance to interact with both art and artists. This year’s party will serve as an opportunity for the public to purchase a print created right before their eyes while meeting the members of SARTQ, enjoy music and food while viewing the multiple exhibitions of Art Center Sarasota.

From 3-7pm on February 13, SARTQ will hold its free screen-printing party at Art Center Sarasota. SARTQ’s sixth print party in March of 2015 drew nearly 1,500 people who brought shirts, skirts, placemats and everything in between to be screened live by the artists.

“We’re excited to partner with Art Center Sarasota this year for our annual print party,” says SARTQ co-founder, Tim Jaeger. “It’s a natural fit because we can get messy in the classroom and bring people together in the galleries for an entertaining afternoon and evening.”

Once again, each of the 15 artists have created an original design for the event. Attendees may bring their own clothing items such as t-shirts, pants, scarfs etc., though any item that can lie flat under the screen and will accept ink can be printed on. Choose your favorite design — or pick several! — and each print is just $5. The public is encouraged to be creative, with some particularly cute dog clothes, baby tees and handbags resulting from last year’s event. There will also be blank t-shirts on hand for purchase. This is a free, family friendly event.

SARTQ Print Party 2016 / Art Center Sarasota
February 13 • 3-7pm