SARTQ translates GREEN

Opening reception: November 7 (2pm-4pm)

In conjunction with the Englewood Art Center’s 2015-2016 Exhibition season Fifty Shades of Green, members of the Sarasota Contemporary Art Collective, SARTQ, translate the concept of Green. View SARTQ’s multiple interpretations of Green-from environmental to color depictions- in this diverse multimedia small works exhibition located in EAC’s Mitchell Gallery.

SARTQ, Englewood Art Center

Exhibit runs November 3 – December 16, 2015

Englewood Art Center
350 S McCall Rd, Englewood, FL 34223


Friday, Novermber 1st
Hermitage Artist Retreat
6660 Manasota Key Road
Englewood, FL

The Hermitage Artist Retreat and Englewood Art Center are holding a Plein Air Fest on the Hermitage campus on Friday, November 1st beginning at 8:30 am. Artists are invited to bring their easels, canvases and paints and spend the day painting on the historic beachfront campus, located at 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Those who would like their work to be part of a judged exhibition and be eligible for prizes may register with the Englewood Art Center (EAC) for a pre-registration $25 fee, or $30 day of the event.



“This annual event has become very popular for local artists,” remarked Hermitage Executive Director Bruce Rodgers. “Our campus provides many picturesque opportunities for painters. We have five historic buildings, all architecturally unique, as well as natural landscaping that has been lovingly cared for by our Friends of the Hermitage. Occasionally wildlife in the form of a turtle or exotic bird also appears.  Lots to see and lots to paint in an old Florida setting.”

Arrival at the Hermitage on November 1st is between 8:30 and 9:00 am for registration. Painting will be from 9:00 to 2:00 pm. Registered artists may enter up to three pieces in the EAC exhibition which is located at 350 McCall Road, Englewood.

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Work will remain on display until Wednesday, November 23rd.

To contact the Englewood Art Center about the event, call 941-474-5548 or visit the website at To learn more about the Hermitage Artist Retreat, visit the website at or call 941-475-2098.

Polyphemus: an interactive installation at the Englewood Arts Center

January 12 – January 30, 2013
Englewood Art Center

Artist Susan Bickford’s site-specific interactive installation opens Saturday, January 12 in the Ken Mitchell Gallery at the Englewood Art Center – Artist Talk at 1pm

Polyphemus: an interactive installation at the Englewood Arts Center in Englewood Florida from susan bickford on Vimeo.

Polyphemus: an interactive installation at the Englewood Arts Center in Englewood, Florida. The Englewood Art Center, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design (EAC) is pleased to present Susan Bickford’s site-specific digital-installation artwork in the Ken Mitchell Gallery. The exhibition will be open through January 30, 2013, Tuesday, 9 am- 9 pm and Wednesday through Saturday, 9 am -4 pm.

Susan Bickford will be giving an artist talk on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 1 pm in the Digital Media Lab at EAC. An opening reception will follow the talk from 2 – 4 pm. The exhibition and all events listed are free-of-charge and open to the public.

This high-tech multi-media installation features projected video of Stump Pass and abstract interactive elements that wrap the viewer in mesmerizing sights and sounds. As visitors move through the space the piece responds, creating ever-changing images.

Describing the installation, Susan says “The viewer becomes an integral part of it, changing it and co-creating it as s/he moves through or makes sound. I am fascinated by the natural world and the interrelationships of geometry and physics. In this particular piece I have chosen to focus on the notion of natural cycles and balance. I set up systems of complex interaction, both in the physical space and in the space of the programming language. I want you as a viewer to be enveloped by something beautiful and mysterious, and then recognize that you are having an effect on it. Maybe you cannot figure out exactly how you are causing the installation and the images to shift, but you know it is responding to your presence. I am showing a chaos of my making and asking the viewer to find the threads of reason and connection within it. My hope is to imply that audience have agency, that their interaction makes a difference, that it is them who is making things happen.”

For the past ten years, Susan Bickford’s choice of media has been projected video/animation & sound for interactive installation and theater. Bickford earned her BFA and Bl D from Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 and 1986, respectively; she earned her MFA from Maine College of Art in 2001 and has since designed projections for numerous theatrical productions as well as exhibiting her work and collaborative projects widely. Bickford has been teaching within the University of Maine system since 2003. She lives in the mid-coast region of Maine and spends time, when teaching allows, in Englewood, Florida at one of the bungalows on Artist Acres.

EAC has been a prominent member of the local arts community for more than 50 years. As a division of Ringling College of Art and Design since 2008, EAC has benefited from the College’s commitment and support-allowing the Center to plan for a bright future. It is our goal for you to appreciate and find value in the variety of programs offered at EAC as well as recognize the vitality the Center brings to Englewood and surrounding communities. We encourage you to visit often and take advantage of the many creative events, classes and exhibitions we offer. Membership and donations to EAC help support our artists and activities and help ensure EAC will be here for your and your community for years to come.

For more information about the Englewood Art Center, please visit our website at ringling.edujea or call us at 941/474-5548.

KC Bitterman, Director
Englewood Art Center I Ringling College of Art+ Design
Phone: 941/474·5548

350 S McCall Road, Englewood, FL 342241 T 941 474 55481 I

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Annual Ringling College of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition

Sept. 28 – Oct. 20, 2012
Ringling College of Art + Design

Annual Ringling College of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition
Selby Galleries I & II and Basch Gallery: Digital Film, Illustration, Graphic and Interactive Communication, Photography and Digital Imaging and the Liberal Arts Program faculty work.
Opening: Fri., Sept. 28, 5-7 p.m.

Image courtesy of Douglas Higgins

Annual Ringling College Staff & CSSP Faculty Exhibition & Art Center Faculty Exhibitions
Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. Galleries: Work by Ringling College staff and the faculty of the Continuing Studies and Special Programs; and faculty of Englewood and Longboat Key Art Centers.

Opening Reception: Fri., Sept. 28, 5-7 p.m.

SNOW JOB: drawings by Kim Russo, 2008-2012

June 6 – July 20, 2012
In each of the watercolor on paper drawings, some as large as fourteen feet in length, snow is a metaphor for a beautiful and deceptive cover-up of the truth. In many of her most recent series, including Snow Job, Russo’s images function as both comic tragedy and cautionary tale.

June 6 – July 20, 2012
Englewood Art Center

Kim Russo is interested in how we make meaning out of disasters, both personal and shared, and how we reconcile the beauty and the ugliness of contemporary American life. The series Russo will exhibit at the Englewood Art Center, Snow Job, began during an artist’s residency she attended at Caldera in 2008. In each of the watercolor on paper drawings, some as large as fourteen feet in length, snow is a metaphor for a beautiful and deceptive cover-up of the truth. In many of her most recent series, including Snow Job, Russo’s images function as both comic tragedy and cautionary tale.

Kim Russo
Kim Russo, Family (Pool) / watercolor and graphite on paper / 72" x 126" / 2011

Russo’s most recent solo exhibition, Family, was on view at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Winter Park, Florida this past fall. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in Ireland, received residency fellowships from the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation, Caldera, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe, New Mexico) and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum (Lafayette, Louisiana), as well as several notable private collections.

Russo was born in Darby, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art (Temple University) and her MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. Kim Russo lives and works in Sarasota, Florida. Website:

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Exhibition dates: June 6 – July 20, hours 930 – 330 M-F
Public reception (open to everyone): June 9, 2 -4 pm