Ethereal Cosmos: October 2017 Ringling Underground

John and Mable Museum of Art
October 5, 2017 (8PM-11PM)

Ethereal Cosmos engages place, purpose, and the human experience. Joe Loccisano, Rachael Zucker and Kierra Boyd explore notions of self through expressive lines, vibrant colors, and counter-worlds. Surreal yet familiar images invite viewers into personal phantasmagorias which act as platforms to challenge intrapersonal and social relationships.

Joe Loccisano, Rachael Zucker and Kierra Boyd at October 2017 Ringling Underground

Finding inspiration in the human experience, archetypal images, and emotions, Joe Loccisano collages found images, gesture drawing and decorative collections to create miniature homes wrapped in dramatic compositions of natural and manmade elements. Joe contrasts the artistic tradition and his openness to experimental techniques through juxtaposing pensive figures and ethereal landscapes within his “Antiquities Cosmologia”. A recent shift to installation creates a new purpose for his intricate drawings, to transform exhibition spaces into places of meditation both personal and collective.

Rachael Zucker composes lowbrow, surreal portraits that focus on the complexities of the femme fatale, arranged within a counterworld in which one experiences the seduction of MOTEK (her pseudonym). Dark ethereal themes occupy most of her work, setting seductive feminine figures into ambiguous, otherwordly environments. Viewers are heavily entranced by the mysterious and vibrant quality of her paintings. Inspired by the mysterious women of contemporary club culture, MOTEK entices the gaze while also making the viewer feel unsettled or impotent. Her work establishes the female figure’s escape from the male gaze and emergence as a warden of her own being.

Kierra Boyd offers monsters as a means to communicate the difficulty of transitioning into adulthood. Kierra considers monsters to be both ethnographic and apotropaic, meaning she uses monsters to represent the culture and customs in which she navigates on a daily basis, as well as repel evil or unsettling emotions. Through a series of myths, composed of unnatural colors and impossible landscapes, monsters become manifestations of Kierra’s emotional exploration focusing on the anxiety she faces in interpersonal relationships and her in own art-making process, providing an understanding of the contemporary coming of age story.

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5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

CALL OF THE WILDACRES: Visiting Artists and Faculty Exhibit

February 8 – February 28, 2013
Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL

The exhibition will feature a variety of art from photography and painting to stoneware and sculpture by Ringling College Continuing Studies and Special Programs visiting artists and faculty.

February 8 – February 28, 2013
Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Opening Reception Friday, February 8th, 2013, 5:00pm – 9:00-pm.

The Ringling College of Art and Design Continuing Studies and Special Programs presents a group exhibition of 12 Wildacres Art Workshop visiting artists and faculty. Opening Friday, February 8th at Clothesline Gallery & Boutique, the exhibition will feature a variety of art from photography and painting to stoneware and sculpture.


Featured artists include Annette Sidner, Don Brandes, Omarr Otero, Kathy Wright, Elena De La Ville, Joe Loccisano, Kevin Costello, Cindy Mason, Jean Blackburn, Lynn Merhige, Patrick Lindhardt, Seth Barendse and Michael White.

About Wildacres Art Workshops:
At an elevation of 3,000 feet, Wildacres is situated atop a mountain in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. Ringling College of Art and Design’s Wildacres Art Workshops is an exceptional retreat experience that provides an environment for creative exploration and camaraderie. Open to students of all skill levels, the weeklong workshops are designed to familiarize the novice with methods and techniques in a selected discipline, and to inspire the experienced artist to explore new processes to stimulate creativity, and to expand their skills. Each concentrated week of classes, demonstrations, critiques and artists lectures offers extensive time to focus on your work. Small class sizes ensure individual attention to your work and creative goals. Studios are open to enrolled students outside of class schedules. Upon completion of a weeklong workshop, participants may earn 2 or more CEUs. These workshops are funded in part through the generosity of the Blumenthal Foundation. Learn more about the program, its faculty, and how to participate here. (

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Gallery Hours: Monday Noon – 5p.m. & Tuesday – Saturday 12 Noon – 6p.m. / Admission: Free

529 South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL

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SCF Fine Art Gallery to Feature “Petrichor” by Swoon

February 28 – April 3, 2013
SCF Fine Art Gallery, Bradenton, FL

State College of Florida, Manatee- Sarasota (SCF) Fine Art Gallery will feature the exhibit “Petrichor” by Swoon in an opening reception from 6 – 8 p.m., Feb. 28, at the Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.

"Petrichor" by Swoon
“Petrichor” by Swoon

Prior to the reception, Swoon will host an artist’s talk at 5 the Fine Art Gallery. The SCF Chamber Choir, under the direction of Melodie Dickerson, will honor Swoon with a performance of Eric Whitacre’s “Water Night.”

“Petrichor” is the scent of the first rain upon the earth after a long dry spell and derives from the Greek name of the fluid that flows through the veins of the gods. Swoon selected “Petrichor” as the title of her new site-specific installation, which exalts ordinary life as it unfolds.

For the last 14 years, Swoon has been involved in an ongoing exploration of people’s relationships to their environments. The artist’s initial impetus to create interventions in the urban landscape continues to unfold in a variety of ways.

From 2006-2009, she constructed and navigated flotillas of rafts made from recycled materials down the Mississippi and Hudson rivers and across the Adriatic Sea from Slovenia to Venice, Italy.

Since 2008, Swoon has been working independently and in collaboration with Transformazium, a group of artists and activists, on community-based projects in the town of Braddock, Penn.

She has partnered with the group Konbit Shelter since 2010 for an ongoing project to construct a community center and a home in earthquake-devastated Haiti, bringing her creativity to the reconstruction effort.

Swoon also is currently working on the construction of a musical house called “Dithyrambalina” with the New Orleans Airlift.

In addition to her community-based work, the artist maintains a studio and installation-based practice of drawing, printmaking and the construction of architectural installations and sculptures around the world.

Swoon is a resident of Brooklyn, New York, where she attended the Pratt Institute from 1998 to 2001.

On Feb. 28 at 8 p.m., the SCF Symphony Orchestra will present “Vive la France!” and music by French composers.

Exhibit dates are Feb. 28 – April 3. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The gallery will be closed for Faculty/Staff Professional Development Day on March 1. For more information, call Joe Loccisano, gallery manager, at 941-752-5225.

5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207

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SCF Showcases Student Art

April 13 – May 2, 2012
An annual juried SCF Student Art Exhibition featuring the best artwork produced by State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) students in the 2011-12 academic year.

April 13 – May 2, 2012
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

An annual juried SCF Student Art Exhibition featuring the best artwork produced by State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) students in the 2011-12 academic year will open with a reception from 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, April 13, in the Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West, building 11 North. The reception is free and open to the public.

Artwork on display includes Best in Show, SCF President’s Award, and the top three winners in the following categories: photography, graphic design, two-dimensional design and three-dimensional design.

SCF student Jeff Hansen
SCF student Jeff Hansen

Johnette Isham, a designer and educator with more than 30 years’ experience in art, education, and nonprofit and corporate settings, will judge the competition. Isham is founding executive director of Realize Bradenton, a nonprofit organization that promotes downtown Bradenton’s arts, culture and history. She was vice president for academic affairs at Ringling College of Art and Design and director of noncredit and corporate education programs at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

In addition, SCF Studio Art Scholarship winners will display their work in the exhibition. SCF students Jamie Keesler, Kaitlin McDaniel, Scott Russo and Iris Harrison received a one-semester scholarship for their portfolios and written artist statements that were submitted to an art faculty committee, which determined the winners. Students also will work six hours per week as assistants in one of the following SCF venues: Two-dimensional Design Studio, Ceramics Studio, Fine Art Gallery or Photography Suite.

Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, call Joe Loccisano, gallery manager, at 941-752-5225. Maps and directions are online at

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The Goods: Weekend News (01.27.12)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of information, upcoming exhibitions, and events. Romare Bearden, John Cage, John Sims, Aaron Blackall, Alan ReNae Neal, Alicia Tura Stein, New Deal Gallery, Joe Loccisano, SCF Fine Art Gallery, Sarasota Masters Arts Festival

Open letter to the Downtown Merchants Alliance
Miami Beach gets the Basel Art Fair and we get Sarasota Masters Art Festival. Classing a street fair as a “Sarasota Masters Art Festival” and touting unnamed vendors as “the nation’s finest artists” …

Featured Gallery: SCF Fine Art Gallery
Sarasota Visual Art interviews Curator, and Gallery Manager, Joe Loccisano. “My dream exhibition, therefore, would effectively eliminate the perceived barriers between “artist” and “non-artist” and show that art and life are inseparable as they were in ancient culture.”

Biladeau installation

Winter Season Art Exhibit @ New Deal Galllery
January 27 – The free exhibit is part of a visual art program sponsored by the City of Sarasota which showcases local artists for three months.

Anita Wexler

Senior Thesis Art Show – Alan ReNae Neal and Alicia Tura Stein
January 27, 2012 – Closing Reception exhibiting two Ringling College students at Crossly Gallery at Ringling College.

Ringling Senior Thesis Exhibit

Things could have been different
January 28 – JohnSimsProjects presents the first event of the Art and Poetry Salon Series featuring the exhibition, Things could hove been different by Aaron Blackall with poetic response by Matt “Matteo” Kelly.

Aaron Blackall

John Cage’s 33-1/3Performed by Audience
January 28 – In celebration of his enduring legacy and the 2012 centenary of his birth, the Museum is pleased to present John Cage’s 33-1/3 – Performed by Audience – an interactive installation guest curated by Jade Dellinger.

John Cage, Paris 1981 - Marion Kalter

Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections
January 28 – The Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to present an exhibition of approximately 70 works of art that span the career of this internationally renowned artist.

Romare Bearden close up from "On the Block"