“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
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Interview with Hermitage Fellow, artist Michael Eade

A current Hermitage fellow, Michael Eade, a contemporary watercolour landscape painter from New York City, recently visited Sarasota for a residency.

[Sponsored] Featured Artist – Paul Mathisen

Mathisen bases all of what he does in paint on the idea of beauty, perfect in all of its imperfections. He likes to think he is not reinventing the wheel, but stepping on the shoulders of past masters and transcending the art form to something that is his own.

“Pinturas Primavera” – Craig Rubadoux at Dabbert Gallery

April 6 – A one man show at Dabbert Gallery featuring works on paper and canvas. Rubadoux’s paintings are intensely personal glimpses into particular emotions, and he frequently speaks of his work as a journal. Greatly affected by his environment and a love of nature, Rubadoux’s painting style is colorful and fluid.

“LAND, SEA & 3D” at Allyn Gallup Contemporary

April 10 – The exhibit features landscapes and seascapes by Jean Blackburn, James Couper, Heidi Edwards, Bruce Marsh, John Hardy and A. D. Peters, and sculpture by John Henry, John Van Alstine, Caroline Ramersdorfer, Don Porcaro, Leslie Fry, Joe Segal and John Mack

“LAND, SEA & 3D” at Allyn Gallup Contemporary

April 10 – June 16, 2012
The exhibit features landscapes and seascapes by Jean Blackburn, James Couper, Heidi Edwards, Bruce Marsh, John Hardy and A. D. Peters, and sculpture by John Henry, John Van Alstine, Caroline Ramersdorfer, Don Porcaro, Leslie Fry, Joe Segal and John Mack

April 10 – June 16, 2012
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents “Land, Sea and 3D,” featuring paintings and sculpture, April 10-June 16, 2012. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., in Sarasota. The exhibit features landscapes and seascapes by Jean Blackburn, James Couper, Heidi Edwards, Bruce Marsh, John Hardy and A. D. Peters, and sculpture by John Henry, John Van Alstine, Caroline Ramersdorfer, Don Porcaro, Leslie Fry, Joe Segal and John Mack. For more information about this exhibit, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com.

“We’re thrilled that several of these artists, including John Hardy, John Van Alstine, Caroline Ramersdorfer and John Mack, are showing their work in this gallery for the first time,” says Allyn Gallup, founder of Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art.

John Van Alstine’s work has been exhibited widely around the world. He has completed more than a dozen large-scale, site-specific commissions, including a large outdoor piece for the 2008 Olympic Park in Beijing, China, and a 35-foot-tall sculpture for the newly renovated Indianapolis International Airport. His 28-foot work, “Funambulist,” was installed on the Michigan State University campus in 2010. Current projects include a major outdoor piece for a university in Beijing, and a 30-foot-high outdoor sculpture using World Trade Tower steel remnants. Van Alstine is a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including from the Gottlieb Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Allyn Gallup
Sisyphean Circle, John Van Alstine

Caroline Ramersdorfer has participated in expositions worldwide and, since 1986, has been commissioned to create numerous site-specific sculptures in urban and park environments. Her works are installed in permanent private and public art collections around the world. In 2006, Ramersdorfer won the Golden Award at the Renaissance and Rising International City of Sculpture and Cultural Year in Zhengzhou, China, and the same year she received the merit award for the Beijing Olympic Sculpture, where her sculpture “Seed of a Unified Spirit” has been permanently installed between the Bird’s Nest Stadium and the Water Cube. The artist says that she “strives to reveal internal structures and layers and use them to construct space from the inside out, from top to bottom; spaces which can be physically traversed yet without actual boundaries.”

Inner View, Caroline Ramersdorfer

John Mack received his BFA from Ringling College of Art & Design in 2007. Exploring themes in science, technology, and science fiction, Mack creates abstract sculptures using a combination of wood and metal. The artist says he attempts “to make connections between what is known and what we have yet to discover. The focus is on connections between our current experiences, the infinite possibilities of the future, imagination, mythology, our indelible curiosity and a personal drive to understand the universe and our place in it.” Mack says he draws inspiration from themes in science and technology, science fiction, and contemporary mythologies to “create fantastic organisms and impossible vessels for fictitious voyages, along with objects involving bizarre future technologies in an effort to satisfy my own fascination with what could be.”

Allyn Gallup
Vessel, John Mack

John Hardy is known for his landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes and is a prominent portraitist, as well. He attended Ringling School in the late 1940’s, and has been actively making and showing art for over 50 years. His work can be found in many public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, High Museum of Art, and the Mint Museum, and is also part of more than a dozen college and university collections. Hardy lives in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island.

A.D. Peters’ imagery is inspired by the land surrounding his studio farm in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country or his travels in the city. Trained in classical painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, Peters says he has “honed his skills to a science.” Known for his unique style of “Rust” paintings, Peters uses metal and oil paint in partnership with the natural elements “of water, sun, air and time,” he says. “The works move from the easel in my studio to submersion in my lake to drying on the shore. This oxidation process is continually repeated until the work reaches the desired patina.” Peters’ work has been included in numerous exhibitions and has been collected both nationally and internationally. Peters lives in the Cleveland suburb of Mansfield.

Allyn Gallup
Iron Ridge, A.D. Peters

Allyn Gallup, founder and president of Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, says that these artists “invite viewers to explore the world as it is rarely seen or described. Who knows—you may never see the landscape that surrounds us in same way again.”

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.