WORDS/IMAGES Selby Gallery Ringling College of Art and Design

Aug. 9 – Sept. 11, 2013
Selby Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Selby Gallery I: Illustrators 55

Selby Gallery will host The Society of Illustrators 55th Annual Travel Show which features 46 pieces of the most outstanding works created throughout the year by nationally and internationally-known illustrator members. Based on the juried competition of more than 400 originally exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City, this selection will tour around the country in the upcoming year with Sarasota as its first venue. Participants include John Cuneo, Andre da Loba, Jody Hewgill and Mark Ulriksen.

Mark Ulriksen, Capturing the Memories, acrylic
Mark Ulriksen, Capturing the Memories, acrylic

Selby Gallery II: Letterpress Projects

Showing concurrently in Gallery II are the first three projects created by Ringling College of Art and Design’s new Letterpress & Book Arts Center—books by Ke Francis, Julie Chen, and Graciela Iturbide— along with real examples of type, presses, other tools of the trade and student projects.

Broadside for Unconditional Love Song by CD Wright, artist Ke Francis, print made from 4 relief printed plates, 18.5" x 13", from Ringling Suite, edition size 75.
Broadside for Unconditional Love Song by CD Wright, artist Ke Francis, print made from 4 relief printed plates, 18.5″ x 13″, from Ringling Suite, edition size 75.

[ILLUSTRATORS 55] From thousands of entries submitted worldwide, a jury of 
professional peers including illustrators and art directors chose works from seven categories—sequential/series, institutional, uncommissioned, moving image, editorial, book, and advertising:

Sequential/Series – Multi-image projects for which a sequence of images is necessary
to fully convey an idea or story.

Institutional – Annual reports, calendars, greeting cards, newsletters and in-house publications.

Uncommissioned – Unpublished work.

Moving Image – Animation for commercial purposes such at TV or online advertisements, short or feature length movies, ebooks, apps or music videos.

Editorial – Newspapers, magazines and online magazines.

Book – Commissioned for use inside and on the cover of books.

Advertising – Newspapers, magazines, TV, video and CD covers, brochures, packaging and posters.

[LETTERPRESS PROJECTS] The Letterpress and Book Arts Center values the historical and aesthetic development of visual arts related to printmaking and provides a studio for the creation and production of accomplished works of art, artist books and portfolios by visiting artists, students and our community. The Center was established at the Ringling College of Art and Design in May 2011 with the acquisition of Hal and Judi Sterne’s studio and houses four printing presses, a Chandler and Price platen press, two Vandercook SP15 and a Vandercook Universal III. It is generously equipped with over 400 cases of type and 4000 metal engravings. The Ringling College Letterpress and Book Arts Center is one of 150 College studios in the nation.

[KE FRANCIS] Ke Francis is an artist and storyteller originally from Tupelo, Mississippi as well as longtime head of the Fine Arts Dept. at The University of Central Florida in Orlando. He worked closely with poets C.D. Wright and Forrest Gander in developing broadsides of image and poem for the first publication of the Letterpress and Book Arts Center titled Ringling Suite. Wright is a MacArthur Fellow and published poet, and Gander is a published poet and teaches Creative Writing at Brown University. For more information on Ke Francis: www.hoopsnakepress.com/‎

Ke Francis workshop
Ke Francis workshop

[JULIE CHEN] Premiere book designer and maker Julie Chen is world-reknowned for her inventive, elegant and intriguing book designs, challenging the preconceived ideas of what a book is while at the same time providing a deeply meaningful experience through the presentation of her own text and imagery. She produced a full color sixteen-page book titled Praxis with the Letterpress and Book Arts Center. For more information on Julie Chen: www.flyingfishpress.com/

[GRACIELA ITURBE] Considered one of the most important and influential  Latin American photographers of the last four decades, Iturbe has developed a photographic style based on her strong interest in culture, ritual and everyday life in her native Mexico as well as other countries. In 2007 Frida Kahlo’s closets were opened for the first time since her death—Graciela was one of several artists invited to photograph Kahlo’s personal items. Ms. Iturbe has created a folio with one of the images with the Letterpress and Book Arts Center. For more information on Graciela Iturbide: www.gracielaiturbide.org/

Opening Reception: Fri., August 9, 5-7 p.m.,

Selby Gallery Ringling College of Art + Design

2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

Phone: 941.359.7563 or 941.351.5100

Email: selby@ringling.edu

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The Goods: Weekend News (12.30.11)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 through Sunday, January 1, 2012.

Sarasota Visual Art wishes you a safe and happy New Year! Thank you for all your support, we’ll see you next year!


Interview with Ann Albritton
Interview conducted by Jen Nugent

On a dark and rainy late afternoon, Ann Albritton met me for coffee at a small downtown café. Dr. Albritton is an art historian who is currently teaching at Ringling College of Art and Design who focuses in modern and contemporary art. She is my former instructor and one of my academic heroes. Continue Reading…


Exhibitions

Paperwork: Allyn Gallup Contemporary Arthttp://bit.ly/sRiffP
Closes December 31 – Presenting an exhibit featuring photo etchings by Stefan Batista, mixed-media works by Leslie Fry, hand-colored engravings from Ke Francis, and drawings by Tanja Softic.

"Lists Loose," plant stains and residue, collage on paper by Leslie Fry

BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOWS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BERENICE ABBOTT AND LARRY SILVER
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Closes January 1 – The work of Berenice Abbott and Larry Silver, Between Shadows and Lights focuses on the remarkably similar career and aesthetic choices of these 20th century photographic pioneers. Separated by a generation, each turned her/his camera on the complexity of burgeoning American metropolises.


Featured Artist: Andrew Brehm
If I speak at length about this subject I begin to sound like a high school wrestling coach who has taken to whipping passersby with his “angry towel”. I’ll try to keep it brief. Continue Reading …

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The Goods: Weekend News (12.02.11)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4.

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011.


Week in Review

  • Featured Artist: Kasey Lou Lindley http://bit.ly/slqeJ2
  • Featured Gallery: Stakenborg Fine Art http://wp.me/p1DJvQ-gg
    Interview with Chris Stakenborg / November 2011 featured gallery
  • Featured Article: Art and Flight http://bit.ly/uNetu0
    Sarasota Visual Art highlights seven airports where you can catch some art on the way to catching your flight if you are leaving from, or arriving into, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

Exhibitions

Paperwork – Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

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December 1-31, 2011 – Presenting an exhibit featuring photo etchings by Stefan Batista, mixed-media works by Leslie Fry, hand-colored engravings from Ke Francis, and drawings by Tanja Softic.
"Lists Loose," plant stains and residue, collage on paper by Leslie Fry

The Talent Show

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Ends December 10, 2011 – This exhibit explores the competing desires of notoriety and privacy, and the evolving relationship between artists and audiences in our culture of reality television and Web-based social media.

Contemporary Art Museum, USF Tampa Campus

Joyce Ely-Walker Exhibit

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Ends Dec. 7, 2011 – Selected by internationally know artist Craig Rubadoux, the exhibition, “Departures,” features Ely-Walker’s drawings and paintings that empathize the fleeting nature of life including works from her series Wind Shift, Mangrove, Silent Mountain, Nest, Rain forest, and Train.

Joyce Ely-Walker
Mountain Spring,oil on canvas, 42”x54”,2010

Story and Symbol: Dutch and Flemish Paintings

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Ends Dec. 4, 2011 – The more than 30 paintings in this exhibition are striking, but they are also rich in the history of sixteenth and seventeenth-century northern Europe. The works encompass biblical stories, mythological subjects, stunning portraits, scenes from everyday life, seascapes and landscapes, and still lifes.

Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt, Dutch (1567-1641) Double Portrait of a Husband and Wife with Tulip, Bulb, and Shells (1609) Oil on panel Collection of Dr. Gordon and Adele Gilbert


FOR ALL OF THE ONGOING VISUAL ART EXHIBITIONS VISIT: http://sarasotavisualart.com/art/exhibitions/current/

Going to an art opening this weekend? Email us your pics of art openings at info@sarasotavisualart.com

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The Goods: Weekend News (11.18.11)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20.

Week in Review


FRIDAY – November 18, 2011

Small Works – Towles Court Art Walk

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Third annual juried show held at Towles Court Art Walk with special guest Joseph Spinella and juror Joseph Melancon.


Ke Francis comes to Ringling College of Art and Design

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Experience the work of internationally recognized artist Mr. Key Francis this week as he showcases his inventive cross medium productions as a printmaker, painter, ceramicist, bookmaker, installation artist, and writer.

Injured Figure and Tuning Fork / Woodcut - 30 x 40 inches


SATURDAY – November 19, 2011

Art Meets Agriculture – Farm City Week

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Palmetto Art Center (PAC) will celebrate, through art and music, Manatee County and the City of Palmetto’s association with its agricultural past. PAC wraps up the week long celebration with an enlightening art show entitled ART meets Agriculture.


John Ringling’s Asian and Cypriot Art

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As the story of the Ringlings unfolds in this, the hundredth anniversary of their arrival in Sarasota, researching and examining the Asian art they selected can perhaps provide us with more insights into their artistic taste and collection development.


Going to an art opening this weekend? Email us your pics of art openings at info@sarasotavisualart.com

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Paperwork – Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

December 1-31, 2011
Presenting an exhibit featuring photo etchings by Stefan Batista, mixed-media works by Leslie Fry, hand-colored engravings from Ke Francis, and drawings by Tanja Softic.

December 1-31, 2011
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, 1419 5th Street Sarasota, Florida

Leslie Fry’s sculpture and works on paper have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including Exit Art, Thread Waxing Space and Artists Space in New York; Kunsthaus in Hamburg; Windspiel Galerie in Vienna; Centre des Arts Visuels in Montreal; Couvent des Cordeliers in Paris; and the Tampa Museum of Art. Corporate and public collections include Kohler Arts Center, Fleming Museum, Whole Foods Market, and Tampa Museum of Art. Fry says that her works on paper begin “by pressing a plant into paper and seeing what grows from that. These images express moments of wholeness created out of fragmentation.”

"Lists Loose," plant stains and residue, collage on paper by Leslie Fry

The artist says that the images in her art are “inspired by the basic human needs of shelter, food, clothing, work, and intimacy, and take the form of the human body, vegetable and animal life, and artifacts and architecture. The natural world connects with the human-made world—reality and fantasy meld.” Fry’s processes involve drawing, modeling and casting with materials that range from paper, clay, plaster, wood, fabric, and plants, to concrete, resin, metal, rubber, plastic, and video.

“My hands create moments of wholeness out of fragmentation, while using traditional methods and materials to create nontraditional visions,” she says.


Ke Francis is a narrative artist who has been actively producing artwork for more than 40 years. He is a tenured professor at the University of Central Florida where he has served as department chair and the College of Arts and Humanities dean of research. He and his wife, Mary, are the co-owners of Hoopsnake Press, a fine art press that publishes books and prints. His book works, paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures are in numerous public and private collections, including The Getty Museum, National Gallery, National Museum of American Art, High Museum, New Orleans Museum of Fine Art, San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, Yale / Sterling Memorial Library, Van-Pelt Dietrich Collection, and The Polaroid Collection.

"Approaching Storm," hand-colored engraving by Ke Francis

Tanja Softic studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo and earned her M.F.A. in printmaking from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1992. An immigrant to United States from the former Yugoslavia, she explores questions of cultural identity, national belonging and experience of exile. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, National Endowment for the Arts/ Southern Arts Federation Visual Artist Fellowship and Soros Foundation—Open Society Institute Exhibition Support Grant. Her work is included in numerous collections in the United States and abroad, among them New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department and New South Wales Gallery of Art in Sydney, Australia. Softic is professor of art and chair of the department of Art and Art History at the University of Richmond.

‘My work explores concepts of cultural hybridity, ways of locating oneself in ever expanding cosmic and social horizons, and the nature of memory,” says the artist.

"The Heart of the Matter" by Tanja Softic

“As an immigrant to United States from Bosnia, once part of Yugoslavia, I am acutely aware of the inadequacy of established definitions of cultural or national identity. The habitual means of cultural locating fail to grasp contemporary political, economic and demographic realities, as the new practices just begin to emerge. The questions loom large: How do we record our histories? How do they shape our ideas of identity? What is our place and task in the planet’s biosphere? What is cultural memory and to whom does it belong? There are no reassuring answers. The environmental and cultural phenomena we witness now do not fit in the file cabinets of history. My work aims to capture this state of flux, to acknowledge the obsolescence of categories, and to work with the tattered web of memory.”


A graduate of Ringling College of Art & Design, Stefan Batista is a Sarasota-born artist who focuses on traditional and contemporary photographic media. His work attempts “to explore the facets of the human condition with subtle visual metaphor and narrative.”

"Dogma," photo etching by Stefan Batista

“All of the pieces of art in this exhibit are priced at $1,000 or less and lend themselves to holiday gift-giving,” says Allyn Gallup.