On a Clear Day: Theo Wujcik Paintings

April 5 – May 3, 2013
Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL

An exhibition of Theo Wujcik’s paintings whom is a professor emeritus of University of South Florida where he taught from 1972 to 2003.

April 5 – May 3, 2013
Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL

Theo Wujcik is a professor emeritus of University of South Florida where he taught from 1972 to 2003. Wujcik’s works have been included in exhibitions and in the permanent collections of America’s premier art institutions such as New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan; and Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut.

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Internationally, exhibitions featuring Wujcik’s work were organized by the New World Museum in San Francisco through the United Nations World Environment Programme: Melting Ice: A Hot Topic, Envisioning Change, premiered at the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway; traveled to the Bozar Center for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium; the Ministry of Culture in Monaco and closing at the Field House Museum in Chicago.

Wujcik is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, University of South Florida Research and Creative Scholarship Grant, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship, Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Fund for Mural Painting and a Fellowship Award from the National Academy of Design, New York.

Wujcik was a master lithographic printer for Tamarind and Gemini G.E.L. print studios, both in Los Angeles, California and the Detroit Lithography Workshop, Michigan and a shop manager for the University of South Florida’s Graphicstudio. He has worked with internationally renowned artists such as Robert Morris, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Richard Anuszkiewicz and Nicholas Krushenick. Wujcik’s own prints have been published by Brooke Alexander Gallery in New York, Tamarind Lithography Workshop in California, Pyramid Arts and Graphicstudio.

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Phases of Identity at Selby Gallery

Jan. 7 – Feb. 16, 2013
Selby Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Artists Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse have been working collaboratively for over twelve years. They make paintings, prints and site-specific sculpture.

Jan. 7 – Feb. 16, 2013
Selby Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Carol Mickett/Robert Stackhouse, Chrysanthemum, 2012 acrylic on paper mounted on canvas 40″ x 120″

Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse have been working collaboratively as Mickett/Stackhouse for over twelve years. They make paintings, prints and large-scale, site-specific sculpture. Mickett comes to the collaboration from a background in philosophy, film, radio, poetry, and theater. Stackhouse has followed a traditional visual arts path, and his individual work can be found in museum collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Australia, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. They both hold PhDs: Mickett in philosophy and Stackhouse has an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the University of South Florida.

Detail of Carol Mickett/Robert Stackhouse, Breath Of Water, 2012, Florida Cypress and Paper, 35’ L x 18’ W x 8’

Mickett and Stackhouse make site-specific sculpture with the intention of incorporating their work into a specified environment both physically and metaphorically. Each site in which they work commands its own set of parameters. The sculpture Mickett and Stackhouse make must make sense within these parameters or the sculpture will just be some arbitrary structure introduced into the site. To achieve their ends, Mickett and Stackhouse take into account the physical attributes and the use of the site together with their on-going aesthetic interests. Their goal is to make sculpture that enhances the environment, and, hence, excites and draws people to interact with their work and to look again at the importance of their surroundings.


Artists Talk and Preview: Thurs., Jan. 10, 7 p.m.
Opening Reception: Fri., Jan. 11 5-7 p.m.
Director’s Tour: Mon., Jan. 14, 11:30 a.m.


Mickett and Stackhouse’s most recent work includes Breath of Water (2012), a 38’ x 18’ x 8’ installation, at the Lab Gallery in New York City, On Board (2011), a series of five paintings, located on the USFSP campus and commissioned by the Florida’s Art in State Building Program and Place In The Woods, (2010), a bronze and brass walk-through sculpture, 14’H, 28’L, 14’W, commissioned by the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Benwood Foundation, and the Art in Public Places Project in Chattanooga, TN.

Carol Mickett/Robert Stackhouse, In The White (In Progress), 2012 acrylic on paper mounted on canvas 60″ x 122″

In a recent review by Jonathan Goodman in the November 2012 issue of Sculpture, he describes their “Breath of Water” at The Lab Gallery in New York: “The sculpture impressively combined philosophical notions with subtle, experimental representations of the idea of water……Their partnership was especially effective in this work with its conflation of idea and image, concept and structure.” (source)

Carol Mickett/ Robert Stackhouse, First Moon (In Progress), 2012 acrylic on paper mounted on canvas 60″ x 131″

Robert Stackhouse is best known for his large-scale architectural sculpture and large-scale paintings. His works are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Australia, The Walker Art Center, and The Art Institute of Chicago among many others. He has held endowed chairs at Hartford University, the University of Denver, and the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Florida, is Professor Emeritus from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., and is the recipient of three NEA individual artist grants. Stackhouse is in the Polk County Hall of Fame and his alma mater, Auburndale High School, in Auburndale, FL, named their art building “The Robert Stackhouse Art Center.”

Carol Mickett, in addition to her work in the visual arts, has worked as a free-lance producer, director, writer, and host. Dr. Mickett is currently host of the Dalí Museum’s series Our Town, a conversation with people who have shaped the identity of St. Petersburg, FL. She sits on the Arts Advisory Committee for the city of St. Petersburg. Dr. Mickett’s past work includes director of History Speaks, a video archive of the history of Kansas City, guest editor/writer for a special issue on the history of the arts in Kansas City for Kawsmouth, a journal of history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; a producer/writer for Uniquely Kansas City, a 5-part documentary on the arts in Kansas City for Kansas City Public Television; and director/speech writer for the American Business Women’s Association’s annual conferences. Mickett is the recipient of numerous grants and has published essays, poems, and interviews in Canadian Philosophical Review, Hypatia, Prairie Schooner, and New Letters among others. Dr. Mickett, who worked for over a decade in academia, holds her Ph.D. in philosophy.

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Selby Gallery Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Tues.,10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Phone: 941.359.7563 or 941.351.5100
Email: selby@ringling.edu
Web: www.ringling.edu/selbygallery

Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.

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ROMARE BEARDEN: SOUTHERN RECOLLECTIONS

January 28 – May 6, 2012
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.

January 28 – May 6, 2012
The Tampa Museum of Art

The Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to present Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections, an exhibition of approximately 70 works of art that span the career of this internationally renowned artist. Bearden (1911-1988) is widely regarded as one of the most important African-American artists who worked in the United States during the 20th century. He has been the focus of many solo exhibitions, including presentations at the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. In 1987 he was awarded the National Medal of the Arts by President Ronald Reagan.

Romare Bearden close up from "On the Block"

Works assembled from public and private collections will highlight Bearden’s mastery of collage as well as his development of narrative and thematic explorations of his native South. This exhibition, which will be on view in Charlotte and Newark during its national tour, coincides with the centennial of Bearden’s birth and will examine how the South served as a source of inspiration throughout his career (a theme that has not been previously explored). Through visual recollections of his experiences in the South, Bearden meticulously recorded the ritual forms, or the “collective beliefs,” that imbue his works with archetypal significance. These visual metaphors hold in perfect balance the literal and the symbolic; with them he celebrated and eulogized a lost way of life and the feelings and values associated with the past. Among the large thematic groupings will be selections from The Prevalence of Ritual series, which includes many works referring to Bearden’s childhood home in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Bearden spent many summers during his childhood with his paternal grandmother and great grandparents in Mecklenburg County, and absorbed stories and observations about the rituals of daily life—the relentless toil of cultivating crops, formidable women tending lush gardens and mixing herbal remedies, blue wash day Mondays, Friday night fish fries, Saturday night revival meetings, and church-going Sundays. These experiences, which stood in stark contrast to the urban rhythm of his parents’ New York City household, left an indelible impression on him.

Romare Bearden close up from "On the Block"

In the early 1940s, Bearden began giving visual form to his boyhood memories. The works in his Southern Series, painted in tempera on brown paper, are characterized by strong colors, flattened perspective and stylized, highly formal compositions. Paintings such as Folk Musicians (1942) and The Visitation (1941) are examples of Bearden’s depictions of agrarian life, as well as his portrayal of emotional bonds common to all humanity, but particularly informed by an African-American experience.

As Bearden developed his collage technique in the mid-1960s, he made use of a wide ranges of art practices, both Western and non-Western. His studies of masters of European, African, and Classical Chinese art enabled him to draw on styles that he felt were timeless and historically durable. The fragmented images Bearden gleaned from magazines and arranged as a whole are as much a part of the content of his compositions as are the events and people depicted. His use of collage, which emphasizes distortions, reversals, telescoping of time, and Surrealistic blending of styles enabled Bearden to convey the dream-like quality of memory and active imagination and was therefore a perfect vehicle for images of his memories of the South.

Bearden returned to the South in the 1970s as his career was beginning to gain momentum. This homecoming in his late mid-life proved bittersweet. The region was undergoing urban renewal, and already traces of Bearden’s past had been erased. Perhaps this nostalgic experience imbued Bearden with a greater sense of urgency to both celebrate and eulogize a lost way of life, a theme that would inform his artwork for the remainder of his days. Bearden developed a complex iconography that spoke to these developments.

Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections was organized by The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

GRAPHICSTUDIO Benefit Sale

October 14
For one day only, USF Graphicstudio will offer more than 100 original, artist-signed, fine art prints and sculpture multiples with discounts of up to 60% off the list price.

Friday, October 14
Sale: 10am–9pm

13th Annual GRAPHICSTUDIO Benefit Sale. Fine Art Prints and Sculpture Multiples
Reception: 6–9pm
Free Drawing at 8pm: Richard Tuttle’s Surface

For one day only, USF Graphicstudio will offer more than 100 original, artist-signed, fine art prints and sculpture multiples with discounts of up to 60% off the list price.

Artwork will be available by Los Carpinteros, Chuck Close, Iva Gueorguieva, Alex Katz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vik Muniz, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Alyson Shotz, Janaina Tschäpe, and William Wegman, among many others.

Some prints are rare, with just one impression remaining in inventory. All sales benefit Graphicstudio’s continuing research and educational programming, and must be completed on October 14th.

For more information contact Kristin Soderqvist at (813) 974-5871 or kristins@arts.usf.edu. Visit Graphicstudio’s extensive website at graphicstudio.usf.edu.

Iva Gueorguieva Stained, 2011

Iva Gueorguieva, Rolling Anvil, 2011 / photos: Will Lytch
USF Graphicstudio, founded in 1968, is a university-based atelier committed to working with leading artists from around the world in a collaborative environment dedicated to research and the application of new and traditional techniques for the production of limited edition prints and sculptures.

Graphicstudio editions have been acquired by leading museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Directions to Graphicstudio: From I-75, exit Fowler Avenue and proceed west. From I-275, exit Fowler Avenue and proceed east. Graphicstudio is on Spectrum Boulevard, just north of the Embassy Suites Hotel on Fowler. Look for the Embassy Suites, turn at the light, north on Spectrum Boulevard, Graphicstudio is on the right.

Graphicstudio | Institute for Research in Art
University of South Florida
3702 Spectrum Blvd. Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33612-9498 USA
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