Evening of Excellence Student Art Program Juried Art Show

January 14 – January 15, 2012
A showcase of outstanding works of fine art created by students representing public high schools throughout Sarasota County being shown at Ringling College of Art + Design

January 14 & January 15 (12:00pm – 4:00pm)
Ringling College of Art and Design

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County launches the 17th annual Evening of Excellence with its Juried Art Show this month. A robust student art competition and perennial favorite on the social calendar, Evening of Excellence showcases outstanding works of fine art created by students representing public high schools throughout Sarasota County.

More than 330 exceptional student works – paintings, photographs, sculpture and more – will be on display at the Ringling College of Art and Design at its Roskamp Exhibition Hall. Select works in the exhibit will be available for purchase by sealed bid. The exhibit is free and open to the public on Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Free campus parking is available on either side of the Selby Gallery, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.

Elise Swain w Solitude - Best of Show

Each year, high school art instructors submit their students’ finest original art for consideration at the Juried Art Show. A distinguished panel of art professionals reviews the entries and selects twenty-five original pieces as the Best of the Best. The top twenty-five will be announced at a special reception sponsored by U.S. Trust on Wednesday, January 18, at Ringling College’s Roskamp Exhibition Hall.

The winning student artists donate their artwork to the Education Foundation. The art is lavishly framed by local galleries and framers, who donate their materials and services. Then each piece is put up for auction at a gala dinner next month. In return, students receive recognition for their talent and generosity and well as monetary awards. Private donors are invited to present Student Art Awards of $500 or more named for themselves or to honor loved ones.

Logan Mitchell w Neon Fish

Evening of Excellence is an innovative art program as well as an established fundraiser, grossing over $250,000 per year. Proceeds benefit the 41,000 students in Sarasota County’s public schools through the work of the Education Foundation. The event combines an elegant dinner with a spirited auction showcasing the talents of the Best of the Best high school artists. This year’s theme is See the Ordinary. Create the Extraordinary., taking inspiration from the student whose award-winning work was adapted for the gala invitation.

Meg Mahoney and Chris Cremer co-chair this year’s event committee. The annual dinner and student art auction will be held on February 24, 2012 at Michael’s on East. Festivities begin at with a cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m. Sponsor tables are available at $2,500 and up. Premium patron pairs, including two seats and a named art award, start at $1,000. Individual tickets are $200, $250 for patrons. To request an invitation or for more information, call 941-927-0965 or see the Education Foundation’s web site at EdFoundation.net.

The Goods: Sarasota Visual Art Weekend News (9.30.11)

Sarasota Visual Arts summary report of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2.

Sarasota Visual Arts summary report of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2.

Friday – September 30
Annual Ringling College Faculty Exhibitions – Selby Galleries I & II and Basch Gallery: Presenting work by faculty in the departments of Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film, Fine Arts, Game Art and Design, Graphic and Interactive Communication, Interior Design, Illustration, Motion Design, Photography & Digital Imaging, and the Liberal Arts Program.

Annual Ringling College Staff, Continuing Studies & Special Programs, Longboat Key Center for the Arts and Englewood Art Center Instructors Exhibition  – Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. Galleries: Features paintings, drawings and sculpture from the Ringling College staff and instructors from each of its divisions.

Saturday – October 1
Out-of-Door’s Community Art Gallery and Black Box Theatre Art Show present short films by Frank and Diana Colson and paintings on by Elaine Murphy and Stacey Goes.  Gallery is open at 10am, short films begin at 7:00pm.

Saturday – October 1, 2011 (5:00pm)
GADZOOKS! Starring Alex the Beck – Solo exhibit at Clothesline featuring Alexander Buckley Beck.

Starts Saturday – October 1, 2011
Reflections on Ringling – Art Uptown – Sarasota’s oldest cooperative fine art gallery, is featuring “Reflections on Ringling,” an exhibition of paintings and other works of art showcasing Ringling Museum’s landscape, architecture, art and history, as part of the Festival sARTée.

Looking Back …
Sarasota Visual Art launched our feature of State of the Art Gallery. David Steiner talks to Tim Jaeger about the gallery and Sarasota.

Annual Ringling College Staff, Continuing Studies & Special Programs, Longboat Key Center for the Arts and Englewood Art Center Instructors Exhibition

September 30 – November 2, 2011
Longboat Key Center for the Arts and Englewood Art Center

Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. Galleries: Features paintings, drawings and sculpture from the Ringling College staff and instructors from each of its divisions.
[OPENING RECEPTION] Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, 5–7 p.m.