The Value of Long-Form Journalism in Contemporary Art

Art Center Sarasota, in partnership with The Hermitage Artist Retreat, presents a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Ann Albritton, panelists include Chris Jones and Michael Wyshock.

January 18, 2017 (6:30 PM)
Art Center Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota, in partnership with The Hermitage Artist Retreat, presents “The Value of Long-Form Journalism in Contemporary Art,” a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Ann Albritton, professor of contemporary art history at Ringling College of Art and Design. Panelists include the artist Michael Adno; Chris Jones, curator of works on paper at The Ringling; and Michael Wyshock, an artist and professor of fine arts at Ringling College.

This event is free and open to the public. An advanced reservervation is required. Email to reserve a seat now (seating is limited).

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Lisa Berger, the center’s executive director, says that Michael Adno’s current exhibit at Art Center Sarasota, “Cracker Politics, The Limit of Colonial Knowledge,” will serve as a focal point for the discussion. In his recent work, Adno studies the blurry lines between history and politics and actual experiences. His work involves working with historians, researchers, and local community members over long periods of time.

“The discussion will draw on my exhibition as a departure point to ruminate on the role of long-form journalism and art practices of the 21st century in an increasingly vitriolic political climate where we are seeing diminishing opportunities for those forms of reportage, a backlash against succinct reporting, and a frightening distrust in facts,” says Adno.

Berger adds that Adno asks viewers to explore the role sensationalist journalism plays in our perception of reality. “Is long-form journalism an endangered species? The discussion will address the role artists and writers serve in contemporary culture.”

Michael Adno is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer. He is a 2015 Ringling Towers grant recipient, a Fellow at The Hermitage Artist Retreat and a 2017 nominee for the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.

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Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

SECOND SKIN curated by Sarah Viviana Valdez

POP-UP exhibition featuring works by Irene Garibay, Ava Howard, Ruzica Ivanovic, Celia Garcia Nogales, Sophia Schultz and Sarah Viviana Valdez, curated by Sarah Viviana Valdez.

SECOND SKIN curated by Sarah Viviana Valdez

The work in Second Skin explores tactile interconnectivity. The artists’ ideas have naturally merged by means of interactions with all sorts of materials to define the context of the second skin. These artists have in common an understanding of the body as an entity that expands out its physical contour. Dynamic semiotic materials that form diverse bodies that co-shapes one another. Donna Haraway mentions in When Species Meet that “ … figures have always been where the biological and literary or artistic come together with all of the force of lived reality. My body itself is just such a figure, literally.” She curiously observes the doubleness of our world, where we exist in mundane synergy.

The skin has sensors, consumes experiences, provides a shelter, retains memory, can be subtracted, added or manipulated, changes through time, sheds and regenerates. It interconnects a collection of memories that play an essential role for species when they respond and relate to one another. The final result of this survey is guided through a series of works created with methods that exist outside of the material and transport the spectator and the artist inside the body.

Artists Bio’s:

Irene Garibay (Mexico City, 1991) received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2016 with a trustee scholarship. She is currently working on a grand sculpture for Ringling Collage’s library through the Nancy Markle sculpture grand.

Sophia Schultz is an Anthropology thesis student receiving her B.A at New College of Florida. Born and raised in Sarasota her art focuses on the body as a home for trauma and healing. She works primarily with installations, photography, and video to engulf the audience into a narrative.

Ružica Ivanović comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina, she is currently a senior in Fine Art in Ringling College of Art and Design, with a main interest in sculpture and installation work.

Ava Z. Howard is an interdisciplinary artist, activist, and organizer in Sarasota, Florida. She is currently working on her B.A at the New College of Florida, as well as organizing with Nothing Arts Collective. Ava studies and is active in the social sciences and art, and allows these intersections to inform her work.

Celia Garcia Nogales (Madrid, Spain) is a student of Fine Arts at Ringling College of Art and Design. She concentrates on printmaking processes and collage.

Sarah Viviana Valdez is a multi-disciplinary artist and independent curator based out of Sarastoa, FL. She received her B.F.A from the Ringling School of Art and Design Fine Art department in 2010.


Celia Garcia Nogales and Ruzica Ivanovic
Canvas, wood, projectors and digital video.
(Performance during the opening reception)
In collaboration we have made a video projection piece that speaks about the composition of the skin layers and the hidden events under its superficial tissue.

Ava Z. Howard and Sophia Schultz
‘my home holds me in, and what seeps through’
Canvas, natural dyes, wood, cyanotypes photographs, plants, steel rod, found objects
This piece recognizes the second skin as being one of multiple layers. When descending past the surface it reveals what cannot be seen and what is protected. Remnants of the self, vulnerability, growth, and memory are found within this actualized space.

Irene Garibay
Trozos Alrededor (Slices Around)
Scoby (cultures of bacteria and yeast present during production of kombucha), hemp string and light bulb.
Trozos Alrededor is a sculpture that intends to reveal fragmented materiality. The sculpture is the space, the sculpture is the smelly body in decay, drying out and cracking.

Sarah Viviana Valdez
Biodegradable Gorget : Prototype I
Scoby (cultures of bacteria and yeast present during production of kombucha, mycelium chest plate (root of a mushroom), corn stalk, flour, concrete blocks and hemp rope.
This gorget accessory is part of a series of prototypes that biodegrade and merges biology with design. The materials propose a needed identity for me and to our developing counter culture—to establish a true connection to the natural decaying world.

Guache, salt water, cold press rag paper

Solace Death: Critter I
Digital Animation 00:00:30 Loop
This animation and painting is part of a series where each figure goes through a stage in death.

Exhibit runs until November 5th
Gallery Hours: Monday thru Saturday (10 am – 4:00 pm)

Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featured Artist: Karen Arango

Karen Arango is an independent photographer, videographer and black and white gelatin silver printer. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Photography and Digital Imaging from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. She also completed the General Studies photography program from the International Center of Photography in NYC.

Shirley by Karen Arango
Shirley, 9, her mother is from Mexico and her father from the United States. Her parents work hard to give her the opportunities they didn’t have at their age. Photo by Karen Arango

Please tell me where you grew up and a bit about your background.

I was born in Colombia, and I moved to the United States when I was 9 years old. My family, parents and two siblings, was in danger because of the war going on in the country, therefore, we immigrated to the United States. When we arrived to this country my parents separated and my mother ended up raising us three alone.

From Abkhazia by Karen Arango
“From Abkhazia” – The mother of an Abkhazian refugee sits in her house in Tbilisi, Georgia while her daughter tell the story of how they immigrated. Photo by Karen Arango

Can you recall the first time you used a camera?

I can’t recall the first time, but I do remember using the old school cameras that my parents had brought with them from Colombia. They were film cameras and I must have been 10 or 11 years old when I got to use them for the first time. All I know is that around 2010 I used a panoramic camera with 110 film, and I took a photo of my brother and his friends while in ROTC in high school, I still have that photo and the cameras with me.

Abkhazian Play by Karen Arango
The Abkhazian refugee mother spends some time with her daughter in the hallway while the other kids of refugees play. Photo by Karen Arango

When did you know that photography was what you wanted to do?

I always loved art, I think almost every child does. I was lucky enough to have an art class at my school in Colombia and my parents had the means to get me art materials. In high school I decided to be an architect, and after doing the AutoCAD program during my junior year of high school I realized that it wasn’t for me. When I decided to study something more unconventional at the time, graphic design some friends and family members would tell me that I would not be able to live out of design or art but I was persistent with it, my mom supported me. I got certified in Digital Design, and after seeing Ringling’s campus and photography program, my boyfriend at the time suggested that I study photography. He would tell me I was very good at it, and I never believed him because he was my boyfriend and I thought he was just saying that. It seems like he knew me well cause since the first day I began studying photography, I fell in love with it.

Xiomara by Karen Arango
Xiomara, 9, her parents are both from Peru. Her mother was deported to Peru when Xiomara was three years old she now only gets to see her mother once or twice a year. Photo by Karen Arango

What are the biggest challenges for you being a photographer?

Self motivation, I think that as an artist I need to keep myself motivated all the time, mostly to do personal work. Then finding a balance between personal and commercial work and keep the spark in my own art. It’s important for me not to let it become an obligation because I’m making money off of it. When your art becomes your means of income it can become dull and you can forget why you started doing it in the first place, but I think that as long as there is a line between commission work and personal work and we stay motivated to do our personal work, then it can be extremely magical.

Helping Brothers by Karen Arango
Brothers help each other get out of the creek in the hills of Dosquebradas, Colombia. Photo by Karen Arango

What inspires you?

Life, experiences, family, friends, strangers, light, colors, compositions, music, traveling, love, nature, helping others, making mistakes, taking risks and the unknown.

Melissa by Karen Arango
Melissa, 6, both of her parents are from Colombia. The father left her mother with three kids to raise when Melissa was still a toddler. Photo by Karen Arango

Can you tell me about some of your projects?

I am currently working on a couple of projects. One is the Miss Behave series, which is about young girls born in the US and daughters of Latin American parents. I’m starting to expand on those series.

Another project I am working on is about women who were illegal immigrants and have been abused in the United States, and as a result they were able to get the Visa U. It’s something I just found out about and I think it is extremely important to talk about this. Many women, who have no immigration status, are being abused today and they are scared to say something because they fear deportation.

Water Transport by Karen Arango
A man transports water through the hills of Santa Rosa Colombia. Photo by Karen Arango

What is your dream situation? Is this a goal you’re working on, and if so, how’s it going?

Well when I was a child I wanted to be an actress. I’ve always loved performing arts, including dancing. I think everyone who knows me well knows how much I love dancing and every opportunity I have to do it, I take it. Deep inside I still would like to be a performance artist, but in some way I feel that I am connected to it, since I am behind the camera capturing the life performances instead of doing them.

Walk around hen by Karen Arango
A hen walks around a grave in the hills of Dosquebradas, Colombia. Photo by Karen Arango

Where can people find you?

People can find me through my website:, I have a contact page where you can write to me. Instagram: @karenarangor, and facebook: I am currently living between Sarasota and NYC, so if I am not in those two cities then I am capturing a story somewhere!

Newtown Art Celebration: Celebrating 100 Years

June 20 – July 2, 2014
Selby Gallery, RCAD

Ringling College of Art and Design joins with the Newtown community in its Centennial with a Newtown Art Celebration hosted by the Selby Gallery. Artists with a Newtown connection are invited to participate. Please see the Artist Call attached for detailed information.

Youth Art from Booker Elementary, Middle & High School, and Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club will be hosted in the North Sarasota Library, June 21-July 2, 2014. There will be a free public opening reception on June 21, 1:30-3:30 pm.

Opening reception with the artists: Friday, June 20, 5-7pm.
Free and open to the public.

Leon Middleton, Sarasota Artist
Leon Middleton, Sarasota Artist

Ringling College of Art and Design
North Sarasota Library
Newtown Centennial
Multicultural Health Institute


MONDAY – FRIDAY, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Phone: 941.359.7563 or 941.351.5100

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.

All Selby Gallery exhibitions and presentations (and most of our special events) are free and open to the public.

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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:‎

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:

[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:

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



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