Flesh Tones: A Contemporary Painting Exhibition

February 23-27, 2015
Centre Gallery, USF Tampa

Paintings by Natalya Swanson and Daniel Miller with a closing reception on Friday, February 27, from 7-9pm.

Tampa, FL (February 2015) — From February 23-27, the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida will host Flesh Tones by Natalya Swanson and Daniel Miller. There will be a closing reception on Friday, February 27, from 7-9pm.

Flesh Tones

Natalya Swanson graduated from the University of South Florida in 2009 with her Bachelors of Art in Art History. She currently lives and works in Sarasota, Florida where she is preparing for a career in Art Conservation.

Natalya’s paintings are an exploration of identity within art and society. She recreates famous artworks by pairing original compositional elements with contemporary imagery and figures. Through the transformative process, Natalya embeds personal beliefs on religion, sexuality, and selfhood within the works. Painting has become a form of meditation, where she visually interacts with her thoughts.

Daniel Miller graduated from Ringling College of Art & Design with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Communications. This will be his first showing of oil paintings. The collection of large scale genre scenes are an attempt to bring the viewer into Miller’s past, enveloping the viewer for their own happening experiences. Previous exhibits have included video art, printmaking, and graphic design. Miller is also part of the Sarasota Contemporary Arts Collective, SARTQ. More information can be obtained through the artist’s website, www.danielmiller.me.

Flesh Tones Exhibit View 2 Flesh Tones Exhibit View 1

For more information contact:

Tina Piracci, Art Director
Alyssa Cordero, Art Director
sa-centregallery@usf.edu
(813) 974-5464

About the Centre Gallery

Centre Gallery is an innovative, student-run art exhibition space at the University of South Florida. Located in the Marshall Student Center room 2700, Centre Gallery (www.centregallery.usf.edu) is free and open to the public. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tom Stephens: A Land Remembered

Crossley Gallery, Ringling College of Art
February 16 – 21, 2015

In this solo exhibition, the artist presents a new series of work with paintings that he created in the past 12 months.

Crossley Gallery, Ringling College of Art
February 16 – 21, 2015

ARTIST RECEPTION – FEB. 20th (5-8pm) / FEB. 21st (noon-3pm)

In this solo exhibition, the artist presents a new series of work with paintings that he created within the past 12 months.

“I will take you on a visual hike through landscapes of dense, painterly textures and exaggerated color; where compositions of distant reaching spaces form an opening for the viewer to enter into a natural world of fluid paint and expressive energy.

Influences from vivid memories of places visited along the Florida coastal environment are especially evident in the series entitled, “Rainbow River”. Each painting is developed loosely and left elusive. Through its ambitious use of large-scale canvases and my most vivid palette to date, I have attempted to keep my work adventurous, allowing the viewer a chance to explore with their own creative minds.”

"Rainbow River" oil and acrylic on canvas  48" x 46"
“Rainbow River”
oil and acrylic on canvas
48″ x 46″

Stephens’ received his BFA degree from Ringling College of Art & Design. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries throughout the United States. Stephen’s work is in private, corporate, and public collections including those of the PNC Bank, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Ringling College of Art and Design.

Examples of his work can be viewed at www.tomstephenspaintings.com.

Crossley Gallery, Ringling College of Art
2698 Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234
Gallery hours: Monday – Sunday (noon-3:00pm)

Sky Water Blues: A Series of Works Inspired by Three Geographic Locations

July 18 – September 26th, 2013
Women’s Resource Center, Sarasota, FL

An exhibit of abstract and representational personal landscapes in oil, pastel and acrylic by Sarasota artist Carol Hershberger will be on display July 18 through September 26, 2013 at The Women’s Resource Center, 340 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. 941-366-1700. Carol’s paintings are inspired by her memories. They reveal themselves in symbolic forms and are comprised of multiple layers of color, composition and materials.  The opening will take placeJuly 18 from 5-7 p.m. the Selby Room. The public is invited and refreshments will be served along with Musician Tyler Plaster of 3D Burn.

Carol grew up on a dairy farm in Holmes County, Ohio. Steeped in Mennonite tradition and ritual, she was deeply influenced by a sense of place. Quoting author Lucy Lippard in her book, The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multi-centered Society, “If space is where culture is lived, then place is the result of their union”. Carol’s work embodies that sentiment. In 1997, she moved to Sarasota to attend Ringling College of Art and Design. She received her BFA in 2003 and has exhibited her work locally at Selby Gallery, Crossley Gallery, Sarasota Art Center and Selby Library. Visit www.carolannmiller.com to see examples of her art.

Beaulah's Hill, 40" x 30", acrylic and oil on canvas, 2013
Beaulah’s Hill, 40″ x 30″, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2013


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Abstract, adj.: Expressing a quality apart from an object.

February 22 – April 3, 2013
Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art + Design

The resurgence of abstract painting in contemporary art has provided the opportunity to explore current trends in relationship to the historic movements that began to appear nearly a century ago.

February 22 – April 3, 2013
Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design

Installation-Abstract, adj.- Expressing a quality apart from an object
Installation-Abstract, adj.- Expressing a quality apart from an object

Selby Galleries I and II: The resurgence of abstract painting in contemporary art has provided the opportunity to explore current trends in relationship to the historic movements that began to appear nearly a century ago and the new directions being taken by painters today. The subject will be addressed through the work of emerging, mid-career and well-established artists who have been inspired by the concepts developed in the past, nature, music, mathematics, the spiritual and new media.

Peter Plagens, Get In There Fast, 2010, mixed media on canvas, 54” x 52”
Peter Plagens, Get In There Fast, 2010, mixed media on canvas, 54” x 52”

Featured artists include: Peter Plagens, Frank Owen, Howard Buchwald, Linda Mieko Allen, Richard Purdy, Don Smith, Frances de la Rosa, Sam Parker, David Maxium, Yari Ostovany, Mike Solomon, Syd Solomon, Livia C. Stein, Yolanda Sanchez, Joan Thorne, and David Budd.

Opening Reception: Fri., Feb. 22, 5-7 p.m.
Director’s Tour: Mon., Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m.

Peter Plagens (born 1941 in Dayton, Ohio) is an American art critic, painter and novelist. He received his BFA from the University of Southern California and his MFA from Syracuse University. From 1989 until 2003 Plagens was a senior writer and art critic for Newsweek. He now writes about art for the Wall Street Journal and for ArtForum magazine. Although Plagens is perceived as a critic who happens to paint, he thinks of himself as a painter who happens to write art criticism. His work is the collections of the Albright-Knox Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum, among others; and is represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York.

“Here is work that looks like no one else’s and keeps on doing so as it changes according to nothing but the inner necessity of the artist.” – Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune art critic

For more information please go to : www.peterplagens.com.

Phone: 941.359.7563 or 941.351.5100
Email: selby@ringling.edu
Web: www.ringling.edu/selbygallery

A complementary exhibition of abstract painting by Ringling College of Art and Design alumni will be showcased in the Patricia Thompson Gallery, Keating Center. Alumni painters include: Omar Chacon Jr., Kris Chatterson, Vince Contarino, Michael Crabb, Nicole Mauser, and Claudia Ryan. This exhibition runs Jan. 18 – May 3, 2013.

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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With A Sun

Friday September 16th (6-9pm)
Crossley Gallery, Ringling College of Art

The Crossley Gallery is proud to present new work from Fine Art Seniors Christofer Degrér, Sean Pearson and Kyle Petreycik.  During their junior year the artists had the benefit of attending the New York Studio Residency Program, and are now putting their exposure on view for the Sarasota community.

Connectivity, the body and identity are being discussed with a mixture of humor, romanticism and mystery. This eclectic selection of installation, sculpture, video and photography shows a fascination with the idea of New York as a center, and a point of departure for future artistic development.  The title “With a Sun” playfully denotes the pivotal role of the metropolis, not to mention a shared reflection on the idea of the middle.

Opening Reception: Friday September 16th
6-9pm

Crossley Gallery Ringling College of Art
2698 Bradenton Rd, Sarasota, Florida 34234