Ringling Underground: October 2, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Ringling Museum of Art

Ringling Underground featuring artists in the courtyard are Kelly Boehmer, Jennifer Lauren Smith, Janett Pulido, and Brian Joseph.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Ringling Museum of Art

Ringling Underground captivates audiences with contemporary music and art of Sarasota’s up-and-coming Millennials, engaging the community with both the prodigious art of the Ringling museum and the innovativeness of local artists.

“The October Ringling Underground features four contemporary artists who work in both two- and three-dimensional mediums. Artists Kelly Boehmer, Jennifer Lauren Smith, Janett Pulido, and Brian Joseph exhibit art which visually recreates both apocryphal stories and axioms alike. Using mediums such as soft sculpture and videography, the artists create uniquely universal visions that look both to the past and to the future.”
– Natalya Swanson, Ringling Underground Artist Liaison

“Ringling Underground uses music and visual art to engage a younger audience who represent the next generation of Museum members and patrons.”
– Steven High, Executive Director of The Ringing.


Kelly Boehmer
Kelly Boehmer

“The sculptures have a childlike appearance that is both pitiful and fantastical. Seductive colors and sensual textures are juxtaposed with repulsive and gory elements such as guts, puke, and piss. Kitsch components are incorporated with sincerity and are used to celebrate excess and chaos. All of my pieces are sewn by hand with an aggressive, unrefined stitch. I reuse my materials by cutting up my old sculptures to make new work.”
– Kelly Boehmer, 2014

Kelly Boehmer creates hand-sewn soft sculpture installations. She has exhibited and performed her work nationally and internationally including shows in Baltimore, Dallas, Miami, New York City, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, San Juan, and Sarajevo, Bosnia. She teaches at Florida State University, Chipola College, Tallahassee Community College, and Lemoyne Center for the Visual Arts. Kelly is a member of the performance art group, Glitter Chariot. She received her BFA in Studio Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in Studio Art at the University of South Florida.


Jennifer Lauren Smith
Jennifer Lauren Smith

“I stage visual manifestations of sound.

I often install my work in unexpected circumstances as a way of perpetuating the notion that art can have a profound impact when encountered by chance, mirroring the magic and intensity of the gestalts we experience in nature and the everyday world. My background in sculpture has instilled a tendency to handle my videos and performance works as objects; I plan all aspects of the visual and spatial experience from the perspective of the viewer’s physicality.”
– Jennifer Lauren Smith, 2014

Jennifer Lauren Smith (b. 1979, Portland, ME) is a visual artist working in sculpture and lens-based mediums. Her work explores visual manifestations of sound, often by utilizing cinematic frameworks to stage performances and time-based installations.

Smith received her BA from Reed College in Portland, OR and her MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She has received numerous awards including a Vikki Katen Memorial Fellowship, a Wynn Newhouse Grant, a John Ringling Towers Grant, and a Toby Devan Lewis Award. She has shown her work in galleries and film festivals in the US and abroad including Dorsch Gallery (Miami, FL), Pierogi Boiler (Brooklyn, NY), Reynolds Gallery (Richmond, VA), The Façade Film Festival (Plovdiv, Bulgaria), Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, (Marl, Germany) and the Crown Heights Film Festival (Brooklyn, NY), and has participated in residencies at Seven Below Arts Initiative (Burlington, VT), Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, NE), The Hermitage Artist Retreat (Englewood, FL), and Binghamton University’s Department of Cinema (Vestal, NY). She is currently a Fellow in the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio Program in Brooklyn, NY.



Janett Pulido
Janett Pulido

“My work relate to those ideas and create realities that split in order to symbolize the way we struggle when being in limbo both mentally and physically. I Juxtapose construction components like wood and metal with paint including, but not limited to resin, wire, paper, and canvas to create environments that imitate these multiple realities that are driven unto the surface. By manipulating materials to play a different role from what was initially intended, I push them  outside of their common physical attributes and create playful environments that bring up questions as to the duality of things and how combined elements create a whole new set of facts.”
– Janett Pulido, 2014

Janett Pulido Zizumbo is a Mexican-American fine artist whose artwork revolves around the notion of perception and how visual perception skews the mind of the viewer. She explores religious and scientific concepts that play a part in the perception of the in between. She uses concepts like purgatory in her everyday life, where she feels in constant limbo and grinds to make decisions at every moment.

She often employs unconventional materials when painting, that range from plaster, resin, wire, paper to styrofoam and wood. Her practice has been described as an “exploration of physicality” in her experimentations with different textures and planes that often re-evaluate and expand the limits and boundaries of painting.

Pulido has received numerous awards and grants. She has received Las Damas Fellowship and the Josephina Ferran Scholarship for Latina women artists and has received several travel grants for her research in Islamic theology and Art in Istanbul, Turkey.

Pulido was born in Chicago, IL. She received her BFA and BS at Illinois State University and is currently receiving her MFA at the University of South Florida. She is currently teaching at the University of South Florida and is a studio assistant for Robert Stackhouse and Carol Mickett. She resides in Tampa, FL.


Brian Joseph
Brian Joseph

“I am inspired heavily by the patterns in Middle Eastern architecture, textiles and rugs. I try to use my paint like making a zen garden by being present in every step. This body of work is made out of oil paint or egg emulsion paint mounted on gessoed masonite board. I  use glazes to achieve lighting, texture and color. Drawing has been a big part of my creative process so I use it for laying out the main composition. This particular body of work is not so much for commercial intent. I created it as an act of self improvement to increase focus, patience and overall technique.”
– Brian Joseph, 2014

Brian Joseph was born in the Philippines in 1987 and relocated to America as a baby. He was always creative growing up, with interests in drawing and arts-and-crafts. His family of fellow creators supported him in his creative pursuits, but his artistic journey was mostly self taught with many influences. Joseph has always had a love for the surreal and people who “beat to a different drum.” During elementary school he was obsessed with M.C. Escher, and in middle school Dali and Picasso haunted his imagination. In high school, he found himself immersed in the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Albrecht Durer, and Alex Gray. Joseph’s artistic career began as he started designing album art for local bands and national acts. He was fascinated by fantastic realists, such as Mati Klarwein, Ernst Fuchs, and Robert Venosa, who greatly influenced his favorite album designs.

Joseph is continually researching art history and finds himself immersed with new techniques, philosophies, and approaches. His interests lie in playing musical instruments, and, although he has worked in other two-dimensional mediums for years, he did not begin painting in oil until 2013, at which time he started and “hasn’t looked back.”

The evening’s bands include: ALEXANDER & THE GRAPES, PERMANENT MAKEUP, and DIEALPS!

Visit the Ringling Underground Facebook Event page for more information.

Ringling Underground: September 4, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Ringling Museum of Art

“In the season kick-off on September 4, visitors will experience a provoking exhibition within the museum courtyard. Artists Charlotte Chieco, Tina Piracci, and Phillip Baker exhibit artwork that comments on the materiality of traditional art mediums; the sociopolitical issues in modern society; and the environmental repercussions of consumerism. As a conglomeration, they confront Ringling’s audience with a catalyst for embracing local, experimental art that is often considerably underrepresented within the community.”

– Natalya Swanson, Artist Liaison (Fall 2014)

Ringling Underground captivates audiences with contemporary music and art of Sarasota’s up-and-coming Millennials, engaging the community with both the prodigious art of the Ringling museum and the innovativeness of local artists.

Charlotte Chieco
Charlotte Chieco

Charlotte Chieco: As consumerism, technological interest /advancement, and mass production are at an all time high and are continuing to grow, the importance and appreciation of nature seems to have almost been forgotten. As humans we tend to forget about things that are not directly going to affect our lives. We are constantly exposed to devastating news of what is happening around the world which we feel we have no ability to change. A large percentage of our society has become helpless and completely removed to things that should cause passion and sorrow in our hearts. Many ecosystems continue to decline and species are on the road to distinction and much of that decline is due to our actions or lack of action.

The work Charlotte will be exhibiting was influenced by a disease killing millions of starfish worldwide that scientists are calling ‘sea star wasting syndrome’. The disease causes their limbs to walk in opposite directions until they rip themselves apart and are left mangled with large lesions, no longer able to re-grow limbs. It has been one of the largest mass die offs in marine diseases and is expected to have an immense ecological consequence.

Tina Piracci
Tina Piracci

Tina Piracci: Tina Piracci’s creative expressions are fueled by political affairs. From our wars, to our laws, to our broken ideals, politics rule all. Tina’s father and uncle were both draftees of the Vietnam War, needless to say, she had the most colorful story-times. As a child, she did not quite understand the depth of their experience. Tina could not fathom her father killing; he always taught peace. She never questioned why Uncle Felix only had nine fingers; “I just didn’t”. Unfortunately, it was not until his recent passing to cancer that Tina discovered that Felix had originally been drafted back for another year to repeat something he never imagined of doing once, let alone twice. Subsequent to the dreadful news, her uncle contemplated suicide and settled for shooting off his middle finger with his handgun instead; thus, he circumvented the draft. This, is his symbol of Peace.

Phillip Baker
Phillip Baker

Phillip Baker: Phillip believes that creativity stems from the mind’s ability to form loose associations that are then translated through the constructions of one’s mind and social environment. His work is the tangible outcome of such associations, which is then translated through the viewer’s own constructions and associations. Phillip’s objects are made of a multiplicity of different materials including ceramic, wood, canvas, acrylic paint, spackling, balloons, candles, rocks, plants and an assortment of different adhesives.

“Ringling Underground uses music and visual art to engage a younger audience who represent the next generation of Museum members and patrons.”

– Steven High, Executive Director of The Ringing.

Ringling Underground returns to the Courtyard of the Museum of Art from 8-11 p.m. the first Thursday of the month September-November. Admission to Ringling Underground costs $10, but it is free with admission to Art After Five and for college students with a valid ID. Attendees can listen to compelling regional musical acts, view the work of up-and-coming local artists in the Courtyard, and view select galleries or special exhibitions in the Museum of Art’s Searing Wing. Joseph’s Coat, the Skyspace created by one of the world’s leading contemporary artists, James Turrell, will also be accessible.

For a full list of bands and other information, check out the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/512894525510046/

The Ringling Unveils New Brand Identity by Pamela Beck

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University just launched its new brand identity with corresponding graphics and unveiled a secondary name: The Ringling.

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The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University just launched its new brand identity with corresponding graphics and unveiled a secondary name: The Ringling. The formal name of the museum will remain the same, although you can see why- The Ringling -is so much more appealing: it’s concise, user-friendly and has a jaunty contemporary punch to it.

Over the last several years, it’s been clear that The Ringling is intent on breaking the dusty stereotype of a museum as simply a passive viewing experience. Programs such as the Art of our Time initiative launched in 2009 with the inaugural Ringling International Arts Festival and series like New Stages: Narrative in Motion have engaged viewers with unique, powerful and unforgettable offerings of the visual and performing arts.

In addition, Ringling By the Bay at Ca’d’ Zan features music and dancing on Art After 5 Thursday evenings; yoga is available on the terrace of Ca’ d’ Zan on the third Saturday of each month; sunsets can be experienced in the James Turrell Skyspace, “Joseph’s Coat”; and the Ringling Underground, “a series of events with live music, art and pop culture in a block-party atmosphere” takes place in the museum’s dreamy courtyard on select nights.



These options, among many more museum activities not mentioned, illustrate The Ringling’s devotion to serve as an integral and relevant part of the Sarasota community. The launch builds upon this momentum. It reinforces the awareness that the museum is a go-to destination for a variety of cultural, educational and entertainment experiences for all ages.  At the official announcement, Steven High, the museum’s executive director, said that he would like the museum to be known as “visitor friendly and accessible.” He added that he hopes visitors will feel that “this museum is their museum.”

An extensive research process about the museum’s brand identity began in July 2012, with key stakeholders, staff, membership, board members community leaders and patrons of the arts. For outside perspective, the museum also consulted with World Studio, a New York firm specializing in brand design. The new integrated brand platform was then collectively developed.

To assist and clarify The Ringling’s new goals, the six museum venues have each been assigned a descriptive name, color and beautiful, easily identifiable icon that will appear in signage and way-finding, store merchandise, labels, banners, visitor materials, annual reports and other publications. The six venues include: The Ringling Museum of Art; The Ringling Circus Museum; The Ringling Ca’d’ Zan; The Ringling Historic Asolo Theater; The Ringling Education Center and The Ringling Bayfront Gardens.  A new interactive website that encourages visitor participation is slated for the near future.

The “new umbrella identity platform” clarifies the connection between the diverse venues, collections and programs at The Ringling. This consolidation, with its new eye-catching graphic counterpart, signals both a real and perceptual shift for the museum. The Ringling has added to the legacy of John and Mable Ringling by inviting visitors to view themselves as part of the museum’s cultural, creative and innovative present and future development.


Pamela Beck
Pamela Beck

Pamela co-owned Pannonia Galleries in NYC. There she was also an art appraiser, private art dealer, art fair exhibitor and catalogued paintings at Sotheby’s. Perhaps it’s not surprising that she is also a psychotherapist. She has a keen interest in the arts and supporting Sarasota’s future as a lively, diverse and forward thinking city for young and old.Pamela is a member of The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Curatorial & Acquisitions Committee; Sarasota-Manatee Dance Alliance, Advisory Board Committee

Ringling Underground – Contemporary Art: On the Lawn

Thursday, February 7th, 8pm – 11pm
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

A series of one night only events that invites emerging contemporary artists to exhibit sculpture, installation, performance and interactive media in the courtyard of the Ringling Museum of Art

Thursday, February 7th, 8pm – 11pm
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Ringling Underground is a series of one night only events that invites emerging contemporary artists to exhibit sculpture, installation, performance and interactive media in the courtyard of the Ringling Museum of Art alongside musicians performing on the main stage. This series encourages artists to push the boundaries of their practice by exhibiting without the luxuries of gallery walls or lighting, while also transforming the function of the Museum; the Ringling transcends its role as an archiving and collecting institution, into one that seeks to actively engage the contemporary artists and patrons within its community. Ringling Underground is proud to present these outstanding artists currently working in the Sarasota and Tampa Bay area, and is excited to feature many more throughout the season.

on the lawn

Joni Younkins-Herzog is a local sculptor and currently a professor at the State College of Florida. She earned a Masters of Fine Arts from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Georgia in Athens. Since 2004, Younkins-Herzog has exhibited her work throughout the United States and abroad in Columbia, Peru, Poland, and recently returned from an artist residency in Ghana, Africa. A virtuoso in many mediums, Younkins-Herzog lures the viewer in with luscious colors and materials to contemplate anxious content in close proximity. Her works range widely in scale from small wearable pieces to large sculptures and installations incorporating sound. Her research and studio practice is dedicated to acquiring new technical skills in many materials, including re-purposed and recycled elements. More of Joni Younkins-Herzog’s work can be seen at www.joniyounkinsherzog.com

Gigi Lage was born in Miami and is currently pursuing her undergraduate education at the University of South Florida with a concentration in Studio Art. Lage has exhibited across Florida and recently curated a show called Exquisite Corpse and the Nancy and Oliver Gallery in Tampa, Fl. Inspired by disease and illness, Lage explores the subject of death along with her own uncontrollable hypochondria. Her work has been seen in multiple platforms and examines themes of anxiety, alienation and detachment within herself as well as others. More of Gigi Lage’s work can be seen at www.gigilage.com

Michelle Fader graduated in 2012 with a B.F.A. in Photography from the University of South Florida and had her first solo exhibition that same year at the Centre Gallery in Tampa, Florida. Her work has also been seen at the Tampa Museum of Art and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. Fader’s photographs represent exaggerations of memories from the artist’s life or lives of others. “Depending on the duration between the time of an occurrence and the recalling of it, the brain alters the memory in subtle ways, changing or omitting factual details. The brain’s propensity to fabricate long-term memories exists in the work as a visual representation of imagination. The photographs are presented as cinematic stills to elicit a relationship between the viewer and the work. Experiences were chosen that contained something out of the ordinary, and standout elements were embellished to create photographs reflecting the strange nature of life, further twisted by imagination.” Says Fader about the work. More of Michelle Fader’s work can be found at www.michellefader.com

Mark Morgan is a Sarasota local who does his part to keep his neighborhood clean while expressing his emotions at the same time by up-cycling detergent bottles and using them as the base medium for his art. Morgan’s work is a testimony to his ability to draw unique associations between things others typically overlook. In an effort to remain as environmentally friendly as possible, the sculptures are made from mostly found plastic bottles, the only exceptions being metal fasteners and glass marble eyes.

Darcy Little, a fine artist originally from Lexington KY, provided original designs for Ringling Underground. Little will complete her B.F.A. in Fine Art this year at Ringling College of Art + Design; their work often incorporates traditional drawing and painting mediums while merging a strong digital and technical practice. More of Darcy Little’s work can be found at www.behance.net/darcylittle

Live Music by these fantastic Florida performers:

Bard & Mustache
(Experimental Chamber Pop from Sarasota, Fl)

Zulu Wave
(Rock, Pop, Indie, Experimental from Tampa, Fl)

(Psychedelic Rock from Gainesville, Fl)

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5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

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Ringling Underground: Call to Artists

The Ringling Museum is seeking emerging contemporary artists currently working in Florida to participate in the Spring 2013 season of Ringling Underground, a series of events combining live music and art in a block-party atmosphere. Artists are invited to exhibit sculpture, installation, interventions, video, performance and other works in the courtyard of the art museum. Artists are encouraged to consider the context of the Ringling, its history, collections and exhibitions when producing their works, but are not limited to these as themes. The next events will take place on February 7th, March 7th, and April 4th.

Photo credit: Malika Suleymanova
Photo credit: Malika Suleymanova

Open to artists working in any discipline. Current students, groups, and collaborations are also welcome. Artists must be able to attend the event as all works must be installed and de-installed on the same day. Creative professionals do not necessarily need to identify as visual artists. Past Ringling Underground events have welcomed engineers, jewelry makers, and actors to create installations, interactive objects, and performances.

Proposal Guidelines:

Detailed description of your piece including images, drawings, dimensions and technical needs
(Note: This is an outdoor event in the courtyard of the art museum. Power outlets are available but limited.)
Artist statement and/or statement about the proposed work
Artist bio and/or resume
Link to website (if applicable)
Contact information

Email submission to: ringlingunderground@gmail.com
Subject line should include: Ringling_Month_Your Name
Include your name on all attachments


January 18th (to be considered for February)
February 15th (to be considered for March)
March 15th (to be considered for April)

A map of the courtyard can be found at ringlingunderground.tumblr.com

John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-5700

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