WORDS/IMAGES Selby Gallery Ringling College of Art and Design

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Uncommissioned – Unpublished work.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: www.hoopsnakepress.com/‎

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: www.flyingfishpress.com/

[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: www.gracielaiturbide.org/

Opening Reception: Fri., August 9, 5-7 p.m.,

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2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

Phone: 941.359.7563 or 941.351.5100

Email: selby@ringling.edu

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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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Art: Sarasota Season Style by Pamela Beck

Join Pamela Beck in the first installment of SeeSaw to her current column, ARTdart, as she observes and explores various visual art exhibitions and happenings in the Gulf Coast area.

ARTdart: There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join Pamela Beck in the first installment of, SeeSaw, to her current column, ARTdart, as she observes and explores various visual art exhibitions and happenings in the Gulf Coast area.

No, it’s not your imagination. It really does take an extra twenty minutes to get wherever you’re going these days.For art fans, there’s a flip side to not being able to find a parking spot this time of year: More crowds=More exhibitions.

Here, below, are some eyecatchers I’ve seen while gallery hopping on a recent, sunny afternoon. They’re just a small taste of visual treats currently on exhibit in Sarasota.

For a larger picture of shows in town, click “Exhibition” found on the Sarasota Visual Art masthead.

1. Abstract, adj.: Expressing a quality apart from an object, Group Exhibition curated by Kevin Dean, Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art, till April 3rd

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”

The resurgence of Abstract Painting in contemporary art provides this opportunity to explore current trends in relation to the historic movement through the exhibition of eight working painters ranging in age from their thirties’ to their eighties’ who are inspired by nature, music, mathematics, the spiritual and new media.

Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design,
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
941.359.7563

2. Child’s Play, Group Exhibition curated by Mindy Solomon of the Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, till April 26th

Second-Hand Childhood, by Don Florence Photo, partial view of children's chairs in a circle
Second-Hand Childhood, by Don Florence Photo, partial view of children’s chairs in a circle

Mindy Solomon Gallery
124 2nd Ave NE  St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 502.0852

3. iConcept Retrospective, group exhibition curated by Lisa Berger and Eric Cross, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL, till April 26th

Observer, by Eric Cross, (made from recycled Longboat Key Observer Newspapers). Artists from around Sarasota produce pieces of fashion from avant-garde materials that walk the runway.
Paper Dress, by Eric Cross
Paper Dress, by Eric Cross

Art Center Sarasota
707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
941.365.2032

4. Following Ovid’s Metamorphoses: From Cosmogony to Chaos and back to the Rhizome, curated by Anne-Marie Melster, Two Columns Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, till April 14th

Installation View
Installation View

Two Columns Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Desing
1947 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota FL 34236

4. If the Sun was Square, curated by David and Tre Steiner, State of the Arts Gallery, Sarasota, FL, till May 1

Jim Keaton, Machine 4, 26 "x 33" .
Jim Keaton, Machine 4, 26 “x 33”

State of the Arts Gallery
1525 State Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
941.955-2787

5. Ongoing, Nikitas Kavoukles, Stakenborg Fine Art, Sarasota, FL

Sitting by Nikitas Kavoukles, oil on canvas, 26" x 30"
Sitting by Nikitas Kavoukles, oil on canvas, 26″ x 30″

Stakenborg Fine Art
1545 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
941.487.8001

6. Let it Float, Matt Combs, till March 30th, Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Matt Coombs, SRSc12 Collage on Paper, 11" x 9.25", 2013
Matt Coombs, SRSc12
Collage on Paper, 11″ x 9.25″, 2013

Clothesline Gallery
529 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
941.366.5222

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

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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Juried Competition Launches 18th Annual Evening of Excellence Student Art Program

Free exhibit of exceptional works by area high school students opens to public.

January 12 – 15, 2013
Ringling College of Art and Design

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County launches the 18th annual Evening of Excellence with its Juried Art Show this month. An arts competition as well as a favorite on the local social scene, Evening of Excellence showcases outstanding works of fine art created by students from every public high school in Sarasota County.

More than 200 student works – paintings, photographs, sculpture and more – will be on display at the Ringling College of Art and Design at its Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall in the Ulla Searing Student Center. Select works in the exhibit will be available for purchase by sealed bid. Minimum bid is $125 and the first $100 of each bid will be awarded to the student artist.

Venice High School’s Holly Mastay with her painting, Blue Child, winner of the 2012 Caldwell Trust Art Award and inspiration for the 2013 Evening of Excellence theme, “My Blue Heaven.”
Venice High School’s Holly Mastay with her painting, Blue Child, winner of the 2012 Caldwell Trust Art Award and inspiration for the 2013 Evening of Excellence theme, “My Blue Heaven.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, January 12-13 from noon to 4:00 p.m. and on Monday and Tuesday, January 14-15 from 2:00 to 6:00 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.

Each year, high school art instructors submit their students’ most accomplished original art for consideration at the Evening of Excellence Juried Art Show. A 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 reception on Wednesday, January 16, at Ringling College’s Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall.

The winning student artists donate their artwork to the Education Foundation. The art is then framed by local galleries and framers, who donate all materials and services. Finally, each piece is put up for auction at a gala dinner on the last Friday in February. In return, students receive recognition for their talent and generosity and well as monetary awards. Benefactors are invited to present Student Art Awards of $500 or more that are named for themselves or to honor loved ones.

Evening of Excellence is both an arts competition and a successful fundraiser, grossing over $250,000 every year. Proceeds benefit the 41,400 students in Sarasota County’s public schools through the work of the Education Foundation. The event combines an elegant dinner with a spirited auction of the Best of the Best pieces, with the student artists on hand to take their bows. This year’s theme is My Blue Heaven, inspired by the student whose award-winning work was adapted for the gala invitation.

Rachael Tuffland, then a Phoenix Academy freshman, with her electronic media piece, Chicken Comb-Over, winner of the 2012 Advanced  Network & Services Best of Show Award.
Rachael Tuffland, then a Phoenix Academy freshman, with her electronic media piece, Chicken Comb-Over, winner of the 2012 Advanced Network & Services Best of Show Award.

Taylor Tollerton Collins is leading this year’s event committee. Honorary co-chairs are her parents, James and Susan Tollerton. James Tollerton was the first chairman of the Education Foundation’s board of directors in 1988. The year 2013 will mark the organization’s 25th anniversary.

The annual dinner and student art auction will be held on February 22, 2013 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 www.EdFoundation.net.

Sponsors as of December 31 include Masterpiece Sponsors Bank of America and Herald-Tribune Media Group. Maestro Sponsor is Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

Connoisseur Sponsors are Jon F. Swift, Inc. and the Swift Family Foundation, McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractors, Inc., Tandem Construction and Willis A. Smith Construction. Virtuoso Sponsors include Fawley|Bryant, Jeff and Cindy Kaiser, Mills Gilbane, Internet Essentials by Comcast, Norton Hammersley Lopez & Skokos, P.A. and Ringling College of Art and Design. Artiste Sponsors are Advanced Masonry Systems, Cavanaugh & Co., LLP, Florida Power & Light, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Matthews Eastmoore, Sabal Trust Company, SCENE Magazine, Stantec and Williams Parker. Invitation Sponsor is IDS Interior Design Society, Sarasota Chapter.

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About the Education Foundation. Dedicated to quality education for all children, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County was founded in 1988 as an independent, not-for-profit organization working in partnership with Sarasota County Schools and the community. With the support of individuals, families, businesses, civic groups and foundations, the Education Foundation awards more than a million dollars each year to initiatives that elevate our public schools to the top of Florida’s education system: teacher classroom grants, fine arts programs, scholarships and mentorships, Literacy for Life, the Texcellence Home Computer Donation Program, Teacher of the Year, Academic Olympics and the Regional Science, Engineering and Technology Fair. For more information visit www.EdFoundation.net or call 941-927-0965.