Art Center Sarasota Presents Only In Sarasota: Prints by John Pirman March 4-9

These iconic illustrations of Sarasota’s architecture, people and places will be available for purchase.


(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota presents “Only In Sarasota: Prints by John Pirman,” March 4-9. The exhibit features 27 archival pigment prints of Pirman’s iconic architectural portraits of Sarasota’s architecture, people and places, many of which originally appeared in his monthly column in Sarasota Magazine called “Only in Sarasota.” These prints, as well as a few specially created for this exhibit, will be available for purchase in limited editions. An opening reception with the artist, and free to the public, is Monday, March 4, 5-7 p.m. The exhibit is at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit

Pirman, who teaches in Ringling College’s Continuing Studies department, says of his work that his designs are “architectural because they are based on geometry. I like to let what is in the image fuse with the background. For me, it’s about evoking a feeling more than representing a particular image. When you subtract details from an image, you give it a kind of symbolic power.”

Pirman graduated in 1979 from Kent State University with a BFA in graphic design and illustration. His work has been influenced by Swiss design, pop culture, posters of the WPA, & mid-century modern design. He studied with the all-time great, Paul Rand in Brisaggo, Switzerland, in a KSU design workshop, summer of 1977.

In the fall of 1979, Pirman moved to New York City, and began a career as a freelance illustrator. He created editorial art for Fortune, Vogue, Wallpaper, Glamour, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Cosmo, Forbes, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Family Circle, Travel & Leisure, The New York Stock Exchange, Smart Money, and Consumer Reports. He designed shopping bags for Bloomingdales and Estee Lauder. For 15 years, the Museum of Modern Art has included Pirman’s holiday cards in its retail store. In 2013, Pirman partnered with World Studio rebranding The John & Mabel Ringling Museum of Art’s identity. For more information, visit


About Art Center Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. It was founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district. In the early years, the group met monthly and sponsored exhibits in rented facilities. The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is now a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.


Art Center Sarasota

707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 941-365-2032 § Fax: 941-366-0585


Gallery Hours:

Free admission

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday Closed Sunday