Art Center Sarasota’s New Exhibitions:
January 25 –February 24
Art from the Heart
An open, all-media juried exhibit.
February 1-March 9
My Sarasota: Works by John Pirman
Featuring architectural portraits of area homes and homeowners by the celebrated illustrator.
Raw Nerve / Ragged Edge
Featuring works on paper by George Pratt, including scenes depicting genocide in West Africa, and monotypes referencing the crippling emotional weight of the Holocaust.
ASALH: Black Muse
A group exhibit of works by member artists of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History
Opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, February 1, 5-7 p.m.
(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota’s 2018 exhibition season, entitled “New and Now,” continues with four exhibits. “Art from the Heart,” in Gallery Four, open to the public beginning January 25, is an open, all-media exhibition juried by Eszter Sziksz, a Hungarian artist who teaches printmaking at Ringling College of Art and Design. The other three galleries, with two solo exhibitions and one group exhibition, open February 1. “My Sarasota: Works by John Pirman,” in Gallery One, features architectural portraits of area homes and homeowners by the celebrated illustrator. “Raw Nerve / Ragged Edge,” in Gallery Two, is curated by Nathan Skiles and features works on paper by George Pratt, including scenes depicting the horrors of genocide in West Africa, and monotypes referencing the crippling emotional weight of the Holocaust. “ASALH: Black Muse 2018,” an exhibit of works by the member artists of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, is in Gallery Three. The opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, February 1, 5-7 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit www. artsarasota.org.
“My Sarasota: Works by John Pirman” showcases 13 archival inkjet prints by the acclaimed illustrator who lives in Sarasota. The prints depict architectural portraits of homes and homeowners, which, according to Pirman, “celebrate how Sarasota is a wonderful place to live.” The artist says that the area’s sunny climate defines the way “I see and approach the landscape. Given shapes and forms sculpted by the light, guide me to edit and refine the object to a minimum visual state. When you subtract details from an image, you give it a kind of symbolic power.” Pirman graduated from Kent State University with a BFA in graphic design and illustration in 1979. His work has been influenced by Swiss design, pop culture, posters of the WPA and mid-century modern design. Matthew McLendon, the director and chief curator for The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, says that Pirman “produces a singular vision of a languid modernism that is wholly contemporary yet tinged with a clear-eyed nostalgia.”
“Raw Nerve / Ragged Edge,” in Gallery Two, features works on paper by George Pratt, including scenes depicting the horrors of genocide in West Africa, and monotypes referencing the crippling emotional weight of the Holocaust. Pratt is an award-winning painter, writer, and photographer whose work is in private collections worldwide. He is a recipient of the Eisner Award for his graphic novels, a Spectrum Gold Medal, and Best Feature Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival for the documentary film “See You in Hell, Blind Boy.” The artist teaches full-time at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and summers with the Illustration Academy in Kansas City, Mo.
“Great art finds itself suspended between the timely and the timeless, simultaneously musing on the enduring themes of human experience and rooting itself in the materiality of our present world. No one better exemplifies this than George Pratt,” says the exhibition’s curator Nathan Skiles, adding that Pratt has “dedicated his life to engaging the complex subjects which define the extreme limits of human experience.” Rendered in the vibrant hues of NuPastel or through a visceral process of scraping away at ink rolled directly on to the surface of the page, Pratt’s work confronts the gamut of human emotion—from the horror of war and genocide to the subtle beauty of a model’s fleeting pose. “In his work, the sublime, in all of its bewildering complexity, is laid bare,” says Skiles. “The shock and awe of overwhelming power is confronted by the profound nature of a subtle gesture.”
“ASALH: Black Muse” is a group exhibit of the member artists of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. The Art Center hosts this annual exhibition to highlight some of the region’s African-American artists in celebration of Black History Month. This exhibition covers a wide array of media, from painting and drawing to sculpture. Exhibiting artists include Myrna Morris, Eleanor Merrit, Jean McMurren, Caroline Rice, Tod Berrien, Joseph Pierre, Barbara Mask, Jane Thames, Major Gladden, Michele Redwine, Rochelle Stassa, Rhonda Bristol, Arline Flournoy, Ronald Henriques and Alexander Tureaud.
“Art from the Heart” is an open, all-media, all-subject juried exhibition juried by Eszter Sziksz, a Hungarian artist who also teaches at printmaking at Ringling College of Art and Design.
2017-2018 Season: A Quick Glance
Cycle 4 (March 15-April 20) features “SPECTRUIII,” a group show that embodies the work of three artists; “iconcept: A 10-Year Retrospective,” “New Reality,” a group show; and “Real – Not Real,” an open, peer-juried exhibit. The opening reception for all four exhibits is March 15, 5-7 p.m.
- April 23-May 7: An exhibit by students in grades K-12 from north Sarasota County schools. The opening receptions days and time will be announced.
- May 10-17: Works by senior visual arts students from Booker High School’s VPA program
Cycle 5 (May 24-June 29) features “Painting as Object,” a group exhibit and another exhibit TBA. An exhibit of works by Peter Gaztambide and “Possibilities,” a members-only, juried exhibit are May 17-June 22. The opening reception for all four exhibits is May 24, 5-7 p.m.
Cycle 6: (July 5-August 10) “Florida’s Finest,” an all-media, all-subject juried exhibition highlighting the talented artists who live and work in Florida, is in all galleries. The opening reception is July 5, 5-7 p.m.
Cycle 7 (August 30-October 5) features “Looking Forward Towards the Past,” a group exhibit; works by Stephen McMennamy; and a student project. “Elsewhere,” an open, juried exhibit, is August 23-September 28. The opening reception for all four exhibits is August 30, 5-7 p.m.
The 10th annual Beaux Arts Ball / iconcept unconventional fashion event will be on May 11, 2018, at the Van Wezel Grand Foyer. Details TBA.
For more information about Art Center Sarasota, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org.
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
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