Art Center Sarasota’s New Exhibitions: March 15-April 20

Spectrum III

The third experimental installation embedding the independent work of three artists.

iconcept: 10th Anniversary Retrospective

Featuring works by artists who create fashion using unconventional materials.

New Realities

New works by Ringling College of Art and Design’s Junior Fine Arts class.

Real/Not Real
A peer-juried exhibit.

Opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, March 15, 5-7 p.m.


(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota’s 2018 exhibition season, entitled “New and Now,” continues with four exhibits. “Spectrum III,” in Galley One, is an installation embedding the independent work of three artists. “iconcept: 10th Anniversary Retrospective,” in Gallery Two, features work from past shows by iconcept artists who create fashion using unconventional materials. “New Realities,” in Gallery Three, features work by Ringling College Fine Arts students. “Real / Not Real” is an open, all-media, all-subject, peer-juried exhibition in Gallery Four. The opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, March 15, 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.

Now in its third year, “Spectrum III” is an experimental installation that embeds the independent work of three artists — Elisabeth Condon, Sue Havens, and Kristen Schiele. The exhibit features large-scale, mixed-media drawings; an ephemeral print installation by Condon; acrylic on paper paintings and ceramic sculptures by Havens; and modular, shaped canvases and silkscreen prints by Schiele. “While each artist incorporates an element of collage and pattern in their work, Condon’s synthesis of traditional Chinese painting principles and the remembered fabrics and wallpapers of childhood presents a sublime hybrid of the formal and floral. Flatness and dimensionality oscillate forming a harmonic, balanced tension”, says exhibition curator Nathan Skiles. “Reminiscent of the Norman Wilkinson’s World War I dazzle camouflage, Sue Haven’s complex, overlapping collages and intricately patterned ceramic sculptures challenge perception. Incorporating shaped, geometric canvases and razor-sharp patterns and shapes, Kristen Schiele’s explosive work adds a hard edge to the exhibition, both formally and attitudinally,” says Skiles.

iconcept: 10th Anniversary Retrospective” showcases a sampling of the innovative fashions made by artists and designers from unconventional materials from past “iconcept” shows. This exhibit highlights outfits created from 2013 to 2017 (the five-year retrospective, in 2013, showcased outfits from 2009 to 2012). For the past nine years, Art Center Sarasota has produced “iconcept” as a fundraiser to support the organization and showcase artists associated with the center. Artists featured in this exhibit are: Lisa Berger, Eric Cross, Marcia Ente, Barbara Gerdeman, Elizabeth Goodwill, Tatiana Krizova Lizon, Ray Peper, Andrea Silvergleit, James Stewart, Pamela Sumner and Sarah V. Valdez. Art Center Sarasota’s revival of the Beaux Arts Ball, featuring the “iconcept” 10th-anniversary fashion show, is May 11, 2018, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

New Realities” is a two-part exhibition, showcasing new works by Ringling College of Art and Design’s junior Fine Arts class. The first exhibition, “A Different Perspective,” runs March 15 to March 30. The second exhibition, “[Un]comfortable,” is on display April 5 to April 20. “Each exhibition is highly unique,” says Dustin Juengel, Art Center Sarasota’s exhibition curator, adding that the first exhibition includes sculptures fabricated in metal, small installations constructed from a range of materials, paintings, prints, and digital video projections. “The second exhibition has a more collaborative feel,” he says. “The artists worked together to craft one coherent immersive installation. Paintings, drawings and collages will contribute to the overall texture and experience of this installation.”

The first part of exhibition, “A Different Perspective,” brings together the work of Kiara Rodriquez, Meagan Hindel, Alisa Hodzic and Andrea Oded. Their works explore themes of history, identity and nature. The second part of the exhibition, “[Un]comfortable” features the work of Micah Harrison, David Klos, Brianna Lackey, and Savannah Magnolia. “Their installation may initially evoke the familiarity of a cozy living room and invite the viewer to feel right at home, but the bizarre and uncomfortable lurk below its superficial appearance,” says Juengel.

Real / Not Real” is an open, all-media, all-subject, peer-juried exhibition.


2017-2018 Season: Coming Up

  • 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 10-15: Works by senior visual arts students from Booker High School’s VPA program; an exhibition of young artists from the Youth Arts Network (YAN); and a juried show with work from students at New College.

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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.


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