Art Center Sarasota Announces 2019-2020 Season of Exhibitions
The 2019-2020 exhibition season runs October 17, 2019, through October 3, 2020,
with a focus on the diversity of local and national artists.
(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota’s 2019-2020 season of exhibitions showcases the works of professional and emerging artists from Florida and around the nation. The season, which runs October 17, 2019, through October 3, 2020, is comprised of seven exhibition cycles, most encompassing up to four individual exhibits.
The upcoming season will offer two renowned artists’ solo exhibitions. In October 2019, “Lion, Tigers, Bears and a Draco,” showcases the works of Horace Imhotep, an Atlanta-based artist, whose acrylic illustrations explore the African-American experience as told through a young boy’s journey through his imagination. In September 2020, Mel Odom, a prominent NYC-based artist, will exhibit “The Lives of Things,” a series of hyper-realistic paintings of china dolls commemorating friends and family who died from AIDS.
In January, New College of Florida professors Kim Anderson and Ryan Buyssens will both have solo exhibitions of new works. Annual exhibitions continue in February during Black History Month with “ASALH: Black Muse 2020,” featuring a juried exhibit by artist/members from the Manasota branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
The season features several Latin-American artists. In March, the Sarasota-based artist Javier Rodriguez (“Javo”), originally from Puerto Rico, will show a current series of figurative and abstract paintings, and SERVERUS, a collective of Cuban-American artists from Miami, will exhibit works in a group show. In May, area artist Victoria Mayol, originally from Argentina, will exhibit paintings in a solo show.
New additions this year are two national juried competitions in December and July. These exhibitions will bring an influx of work by new artists to Sarasota from across the United States.
“This season, we’re focused on showing artists whose cultural heritage and lifestyles inform their work,” says Lisa Berger, Art Center Sarasota’s executive director. “Our goal is to show artists who currently are not adequately represented in regional exhibitions. Through the diversity of artists expressing their personal stories, we expect to reach a broader audience who will identify with the work.”
For more information about Art Center Sarasota, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org.
2019-2020 Season: A Quick Glance
Cycle 1 (October 17-November 30): Gallery One features a solo exhibit by Horace Imhotep, an Atlanta-based artist, whose paintings reflect dark American histories. Gallery Two features a solo exhibition of hyper-realistic botanical paintings by Susan Martin. Gallery Three features work in all media by Art Center Sarasota instructors; and Gallery Four features an open, all-media, all-subjects, juried exhibition titled “New Views.” Opening reception is October 17, 5-7 p.m.
Cycle 2 (December 12-January 18) features “Open Season,” Art Center Sarasota’s first-ever national, juried exhibition consisting of works in any media and subject in all four galleries. Opening reception is December 12, 5-7 p.m.
Cycle 3 (January 30-March 7) Gallery One features a solo exhibit of current works by New College professor Kim Anderson. Gallery Two features a solo exhibit of moving sculptures by New College professor Ryan Buyssens. Gallery Three features “ASALH: Black Muse 2020,” an annual group exhibition by artist members of the Manasota chapter of ASALH (Association for the Study of African American Life and History); and Gallery Four features an open, all-media, all-subjects, juried exhibition titled “Eye Candy.” Opening reception is January 30, 5-7 p.m.
March 9-14: A pop-up exhibition of works by John Pirman and Tom Stephens. Opening reception is March 9, 5-7 p.m.
March 13: “Off the Wall” is a special evening event showcasing postcards created by regional and national artists that will be offered for sale in a unique way.
Cycle 4 (March 19-April 18) Gallery One features a solo exhibit of recent paintings by Sarasota artist and illustrator Javier Rodriguez (“Javo”). Gallery Two features a solo exhibit of whimsical cut-paper artworks titled “A Razor’s Edge” by Sarasota-based artist Philomena Marano. Gallery Three features an exhibition of works by SERVERUS, a Miami-based group of Cuban-American artists whose works explore a vision of unity and heterogeneity in contemporary America. Gallery Four features an open, all-media, all-subjects, juried exhibition titled “Uncharted.” Opening reception is March 19, 5-7 p.m.
April 20-May 2: North Sarasota County Schools Spring Art Show in all galleries.
May 6-15: Galleries One and Two feature the Booker VPA Senior Thesis Show; with a closing reception on May 15. Gallery Four features a Harvey Milk Festival exhibit.
Cycle 5 (May 28-July 4) features solo exhibits by three local artists. Gallery One features mixed-media works by Victoria Mayol, an Argentinian-born artist. Gallery Two features an exhibit of paper works created by local artist Nan Brall. Gallery Three features a solo exhibit entitled “The Isness Of Being,” which consists of richly colored abstract paintings by Bassmi Ibrahim, a locally based artist originally from Egypt. Gallery Four features “Art and Vision,” a members-only, all-media, all-subjects, juried exhibition. Opening reception is May 28, 5-7 p.m.
Cycle 6 (July 16-August 22) “The Big Show,” a second national, juried exhibition consisting of works in any media and subject will be in all four galleries. Opening reception is July 16, 5-7 p.m.
Cycle 7 (September 3-October 3) Gallery One features an exhibition by members of SartQ, a Sarasota artist collective. Gallery two features “The Lives of Things” by the nationally known NYC-based artist Mel Odom. This exhibit of hyper-realistic paintings of china dolls commemorates friends and family who died from AIDS. Gallery Three features work by Ringling College illustration professor, George Cwirko Godycki. Gallery Four features “Common Ground”, an open, all-media, all-subjects, peer-juried exhibition. Opening reception is September 3, 5-7 p.m.
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 school 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 a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions free and open to the public six days a week, 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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707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
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