(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota’s 2013-2014 exhibition season, entitled “Incredible Journey,” runs November 7, 2013, through September 30, 2014. It comprises seven exhibition cycles, each encompassing up to four exhibits. According to Lisa Berger, the center’s director, the season “celebrates engaging, relevant art by contemporary artists from around the region and the world.” She anticipates that these dynamic exhibitions will draw more than 25,000 visitors throughout the year.
“As the name implies, our upcoming season promises to take art lovers on an incredible journey,” says Berger. “We’re thrilled to open with two site-related, interactive exhibitions by the sound artist Craig Colorusso, whose works will be exhibited both in our galleries and around Sarasota. Simultaneously, ‘Pulp Culture,’ a group exhibit curated by the center’s exhibition coordinator, Emma Thurgood, also promises to break boundaries. It will highlight the myriad ways that paper can be used to create art, encompassing sculpture, origami, paper-cutting and alternative processes.”
Berger points another first for the center: “Confluence: Israel,” an exhibit feature works by emerging Israeli artists. She explains that the center is partnering with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee to make it happen. “It’s the area’s first exhibit showcasing art by emerging Israeli artists,” she says. “People have a fixed image in their mind when they think of Israel and it mostly involves violence and unrest. This is not a true perception of what is actually happening in Israel. There are highly creative young people artists who are expressing themselves and painting a truer picture of Israel. This exhibit will shatter that image. The art you’ll see is radically different, individual and inventive.”
Berger adds that the upcoming season will offer opportunities for hundreds of emerging and established artists closer to home. “We’re proud to serve regional talent,” she says. “We open our space to hundreds of area-based artists throughout the year. All of our juried exhibitions offer opportunities for regional artists to show their work.” Berger adds that the center hires approximately 30 area artists to teach classes and workshops throughout the year. “These programs help launch the careers of many local artists,” she says. “They also help keep the local arts audience engaged.”
To create that engagement, the center offers dozens of educational programs, lectures, art classes and workshops throughout the year. These educational programs are designed for all artistic levels, from the advanced to the beginner. The center will also hosts classes and workshops led by distinguished artists from around the country and the area. “We want to turn creative potential into reality,” she says. “If you have artistic talent, we can help you take it to the next level.”
2013-2014 Season: A Quick Glance
Art Center Sarasota launches its season on November 7, 2013, with “CUBEMUSIC,” a site-specific installation created by Craig Colorusso, who explores the intersection of sound, light, and space in his sculpture. The work is comprised of six, four-foot metal cubes that emanate light and music. This exhibition will be accompanied by “Sun Boxes,” a solar-powered sound installation, also created by Colorusso. In partnership with the city of Sarasota, Twenty speaker boxes will be placed in sites around Sarasota, inviting viewers to experience an ever-changing environment of space, sound and light. The season opener also includes “Pulp Culture,” a group exhibition showcasing the many ways paper can be used to create art. A juried exhibition, entitled “miniatures,” will showcase works smaller than 12″ x 12″. Art Center Sarasota’s “Instructor’s Exhibit,” featuring work by ACS class and workshop instructors, will also be exhibited during this cycle, which runs through January 3, 2014.
The center’s second exhibit cycle of the season runs January 16-February 28, 2014, and features “Nature’s Voice: Quilts by Regina Benson,” in Gallery 1; “Tradition Gone Wild: Venetian Society of Basket Weavers,” in Gallery 2; “Black Muse: Works by Members from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)” in Gallery 3; and “Breaking Tradition,” an open, all-media, juried exhibition in Gallery 4.
The third cycle runs March 13-April 25, 2014, and features “Confluence: Israel,” an exhibit of works by emerging Israeli artists in Gallery 1; “The Secret Life of Jewelry,” featuring fine art jewelry curated by Susan Snyder in Gallery 2; a Black Box Projects installation in Gallery 3; and “One World,” an open, all-media, juried exhibition in Gallery 4.
From April 28 through May 10, 2014, Art Center Sarasota will showcase the “North Sarasota County Schools Spring Art Show,” featuring works by art students in grades K-12.
The fifth exhibition cycle runs May 22-June 27, 2014, and features “Unconventional Inventions,” a partnership with Sun Hydraulics, Architectural Salvage and the Sarasota public school system, showcasing kinetic sculpture by area high school students in Gallery 1. An exhibit presented by the Lemur Conservation Foundation will be in Gallery 2; a Black Box Projects installation in Gallery 3; and “Perspectives,” an open, all-media, juried exhibition in Gallery 4.
The “Second Annual Florida Flavor Exhibition,” an all-media, juried exhibition highlighting the talented artists of the Sunshine State, runs July 10-August 15, 2014, in all four of the center’s galleries.
Closing the season, August 28- September 30, 2014, is “Organic Mechanic,” featuring the sculptures of Russ Bellamy in Gallery 1; “Back Roads to Back Homes,” featuring Florida photography in Gallery 2; a Black Box Projects installation in Gallery 3; and “Coming Home,” a members-only, all-media, juried exhibition in Gallery 4.
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
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