An inter-institutional project between Ringling College of Art and Design and State College of Florida featuring joint-exhibitions by Theo Wujcik and Kirk Ke Wang. Both Wujcik and Wang live in Tampa and have studios in close proximity to one another where they often meet to discuss their newest artistic explorations and their mutual interest in “Pop” culture, particularly, the cross-fertilization between eastern and western cultures. Afterwards, they pursue widely divergent approaches in their artmaking processes.
Oct. 25 – Dec. 11
Theo Wujcik: New Paintings
Selby Galleries I and II: The prolific and unpredictable painter Theo Wujcik created an entirely new body of work specifically for this solo show at Selby Gallery.
Oct. 25 – Jan. 15
State College of Florida Fine Art Gallery: An installation by Kirk Ke Wang.
Born in Detroit, Michigan Theo Wujcik received his diploma from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit as well as doing post-graduate studies in New York, New Mexico and Los Angeles. His professional printing experience includes Tamarind Lithography Works, Gemini G.E.L., Detroit Lithography Workshop and Graphicstudio at the USF. Most recently he is retired as an associate professor fron the University of South Florida in Tampa. Wujcik has received numerous awards and is in many private and public collections including: Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Musuem of American Art, the Brooklyn Musuem and the Los Angeles County Musuem of Art. He is represented by Galleri Urbane, Dallas, Texas. For more information about Theo Wujcik: http://www.theowujcik.com
[Image attached] Theo Wujcik, Dragon, 2012, 90”x84”; Joe Triana, photographer.
[KIRK KE WANG]
Kirk Ke Wang, Professor of Visual Arts of Eckerd College, is a painter, sculptor, photographer, mixed media artist, as well as an educational software developer. He was born in Shanghai, China. At age 16, he entered the Nanjing Normal University in China for his BFA and MFA studies. In 1986, Wang moved to Tampa, Florida as an exchange scholar at the University of South Florida. Later, he completed his second MFA from USF. After graduation, Wang was appointed as the art director of a design firm and designed many projects for Disney World, MGM Studio, Sea World, and Bush Gardens, etc. In early 1990s, Wang taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. He joined Eckerd College in the fall of 1993. Wang has exhibited his art works locally, nationally, internationally, and his works has been collected by museums, galleries and private collectors in the US and Asia, including the National Gallery in Beijing. Wang is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from some distinguished institutions, such as, the Freeman Foundation, Ford Foundation, National AsianNetwork, Florida Arts Council, National Endowments for the Arts, and Posey Foundation. He was selected as the International Curator to curate contemporary art exhibitions for museums and art festivals in China. Wang maintains a studio in Tampa Florida, as well as in Shanghai and NYC.
For more information on Kirk Ke Wang: www.kirkkewang.com
Artist statement for Human Tide: “In Asian culture, when a guest visits a friend’s house, he or she takes their shoes off to show respect. In this gallery, the sand on the floor is the doormat of the House of Humanity. Guests will find many sandals around the gallery with letters, words, and icons in different languages – each carved on the bottom like stamps. As with the custom of the Asian culture, I invite guests to exchange their shoes with these sandals. Guests are encouraged to walk on the sand and leave their own footprints which, when overlapped with other footprints, signify the footprints of many cultures. In the process, printed words and sentences will hopefully appear and produce meaningful or even absurd combinations. Projected on the gallery wall are videos of humans from all walks of life which reflect the diversity of guests who visit my installation, the diversity of our human family. I hope my audience, my guests, will find the gallery to be a place to meditate, to observe the imagery of humanity objectively, and to contemplate the various footprints we each leave behind on our journey through this world.”
[EVENTS IN SELBY GALLERY] (All events are free and open to the public.):
Artist Talk & Preview: Thurs., Oct. 24, 7 pm
Opening reception: Fri., Oct. 25, 5 -8 pm
Director’s Tour: Mon., Oct. 28, 11:30 am
[EVENT IN State College of Florida Fine Art Gallery] (Event is free and open to the public.):
Opening reception: Fri., Oct. 25, 5 – 8 pm
[REGULAR HOURS: SEPTEMBER – APRIL]
MONDAY – SATURDAY, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
& TUESDAY, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Phone: 941.359.7563 or 941.351.5100
[LOCATION] Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.
[ABOUT SELBY GALLERY] All Selby Gallery exhibitions and presentations (and most of our special events) are free and open to the public.
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