January 21-April 19, 2014 • Historic Sarasota High School
The public is invited to view Lisa Hoke’s transformation of discarded cardboard packaging materials into a colorful, one-of-a-kind work of art inside SMOA’s future home at the historic Sarasota High School.
(Sarasota, FL) Acclaimed artist Lisa Hoke arrives in Sarasota on January 15 to begin transforming mountains of discarded cardboard and paper packing materials into one of her epic, color-saturated installations for the walls of the historic Sarasota High School, future home of the Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design. SMOA is offering free, docent-led tours to view the artist at work as her creation unfolds. Daily tours will be held January 21-February 4, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tours of the completed work will continue on weekends, February 8-April 19, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The guided tours will also include “ORIGINS,” the 2012 conceptual architecture exhibit created jointly by Ringling College of Art and Design and Sweet Sparkman Architects, and “Out in Front,” Patrick Dougherty’s landmark 2013 architectural installation on the High School grounds. Tours begin at the front steps of the historic Sarasota High School, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information on the 2014 ARTmuse project and to volunteer as a docent, call 941-309-7662.
What for most people would be a daunting heap of refuse becomes a tool for expression for artist Lisa Hoke, who uses massive quantities of everyday consumer materials, including cardboard boxes, household, office and food product packaging, to create her epic, color-saturated assemblages. Celebrated for her innovative use of these colorful, re-purposed materials, Hoke has created works designed for specific spaces and environments at museums all over the country, including Mass MoCA in Massachusetts, Rice University Art Gallery in Houston and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art in Oregon.
“Castaway treasures become my tools for expression of beauty,” says Hoke. “My room-sized collages are derived from cardboard and paper packaging, reflecting the amazing unappreciated properties of colorful disposable consumer products.” She adds that she enjoys the challenge and stress of working big.
For her Sarasota project, the artist will create a site-specific installation inside the historic Sarasota High School—the future home of the Sarasota Museum of Art/ SMOA. Hoke sorts salvaged packages by color, then forms items into roughly four-foot collages and integrates them into huge works that are designed for the particular space and environment. The artist says that her installation for SMOA continues her exploration of color and form in large-scale works.
“We’re thrilled to offer our community the opportunity to watch this remarkable artist transform unusual and overlooked materials into works of unexpected color and beauty that stretch the imagination,” says Wendy Surkis, president of Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA. Surkis notes that Hoke’s unfolding vision will be realized with help, in part, from corporate partnerships and individual participation.
“PNC Wealth Management, again, is this year’s corporate sponsor,” she says. “Seventy one companies and organizations have donated scores of colorful cardboard that they would otherwise have discarded. These include the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota and the Residences, the Siesta Key branch of Michael Saunders & Company, the PNC Wealth Management staff, Trader Joe’s, New Balance, Embracing Our Differences, The Lollicake Queen, Perq Coffee Bar, and Sassy Hair on Siesta Key. It’s an artistic form of recycling, and the community’s engagement and enthusiasm for this project has been fantastic.”
And as Surkis sees it, community engagement is at the heart of SMOA’s mission. “We’re reinventing a historic structure that’s central to the experience Sarasotans have of their community,” she says. “At the same time, we’re connecting Sarasota with the larger arts community around the nation. The ARTmuse program attracts world-renowned artists and is helping to put us on the art world map while we are a museum in the making. It’s very exciting.”
SMOA’s ARTmuse programs are designed to bring renowned artists and museum professionals to our region. Previous visiting artists have included Patrick Dougherty, Lesley Dill, Janet Echelman, Judy Pfaff and Seth Randal. According to Surkis, “They share their creative journey and impart a deep understanding of who they are, what they do and how they do it.” She adds that these featured professionals give the public, “unique and meaningful learning experiences in an up-close-and-personal setting. Our enlightening programs provide Sarasota art enthusiasts a sense of what’s to come once we get SMOA up and running.”
SMOA will be Sarasota’s first art museum devoted to modern and contemporary art. The museum will interweave exhibitions, educational programs and community outreach initiatives to engage a diverse audience and serve as a stimulating hub for creative discovery and discourse. Together, Ringling College and SMOA will transform the former Sarasota High School, a landmark building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into nearly 60,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 110-seat, multi-purpose auditorium, sculpture court, indoor/outdoor café, classrooms and studios, educational resource and meeting spaces. According to Surkis, this new use is history-making in its own right.
“The reinvented building will regain its stature as one of the area’s most significant and recognizable structures,” she says. “The reinvention of this building, which includes a glass structure, iconic in its modernity, invokes the past, the present and the future. The rebirth of the high school is exhilarating.”
Surkis adds that the SMOA board has already raised $17 million of the $22 million needed to bring the museum to a reality. “We’re into the home stretch!”
For more information about Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA, visit www.SarasotaMuseumOfArt.org, or call Wendy G. Surkis at 941-309-7662.
About Sarasota Museum of Art
Sarasota’s first museum of modern and contemporary art will be a dynamic destination for exhibiting innovative and compelling visual art of the 20th and 21st centuries. A vital part of Sarasota’s rich cultural legacy, the museum will interweave exhibitions, educational programs and community outreach initiatives to engage a diverse audience and serve as a stimulating hub for creative discovery and discourse. For more information, visit www.SarasotaMuseumOfArt.org.
About Ringling College
Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film-making, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls nearly 1,400 76 students from 42 states and 53 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts.