A special by-invitation talkback with Tully about her exhibit and networking reception hosted by TBBCA at Cultural pARTner the ArtsXchange in St. Pete
St. Petersburg, Fla. (March 31, 2016) – Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts, (“TBBCA”) an Americans for the Arts Business Committee for the Arts, will host a special Cultural Encounter Katee Tully: Generally Speaking, with artist Katee Tully and guest interlocutor Liz Dimmitt. A reception will follow the talkbalk focusing on Tully’s new solo exhibit. The by-invitation event will be held April 10 at the ArtsXchange, a Cultural pARTner of TBBCA.
“TBBCA is thrilled to invite our pARTners and guests to take part in this stimulating experience with the great artist Katee Tully, in unique dialogue with special guest and NY art expert Liz Dimmitt,” said Susana Weymouth, executive director of TBBCA. “This Cultural Encounter will highlight the extraordinary art of Katee Tully, whose work with the ArtsXchange has helped spur growth and create a thriving St. Petersburg arts community.”
Tully has been a leader in establishing the ArtsXchange, a project of St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District Association and a burgeoning hub of creativity for regional and national artists that offers rent stabilized studios and opportunities to grow their enterprise.
Before opening her studio at the ArtsXchange, Tully led the construction of the Dale Chihuly Collection, which proved to be a tipping point in the establishment of St. Petersburg as a preeminent international arts destination. Tully spent 20 years in higher education in North Carolina and New York. During her tenure, she became known for her expertise in leadership development and business outreach. Trained as a master jeweler, she has also opened retail shops in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Gatlinburg and Tallahassee. Previously, Tully opened one of the first LGBT social clubs in Tallahassee and a restaurant in North Carolina.
Guest interlocutor Liz Dimmitt advocates cultural entrepreneurship and strategic relationships between the business and arts communities. She provides curatorial, advisory, business development and market analysis for individual and institutional clients worldwide. Dimmitt specializes in driving economics, audiences and conversations by activating cultural programming and partnerships. Dimmitt is a director at Circa 1881, an initiative of leading private collectors dedicated to liberating artworks from storage via exhibitions and loans to educational, institutional and private partners. She also serves on the boards of NatureArt, Athletes+Causes, the Tampa Museum of Art and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
Admission to the Cultural Encounter is by invitation. For invitation information, please contact TBBCA Executive Director Susana Weymouth at firstname.lastname@example.org. Guests are asked to bring a spoon of any material and size that will be surrendered at check-in.
The Cultural Encounter is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsors Phoenix Venture Philanthropy Foundation and Premier Eye Care, as well as support from the evening’s host committee, which includes TBBCA Board of Directors Chair and President Lorna Taylor, TBBCA Vice Chair Damien Bertucelli, Susie and Peter Betzer, Susan and Bob Churuti, Alicia Crew and Janet Stoner, Goliath Davis, Vevie and Lawrence Dimmitt, Stephanie Goforth, Mary and Bill Hogarth, Alice Honeycutt, Don and Sarah Howe, Rob Kapusta, Helen Levine, Rita Lowman, Mallory and Bert Martin, Judy Mitchell, Sylvia Rusche, Toni Russell, Debbie Sembler, Helen and Peter Wallace, Susana and Yann Weymouth, Duke Energy, Solace Insurance, Dimmitt Chevrolet, Liz Dimmitt, B2 Communications, the Warehouse Arts District Association, and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.
TBBCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1989, and one of 11 national “Business Committees for the Arts,” part of the pARTnership Movement and Private Sector Network of Americans for the Arts. TBBCA’s mission is to unite area businesses to champion arts and culture for a prosperous community with the philosophy that “the arts are good for business and business is good for the arts.” Through innovative pARTnerships and sustainable programs including The Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships, Chalk Walks, Call to Artists, Cultural Encounters, Arts in Lobbies, and others, TBBCA provides advocacy, valuable funding resources and support for arts education, artists, and arts and cultural organizations, and builds awareness of arts and culture as important economic drivers in our community and essential contributors to our quality of life.
TBBCA programs are generously supported by donations and sponsorships, including Chair’s Circle pARTners: Premier Eye Care; The Beaux-Arts Group; MedHOK, Inc.; Stephen Gay & Associates, Realtors; Linda and Michael Connelly; The Wilson Company; The Tampa Bay Times/tbt*; Tampa Bay Magazine; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; B2 Communications and Alex McKnight Archival Images. www.tbbca.org.
About the Warehouse Arts District/ArtsXchange
The Warehouse Arts District Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization devoted to: furnishing affordable studio space to artists of every medium; providing opportunities for interaction between the public and the St. Petersburg community of artists; promoting cultural growth and diversity of all art forms in St. Pete; and providing art educational opportunities to the public. Founded in 2012, the Warehouse Arts District Association membership includes artists, galleries, art suppliers and supporters who believe that the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg, including the ArtsXchange, can become a special destination for the arts. TBBCA Cultural pARTner WADA’s The ArtsXchange is dedicated to developing studio space for artists and providing arts education experiences to the community, including under-served populations.