Current Exhibitions

Exhibitions March 19 - April 24, 2015

Opening Reception March 19 | 5-7pm | Free and Open to the Public

Gallery 1



EX-PATRIA, curated by Sarasota artist and Ringling College educator Elena De La Ville, features works by four artists with roots in Latin America. Three hail originally from Venezuela: Violette Bule evokes displacement with staged, guerrilla photographs of people in the streets of Caracas. Irene Pressner denounces Venezuela’s diminishing space of self-expression through tattoo imagery on canvas instead of skin. Evelyn Valdirio’s art is layered with arcane symbols and codes. It suggests a forgotten spiritual history—and indicts the secular indifference that erases such systems of memory. The exhibit also includes works by Ringling College graduate and Colombian-born Karen Arango.

Curator’s statement:   In the early 1960s, many Latin American artists’ work addressed social causes in climates of great hostility and repression by military governments that swept the region in the second half of the 20th century. Latin American Artists have always created a new brand of art that reacted to shifting international power dynamics and exposed issues that had previously not been represented on an international stage. This exhibit proposes a renewed understanding of the personal/political in a way that transcends physical and political boundaries. This exhibit looks into the creative responses of these Venezuelans artists, in a dialogue of their complex history, current restrictions on expression and expressing their commitment to their country of origin.





Evelyn Valdirio


Violette Bule

Gallery 2

Banks + Banks


An exhibit by Miami-based artist Susan Banks and her Sarasota cousin, the renowned photographer, Barbara Banks.

Two cousins  unite to explore the possibilities of visual expression. Sarasota native Barbara Banks has created art since childhood. Her thriving local photography firm specializes in commercial and editorial imagery with an emphasis on people. To create the photographic images featured in this exhibit, she took a different and very personal approach. Over the last few years, Banks has captured scores of serendipitous, spontaneous images with her iPhone. Scenes of nature illuminated by ambient light predominate.

Susan Banks’ surreal ceramic sculpture blends the forms of coral and marine life with images of the human figure. Banks is a native of South Florida, an educator, and a working artist for 30 years. She is the recipient of two Florida Individual Artist Fellowships and an Endowed Teaching Chair from New World School of the Arts, where she teaches. Banks’ sculpture has been exhibited nationally to critical acclaim. Her art is informed by her journeys around the planet to Turkey, Afghanistan, India, and the base of Mount Everest in Nepal.



Barbara Banks


Susan Banks

Gallery 3 & 4

At the Heart of It

Annual Art Center Sarasota Members Only Juried, All-media Exhibition

First Place:

Margo Kessler Cook

“Lost and Found”

Second Place:

Amy Ernst

“Paris is Crying”

Third Place:

Ken Snyder

“Green Light”

Art & Frame Merit Awards:

Pat Burke, Jeff Hostetler


Honorable Mentions:
Karen Bushold, Galina Chehirian, Donald Diddams, Kelsey Grondahl, Judy Just, Dirce Kennedy, Merrie Ligon, Robin MacKay, Ed McDonald, Lolly Owens,
Kris Parins, Susan Porter, Susanna Spann