Its Political

October 18 - December 7, 2012            
Opening Reception October 18 5-7 pm


Galleries 1 & 2:
Artists Who Made Sarasota Famous, Part II

Artists Who Made Sarasota Famous- Part II, will showcase the second half of an exhibition of Sarasota Artists in the galleries earlier this year. 

On view will be a retrospective of artists in Sarasota who rose to prominence beginning in the 1960’s and continuing on to those who are still actively creating new works today. All of these artists have been part of keeping Sarasota noted as a destination for arts and culture. Their work is found in important collections locally, nationally and internationally. This exhibition is important not only visually but historically as a chronicle of visual arts in the community.

Artists included in the exhibition: Joan Altabe, Jean Blackburn, Jorge Blanco, David Budd, Clyde Butcher, Jack Cartlidge, John Chamberlain, Robert Chase, Frank Colson, Jeff Cornell, Kevin Costello, Kevin Dean,Julee Docking, Jack Dowd, Frank Eliscu, Jerry Farnsworth, Patrick Fiore, Larry Forgard, Gale Fulton Ross, Tim Jaeger, William Jerdon, Steven Katzman, Dennis Kowal, Jill Hoffman-Kowal, Nat Krate, Leslie Lerner, Barbara Mc Cann, Joseph Melancon, Moe Mitchel, Florence Putterman, Vicky Randall, Dasha Reich, Anthony Rice, Craig Rubadoux, Helen Sawyer, Syd Solomon,

Ben Stahl, David Steiner, Julie Trigg, Thorton Utz and Susan Zukowsky

image Sumi-e Lecture & Demonstration: November 2, 2012 2pm


Gallery 3 Oct 18 - Nov 9:
Sarasota Florida Chapter of the Sumi-é Society of America

This exhibit runs from October 18 – November 9, 2012. The Sumi-é (or "ink painting" in Japanese) Society of America’s mission is to foster and encourage an appreciation of East Asian brush painting techniques and serve as a cultural bridge between East and West. This exhibition showcases the talents of Sarasota’s Sumi-é Society. As a part of the exhibition, artists involved in this show will also be hosting a special lecture about Sumi-é painting and its history, as well as a demonstration on November 2 at 2pm.



Gallery 3:
Nov 14 - Dec 7
The Curated Unknowns

The Curated Unknowns is an exhibition of under-represented artists from Florida's Gulf Coast. Many of the artists have never shown in Sarasota and are in the emerging stages of their career.


Gallery 4: All Media Juried Exhibition
It’s Political

The juried exhibition invites artists to challenge themselves and create a special politically themed piece. Artists have always been the ones to hold a mirror up to society in an effort to bring about change and this exhibition is sure to hold true to that tradition. Jurors for this exhibition are Marty Fugate, Arts Writer for the Herald Tribune & Kim Russo Working Artist and Former Head of the Ringling College Fine Arts Department.
Art Center Sarasota has invited politicians running in the current election to greet guests at the opening reception on October 18, which is free and open to the public from 5-7pm. Lite bites will be provided by Jimmy Johns and the DeSoto Beach Club. Confirmed politicians who will be attending the opening include: Liz Alpert, John Torraco, Ed Brodsky, Greg Steube, Adam Tebrugge, Doug Holder and a representative for Ray Pilon. 


Award Winners:

1st Place: Javier Rodriguez "Untitled"

2nd Place: Michael Jernigan "RINO- Republican in Name Only"

3rd Place: Julie Trigg "Toys in the Attic"

Merit Award Winners: Pamela Morris and Margi Weir

Special Recognition: MillerBrady and Zach Gilliland

Honorable Mention: Ann Carney, Larry Clapes, Mary Fiore, David Gonya, David Leifer, Janet Mishner, Jo Proietti, Javier Rodriguez, Lori Simon, Jim Stewart, Nancy Turner, and Nancy von Lazar