Pop-Up Spring 2018

Art Center Sarasota's New Exhibitions: 


Pop-Up: The In-Between Series!

May 10-15,2018


“Booker High VPA Seniors”

Featuring art by senior high school students in Booker’s VPA program.


“Youth Artists Network”

Featuring poetry and photographs by two area-based young artists.


Spiritual Milk / Adding the Erotic to Brown Bodies

A short film by Briana Nieves, using milk imagery in relation to christian biblical imagery, speaking to the humanization of bodies of color. 



Closing reception for all three exhibits is Monday, May 14, 5-7p.m.


“POP-UP: The In-Between Series” features three exhibits, May 10-14.

According to Sarah Viviana Valdez, Art Center Sarasota’s exhibitions and marketing

coordinator, the series is designed to offer area-based students in high school, college and post-graduate levels the opportunity to take their art to a higher level. “This program came into fruition as a response to young artists who reached out to Art Center Sarasota for exhibition opportunities,” says Valdez. “We work with them to develop their projects and give them exhibit space and an audience. For many, it’s the first time they’ve worked directly with a professional art space or gallery. It’s a real learning experience for them.”


The Booker High VPA Seniors features art by the talented students in Booker’s VPA program, which is directed toward students who are passionate about taking their art to the next level. Teachers provide individual instruction, which helps students develop the skills and confidence they need for a career in the arts.



Youth Artists Network” is an exhibition of works created by area-based young artists. The exhibit features photographs by Teithis Miller, a recent graduate of Booker High School, and poems and performance by writer Taymilia Brown, a sophomore at Booker High School. “The Youth Artists Network is dedicated to building community, shaping dreams and inspiring creativity,” says Maureik Robison, founder and artistic director of the Youth Artists Network. “Taymilia and Teithis have started to develop unique, expressive voices in their respective mediums. This partnership is an opportunity for growth for young artists in the community and a learning experience for the staff at the Youth Artists Network.”


Briana Nieves is a Filipina and Puerto-Rican photographer and visual artist. Her work focuses on the intersection of the feminine, mysticism, and eroticism in relation to women of color within Catholicism. She is in her fourth and thesis year at the New College of Florida as a student in Religion and is currently working on the reimagination of traditional femininity within the Catholic Church (Virgin Mary, Immaculata, Mother Mary) and dominant narratives around mothering practices. Her purpose is to investigate the navigation of sexuality/eroticism, being marginalized/ a person of color within Catholic religion and ritual. Her short film "Spiritual Milk / Adding the Erotic to Brown Bodies" will be screening at the closing reception on Monday, May 14, 2018, 5-7 p.m.