Swept Away & ORIGINS: A Docent Tour at Sarasota Museum of Art

Last Sunday I finally got the chance to venture to SMOA to experience two very fleeting exhibits, through an even smaller window of opportunity: a docent led tour of Lisa Hoke’s  “Swept Away”, and ‘ORIGINS’, a collaboration between Sweet Sparkman Architects and the Ringling College of Art & Design.

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Since I arrived early I decided to wander through Patrick Doughetry’s  Installation “Out In Front”, created for SMOA in 2013. Being the nitpicky artist I am, and that many of us tend to be, I was simultaneously enjoying my experience while also envisioning how I would have done it differently — a little bit more Richard Serra and Robert Smithson, and a little bit less Andy Goldsworthy and Tim Burton. Although, I have a feeling many’a visitor would completely disagree with me, and that’s the beauty of it.

These community engaging endeavors are being provided by the Sarasota Museum of Art in an ongoing effort to raise funds for what will be Sarasota’s first modern and contemporary art museum. I, for one, am really appreciative of these efforts as I feel  substantial impacts are already being felt within the community. Once SMOA meets its funding goal (they only have 13% left to complete the goal), the process of remodeling historic Sarasota High School into a highly anticipated museum will begin.

After wandering through “Out In Front”, and taking plenty of pictures, The museum doors were open and guests were greeted for the tour. After the docent introduced herself and talked about SMOA and it’s mission — including providing studio spaces for Ringling students on the first floor, and a gallery space on the second floor where viewers can look down through the floors to see what the students are working on — she led us through a conference room to get to an old classroom turned Lisa Hoke’s installation space, consisting of collaged recycled materials that envelop the whole space with explosive shapes organized by color. The materials used to create “Swept Away” were donated by members of the community — interestingly enough, much of the packaging was either candy or liquor (Sarasotans clearly know what the good life is all about!). IMG_5767

IMG_5771IMG_5775IMG_5776IMG_5777After we walked through the space and questions were addressed, we headed to the next exhibit: ‘ORIGINS’. Our docent explained that Sweet Sparkman Architects was contacted by someone from the Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy to create  a piece for the event. The docent explained that Sweet Sparkman is a small business and this was such a big surprise that they thought someone was playing a trick on them, only to find out that they were chosen specifically because they’re a small business and someone involved with the Biennale saw a previous work by Sweet Sparkman Architects during a visit to Sarasota. SSA accepted the invitation and contacted the Ringling College of Art & Design to collaborate with students to generate ideas. What they came up with was a piece about sand from world-famous Siesta Key Beach. The finale piece is made up of a wooden cube that viewers are invited to walk into. In the center of the cube, sand from Siesta falls from a glass orifice into a pile on the floor of the cube, where it is then sucked through the floor with  a compressor and continuously cycles from ceiling to floor. Viewers are also invited to put their hands through the falling sand, illuminated by a light coming from the glass orifice on the ceiling, as well as illuminated from behind by cast glass bricks, created with sand from Siesta Key. IMG_5740

You can view both exhibits through April 19th, Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30-3:30 pm. Patrick Dougherty’s piece can be viewed any time until it deteriorates and goes back to the land… so you’ll have plenty of time 🙂

An Interview with Austria’s Hans Weigand: Solo Show Now at the Icehouse

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Water is a strong element and subject in your work, in this series what does water function to symbolize?

HW: There are several aspects of water that interest artists. It is the element on the planet that shows, that the earth is alive. I always say that the waves are the breathing of the planet. The second is that the water is the liquid- its catching the moment of the liquid element- it has been a discipline through art, even the Greeks and Egyptians tried this, and symbolized this- it’s the transportation to the other world and so on. It has so many aspects, the waves, not only the waves of water but, but the waves of everything.

I am aware that you often view your work as an exploration into how perception is built, hence the amalgamations of images from antiquity to create these waves and whitewash- what instigated you to start exploring mental states and the subject of the psychological realm?

HW: My experience is that perception and the mental state are growing things, they are not stable-they are not like forever-you can expand them, it eh.. has a lot to do with that you let it grow, that you go to new experiences and you make experiments and you get a wider and wider perception of things, and a more abstract perception of things. The more your mental state and perception grow the more you see it as a kind of mathematics – so the same thing can have two possibilities, or more possibilities so- a musician knows almost the mathematical structure of the music.

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Do you believe perception is creative?

HW: I do believe perception is creative yes, for sure- because eh I always say in French there is the expression flaneur, which means when you flaneur through the city, where ever it doesn’t matter- you get impressions and then bring them in another state not one to one. If I see this turtle right here I don’t paint it like this- so on a whole it goes somewhere to the conscious and comes somewhere out, so I think…  perception is a lively thing. But it doesn’t mean it goes out the same way it comes in (laughs).

Why do you think Interdisciplenary art is so necessary and what is your response to “conservative” notions that claim Art cannot be digitally printed?

HW: Oh this is a good question because I think I was one of the first artists to work with digital printing, and anyway other medias, and it was always a big discussion and we always had to laugh about it. Because I say you mean, what about should we talk about- if a writer writes should we talk about the typewriting? I think that’s ridiculous. Its only the question- can somebody handle this technique or not- that’s the whole question of art, so I make no difference at all if I make a piece just a painting, it makes no difference , it doesn’t interest me. Its even boring when people say its digital because well what does is it mean? I also do woodcarving and copper engraving and we live in 2010, (2014) its here to be used. I think the doubts out there are from dumb people- who cares if a photo is digital or or… I don’t care, I don’t care, I just don’t- a photo is a photo if its made very good- thankyou, it’s the final thing- if somebody can handle it, digital printing is all aestetic and you have to get it under control. Its ridiculous- for me its nonfactor in contemporary art, for me yes, and for a lot of people who really understand it. It’s the content- if its good art.

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What advice could you offer aspiring artists for marketing themselves or getting their work out there?

HW: I can only advise something for young artists and that is fore sure- you have to move not sit here and wait until the biggest gallery comes into your studio- he isn’t coming. You have to move, that means eh – what we did was a group of artists show together, you exhibit with your friends- make it happen and not  wait until someone comes into the studio- that that is really my first advice. The other thing is forget about all the glamour in art, the glamour is just working- the glamour is here 3-5 times a year, and for me its anyways boring, it’s at the opening yes- all the rest is like hard working shit, that’s what its all about. Everyone should remember immediately its not glamorous at all its just hard working shit. That is forsure, and I think that through the media and perception of it- it looks like eh everything is so easy, but its not, its not-  when you imagine that city’s produce artists at the end, in every country and in Austria – there are only like 32 artists who are really in Public and every year there are starting about two or three thousand. I always say have plan B making books, making whatever, making a living-.

Hans Weigand’s  Solo show at the Icehouse will be on view through march 16th. Admission is free, for more information Icehouseon10th, or visit icehouseon10th on facebook.

R. Luke DuBois – Now: Video, Digitally Generated Sound Pieces, Oscar Winning Films Throughout the Years, Maps of the Lonely Looking for Love, Playboy Pin-ups, Google, and Britney Spears

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If you’re the type of person that enjoys artists that defy categorization, look no further than the Ringling Museum of Art’s survey of New York based artist, R. Luke DuBois – Now. Not only is this the first survey of DuBois’s work, it’s also the first solo Ringling Museum exhibition for an artist who works with such a diverse range of media.

Now is the type of exhibition that needs plenty of time to be viewed and absorbed — if you prefer a  thorough grasp of what’s on display, I suggest visiting the show more than once. While some of the pieces are easily consumable, others feel as though they transcend time and space – within the viewing experience, time becomes dimensional. This, to me, makes a lot of sense being that much of the work DuBois creates is about the perception of time: but that’s only the half of it. DuBois is also interested in American popular culture, musical composition, collaborative performance, large-scale public installation, films, generative computer works, and, well there’s plenty to discover about this multi talented fellow.

One of my personal favorite’s from this survey is a new video series DuBois created during a year-long residency at Ringling Museum entitled Circus Sarasota. In this body of work, DuBois highlights aspects of Ringling’s history related to the art of performance and spectacle – being what Ringling is undoubtedly the most famous for; the circus.  Accentuated by grandiosely ornamental frames are several monitors, activated by motion sensors that display videos of current performers from Circus Sarasota – each duration of the high-definition video representing characteristics of the performer, primarily captured in slow motion. Sometimes the performer peers directly into the viewer’s eye from the monitor, creating an eerie sense of the uncanny. Personally, I love how R. Luke was successfully able to take this subject matter and create something utterly mesmerizing — where another element of time is introduced, through motion sensors, depending on the viewers’ movement and placement within the space. Now is also comprised of video, digitally generated sound pieces, Oscar-winning films throughout the years, maps of the lonely looking for love, Playboy pin-ups, Google, and Britney Spears – this show simply does not disappoint.

Also, included with Now are three collaborative performances by R. Luke DuBois and guest artists. I attended the first collaborative performance, with Lesley Flanigan as the guest artist. In this performance, Lesley created sound with varied utterances into a microphone while DuBois responded by projecting computer generated images on the adjacent wall and, simultaneously, digitally manipulating Lesley’s voice. This performance lasted about an hour and generated waves of energy, as sounds reverberated around the gallery walls. The next collaborative performances are March 20th with Todd Reynolds, and May 1st with Bora Yoon.

R. Luke DuBoise – Now runs through May 4th, 2014.  You can find more information about Now and R. Luke DuBoise’s upcoming collaborative performances HERE.

Sarasota’s ‘Unreal Estate’ at Two Columns Gallery [Photo Review]

Currently, there is an excellent show at Two Columns Gallery entitled ‘Unreal Estate’. Artists in the show include Zachary See, Maggie Moody, Natalie Lerner, and Jennifer Pappas. Unreal Estate runs through Feb. 21st.

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All in the Family: An Exploration of Familial Creativity

This year is off to an exciting start, in Sarasota, with an exhibition bringing together some of the most highly influential individuals within the Sarasota art community – both as artists and educators. All in the Family is exhibited in the newly established Ice House, located right down the street from the primary colored building that was once John Chamberlain’s Studio. The Ice House was established in 2013 by Alfstad& Productions, with an aim to explore new ways to engage with the art community by reimagining art, exhibition spaces, and the art market. [Disclosure: Alfstad& is a sponsor of ART AT BAY]

Tim Jaeger, who’s mission has been to foster and maintain the local arts community along with his own studio practice (so far he’s been doing an exceptional job), curated All in the Family with artistic familial relationships in mind.  All in the Family consists of Ringling College of Art & Design faculty, as well as, their sons and daughters whom are all accomplished artists – featuring installations, paintings, videos, sculptures, drawings, and prints.

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Patrick Lindhardt, Untitled 2, Monotype

Master printmaker Patrick Lindhardt and his son Matthew Lindhardt, whom works with photography, address landscape as subject matter, however they each approach land space in broadly differing ways. Patrick’s monochromatic Monotypes convey dramatic landscapes that poetically suggest the beginning or aftermath of environmental disturbances.  Matthew’s photographs are digitally manipulated into industrialized landscape spheres – bringing to mind the fragility and sheer power of our surroundings.

Steven Strenk and his daughter Bianca Rylee’s mixed media works exude a playful approach with colorful and energetic color pallets, inspired by the Floridian landscape. For me, Strenk’s most compelling pieces simultaneously appear to be modern kinetic sculptures and Children’s toys. Each piece looks as though they may come to life upon turning the hand crank, and similarly aesthetically pleasing as static objects. Bianca Rylee presents the viewer with a variety of artistic media including lovely embossed Monoprints with suggestive text, such as “THE ECSTASY OF INFLUENCE”.

Kevin Dean, his daughter Molly Dean, and his son Ian Dean each have a more disparate approach to art making, and yet they are equally arresting in their chosen medium. Kevin Dean’s multimedia assemblages and installations are laden with iconography and symbology – you could literally intellectually deconstruct these works for hours and you’re still left with plenty of questions. Molly’s masterfully executed paintings and illustrations inspire admiration for her highly skilled technical abilities and acute eye for design. Ian Dean’s photographs depict delightfully cluttered, colorful spaces as a clever way to describe the individual that inhabits each space, and in doing so, depicts aspects of the individual’s surroundings on a grander scale.

Mark Anderson, his son Jarrod Anderson, and his daughter Sörine Anderson are really good at creating psychologically probing pieces through their use of space, form, and material. Mark Anderson’s sculptures assert their power by the tension that is created from the details within each piece, as well as the negative space between one form and another. Jarrod Anderson creates beautifully intricate graphite drawings — fragments of his experiences and surroundings — to create visual narratives. In order to create each drawing, Jarrod coats paper with latex paint and carves into the paint with great care to reveal the underlying surface.

Sörine Anderson, If you let them, they'll destroy you, 18K gold cast finger nail shards

Sörine Anderson, If you let them, they’ll destroy you, 18K gold cast finger nail shards

With the use of metaphor, and historical and modern mythologies as a catalyst for creation, Sörine Anderson creates intriguing sculptures that look as though they could be an ancient artifact. In this exhibition Sörine’s pieces include a melted candle made of glass, a human jaw with lead teeth, and 18K gold cast finger nail clippings.

What a pleasure to experience a show that celebrates such important figures within the Sarasota art community and the gifts that have been passed down to their children, and shared to enrich the community as a whole. Furthermore, I am delighted by the fact that the Ice House makes available a beautiful  large space that proves to give artists’ the opportunity to utilize it to its full potential, as well as give artists the ability to get quite ambitious with their medium of choice – or offer enough space for quiet contemplation.  I’m looking forward to observing Ice House’s development and impact on the arts. Welcome to the neighborhood!

All in the Family runs through Sunday, January 19th from 12 pm – 6 pm. There will be a presentation by Kevin Dean entitled “The History of Artist Relationships”, January 15th, 7-8:30 pm and a panel discussion and Q&A session with the artists on January 16th, 7-8:30 pm (both not to be missed!). Curator Tim Jaeger will be the moderator.

The Ice House is located two blocks east of Tamiami Trail, 1314 10th Street, Sarasota, FL. For more information about All in the Family and upcoming exhibitions you can visit:

www.icehouseon10th.com

[Support Our Sponsors!] Sarasota Contemporary: Selby Gallery and Alfstad&

Selby Gallery

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Huguette Despault May, Umbilicals, 2009, 50″ X 38″

Ringling College’s Selby Gallery presents its newest exhibit Glass and Charcoal: The Art of Kathleen Elliot and Huguette Despault May through February 12.  The dual exhibition is an expert exercise in contrast using differences in medium and aesthetic to explore similar subject matter.  Artist Kathleen Elliot often works in glass depicting plant like structures.  She says of her work for the exhibition:

“Each imaginary botanical has its own story and its own meaning. Works in this series explore a wide range of subjects from female sexuality, to dancers and infants, to the idea of botanical life in alternate realities. Personal growth and development are continuing themes, and a number of pieces have arisen from imagining the emotional phenomena in our lives in botanical imagery.”

On the other hand, the work of Huguette Despault May is often found in two dimensions – elegant charcoal drawings.  Regarding her work and the exhibit, May comments:

“I chose imagery of knotted or twisted rope to help me describe the felt but unexpressed visceral world of the mind/body. These surrogate “bodies” seemed fitting metaphors for the tension, frayed nerves and entanglements that we inevitably experience as human beings. Use of distortion and exaggerated scale help evoke less pedestrian associations with my subject while enticing viewers to linger with the sensual qualities of surface and medium.” – Huguette May

Glass and Charcoal: The Art of Kathleen Elliot and Huguette Despault May will be on view through February 12.  Luncheon & Artist Talk with Preview: Thurs., Jan. 16, 11:30 am (Call 941.359.7563 for reservations.)  Opening reception Friday January 17, 5-7 pm.  Director’s Tour Monday, January 27, 11:30 am.  Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.  Hours are Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and Tuesday, 10:00 Am – 7:00 PM.

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Sarasota boasts another exciting venue for contemporary art with an exciting group exhibit: All in the Family at IceHouse.  The complexities and nuances of modern family life have been a rich subject matter for contemporary art.  However, curator Tim Jaeger tackles the subject with an interesting approach.  All in the Family explores the dynamics of familial relationships by actually bringing the family (of artists) into the gallery.  The artwork of fathers and their children will be exhibited alongside each other.  Specifically, the All in the Family will feature the work of Mark Anderson and his son Jarrod Anderson; Kevin Dean and his daughter and son, Molly Dean and Ian Dean; Patrick Lindhardt and his son Matthew Lindhardt; and Steve Strenk and his daughter Bianca Rylee.

It is easy to see the conceptual potential in such a show.  For example, artist Mark Anderson says, “In families, as in art, relations are activated by the spaces between us, how we touch, each of us balanced by the other.”  These similarities between family dynamics and the dynamics in art are an especially interesting territory that isn’t neglected by the artists.  participating artist Kevin Dean says, “So many children of artists become artists it suggests that artists are often born and not made.”

However, beyond investigating the inner workings of the family, children and parents also provide mutual inspiration for artwork.   “My relationship to my children has been influential to my love for playful, active art. Heck, toys are creative!”, artist Steve Strenk says, for example.

All in the Family will be on view January 10 through 19.  The exhibit is produced by Alfstad& – a Sarasota based production company with a special talent for artwork and art exhibits.  Explaining the ampersand in the name, the company says, “While Sam [Alfstad] represents the “Alfstad” part of Alfstad&, it is the “&” part of the name that is most important. That begins with Casey Alfstad and Keith Alvarado, who manage the studio and oversee day-to-day business operations. But & are also the artists, designers, producers, curators, fabricators, animators, technologists, videographers and writers who create Alfstad&-branded products. Each will be fully credited, and listed in on-piece documentation.

[Support our Sponsor!] Theo Wujcik: New Paintings at Selby Gallery

The first time we met he related a memory of throwing off their clothes and jumping into a collector’s pool with Jean-Michel (Yes, as in Basquiat).  I suppose it isn’t surprising such an artist is cherished by the local community.  Really, though, it is his painting that’s secured him in the esteem of Tampa Bay.

Wujcik’s work is often about pop culture but somehow beyond pop art.  His work explores some of the subtext of cultures while tackling the nuances of painting itself.  Each new series of work seems to bring along a refined conceptual efficiency.  Thus its with some excitement that new work from Theo Wujcik is now exhibiting at Sarasota’s Selby Gallery.

The show is an interesting combination of solo and dual exhibit.  Selby Gallery is exhibiting in inter-institutional conjunction with State College of Florida which is presenting the work of Kirk Ke Wang.  Wujcik and Wang work in nearby studios often meeting to discuss new work and the concepts behind it.  Though both have a way of getting at the politics behind pop-culture, ethnic cultures, and art making they differ markedly in execution.  Exhibiting the two together in a way offers two perspectives of the same landscape.  Especially interesting is the fact that Theo Wujcik created entirely new work specifically for this exhibit.

Ringling College’s Selby Gallery is a beautiful 3,000 square foot space.  Aimed at offering students and the surrounding community exposure to acclaimed artists, the gallery sets out to be “both a center of learning and hub of extracurricular activity.”  Selby Gallery has developed a reputation beyond that of a college gallery and into as one of Sarasota’s best destinations for contemporary art.

Theo Wujcik: New Paintings is on view through December 11.  Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.  Hours are Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and Tuesday, 10:00 Am – 7:00 PM.

Theo Wujcik, Dragon, 2012, 90”x84”; Joe Triana, photographer

Theo Wujcik, Dragon, 2012, 90”x84”; Joe Triana, photographer

Sarasota Art Events: 2013 – 2014 Season

SRQThere’s a lot to look forward to in the Sarasota art scene these next few months – here are a few notable exhibitions and spaces to consider visiting for your viewing pleasure:

Art Center Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota has a lot of new and compelling exhibitions in store for the community this season – from public sound installation art, to international art from their sister city: Tel Mond, Israel.

CUBEMUSIC and Sun Boxes are ongoing projects created by the artist and musician, Craig Colorusso. As you enter each space (either indoors or out) you are transported to a realm that heightens your senses and awareness of your surroundings, through Colorusso’s exhilarating use of space, time, light, and sound.

Pulp Culture is an exhibition curated by Emma Thurgood that highlights art pieces that are created out of paper in a non-traditional fashion. It’s a light and playful exhibition that is sure to delight each of its viewers, and offer new perspectives on how to utilize paper as an art form.

You can view more information about Art Center Sarasota and its current exhibitions HERE.

Two Columns Gallery and Crossley Gallery

Two Columns Gallery and Crossley Gallery primarily consist of artworks created by students from the Ringling College of Art and Design Fine Arts Department. Viewers should attend each show with an open mind, and not expect to see “art” in a traditional sense. Instead you will find “art” redefined and expanded upon. There is a lot of young creative energy within each show and you’ll experience insight into the direction artists are headed. Also, be sure to keep an extra close eye on these galleries because many of their shows are short-lived. Recently Two Columns Gallery had a one night only show, titled Mapping a Site: In and Out of Context consisting of artwork created by faculty, Ringling students, and exchange students from Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland and Sint Lucas and Royal Academy, Antwerp, Belgium as a collaborative effort. The show was phenomenal and I am so glad I got the chance to see it! So again, keep a really, really close eye on these galleries.

Ice House

I haven’t been to this space, as I believe it’s not open yet, but it looks to be an interesting endeavor. Ice House’s first show will be November 14th and it promises contemporary 3-D art… we shall wait and see what kind of impact the Ice House will have on Sarasota’s art scene – Looks promising.

Sarasota Museum of Art

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Lisa Hoke

Lisa Hoke installation (detail)

Lisa Hoke installation (detail)

Installation artist, Lisa Hoke, will be coming to Sarasota to install a large-scale installation made of a variety of recycled packaging materials. The installation will be created from January 15th – February 4th and the community is invited to visit SMOA to watch Lisa’s creative process!

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art 

The Ringling is a huge asset to the Sarasota community and there is indeed something for everyone to enjoy:

Josephs Coat, by artist James Turrell, is one of my personal favorites. Viewers can walk into the space, lie down (or sit), and view the sky through a square shape in the ceiling. At night LED lights illuminate the space, altering our perceptions of colors that are present in the night sky.

Art of Our Time – nowHERE is filled with exciting events to look forward to! It’s sure to keep us all stimulated for the next couple of months!

Ringling Underground is an art and music event that takes place in the evening, once a month. Several bands entertain visitors as they view contemporary art displayed in the courtyard. Exhibitions within the Museum are also open for visitors to peruse. The next Ringling Underground takes place February 6th, 2014.

Are there any other events or exhibition spaces I’ve missed that you feel should be brought to my, and readers, attention? Please let us know in the comments below!

ART AT BAY is Searching for a Writer in Sarasota

sarasota 1First, to be clear we’re searching for a volunteer blogger.  ART AT BAY is a not-for-profit project, we don’t generate any sort of income, and the blog is entirely funded by money from Danny Olda’s beer fund (not a joke).

That said, we here at ART AT BAY do not want to neglect Sarasota.  We know Sarasota is home to awesome art schools, galleries, and artists.  Thus we’re looking for someone to join our team in order to write previews, reviews, and editorials specific to Sarasota.

You may be right for the spot if you want to:

  • Cover arts events and issues specific to Sarasota
  • Add a line to your writing/art resume
  • Refine your critical writing chops
  • Support good art locally
  • Foster serious discussion on visual art

Familiarize yourself with the blog if you haven’t already.  ART AT BAY has a pretty specific style – we’re looking for someone who at once will fit in with our team and has a unique voice.

To apply, use the form below or please send two writing samples (attachments or links) to artatbay@gmail.com with the subject line “WRITING SUBMISSION”.  We’ll try to reply within a month of your submission.  Have a question?  Post it in the comments below or email us.

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Tampa Bay and St.Pete Art Events: 9/27/13-10/4/13

ARTofficial Intelligence II: The Second Annual St.Pete Robot Exchange– Fri, Sept. 27th, 8pm at The Sake Bomb in St.Pete

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Come check out some art, music, and robots. Tampa bay most talented artists and musicians will be exhibiting/ demonstrating interesting works to appease intergalactic robots bent on earth’s destruction! $2 cover

The Observatory– Closing Reception on Fri., Sept. 27, 7 p.m at the William and Nancy Oliver Gallery USF

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This exhibition by Genevieve Godcharles and Julia Rose Fowler explores personal identity through real and surreal occurrences using the mediums of photography, video, and surveillance. Tensions arise when taking on the role of the viewer or the one being viewed, enforcing a confrontation of personal identity or the unknown identity of others. Unveiling of an individual’s personal space allows the audience to observe these intimate situations. Free.

Tomás Marais: A Retrospective at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art  (Tarpoon Springs)

The exhibition explores the works of Tampa artist and Cuban native, Tomas Marais. His work is known for its bold colors and stylized, elongated forms.

Pulp– Opening reception on Wed.,Oct. 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the Maze Gallery @ HCC-Ybor

Pulp, a visual art exhibition at MAZE Gallery in the heart of historic Ybor City. Pulp is an exhibition of paper-based works from HCC art students working in 2D and 3D paper media. Pulp is a lignocellulosic fibrous material prepared by separating cellulose fibers from wood, fiber crops or waste paper.

Evening Curator’s Tour: SubRosa– Oct 3rd, 6-7pm at the Contemporary Art Museum

Join curator Noel Smith for an evening tour of CAM’s fall exhibition, SubRosa: The Language of Resistance. Free

Icons of Style -Opening Oct.4th at the Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota)

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Drawing on the MFA Boston’s rich collection of costumes, fashion illustration, and photography, the exhibition will explore the process of creating icons of style from design concept to runway and finished image. The show includes works by John Galliano for Dior, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Olivier Theyskens for Rochas, Arnold Scaasi, Christian Lacroix, and others.