Art Center Sarasota’s new exhibition cycle includes “SARTQ : Print,” “ASALH: Black Muse 2016,” an experimental installation and “Visually Speaking”: Opens January 28

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Art Center Sarasota’s

New Exhibitions: January 28-March 5

SARTQ : Print

Featuring small-scale, limited-edition prints by SARTQ members.

SARTQ’s 7th annual “Print Party” is Saturday, February 13, 3-7 p.m.


An experimental installation showcasing the independent work of three artists.

ASALH: Black Muse 2016

A curated exhibit of the member artists of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History.

Visually Speaking

An open, all-media, all-subject juried exhibit.

Opening reception is Thursday, January 28, 5-8 p.m.

Fabulous Arts Boutique (FAB)

March 2; reception 6-8:30 p.m. ($10 donation); March 3-5; free; 10 a.m. -4 p.m.


(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota’s 2015-2016 exhibition season, entitled “In the Studio,” continues with its third exhibition cycle, which runs January 28 to March 5. “SARTQ: Print” in Gallery One, features small-scale prints by SARTQ members. “Spectrum,” in Gallery Two, is an experimental installation showcasing the independent work of three artists, Jackson Petty, Leah Rosenberg, and Nathan Skiles. “ASALH: Black Muse 2016” in Gallery Three, is a curated exhibit of the member artists of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History; and “Visually Speaking,” in Gallery Four, is an open, all-media, all-subject juried exhibition juried by Javier Rodriguez and Zachary Gilliland, local professional artists. An opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, January 28, 5-7 p.m. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit

SARTQ: Print” features small-scale, limited-edition prints by the 15 members of this dynamic local artist collective. This is SARTQ’s first all-print exhibition and it reflects their dedication to the medium. The 24” x 30” works are created using traditional and non-traditional print-making methods. Dustin Juengel, the curator of this show and Art Center Sarasota’s exhibitions curator says, “the prints are unified through their common size and framing instead of turning the focus to the diversity of the SARTQ artists and their different printing styles and methods.” SARTQ members include Jeffery Cornwell, Elena De La Ville, Larry Forgard, Zachary Gilliland, Joni Younkins-Herzog, Tim Jaeger, Cassia Kite, Andrew Long, Noelle McCleaf, Jenny Medved, Daniel Miller, Laine Nixon, Javier Rodriguez, Steven Strenk and Natalya Swanson.

Juengel adds that the group will feature its seventh annual “Print Party,” an event offering the public a chance to interact with art and artists, Saturday, February 13, 3-7 p.m. The SARTQ Print Party offers an opportunity for the public to have items they bring in to be printed for $5 on the spot. This free event includes live music, food for purchase and the opportunity to meet the artists of SARTQ and enjoy the other exhibitions currently on view at the center.

“We’re excited to partner with Art Center Sarasota this year for our annual print party,” says SARTQ co-founder, Tim Jaeger. “It’s a natural fit because we can get messy in the classroom and bring people together in the galleries for an entertaining afternoon and evening.”

Spectrum” is an experimental installation that embeds the independent work of three artists—Jackson Petty, Leah Rosenberg, and Nathan Skiles— within the “context of installations of visual and thematic patterns created by each artist,” says exhibit coordinator Nathan Skiles. The works include new paintings and a textual wall installation by Petty, multicolored paint forms/sculpture and a striped wall work evoking remembered color by Rosenberg, with new collages and a large-scale vinyl wall application by Skiles. “While each of us looks to visual and logical patterns for inspiration and context, Jackson’s fascination with language and brain games evokes a playful antagonism between the structure of the game and the agency of the player,” says Stiles. “Leah engages the complex workings of human emotion and the pursuit of happiness through color, form, flavor and arrangement, and I mine traditional arts and crafts to find lingering and vestigial meaning laying dormant and hiding in plain sight.”

Sarasota resident Nathan Skiles graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design (Fine Arts) and Montclair State University (Studio Art) and exhibits his work at galleries and arts centers around the country. For his most recent series, “Will the Circle be Unbroken,” his work incorporates a range of symbolic motifs to create a repository for diverse elements to co-exist and cross-contaminate in open-ended relationships. Info:

A graduate of Ringing College of Art and Design, Jackson Ray Petty lives and works in Los Angeles. His artwork explores the potentiality of intention, often by referencing widely recognized systems, such as puzzle games, and exploiting the physicality of materials. Info:

Using painting, sculpture, installation and pastry, San Francisco resident Leah Rosenberg explores how color, form, flavor and arrangements affect human emotion. Info:

“ASALH: Black Muse 2016” is a curated exhibit of the member artists of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. Art Center Sarasota hosts this annual exhibition to highlight ASALH’s member artists. This exhibition covers a wide array of media, from painting and drawing to sculpture.

Visually Speaking” is an all-media, all-subject juried exhibition open to all artists. Online submissions can be entered through Art Center Sarasota’s website,, through January 15. Art Center Sarasota will accept hand-carried submissions on January 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The jurors for this exhibition are Javier Rodriguez and Zachary Gilliland. “Visually Speaking” will close on February 27.

Art Center Sarasota is also presenting the Fabulous Arts Boutique (FAB) from Wednesday, March 2 (reception is 6-8:30 p.m.; $10 donation) through Saturday, March 5. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 3-5 with free admission. The event features one-of-a-kind jewelry, quilts, purses, baskets, hand-wovens, knits, dolls, paper art, scarves, wall hangings and more.


Art Center Sarasota’s 2015-2016 season runs through September 30, 2016. An exhibition schedule is attached with this release.


About Art Center Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. It was founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district. In the early years, the group met monthly and sponsored exhibits in rented facilities. The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is now a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.


Art Center Sarasota

707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 941-365-2032 § Fax: 941-366-0585


Gallery Hours:

Free admission

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Closed Sunday

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