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ART UP-CLOSE Lecture Series


Wednesday Evenings

6:30pm - 8:30pm

5 lectures

Featuring regional creative professionals giving insight into what informs their artistic practice.  The goal is to educate and inspire the local community with the exchange of ideas and conversations about art processes.


Cost Per Lecture: $12 Art Center Sarasota Members / $15 Non-Members

Admission to lectures may be purchased at the door, RSVP encouraged


Cost for Whole Series: $48 Art Center Members / $60 Non-Member


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Carl Abbott, Architect

February 8, 2017


Maya - Movement / Space

Through the eyes of Architect Carl Abbott, discover an ancient civilization - the exotic, sophisticated Workd of the Maya. 

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Anne-Marie Russell
Executive Director Sarasota Museum of Art

March 22, 2017


Curio Cabinet -a cabinet of memories that range from creative beginnings, the creative process, collaborations, triumph, the bizarre
and the personal. 

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Mark Ormond
Curator, Ringling College of Art and Design

March 29, 2017


A Curator’s Perspective – Inspirations and Influences

Mark Ormond discusses the curatorial process and what inspires and influences decision making.

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Robert de Warren, Choreographer

April 5, 2017


Eva Peron

A personal portrait of the icon Eva Peron by
Robert de Warren

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Jay Handelman, Arts Editor and Theater Critic for Sarasota Herald Tribune

April 19, 2017

Behind The Scenes: Making of a Theater Critic


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About the Lecturers:

imageCarl Abbott has practiced architecture in Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands.  His highly-awarded architecture has been widely published - the book on his Archtecture is titled IN/FORMED by the LAND.  He studied at the University of Florida, then received his Master's at Yale under Paul Roudolph, Luis Kahn and Vincent Sully.  He has worked in NYC in Pei's office and in London with Yale classmates Lord Norman Foster and Lord Richard Rogers.  He is an original member of the Sarasota School of Architecture and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.  Carl has lectured widely including World Monument Fund, Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy, DOCOMOMO, Harvard, Yale, and the Maya at the Playa Global Conference. 


imageMark Ormond has worked for more than thirty years as a museum director and curator, university professor, writer, independent curator and consultant to institutions and private individuals.  A graduate of George Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania, he is currently Curator of Exhibitions, Ringling College Galleries at Ringling College of Art and Design where he also teaches. Mark has organized and coordinated over three hundred exhibitions.  In 2000, he organized a statewide survey of artists living in Florida for the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.  He has written catalogues for: Joel Shapiro, Syd Solomon and Yayoi Kusama.


imageAnne-Marie Russell is the Executive Director of the Sarasota Museum of Art.  Sarasota’s first art museum devoted to modern and contemporary art. She previously was the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Arizona for over a decade.  She holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in art history from the University of Arizona.

imageIn a career at the forefront of the Art of Dance, Robert de Warren has enriched the organizations he has worked with; as a dancer, director, choreographer designer and educator in four continents.  His expertise, patience and dedication have given many dance institution and artists today, a solid step in achieving their future success. His longstanding collaboration with most of the notable dance personalities of our time, offer a treasure of information and knowledge as a resource for future generations.




imageJay Handelman is the arts editor and theater critic for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He supervises coverage of all the arts, reviews most of the professional and amateur theaters in Southwest Florida and covers the business of arts in the Sarasota area. He joined the Herald-Tribune in November 1984 as Assistant City Editor, working on local news stories, editing and assigning.He has served as an American delegate to International Association of Theatre Critics World Congresses in Helsinki, Finland (1996), Warsaw, Poland (2012) and Beijing (2014). He graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C., in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in communication. He was raised in River Edge, N.J.