CURRENT EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW
ALL FOUR GALLERIES
JUROR: christopher jones, curator of photography and new media at the ringling
LATE AFTERNOON OCTOBER, BRADENTON
“It has been an honor to be invited to serve as juror for the Florida’s Finest competition and it was a thrill to have the chance to review submissions by so many talented artists. After reviewing the hundreds of excellent submissions to Florida’s Finest, my immediate response was to feel inspired by the phenomenal variety of artists living in our state. The artists here represent all stages of career, from those who have just begun to effectively express an idea in their chosen medium, to those who have mastered their craft and now strive to push themselves and their work into challenging new territories.
In selecting works for the exhibition, I hoped to provide an opportunity to showcase as many approaches to art-making as possible and acknowledge the efforts of both emerging and more seasoned artists. When selecting work, I considered how well content and form worked in tandem to create a meaningful experience for the viewer. In some cases, the impressiveness of technical accomplishment made the work exceptional. At other times, I included works less beholden to technique that were still able to manifest powerful emotions or provoke intriguing concepts. For me, the most appealing works of art are ones that challenge intellectually and aesthetically—the best art helps us expand our ways of thinking and feeling in the world. There were many such standouts recognized in this exhibition and I congratulate them all for their incredible work!
I have deep respect for Art Center Sarasota and the vital role it plays in keeping Sarasota such a vibrant center for art and culture. The Art Center provides a forum for artistic expression, meaningful discussion, and nurturing our community’s talent.”
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