CURRENT EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW

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ALL FOUR GALLERIES
JUROR: christopher jones, curator of photography and new media at the ringling

 
Joseph Barron _ Resurrection _ Florida's Finest 2019 _ 1st Place.jpg

FIRST PLACE
resurrection
joseph barron

 
 
Hayley Denham _ The Laundress _ Florida's Finest 2019 _ 2nd Place.jpg

SECOND PLACE
the laundress
hayley denham

Maggie Dillon _ Missed Trains _ Florida's Finest 2019 _ 3rd Palce.jpg

third PLACE
missed trains
maggie dillon

 
 

MERIT AWARD
INFLAMMATION
SAVANNAH MAGNOLIA

 
Keith Crowley _ Late Afternoon October, Bradenton _ Florida's Finest 2019 _ Merit.jpg

MERIT AWARD
LATE AFTERNOON OCTOBER, BRADENTON
KEITH CROWLEY

 
 

special awards

MELANIE CARLSTEIN

MELANIE CARLSTEIN

DANIELLE DYGERT

DANIELLE DYGERT

RAYMOND LAWLER

RAYMOND LAWLER

 
MARJORIE SAYER

MARJORIE SAYER

 
DAVID SKAGGS

DAVID SKAGGS

 

JUROR’S STATEMENT

“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.”

-Christopher Jones

 

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