The Art Center Sarasota’s 2022-23 season promises plenty of variety

Art Center Sarasota’s 2022-23 exhibition season is set to kick off Oct. 20 with a full slate of shows. First up: the galleries are filled with a solo exhibition by Mary GrandPre, showcasing her abstract acrylic paintings; an exhibition organized by New College featuring artwork by the college’s thesis students; a solo exhibition of Elizabeth Barenis, working in abstract acrylic paintings; and the collective exhibition The figureof which Erin Wilson, assistant curator of the Museum of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg, will be part of the jury.

These shows will be presented from October 20, with an opening reception scheduled for the evening of October 22 which is free and open to the public (and timed to coincide with events centered around the inauguration of The Bay project, 10 Days at The Bay). The season-opening shows remain on view until November 26.

Executive Director Kinsey Robb and Exhibitions Coordinator Christina Baril have worked to present a season that Robb hopes is diverse, “not just in terms of where the artists come from, their ethnicity, or their cultural interests, but also their artistic practices.” . There’s also an effort to give students, like the New College performers on this curated show, the chance to show what they’re doing to a wider audience without incurring heavy expense.

Robb and his board are also currently working on a strategic plan for the venerable arts center, which has been around for almost 100 years now. While offering artists a chance to sell their work (often at prices beginning collectors can afford) and continuing to offer popular education programs and classes are central goals, Robb also hopes to broaden the base of center donors and encourage more philanthropy.

“There is tremendous potential for the Art Center Sarasota, due to its location” along the bayfront property that is also currently home to the Sarasota Orchestra and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, she says. And, since current course offerings always have a waiting list for students, the institution’s expansion is very much on its mind for the future. “We are small, but we can be powerful,” she says.

In the meantime, here is the 2022-23 lineup.

From December 8 to January 21: solo exhibition by Alexandra Hammond Quantum Blue, a series of acrylic paintings; the Holiday Art Shop (where each piece is under $200); the latest abstract paintings by Jason Hackenworth; and the jury show Black White.

These are followed from February 2 to March 11 by Luca Molnar’s layered paintings and ceramic floor installations; ceramics and multi-layered fabrics, as well as sculptures and installations by Eugene Ofori Agyei; Marlon Tobias’ We also live on Old Dixie Hwy painting series; and the annual show of the members of the jury.

From March 23 to April 29, new multimedia works by Jeanne Guertin-Potoff will be presented; sculptural and ceramic vases by Rebecca Zweibel; documentary photographs by Karen Arango; and the jury show Large-scale works.

The center will dedicate May 9-20 to the North Sarasota County Schools Spring Art Show, as it has done for 25 years. Next is the annual regional show with jury, filling the entire space of the center, from June 1 to August 5; and the closer season, from August 24 to September 30, showcasing pencil drawings by Lauren Mann; the large modular ceramic sculptures by Iren Tete; an exhibition of printmaking, collage and installation work by Ry McCullough; and the jury show An abstract view.

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