Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Out of this World: The Art and Artists of NASA - Vero Beach Museum - posted by FFAB

Andy Warhol's "Moonwalk (Pink)," features an astronaut in a pink space suit standing proudly 
on the moon's surface beside an American flag in the artist's trademark style. 

NASA artwork lands at Vero Beach Museum of Art June 25
By Amanda Hicks of TCPalm

People on the Treasure Coast will appreciate a new exhibit coming to the Vero Beach Museum of Art this month.

"Out of this World: The Art and Artists of NASA," a collection from the NASA Art Program, will be on display starting June 25.

Chief preparator Matthew Mangold and museum curator Jay Williams chose 71 pieces from more than 300 works of art at the Kennedy Space Center.

The museum staff expects the exhibition to be appealing to Floridians since the Kennedy Space Center has made it possible for many to experience launches first hand.

"I think it will be extremely well received," Williams said. "Most Floridians feel a sense of connection with NASA's space program, I believe. I know it's true for me. The exhibition will appeal to a wide range of ages."

The NASA Art Program started in 1963 when NASA administrator James Webb suggested artists help tell the story of the agency's adventures.

"Important events can be interpreted by artists to give a unique insight into significant aspects of our history-making advances into space," Webb said. "An artistic record of this nation's program of space exploration will have great value for future generations and may make a significant contribution to the history of American art."

The exhibit features different art work from 1963 when the program started to Elizabeth McGrath's wall sculpture "Moon Mission" created in 2008, representing astronaut Alan Sheperd's golf shots on the moon during the Apollo 14 expedition.

Williams said a lot of Floridians feel a sense of pride in NASA's space program.

"We all knew about Cape Canaveral as the place where the Space Race was taking shape," he said.

Several Florida artists who participated in the art program will have their work on display in the upcoming exhibition.

Martin Joseph Hoffman (1935-2013), a Florida native who lived the last years of his life in Vero Beach, will have his painting, "Launch Window" (1981), on display.

Samuel Ward, who lives and works in Sarasota and observed several shuttle launches in the 1980s, will have his painting, "Cathedral" (1985), on display which depicts the inside of the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center.The art will be displayed in the Museum's Holmes Gallery for three months and is supported by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts..

"The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to nurturing artists and the arts in communities across the country," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "Supporting projects from organizations like the Vero Beach Museum of Art represents a wise investment in Indian River County and the creative vitality of the nation."


What: "Out of this World: The Art and Artists of NASA"
When: June 25-Sept. 25; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday
Admission: Off-season (Memorial Day to Labor Day), adults $6; seniors $5; students $5 with valid ID; children 17 and younger free; military free with valid ID. Season rates, adults $10, seniors $9

Stan Stokes' "Ascent of Atlantis" is a dramatic, highly realistic view of the shuttle orbiter, shown at the moment it is clearing the gantry, surrounded by billowing smoke and gases. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY VERO BEACH MUSEUM OF ART)

Glad to see the Vero Museum exposing the public to part of this important but mostly unknown collection. 

I have been to Cape Canaveral many times and always visit the artwork from the collection that is displayed. The collection is undervalued by NASA in my opinion and not utilized nor displayed as it should be. A traveling show of the best of the collection, with published works, books, posters and educational material should be developed and shared with museums around the country.

Another idea I have is to finally get an artist up to the space station to work from that unique point of view! Maybe a plein air artist who could work while attached to the arm they use for space walks? Why not?!? A guy can dream... Glenn

Friday, June 24, 2016

The new Center for Asian Art at Ringling Museum makes a big impression - posted by FFAB

The new Center for Asian Art at Ringling Museum makes a big impression
Tampa Bay Times
by Lennie Bennett

The Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art is a big name for a big project at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
It opened grandly in May with galleries for its permanent collection and notable loans — a study area that will serve both visiting scholars and a new Asian arts program for students at Florida State University, which owns the museum, and a lecture room that can accommodate an audience of 125.
The art will be of greatest interest to most visitors. Curator Fan Zhang has done a heroic job of compressing thousands of years of history and vast geographic and cultural territory using only about 400 works.

The new pavilion, designed by the prestigious Boston-based architectural firm Machado Silvetti, is gorgeous. It is sheathed in 2,736 green-glazed, rippled terra-cotta tiles, all handmade, that cover its cube shape that is elevated on concrete legs. It is done no service by the way it has been connected to the renovated wing. The design would have worked best as a free-standing structure with space around it to lighten its density. Pragmatically, that couldn't have happened because it is only part of the center and needs to be in close proximity to the renovated wing, which houses much of the art. The way they are joined is unfortunate. They seem jammed together with no transition, creating a visually jarring exterior. And without some sort of transition, the vibrant jade of the tiles, so evocative of Asian architecture, fights with the pastel color of the rest of the museum.
Those are aesthetic judgments, however, and the more important point of this new addition is that it broadens the museum's reach into its future and honors its past. John Ringling is best known, rightfully so, for amassing a great collection of Baroque art.
"He wasn't just trying to focus on European art," High said. "He wanted to explore making (his museum) a more encyclopedic institution."
Ringling gathered hundreds of works of Asian art in just a few years. When many people were buying them for decorative purposes, he wanted his to be of museum quality. Many of them are. It's gratifying to see this part of his collection, which had never been properly organized, given its due.
The Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art is part of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $25 adults, $20 seniors and $5 students with ID and youths 6 to 17. It includes the art museum, circus museum and Ca d'Zan, the Ringlings' historic mansion. Admission to the art museum only is free every Monday. (941) 359-5700 or

Friday, February 19, 2016



Inaugural Fair Showcases Interactive Art Demonstrations, Documentaries & Late

Nights at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

BOCA RATON, FL – (Feb. 19, 2016) – Lee Ann and David Lester, organizers and

founders of Art Boca Raton, taking place March 18-21, 2016 in the International Pavilion

of the Palm Beaches on the grounds of the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University,

announce Art Boca Raton Art Week, an extraordinary line-up of lectures, events,

interactive demonstrations, local artists at work and off-site events in conjunction with

the inaugural art fair.

All programming will take place at Art Boca Raton in the International Pavilion of the

Palm Beaches located at the Research Park on the ground of Florida Atlantic University

(3450 NW 8th Avenue, Boca Raton, FL 33431), unless otherwise noted. Admission to

programming is included with the ticket unless otherwise indicated. For a full schedule

and details please visit

“Our international art fairs are successful because we are committed to becoming part

of the community’s arts scene as we continue to do with Art Palm Beach and as we did

as founders of Art Miami. By partnering with local institutions and organizations to

create Art Boca Raton Art Week, and involving community leaders and residents we

create a unique sense of ownership by all who know how beneficial art and culture are

to the city they live and work in, says Lee Ann Lester. “Working closely with Florida

Atlantic University, the Research Park, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and Art School

and the Mayor’s office and Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, we have created

programming and events with wide appeal,” continues Lester.

Full Show Schedule after the fold

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Convening Culture Conference, Fort Lauderdale - Feb. 1 - 2, 2016

Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. is proud to present the 2016 Convening Culture Conference, a statewide event that brings together individuals working in arts and culture in Florida, to learn about and share the latest national trends in this industry.
This conference will be the forum for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs to facilitate a deeper look at aspects of its new strategic plan, which has an emphasis on the diversity that makes Florida so distinctive. Featuring discussions on a variety of levels within both cultural programming and cultural organizations, the conference will also highlight the work of artists whose work speaks to this theme. Sessions will touch on areas of marketing, fundraising, collaboration and leadership in addition to others.
Opening the conference are two half-day workshops, presented by nationally-renowned speakers, that can be attended as stand-alone events at a nominal fee, or you can choose to pay the $100 conference fee and these workshops, lunches and evening events will be included in your registration fee.
Conference Highlights
Monday, February 1, 10AM - 1PM
Creating Diverse Audiences for Community Engagement
Donna Walker-Kuhne
Vice President of Community Engagement for The New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Monday, February 1, 10AM - 1PM
Digital, Social and Mobile Lessons from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sree Sreenivasan
Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tuesday, February 2, 11:20 - 12:20 PM
Keynote Speaker
Valeria Piaggio
Ms. Valeria Piaggio serves as the Head of Polycultural Insights & Consulting and Vice President at The Futures Company and served as its Vice President of Multicultural Insights since August 2014. In this capacity, Ms. Piaggio served as the conceptual leader and chief consultant for their launched Total Market subscription offer -- the first and only unified multicultural and general market consumer insights service. Ms. Piaggio serves as Senior Director, Consumer Strategy of Iconoculture, Inc. In addition, she also serves as the Global Knowledge Lead for multicultural marketplace trends in support of The Future Company's strategic insight, planning and innovation consultancy.
Tuesday, February 2, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Florida Artists Hall of Fame Presentation
Join Florida’s Secretary of State, Ken Detzner and members of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture to celebrate the remarkable career achievements and impact of two exceptional Florida artists being inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame
Jane Davis Doggett and Romero Britto.
Broward Cultural Division is a proud sponsor of this 
statewide conference and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts 
is the host of the daytime sessions and workshops.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Commemorating St. Augustine's 450th with @VivaFlorida500 - posted by FFAB

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Great Opportunities in the Arts - Brought to you by the Broward Cultural Division

Part Time Assistant Tour Coordinator - Bonnet HouseThe Assistant Tour Coordinator assists the Director of Education and Volunteer Programs in the supervision and coordination of the volunteers responsible for the smooth operation of public tours, educational programs and events. Please email resume to
Event Services Coordinator - Aventura Arts and Cultural CenterCoordinate and implement all details of a renter's contract, scheduling, contracting, ticket
requirements, budgeting and management of event planning. If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume to:
Preference will be given to local applicants. No phone calls please.

Guest Curators - ArtServe
ArtServe is looking to engage guest curators for some of its upcoming exhibits in Fort Lauderdale and at rotating exhibits throughout Broward County. Local candidates should have previous experience in the curation of multi-artist, multi-medium presentation. Please send letter of interest, CV, and photos of previous curated shows to

Settlement Accountant - Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Supports the Controller in the precise, ethical, and responsible management of all assigned financial related functions. If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume to: Preference will be given to local applicants. No Phone Calls Please!

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist - Gilda’s Club South Florida
The Administrative Assistant duties include general phone, reception, clerical, and project based work. Use of Microsoft Office and telephone protocol are essential. Duties require professional verbal and written communication skills. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge data entry is preferred. A welcoming warm personality is essential. Availability to work some evening hours is required. Qualified candidates can submit a resume and references via email to

Special Events and Social Media/Marketing Manager - Broward Public Library Foundation
Responsible for managing all aspects of Literary Feast, and a series of smaller donor events throughout the year, as well as to maintain and grow the Library Foundation’s social media and marketing presence. Please send cover letter, resume and salary history via email to: Dorothy Klein, Executive Director:

Marketing Coordinator - Jack & Jill Children’s Center
To provide marketing support to the Jack & Jill Children’s Center a non-profit organization located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Coordinate various aspects of marketing and fundraising activities to support the development efforts of the center. Please submit cover letter and resume to

ReDesigners for the ReDesign Bash - Salvation Army
From the weekend DIYer to the shop specialist - we want your unique skills on auction to help raise funds for the Open Door Shelter. A select number of designers will be chosen by HGTV star Carter Oosterhouse to be live auctioned at the event.

Calls to Artists

Deerfield Beach Festival of the Arts Poster Contest - Deerfield Beach
Deerfield Beach 36th annual Festival of the Arts Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 and 31 at the beach south of the pier. Open to all artists in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Deadline: September 8, 2015. Prize $600 + free 10x10 booth. Format: 24"x36". Submit jpeg of final artwork to

BIG - ArtServe
ArtServe seeks submissions of artistic grandeur. Be it a giant painting, a massive sculpture, a towering textile, photo or glasswork, the epic art found at BIG is sure to make an oversized impression.

Municipal Complex Integrated Art - Coral Springs

It is desired that the finished project be a series of integrated artworks within the building’s interior or site structures (i.e.: building floor, pillars, hanging art from walls or ceiling, wall fountain, water feature, chandeliers, kinetic or interactive structures). Application Deadline: October 2, 2015. For questions or any additional information, please contact Laura Atria at 954.344.1114 or e-mail at

Calling All Young Hollywood Artists! - Hollywood
The Downtown Hollywood Signalization Cabinet Artwork Contest is now underway for children ages 7 to 17. Deadline: September 1st, 2015.

Lauderdale Yacht Club Fine Art Fair - Fort Lauderdale
The Lauderdale Yacht Club is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Invitational Fine Art Fair which will take place on February 4, 2016. This juried exhibition is also a selling showcase of talented artists in a variety of styles and mediums, not limited to coastal/marine themes.

Tamarac Arts & Crafts Festival - Tamarac
Presented by Tamarac Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Tamarac. April 2-3, 2016.

Multicultural Fine Arts Exhbition - Coconut Creek
The Coconut Creek Multicultural Circle is hosting a Multicultural Fine Arts Exhibition on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Coconut Creek Community Center from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Local artists are invited to participate. The theme this year is focused on South America, but all family-friendly art is welcome.

ART IS - 1310 Gallery, Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts
This Exhibit is an open interpretation, an individualization, a unique language in which each artist visually speaks, whispers, shouts or murmurs. Submission Deadline: August 30st, 2015. Reception/Halloween Party: October 31, 2015. Show Dates: October 24 - December 12, 2015. Details…

ArtsUP Project - FAT Village
Seeking artists, temporary collaborators or art groups wanting to explore concepts for large scale art. Ceiling, site specific temporary work and/or interior activation of a warehouse public event space. Accepting proposals through Jan 1, 2016.
Join the Florida Cultural Alliance
Stay informed regarding the State budget for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Join or renew your membership to our statewide arts advocacy organization, the Florida Cultural Alliance.

Executive Director - Creative Pinellas
The Board of Directors of Creative Pinellas seeks a dynamic individual to contract with the board serving in the capacity of Executive Director. This is a contract position with a contract value ranging from $70,000 - $85,000 depending on the experience of the successful applicant. The board is accepting resumes and proposals through Sept. 1, 2015 to fill this position.

Communications Manager, Teaching Artists, Ticketing & Ushers - Miami Theater Center

Led by our Founder and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin, the team at Miami Theater Center creates and produces inspiring and thought-provoking productions that bring the transformational power of theater to audiences of all ages and abilities.
Communications Manager Details…
Teaching Artist Details…
Ticketing & Usher Details…

Executive Director - Miami Contemporary Dance Company (MCDC)
MCDC’s Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for all aspects of agency operation in order to support and ensure the artistic vision in successfully carrying out the mission of the organization. To Apply: send a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to

Executive Director, Cultural Affairs - FIU
Maintains overall administrative responsibility for College-wide Cultural Programs. Provides leadership and operational oversight for the Miami Film Festival (MIFF), The Center for Literary Arts, MDC-Live Arts, Miami Book Fair International, the Art Gallery System, the Tower Theatre, and Koubek Center.

Calls to Artists
The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest - Miami
City Theatre is looking for wonderful short plays (ten minutes) for Summer Shorts and other programming. Submit between August 30 and September 30.

Jazz Fest Poster Contest - Sunny Isles Beach
This is your opportunity to submit an original painting to be chosen as a lasting symbol of the city's love for rich and cultural experiences. The winning artist will receive $500 cash. Submissions will be accepted only between September 1 and October 1 at the Visitor Center at the Sunny Isles Beach Government Center.

Biannual Request for Qualifications (RFQ) - Monroe County

Florida Keys Council of the Arts is issuing their semi-annual RFQ to qualify artists for proposals. Submission Deadline: September 10, 2015.
Public Art Project Manager - Arlington, VA
This employee is responsible for structuring and leading the implementation of public art and design enhancements as a component of County and other capital and infrastructure projects by providing project management, leadership, expertise and general guidance to the County and other agencies in support of the goals of the County's Public Art Master Plan and Public Art Policy.

Calls to Artists

Viaduct RailPark - Philadelphia, PA
The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE), in collaboration with the Center City District (CCD), Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR), and the Friends of the RailPark announce a competition to commission site-specific artwork for the Viaduct RailPark.

Public Art for Hutchinson Fire Stations - Hutchinson, KS
The Hutchinson Fire Station Projects involve the construction of three (3) new fire stations following the design and appearance of an existing fire station in Hutchinson. Kansas. Construction will take place over three fiscal years beginning in 2015 and ending in 2017.

Public Art at the Arts & Heritage Center - Johnson County, KS

The project consists of the complete renovation of the former King Louie West Bowling Alley and Ice Rink as well as improvements to the existing parking lot. RFP/Qualifications Due: September 1, 2015 @ 2:00 PM CST.

Art on the Outside Program - Hollywood, CA
The City of West Hollywood’s Art on the Outside program is seeking qualifications from artists and/or artist teams to establish a pool of qualified artists to create temporary, site-specific, land art installations in Plummer Park and along Santa Monica Boulevard in an exhibition titled Can You Dig It?. Deadline: Applications must be submitted online by 5:00pm, August 26, 2015.

David Crockett Commemorative Bust RFQ - Nashville, TN
This memorial four-foot bronze bust will be displayed on the 2nd floor of the Tennessee State Capitol Building in Nashville for visitors to appreciate. Deadline: Applications must be submitted online by 5:00pm, August 26, 2015.

Narberth Bridge Public Art RFQ - Narberth, PA
The Borough of Narberth, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia, is seeking an artist to create a site-specific, integrated artistic enhancement in conjunction with the construction of the new Narberth Avenue bridge. Deadline: September 4, 2015.

Calls to Artist (Worldwide)
3rd Annual ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest 2015
This global, juried, online art contest aims to focus attention on the plight of endangered and threatened species/habitats. The challenge is to interpret or reflect ENDANGERED through either celebration of the beauty of endangered or threatened species/habitats or Illustration of the threats facing endangered species/habitats. Deadline for submission: October 2, 2015.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Kevin Tucker Named New Director of Florida’s Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement - posted by FFAB

Image by Alfonso Architects

New Director Hired for Florida’s Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement


The yet-to-be-built Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, which is slated to get 110,000 square feet of space on a 3.5-acre site in St. Petersburg, has now also named its first director: Kevin Tucker, who’s currently senior curator of decorative art and design at the Dallas Museum of Art.

The museum, which will be constructed with an estimated budget of $70 million, is being founded by Rudy Ciccarello, a retired businessman who’s providing the museum with its collection, reports Lennie Bennett for the Tampa Bay Times.

At Dallas, Tucker organized shows like “Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement,” 2011. He formerly worked as chief curator and deputy director at the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina, and has served on the board of the American Alliance of Museums.
Said Ciccarello of his new hire: “His understanding of the Arts and Crafts Movement, the objects, and the artists who created them, is exemplary and is based on his twenty-five years of experience working in the decorative arts field.”

For more information about this new museum;

Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, Florida by Alfonso Architects

Plans unfold for huge art museum in downtown St. Petersburg

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wynwood revitalization plan gets OK from Miami commission - posted by FFAB

Wynwood revitalization plan gets OK from Miami commission
by Brain Bandell
South Florida Business Journal

The city of Miami commission granted the first approval for the rezoning of the emerging Wynwood neighborhood as tens of millions of dollars of developer dollars have poured into the area.
Having gained international fame for its street art, Wynwood is in the midst of a transformation from a district of old warehouses and empty lots to buzzing restaurants, shops, and galleries. It’s located to the northwest of downtown Miami, just west of Edgewater.

The Wynwood Neighborhood Revitalization District (NRD) plan would allow greater residential density and height while encouraging the preservation of its signature warehouses. Residential density would be increased to 150 units per acre and units could be as small as 650 square feet, which would make them more affordable. Through buying Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs) from other properties in Wynwood, sites could be developed eight to 12 stories tall. The greatest density would be on North Miami Avenue, Northwest 29th Street and Northwest 20th Street.

The NRD was approved by a 3-0 vote on Thursday. If it passes at a second reading in September, the plan would be put into place.

“We are pleased and grateful for the approval of the City of Miami Commission,” said Joseph Furst, chair for the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID) Board. “The NRD plan will ensure Wynwood’s continued evolution as a center for art and innovation for all of Miami’s residents and visitors—and we look forward to working with the City to implement it.”

Read the full article here