Visual Unity 2

October 2, 2010 – January 8, 2011

Dorothy Jenkins Gallery

Exhibition Reception: Friday, October 1, 6:00 – 8:30pm. FREE for Members, $10 Non-Members.

Behind the Art, an artists roundtable discussion of the exhibition will be held Saturday, November 13, 1:00-2:00pm. The event is free with regular admission and will feature at least nine of the artists in the exhibition.

What happens when you partner 19 very different artists and tell them to make a piece of art together?

In a reprise of the exhibition Visual Unity that was hosted by the Morean Arts Center in St. Pete last year, Polk Museum of Art is partnering with local artist Rocky Bridges to open a new take on the original. Bridges will serve as co-curator of the project which will include 19 participating artists, divided into nine teams. Each team of artists will work to produce two collaborative pieces for the exhibition. In addition to these mutually produced works, the Curator of Art will select one recent piece by each artist to be shown as an example of their respective styles.

Participating artists include

  • Rocky Bridges (Tarpon Springs, FL)
  • Jill Cannady (Deland, FL)
  • Richard Currier (Micco, FL)
  • Edouard Duval Carrier (Miami, FL)
  • Monica Eastman (Plant City, FL)
  • Ummarid “Tony” Eitharong (Orlando, FL)
  • Susan Gott (Tampa, FL)
  • Steven Gregory (Tampa, FL)
  • Kirk ke Wang (Tampa, FL)
  • Jeff League (Winter Park, FL)
  • Monica Londono (Sarasota, FL)
  • Tim Ludwig (Deland, FL)
  • Duncan McClellan (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Carol Mickett/Robert Stackhouse (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Leslie Neumann (Aripeka, FL)
  • Tony Savoie (Orlando, FL)
  • Lucia Taxdal (Winter Haven, FL)
  • Theo Wujcik (Tampa, FL)

This exhibition will focus on both process and product. Artistic collaboration can sometimes yield interesting effects, potentially shifting an artist’s perspective and causing creative reformation within the studio. Throughout art history, artists have always been a communal breed, feeding from one another’s creative energies and ideas, yet keeping enough distance between them to create individual styles and identities. By forcing two artists to collaborate and produce works specifically for exhibition, personalities, styles and natures of media can collide to create beautiful harmonies of expression. The artworks produced and shown by these artists will be viewed not only for their aesthetic and technical beauty, but also for the creative process behind them.

Annual Exhibition Fund Sponsors:

  • Dorothy Chao Jenkins
  • The Reitzel Foundation
  • The Hazelle Paxson Morrison Foundation
  • BCI Engineers & Scientists