Faces in the Crowd: Perspectives on American Figuration from the New Permanent Collection
September 30 - December 17, 2017
Faces in the Crowd is the second in a series of exhibitions showcasing the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College’s latest acquisitions of figurative American art. Approaching the concept of the human figure and its representation in art broadly, this exhibition continues to highlight the new principal collecting focus of the Museum’s permanent collection, one that addresses American figurative art as a subject unto its own in painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.
September 16 - December 10, 2017
Jason Myers is a prolific multi-disciplinary American artist based in Logansport, Indiana. Myers graduated from Kansas City Art Institute where he received his bachelor’s and later earned his MFA from American University in Washington, D.C.
His artwork invites the use of such materials as steel, resin and computer generated prints. They are complex, layered and exquisitely executed. Forgoing the “typical trajectory” perhaps expected from modern-day artists -- a Brooklyn studio, numerous assistants – Myers instead opts for solitary path. The majority of the work he creates takes a year to complete from its conception. Myers’ determination and dedication to his art is captivating leaving lasting impressions on its viewers.
With works exhibited at art fairs across the United States and abroad, Myers’ acclaim has only grown in the past several years. In 2016, the artist's works were placed in the permanent collections of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.
The Sculpture of Gino Miles
September 30, 2017 to January 14, 2018
Working in both monumental and small dimensions, since the 1970s, sculptor Gino Miles is inspired primarily by 20th-Century masters such as Moore, Brancusi, Archipenko, and Marini. Gino Miles distills his love of the classical figure and objects found in nature, working with a sparse and contemporary language that embodies tranquility. Stripped of an overt narrative, Gino Miles’ abstract forms achieve a poetic harmony of man and nature, with subtle references to both the human form and ancient cultures.
Gino Miles became interested in painting and sculpture in the early 1970s at the University of Northern Colorado, where he also earned a Master of Art in Sculpture. He studied at Universita per i Stranieri in Perugia and the Accademia di Belli Art in Florence. A profound love of teaching inspired Miles to help establish Italart, a school for American and German students in the Chianti region outside Florence. After many years of study and work in Europe, Miles and his wife returned to the United States and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Working primarily in fabricated stainless steel and bronze, the curvilinear, often weightless appearance of Miles’ pieces creates a visual contradiction with heavy metal materials, challenging the fundamentally static nature of sculpture and as well as the viewer’s perception thereof. Miles also explores the concepts of unity and connection in his work; he often chooses materials that can reflect, absorb, or blend with their surroundings, striking a balance between timelessness and the ephemeral moment.
Miles’ large-scale works are prominently featured in many permanent and private collections throughout the United States, Europe and South America, including Spencer Museum at University of Kansas (2013), Evansville Museum, Disney Corporate Headquarters, the cities of Cerritos and Napa, California, the City of Edmond, Oklahoma, Western Kentucky University, and Bowling Green, Kentucky, among others. In 2016 his sculpture Introspection was placed at the entrance of the Polk Museum of Art.
Long-Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis | New York
Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region
Organized by the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia
October 7 - December 10, 2017
Dorothy Jenkins Gallery
Organized by the Taubman Museum of Art, this exhibition presents the culmination of eight years of concentrated labor producing a massive painting project by one of Southwestern Virginia's most respected artists. Eleven large-scale, colorful and densely populated paintings invite the viewer into a complex interweaving of narrative, symbol, and form. Inspiration is drawn from artistic and literally figures as divergent as Jean Cocteau, Jasper Johns, and Joel Chandler Harris while historical references extend from Jamestown to Fort Sumter to the BP Gulf oil disaster. The reclaimed character Brer Rabbit leads the viewer on an epic journey across three centuries of heroism and trickery, both comic and tragic, ultimately creating historical and contemporary allegories and conundrums that lead to an investigation of the very nature of identity, culture, and history - personal and public, regional and national, high and low.
October 7, 2017 - January 21, 2018
Murray & Ledger Galleries
This exhibition will feature the original black-and-white pencil illustrations for award-winning author and illustrator Fred Koehler's latest release, Flashlight Night, written by Matt Forrest Esenwine.
Flashlight Night is an ode to the power of imagination and the wonder of books. Three children use a flashlight to light a path around their backyard at night; in the flashlight’s beam another world looms. Our heroes encounter spooky woods, a fearsome tiger, a time-forgotten tomb, an Egyptian god, a sword-fighting pirate, and a giant squid. With ingenuity, they vanquish all, then return to their tree house―braver, closer, and wiser than before―to read the books that inspired their adventure.
Annual Exhibition Fund Donors:
Barney's Pumps, Inc.
Dorothy Chao Jenkins
CNP · Clark/Nikdel/Powell
Core Wealth Advisors, Inc.
Margaret M. Decker Foundation
Furr & Wegman Architects, PA
The Thelma C. Kells Endowment Fund
within the Give Well Community Foundation
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
The Mosaic Company Robert & Malena Puterbaugh
Dr. Alan & Linda Rich Fund
within the Give Well Community Foundation
Rodda Construction, Inc.
Southern Strategy Group
Kerry & Buffy Wilson