July 10–August 5, 2015


July 10 - August 5, 2015.  Opening Reception: Friday, July 10, 5-7 pm 

Curator Tour: Wednesday, August 5, 11:30 am

Ever wondered: What is Abstraction? View a wide range of responses to this question in Defining Abstraction, a group exhibition featuring work by over 30 contemporary artists; including Peter Brown, Jean Blackburn, John Clement, Elisabeth Condon, Hugh Davies, Kyler Duhé, Peppi Elona, Gay Germain, John Henry, Mike Hodges, Julie Kanapaux, Jay Kelly, Ellen Mason, Melissa Meyer, Nicole Mauser, Laine Nixon, Anna Paul, Gary Petersen, Elisabeth Phillipson, Meg Pierce, Ernesto Garcia Sanchez, Judy Lyons Schneider, Ali Smith, Tremain Smith, Mike Solomon, Tom Stephens, Steven Strenk, Pamela Sumner, Robert Thiele, Kyle Trowbridge, Josette Urso, Siebren Versteeg, Jeff Whipple and Michael Wyshock.

Curator of Galleries and Exhibitions for Ringling College of Art and Design, Mark Ormond, assembled the exhibition while considering the same question, and these are his comments: “What is Abstraction? Perhaps we all think we know what it is, we know we can define it or we know it when we see it. This exhibition is designed to pose as many questions as it answers. It will provide the viewer examples of works of art where the artists have pondered or wrestled with the idea of abstraction.”

Ormond intentionally selected artists who work in a variety of media such as painting, sculpture and printmaking. As he notes: “Since abstract art first made its appearance in the twentieth century, artists have continued to paint pure abstract compositions. However, in the last, at least, twenty years, artists have employed the computer and digital images as part of their process of discovery and execution. The role of the pixel in the making and recording of images is now as ubiquitous as the palette, tube of paint and brush. The works in this exhibition will demonstrate this.”

- Mark Ormond, Curator of Exhibitions, Ringling College Galleries

Sponsored for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues

Image: Gay Germain, Sculpture Garden Conversations VII, acrylic-graphite on canvas-wrapped panel, 30" x 30"

Press: Defining Abstraction - Curator's Perspective

TICKET MAGAZINE - Defining Abstraction at Selby Galleries 

SRQ Magazine - Theoretical Notions of the Nonrepresentational

Video: Jeff Whipple Nonfigurative Painting

SUMMER HOURS: Monday-Friday, 10-4 

Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota. All Selby Gallery exhibitions and presentations (and most of our special events) are free and open to the public.


Phone: 941.359.7563

Email: selby@ringling.edu 

Website: www.ringling.edu/selbygallery

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Stereotype - New Directions in Typography

August 14–September 16, 2015. Opening Reception: Friday, August 21, 5-7 pm 

Curator Tour: August 24, 11:30 am

Groundbreaking experimental typography from around the world that incorporates elements of time, movement and the third dimension. Organized for the Boston Society of Architects/The Space by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox, c2–curator squared.

Sponsored for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues.

Annual Ringling College Faculty, Staff and Division Instructor Exhibitions

October 2–31, 2015. Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 2, 5-7 pm 

Selby, Basch and Willis Smith Galleries

Cuban Art from the Collection of Jorge Reynardus. 

November 6–December 9, 2015Opening Reception: November 6, 5-7 pm

Curator Tour: November 9, 11:30 pm

This extraordinary private collection features work by legends of contemporary Cuban Art.

Sponsored for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues.