Tim DeForest Articles in Encyclopedia Britannica
Tim DeForest, Library Circulation Manager, was recently asked to write a number of articles to the online edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, including articles on DC Comics, Marvel Comics, pulp magazines and several fictional characters including the Shadow and the Green Hornet. 

Tim's Britannica author page and links to the articles that have been published so far are available here:

Oil Painters of America Awards Hodegs Soileau 1st Place


Illustration department faculty member, Hodges Soileau, receives first place award in the Signature Member Category of the Oil Painters of America Online Showcase for his "The Basket Weaver" 24" x 24" Oil


Oil Painters of America is dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art, Oil painters of America's primary mission is to advance the cause of traditional,representational fine art by drawing attention to the lasting value of fine drawing, color, composition and the appreciation of light. Through national and regional shows, educational programs, scholarships and marketing efforts, OPA has become a leader in the art community and a driving force to the new Renaissance. Hodges Soileau is a Signature Member of this fine organization since 2008.

Regan Dunnick & Cody Maple


The Ringling College recruitment poster "Design is Everywhere" was recently selected to be in the Annual Society of Illustrators show in New York City, NY. This poster was co-designed by Ringling College Faculy & Staff members Regan Dunnick and Cody Maple.



Tim DeForest
Tim, a Ringling College of Art and Design staff member in the Kimbrough Library, was interviewed on National Public Radio for the show "From the Bookshelf" regarding one of his books and his blog. 

The interview is now available as a podcast here.


Elena De La Ville

National Show of Encaustic Work
October 28 – December 31st - 2011

Art Center Sarasota
Sarasota, FL
Opening Reception:  November 3rd

Curated by: Elena De La Ville

This National Show of Encaustic works will feature the leading artists in the field who are dedicated to the innovation of contemporary art and ideas. Using narrative, abstraction and process, the exhibit provides a platform for dialogue and education, while increasing the understanding and appreciation of encaustic art.

Encaustic is one of the oldest forms of painting wherein beeswax, resin and pigment are layered and then fused to produce a luminous surface that both captures and transforms light. These artists melt, layer, scrape, and sculpt to create their individual vision in wax.

Invited artists:
Binnie Birstein
Neverne Covington
Karen Freedman
Diana González Gandolfi
Joanne Mattera
Laura Moriarty
Nancy Natale
Catherine Nash
Jane Allen Nodine
Elena De La Ville



Ann Albritton

Liberal Arts Faculty member, Dr. Ann Albritton, interviews artist Anish Kapoor in Sculpture Magazine. http://www.sculpture.org/documents/scmag11/oct_11/fullfeature.shtml


Rober Farber

Fine Arts faculty Robert Farber is the featured artist on the new Sarasota Visual Art website.  You can read the interview with Robert here: 


Kim Russo
Kim Russo's solo exhibition, FAMILY, opens at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park on Friday night, October 21, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The exhibition will close January 15, 2012.

FAMILY is a series of drawings of Florida families with lesbian parents. By representing these families in situations from their everyday lives, Russo's intent is to question the fear and anger that surrounds debates about gay marriage and adoption in America. The three major works in the exhibition are life size drawings on paper that measure 10 x 6 feet. The exhibition will also include smaller studies.

Kim Russo has exhibited her work internationally, receiving residency fellowships from the Lenz Foundation, Caldera, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe, NM) and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum (Lafayette, LA). Her website is www.kimrusso.net


Alan Wittbecker

Alan Wittbecker, (along with 14 international contributors, 47 Ringling College student contributors [from ES375 classes] and 2 contributing editors), is  completing the book, Redesigning Local Systems in the Planet Version 1 (one of four volumes in the Redesigning the Planet series), within the next two weeks for publication in October by SynGeo AG LLC in Sarasota. The book will have sections on campus, wilderness and arcology designs.  

Below is a graphic on linear arcology by Paolo Soleri and rendered by Youngsoo Kim.


Michael Wyshock

Michael Wyshock's project, Extra Value Meal, has been selected as part of the Cool Stories group screenings with ArtPort in Big Screen Plaza in New York City.  This series will run throughout August and September 2011.  

For more information about ArtPort and the group screenings, visit http://www.artport-project.org/.



Dee Hood

Dee Hood participated in many shows during the 2011 summer break.  A list of her summer accomplishments follows:


Believe (video) is being shown on Television Sydney as part of XFILM, a 12-week series exhibiting quality short films during August and September, 2011.   For more information, see Programs - Television Sydney.


Parallel (video) was screened at the Colombia Gorge International Film Festival in Vancouver, Washington August 10-14, 2011.  For more information, see 2011 CGIFF | ANGAELICA.  It was also screened in Beirut from August 31-September 3, 2011 as part of a program titled, Velvet Underground, CologneOFF VII International Videoart Festival.  For more information, see http://downloads.nmartproject.net/CologneOFF7_catalogue.pdf.

Disconnect (video) was included in the program, Art and the City, Connected - Disconnected, at Proyector Video Art Festival in Madrid, Spain on July 11-17, 2011.  For more information, see CologneOFF 2011 Madrid | C o l o g n e O F F 2011 and http://proyectorvideoartfestival.blogspot.com/.

H20 (video) was included in Art as a Gateway for Community Engagement- Sustaining Nature and Culture, curated by Roslye Ultan of Hamline University and the University Of Minnesota Department Of Art, May 7 and 8 at the Fine Arts Building, Minnesota State Fairground.  For more information, see http://www.livinggreenexpo.mn/expo-highlights/art-exhibition/.

ESCAP (video) was shown at the Sydney Underground Film Festival in Sydney, Australia September 10 in Mother's Milk, an outrageously diverse and imaginative session of films made by talented female directors.  For more information, see http://suff.com.au/2011/05/mothers-milk/.  The main website for the festival is http://suff.com.au/.

Dee was an invited artist in the 2011 Cuban Sandwich Show in Ybor City.  Dee's videos and paintings were in the HCC gallery and TRE AMICI AT THE BUNKER.  The show ran June 1-30, 2011.  For more information, see http://cubansandwichshow.com/.

Kim Russo's interview with painter Joan Watts has been published on the On Being (NPR) blog.

Kim Russo's interview with painter Joan Watts, "The Vanishing Ego in Painting", has been published on the On Being blog.    Click here to read the interview 

On Being is a NPR radio project that delves into the human side of news stories and current events about ethics, philosophy, and social issues.  On Being has won two Webbys and a Peabody Award. The On Being blog is edited/peer-reviewed.

Katie Dobson Cundiff
1. Katie Dobson Cundiff has had work accepted into American Impressionist Society National Show.   Over 1400 submissions were received for this year's exhibition. The show will be posted online at AmericanImpressionistSociety.org on October 15th.

Exhibition: American Impressionist Society's 12 Annual Juried Exhibition.
Mountainsong Galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Opening reception will be October 21st.

View Katie's painting

2. Katie Dobson Cundiff's painting of two oyster boats has been juried into the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils.  Out of approximately 800 entries, only 78 artists were chosen for this show. 

Exhibition: September 16 - October 15, 2011
Addison Art Gallery
Orleans, MA



Matteo Caloiaro and Brooke Olivares
Matteo Caloiaro and Brooke Olivares have a dual exhibition on Saturday, August 6, 6:00-8:00 PM at Robert Cardinal Fine Art in Chatham, MA. 

Robert Cardinal Fine Art
400 Main Street
Chatham, MA 02633



Jenny Medved

Jenny Medved, Adjunct Illustration / Figure Drawing Instructor, recently had one of her watercolor paintings, "What'll ya have," published in the book, Splash 12- The Best of Watercolor: Celebrating Artistic Vision. This book is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and North Light Books.


What'll ya have
Splash 12

Elena De La Ville

Elena De La Ville, adjunct and CSSP, will be presenting at the 5th International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown this June. She has been invited to give a talk on Narrative in Wax on Sunday afternoon and will be teaching a Post conference workshop on Photo Encaustic processes at Castle Hill Center for the Arts in Truro Mass.

Her work was chosen for the juried show: Beeline at the Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown. It opens on June 3rd, 2011 coinciding with the encaustic conference.

A write up of show can be found here.



Fiore Custode and Nathan Skiles

Ringling College Faculty Fiore Custode, Illustration, and Nathan Skiles, Fine Arts, were selected to have 'One Man' shows at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.

The shows will run May 19th - July 21st
Gallery hours are 10 AM - 3 PM, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays.

Longboat Key Center For The Arts
6860 Longboat Drive South
Longboat Key Fl. 34228


Brooke Olivares, Illustration Faculty, has a piece in the John L. Sullivan Show, a group exhibition as part of their G40 Series, a four week multi genre exhibition featuring artists from around the world.  Brooke's piece is called WIN, I Must... and is an 18 x 24 oil on canvas. The painting depicts John L. Sullivan, the boxer, fighting an opponent in the ring.

This year the summit comes to the DC metro area taking over an entire 25,000 sqft building and showcasing art on all of it 4 floors. Some of these genres include, Representational Painting, Murals, Customized collectibles, Skateboard Art, Stencil, Wheat Paste and 3D Installations.

Art Whino Gallery, "John L. Sullivan Show":
122 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD, 20745

Exhibit runs: May 19th-June 17th, 2011
Open Hours: Tuesday & Thursdays: 5 - 10pm,
Fridays & Saturdays: 12pm - 11pm
Sundays: 12pm - 6pm
Mondays: Closed 

Background on John L. Sullivan
John L. Sullivan, also known as the Boston Strong Boy is last heavyweight champion of bare-knuckle boxing back in the 1800's. He was the first American sports hero to become a national celebrity and the first American athlete to earn over one million dollars. With over 450 fights under his belt he is the stuff of legends. We bring back this legend 130 years later with the first group art show honoring this American icon. Inviting over 40 artists we will have may artistic interpretations and representations of the lost art form of good ole bare-knuckle fighting.


Matteo Caloiaro, Ringling College Faculty, and Ringling College students Alison Abitbol and Natalie Andrewson were accepted into the Richmond Illustrators Club, 4th Annual Juried Show. 

Show Info:
Richmond Illustrators Club: 4th Annual Juried Show. Juried by, Mark Summers, Bill Koeb, Amy Crehore, and Phyllis Saroff.

The show opens June 3rd from 7-10pm at Ghostprint Gallery in Richmond, VA, and runs until June 25th. There will also be a preview opening Thursday, June 2nd from 6-8pm.   


Patrick Fiore, Illustration Faculty

April 27, 2011 - "Significant Souls" opened April 8, 2011 at the Barrett Art Gallery, Utica College, NY. The traveling exhibit and programs inspired by Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States 1492-Present" included an evening of performances: Charles Everett Pace as Frederick Douglass, Utica College students with readings from "Voices of A Peoples History," and the UC Gospel Choir. The exhibit runs through May 4.


Hodges Soileau and Katie Cundiff, Illustration Faculty

April 27, 2011 - Hodges and Katie won first and second place respectively in a local plein air event and exhibition. St. Petersburg Representational Art Association (SPRAA) holds an annual event called "Paint the Town. This year, chosen professional artists painted 'en plein air' from actual downtown Bradenton scenes April 10-13. Works are on display at ArtCenter Manatee until May 6.  

ArtCenter Manatee
209 Ninth Street
West Bradenton, Fl. 34205



Faculty member, Dee Hood

April 27, 2011 - Dee's video 'DISCONNECT' has been included in the Nordic Tour around the Baltic Sea, May through June 2011 as part of CologneOFF 2011.  Fourteen artists were selected for the program 'Corporate Urban Interventions'  to be screened at the following venues:


Szczecin, Poland - 12,13, 14 May 2011
St.Petersburg, Russia - 19, 20, 21 May 2011
Tampere, Finland - 26, 27, 28 May 2011
Tallinn, Estonia - 1-2 June 2011


Dee's video 'ESCAPE'  was  included in the Skepto International Film Festival:
Cagliari, Italy     April 7-8, 2011
Milan, Bologna, Rimini, Ravenna, Florence, Perugia, Naples     April 8-9, 2011
Madrid     April 9, 2011 



Ringling Instructor (and Alumnus!) Designs New Addition of JPAN Sushi in Sarasota
April 20, 2011 - DongHuy Kim (Interior Design, '89), Ringling College CORE 3D studio faculty, designed the interior of the new addition of JPAN sushi restaurant & bar in Sarasota.  

The grand opening event for the new addition is Saturday, April 23rd from 5-10pm at 3800 S. Tamiami Trail. DJ from IVORY and interactive customer friendly Balloon promotion by Kevin Passmore (Motion Design '13) will be also performed throughout the evening. There are free wine & sake tasting w/ appetizer samples. All the benefits from newly created roll 'Rising Sun ' goes to Japan Relief fund.



Interview with Bradley Battersby from 83 Degrees
March 14, 2011 - This month 83 Degrees interviewed Bradley Battersby, Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Department Head.  Click here to find out what he's working on now, what he loves to teach his students, and why he likes Sarasota.



Kim Russo Featured in November Issue of Sarasota Magazine
October 27, 2010 - The November issue of Sarasota Magazine includes a page featuring Ringling College Fine Arts Department Head Kim Russo and her drawings.  Look for it on page 39 or see the image below.



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