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The Truth of the Night Sky:
Anne Patterson and Patrick Harlin
April 21 - September 29, 2024
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IMPACT: Contemporary Artists at the Hermitage Artist Retreat
March 10-July7,2024
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Sarasota Art Museum

Photo: Ryan Gamma

Hank Willis Thomas
Ernest and Ruth (Exuberant Pink)
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Barbara Banks : Worker
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Molly Hatch: Amalgam

April 25, 2024–April 26, 2026
Hatch’s newly commissioned “plate painting,” Amalgam (2023), was created specifically for Sarasota Art Museum. Consisting of more than 450 earthenware plates hand-painted in white, blue, and gold luster, the abstract lines and shapes in Amalgam are drawn from a variety of historical ceramics from around the globe.
Molly Hatch (American, born 1978). Amalgam (detail), 2023. Ceramic, 220 in. x 324 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: John Polak.
Molly Hatch (American, born 1978). Amalgam (detail), 2023-24.
Ceramic, 220 in. x 324 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: John Polak.

The Truth of the Night Sky: Anne Patterson and Patrick Harlin

April 21 – September 29, 2024

Multimedia artist Anne Patterson and composer Patrick Harlin, explorer of soundscape ecologies, collaborate to create an awe-inspiring immersive installation for Sarasota Art Museum. Patterson, a synesthete who sees color and shape when hearing music, has frequently collaborated with musicians, including Harlin, to design mesmerizing environments. Patterson and Harlin met at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in 2014 and recognized in each other a similar artistic affinity for drawing inspiration from nature.

Anne Patterson. Installation view of Art for Earth for Zegna, Milan, Italy, 2020. Fabric, steel cables. Courtesy of the artist.
Anne Patterson. Installation view of Art for Earth for Zegna, Milan, Italy, 2020.
Satin ribbon, steel cable. Courtesy of the artist.

Impact: Contemporary Artists at the Hermitage Artist Retreat

March 10 – July 7, 2024

Does art play an active role in identifying and revealing the realities of contemporary life? Conversely, how do present-day challenges in the world affect the choices that artists make in their studios? While these questions have no clear or easy answers, the exhibition Impact: Contemporary Artists at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, presented at Sarasota Art Museum, hopes to expand upon conventional ideas of art’s impact on our daily lives through the presentation of recent works made by 10 U.S.-based artists: Diana Al-Hadid, Sanford Biggers, Chitra Ganesh, Todd Gray, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Michelle Lopez, Ted Riederer, John Sims, Kukuli Velarde, and William Villalongo.

Diana Al-Hadid (Syrian-American, born 1981). Al 'Ayn, 2023. Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, metal leaf and pigment, 63 x 82 1/2 x 4 in. © Diana Al-Hadid. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of Kasmin, New York.
Diana Al-Hadid (Syrian-American, born 1981). Al 'Ayn, 2023. Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, metal leaf and pigment, 63 x 82 1/2 x 4 in. © Diana Al-Hadid. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of Kasmin, New York.
Inside Out invites you to discover works of art throughout our Museum Campus, in addition to those showcased through rotating exhibitions in our galleries.

Inside Out Artists

Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A), Coming Together

Molly Hatch, Staccato

John Henry, Complexus

Olivier Mosset, Untitled

Leah Rosenberg, 28 Colors

Christian Sampson, Vita in Motu

Hank Willis Thomas, Ernest and Ruth (Exuberant Pink)

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Skyway 2024: A Contemporary Collaboration

July 28–October 27, 2024

In its third iteration, Skyway is a triennial exhibition celebrating the gamut of regional creativities and contemporary art practices flourishing  in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. Originating as a collaboration among art institutions in the Tampa Bay area in 2017, Skyway has galvanized the artist community in the region, introducing artistic talents and vigorous practices to a larger audience. This year, Sarasota Art Museum proudly joins the other esteemed institutions: the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa. With Evan Garza as a guest juror, six curators from five collaborating museums selected 66 artists from nearly 300 artists who responded to the open call.

Kirk Ke Wang (Chinese American, born 1961). GimGong Road, 2024.
Mixed media on canvas, 102 x 156 in.

Modern Masterpiece Uncovered:
Galloway’s Furniture Showroom by Victor Lundy

July 28–October 27, 2024

This exhibition uncovers this modernist masterpiece by first exploring the building’s architectural and cultural significance in the context of the Sarasota School of Architecture and the pioneering work of Victor Lundy. The physical and digital analysis examines the building’s wood-laminated structure and extant architectural features. The exhibition concludes with design concepts for rehabilitating, expanding, and adaptively using the former Galloway’s structure prepared by architecture students from Hampton University—a project of the Hub. Architecture Sarasota’s Hub initiative supports innovative design that helps transform places and inspire lives. 

Victor Lundy (American, born 1923). Galloway’s Furniture Store, 1959.
Courtesy of Sarasota Architectural Foundation.

Tammy Nguyen

October 20, 2024–January 19, 2025
Tammy Nguyen (born 1984) is a multidisciplinary artist renowned for her densely layered, intricate compositions, merging figures, abstract shapes, and lush tropical vegetation. After her acclaimed solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2023, she will unveil a brand-new body of paintings, works on paper, and an artist book.
Tammy Nguyen in the Studio. Photo: Annie Ling, 2022.

Claire Ashley: Chromatic Blush​

October 20, 2024-January 19, 2025

Step into the immersive world of colorfully painted vibrant inflatables by Claire Ashley (Scottish, born 1971). For over a decade, she has used inflatables as both sculptures and paintings, mining the language of painterly abstraction, monumental installation, and slapstick humor. For Ashley, the inflatable form in its two states–inflated and deflated–offers a compelling metaphor for the human body, echoing its processes of tension and release. Challenging conventional notions of beauty and taste, Ashley presents her lumpy and luminous creations as both self-portraits and embodiments of broader narratives relating to femme bodies and cultural norms. Accompanied by a soundscape, Chromatic Blush invites viewers to bask in their voluminous presence, aglow and emanating uninhibited, jubilant energy. Imagine, along with Ashley, an evolutionary future where new hybrid organisms emerge out of the Anthropocene.

Larry Fink / Martha Posner: Flesh and Bone

November 17, 2024–April 13, 2025

This exhibition explores the creative dialogue between photographer Larry Fink (1941-2023) and sculptor Martha Posner (born 1956), who were romantic partners for more than 30 years. Radically different artists, their work nonetheless shares common themes of desire, vulnerability, and brutality. Both also explore myth throughout their art: Posner explicitly, through her re-imagining of female subjects from various legends and mythic traditions; Fink implicitly, through his shrewd eye for human impulse, folly, and bravado, qualities he found in almost every scenario no matter how base or exalted.

Larry Fink (American, 1941-2023), The Haircut, Hellertown, Pennsylvania, 2015. Courtesy of the artist's estate.
Larry Fink (American, 1941-2023). The Haircut, Hellertown, Pennsylvania, 2015.
Courtesy of the artist's estate.

Joe Fig: Contemplating Vermeer

November 17, 2024–April 13, 2025

A nationally exhibited artist based in Sarasota, Joe Fig is known for his Contemplating series—small, intimate paintings of people looking at artwork in museums and galleries.

Joe Fig: Contemplating Vermeer records Fig’s encounter with the blockbuster Johannes Vermeer exhibition at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam in 2023. Focusing not only on the gallery space and over a dozen of Vermeer’s canvases but also on the visitors looking at the art, Fig invites viewers to contemplate art and the experience it allows us to share. 

Joe Fig (American, born 1968). Vermeer: Woman Holding a Balance / Rijksmuseum, 2023.
Oil on linen mounted on MDF board, 13 ½ x 14 ½ in. Courtesy of the artist.

Future Now: Virtual Sneakers to Cutting-Edge Kicks

February 9-May 4, 2025

This groundbreaking exhibition explores the intersection between design innovation and technological advancements in footwear. Future Now features over 70 futuristic designs from the Bata Shoe Museumʼs holdings as well as loans from other prominent institutions, collectors, designers, and inventors. Presenting digitally designed and 3D-printed shoes, sneakers made from mushroom leather and reclaimed ocean plastics, and footwear created for the metaverse, the exhibition explores how cutting-edge technologies, unexpected materials, and new ideas are transforming footwear today. The footwear included in the exhibition is designed to address industrial-age problems and capitalize on postindustrial possibilities. Featured designers and brands include: Salehe Bembury, rtfkt, Mr. Bailey, Zaha Hadid, JEMS by Pensole, Safa Şahin, EKTO VR, Saysh, Benoit Méléard, SCRY, and many more. 

Zaha Hadid x United Nude NOVA, 2022 First designed in 2013 Image © 2023 Bata Shoe Museum Courtesy American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum
Zaha Hadid x United Nude. NOVA, 2022 (First designed in 2013).
Image © 2023 Bata Shoe Museum. Courtesy American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum.

Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press

May 4–August 10, 2025

Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press presents 17 artists who capture the personal narratives and political discourses of African Americans across the country, reflecting a collective experience expressed in uniquely individual ways. This powerful exhibition of figurative and abstract artworks channels the poetics of the human experience–from past and present–and boldly presents ideas about history, identity, personal stories, and spiritual inspiration.

Kerry James Marshall (American, born 1955). Untitled (Handsome Young Man), 2010.
Hard ground etching with aquatint, 24.5 x 19 in. Courtesy of Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, CA.

Chris Friday: Where We Never Grow Old 

May 4–August 10, 2025

Chris Friday is a multidisciplinary artist best known for her larger-than-life yet intimate figurative drawings, meticulously created in chalk on black paper. For her first solo museum exhibition, she explores the notion of “incorruptible environments.” These are the imagined sanctuaries we construct in our minds—our refuge from the harsh realities of the modern world—and the worlds we aspire to bring to life. Tradition, religion, and culture form the bedrock of these environments, while nostalgia and memory act as potent vessels, preserving ideas of self, community, and identity. . 

Chris Friday. Rest as Reparations Series: Untitled, Amerie (detail), 2022.
Chalk on black archival paper, approx. 192 x 54 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Amir Aghareb.

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Sarasota High School, M. Leo Elliott Building

M. Leo Elliott – Former Sarasota High School
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